Features a musical tribute to concertmaster Bogden Chruszcz


The artistic director of the Symphony of the Americas, Pablo Mielgo, presents an evening tribute to concertmaster Bogdan Chruszcz and welcomes the new concertmaster, Scott Flavin. The presentation will take place on Sunday, March 13, with a reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by Flavin’s specially curated performance at 6:00 p.m. and a post-performance dessert in the Mary Porter Ballroom at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Chruszcz’s distinguished career spans more than 40 years, and he has been concertmaster of the Symphony of Americas since 1983.

As concertmaster since 1978, Chruszcz has served under renowned conductors such as Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Alain Lombard, James Conlon and Stanislav Skrovacewsky. His career has also encompassed live performances and recordings with major artists from the classical and popular music world including Luciano Pavarotti, Issac Stern and Mstislav Rostropovich as well as Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias, John Denver, Peter Nero and Willy Chirino. . Chruszcz and his wife, pianist Velia Yedra, have also received international acclaim throughout their many years of performing as a duo.

Chruszcz has held positions with prestigious arts organizations such as the Miami Philharmonic, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and was Principal Violin of the Florida Philharmonic and Florida Grand Opera. He is also the founder of the first Miami String Quartet.

As Scott Flavin rises to the position of concertmaster, he brings with him a versatile career conducting classical symphonies, accompanying the world’s biggest jazz stars and creating new works.

As Resident Conductor of the Henry Mancini Institute, Flavin has appeared on the podium with artists as diverse as soprano Denyce Graves, The Beach Boys, Chick Corea and Dave Grusin, among others. He has also appeared as guest conductor for the Alhambra Orchestra and in the JazzRoots concert series and the HMI Chamber Orchestra, under his direction, received the 2013 Downbeat Magazine Award for Outstanding Classical Group. His national conducting debut, for the PBS television special, “Jazz and the Philharmonic”, aired in January 2014.

He has directed summer festivals, including the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Youth Music School, the Pine Mountain Music Festival (of which he is the new artistic director) and is on the conducting faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, where he teaches alongside the famous conductor Gérard Schwarz.

A passionate pedagogue, he is professor of violin and chamber music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he also teaches conducting.

Evening tickets: $250.00 per person. To purchase in advance, call 954-335-7002. Your ticket includes a VIP reception with an open bar, hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Location: The Mary Porter Ballroom is located at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312


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