Aruba to Host Gala Concert

Aruba has announced that the prestigious Symphony of the Americas will be performing Summerfest 2003 as part of the Aruba Gala Concert. The festival, which combines the cultural and artistic traditions of the world, is South Florida`s longest running music festival, now in its 10th year. Summerfest 2003 will take place in Aruba on August 19th, 8 p.m. at the Cas di Cultura,the newly renovated cultural center in Oranjestad.
“Aruba, which is an island of diversity and rich culture, is so excited to host this music festival. Visitors and locals alike will be able to take advantage of this unique musical experience that blends art and culture,” said Edison Briesen, Aruba`s Minister of Tourism and Transportation.
James Brooks-Bruzzese, the artistic director and conductor of Summerfest
2003, along with the executive director, Renee Labone will present the
Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, featuring Peter Kovats, artistic leader and conductor. The musical performance will include works by Antonio Vivaldi, Gioacchino Rossini, and W.A. Mozart and will close with a number by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

The Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1985 and is based in the
historic city of Veszprem, near Budapest. Their repertoire ranges from
Baroque to Contemporary music, including Jazz. The ensemble has performed at various festivals throughout the world and has toured in England, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Romania. They have also recorded with Hungarian and Slovenian radio and TV and released a CD under the Hungarian label Hungaroton.

Tickets for Summerfest are $25 per person and are available through De Palm Tours hotel desks on-island as well as on-line by accessing For more information on the Symphony of the Americas, go to

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