Wellington residents Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra celebrated their 15th year in Palm Beach County with a series of events earlier this month.
First, they performed two concerts with the Palm Beach Symphony at the orchestra’s annual Children’s Concert at the Kravis Center. Next, they gave another performance of Saint Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, this time at the Eissey Campus Theatre. The programs were attended by more than 1,200 school children.
“It was a joy to work with the talented musicians of the symphony and Maestro Pietro Billi,” Estibaliz said. “He had a very sensitive style of conducting that matched our musical personalities.”
Finally, the duo changed conductors and orchestras for a historic concert with Palm Beach Atlantic University Symphony. Directed by Dr. Dennis Hayslett, they gave the world premiere of Concertino by Minnesota-based composer Justin Rubin, who dedicated the piece to them.
They were then joined by Dr. Lloyd Mims, who directed the American premiere of Concerto Serenoby Polish composer Piotr Lachert. “It was fitting that we finished the celebration alongside Dr. Mims,” Márcio said. “As the dean of PBA’s School of Music and Fine Arts and as a friend, he has been one of the strongest supporters.”
ABOVE: Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra with Lloyd Mims.