A few odds and ends:
Changes at the Palm Beach Symphony: Michael Finn, who came to the Palm Beach Symphony after retirement following a busy career as a bassoonist and dean at the Julliard School, has left the symphony after only a year and a half in what was an apparent difference of opinion on the orchestra’s future direction.
But Finn will be returning to Palm Beach in the upcoming season as the artistic and executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Society. Finn told me the group will be presenting six chamber music concerts at Mar-a-Lago in the coming season. He’s working with philanthropist and musician Vicki Kellogg on the initiative, and details about the concerts will be available in September. No word yet on his replacement at the Palm Beach Symphony.
Name change in Boca: The Boca Raton Symphonia has changed its name to The Symphonia. Artistic director Jeffrey Kaye said the idea behind the change was to have a name that would allow the orchestra to be in different cities without sounding “too provincial.”
“Our logo, when we’re in Boca, will be The Symphonia Boca Raton, and if we go to Eissey, or if we go to the Broward Center, what I’d like to see is, The Symphonia at Broward or The Symphonia at Eissey,” Kaye said.