The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 30th Season final concert of the season is Friday, May 5, 2017 with our popular annual STARS OF TOMORROW concert at 7:30 pm (CT) in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville, Florida.

Winners of the 30th annual NFSO Guild Concerto Competition perform at this family-friendly concert and the NFSO also presents Haydn's famous "Lord Nelson Mass" featuring the orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale.

The NFSO Guild sponsors the prestigious Concerto competition for talented young musicians from 17 North Florida Counties and awards generous cash prizes to winners in junior (middle school), senior (high school) and college divisions. Winners are also invited to perform with the NFSO at the orchestra's annual concert for area 5th grade students as well as the Stars of Tomorrow concert.

NFSO Concert Tickets: $25 adult, $18 active-duty military (and up to 4 guests) & $18 youth (ages 18 and younger). NWF State College students may request 1 free ticket per student ID or with proof of paid enrollment in Spring term credit or non-credit class(es).

Individuals performing at the STARS OF TOMORROW CONCERT MEET HAYDN concert include Concerto Competition division winners:

  • Junior Division winner: Filippo Aldrovandi-Reina, Violin, of Tallahassee; performing the Haydn Violin Concerto in G Major, first movement
  • Senior Division winner: Skyler Covert, Violin, of Gainesville, a home school student/dual enrolled at the University of Florida, performing Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, first movement
  • College Division winner: Hank Landrum, Clarinet, of Pensacola, a student at FSU, performing the Crusell Clarinet Concerto No. 3, first movement.

In the second half of the concert, the soloists for the "Lord Nelson Mass" include Suzanne Rigden, soprano; Monika Cosson, mezzo soprano; Thomas Rowell, tenor; and André Chiang, bass, along with the entire 60-voice Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, under the direction of Michael Dye.

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the Emerald Coast’s premier, fully professional orchestra - since 1987. The NFSO performs in residence at the magnificent $30 million Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center, located at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. NFSO concerts are held in the center’s 1,650 mainstage theater where a custom orchestra shell provides the optimum in acoustics for symphony patrons. The NFSO is a non-profit organization operated under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College.

The NFSO relies on tax-deductible donations, corporate underwriting and season subscriptions to continue the orchestra’s musical excellence and the symphony’s numerous longstanding educational endeavors for youth. Tax-deductible donations are administered through the NW Florida State College Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.

NFSO Concert Tickets: $25 adult/$18 active-duty military & up to 4 guests/$18 youth ages 18 & younger.  NWF State College students may request one free ticket per student ID to this concert in person from the Box Office (space permitting). 

Box Office: (850) 729-6000 (M to F 10 am - 4 pm CT) or online at

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