NFSO 28th Season Opens Sept. 20 with Premiere of WWII Remembrance Event
A spectacular 28th season for the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra begins Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. with "Glory & Remembrance" -- a concert which pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of WWII and 100th anniversary of WWI. This opening concert features a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Westwater Arts and their unique large-format photo-choreography that will meld stunning visuals with NFSO music for an unforgettable concert experience to honor the 'Greatest Generation' heroes of the front lines and the home front.
"Patrons will experience a totally unique integration of images and music honoring the men and women of who won history's most pivotal victory," said NFSO conductor Jeffrey Rink, who explained that the concert will be a fusion of live symphonic music with multi-image photographic essays all choreographed to select classical compositions. Read Moreâ€¦
Rink noted that concert experiences by Westwater Arts have sold out in Washington DC with the National Symphony and with orchestras across the USA and have been received with accolades everywhere they are performed. "Spectacular to behold . . . creative interplay of sight and sound . . ." - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; "An often heart-melting multimedia experience" - The Post-Courier, of Charleston, SC. "Splendid... breathtakingly beautiful," - the Cleveland Plain Dealer; "The merging of sound and image was exquisite," The Charlotte Observer.
At the NFSO's "Glory & Remembrance" concert on September 20, the orchestra will perform a movement of Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 set to historic WWII images. The evening's companion work, "No Man's Land," combines images of WWI with Aaron Copland's poignant Quiet City. General Charles A. Horner, USAF retired, will serve as master of ceremonies at the concert.
The night's musical journey also includes renowned Guest Artist Yevgeny Yontov of Israel, the 2013 Wideman International piano Competition Gold Medal winner, performing Beethoven' Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58. The "Glory & Remembrance" concert is sponsored by the physicians of the Okaloosa County Medical Society with additional support from The Boeing Company.
The NFSO's 2014-2015 "A Musical Voyage" season reflects the broad spectrum of artists, events and music from around the globe, including international Cirque acrobats performing live to symphony music, a night of glorious opera music and more. Season and individual concert tickets are now on sale. The NFSO is the region's premier professional orchestra and performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. NFSO tickets are $25 adult, $18 for active duty military and their guests, and $18 for youth age 18 and younger. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office by phone at (850) 729-6000 or web at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. NWF State College students may request one free ticket per student ID, space permitting, in-person from the Box Office to regular season NFSO concerts.
"The photo choreography at our opening concert and our 2015 event with Cirque acrobats will both superbly meld the strengths of two art forms and help the orchestra share the beauty of live classical music with today's more diverse and visually oriented audiences," said Rink.
Two Decades of Classical Excellence
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the region's premiere professional symphony and was established in 1987. The NFSO performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. A custom orchestra shell, used for NFSO concerts at the center, provides patrons an optimum acoustical experience. The NFSO also performs at special events throughout the region, provides an extensive music education program for area youth, and has a vibrant guild of volunteers who support orchestra endeavors. The NFSO performs under the baton of Jeffrey Rink, who holds the Mattie Kelly Distinguished Endowed Teaching Chair in Orchestral Music and serves as the NFSO's full-time music director and conductor. View Mr. Rink's bio. View more on the NFSO mission and history.
Discount for Active Duty Military
As a special tribute to those who serve in the US military, the NFSO is pleased to offer a discount ticket rate for active duty military of $18 per ticket to any NFSO concert for tickets purchased at-the-door by a military member showing ID. The box office opens at 6:00 pm the night of the concert for all at-the-door sales, including the new active duty military discount. There is a four ticket limit per person for the military discount. Call the Box Office at (850) 729-6000 for more information.
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