The main season begins Thursday, Oct. 24 with the regional premier of a special work for guzheng and orchestra. Through a grant from the Hanyi Corporation, Sinfonia was awarded funds to cover the costs of presenting this incredible concerto with Beijing-based and internationally renowned soloist Su Chang. A romantic orchestral concerto setting provides the backdrop for the guzheng, a Chinese zither similar to the Japanese koto. The concerto shows off the guzheng’s mesmerizing timbre and lightning agility in a unique blend of the familiar and the exotic. Also on the concert is Rimsky-Korsakov’s timeless classic “Scheherazade.”
Sinfonia’s annual holiday concert on Dec. 20 at Destiny Worship Center will feature orchestral arrangements of the most popular holiday classics including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” performed by dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of iconic American conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein, will host the Jan. 24 set of concerts entitled “The Bernstein Beat.” More than 1,000 Okaloosa and Walton county youth will enjoy a special morning performance featuring Bernstein and the most popular music of her late father. The evening concert, at Destiny Worship Center, includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” and the regional premier of Michael Daugherty’s “Fire & Blood,” performed by Sinfonia concertmaster Mari Thomas.
The Billboard chart-topping and musically groundbreaking string quintet SYBARITE5, will be in residence Feb. 14 and 15 at the Rosemary Beach Town Hall, performing several concerts and educational activities.
On Saturday, March 29, the Emerald Coast Convention Center serves as the backdrop for Sinfonia’s annual gala event featuring the incomparable star of Broadway, TV and film, Patti LuPone. The evening features Sinfonia and Lupone in her “Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda” tour de force with all the beloved Broadway songs that made her famous. Gala table seating and single seats are available.
Season tickets, which feature premier seating (including gala table seating) for all five concerts, are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Presenting sponsors for the 2013-14 season are Legendary Marine and Chris Craft. Presenting concert sponsors are Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and La Florida Real Estate. Additional presenting sponsors include media sponsor VIE magazine, e-media sponsor SoWal.com and accommodations sponsor ResortQuest.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call (850) 269-7129.