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December 2, 2018 at 3:00 P.M.


PISTON Sinfonietta
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425, "Linz"
Gerard Schwarz, Guest Conductor
A Highly Sought-After guest conductor, GERARD SCHWARZ has led renowned orchestras throughout the world and received hundreds of honors and accolades, including 6 EMMY Awards, 14 GRAMMY nominations and 8 ASCAP Awards. He serves as Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra, Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival and is Conductor Lauriat of the Seattle Symphony. Internationally recognized for his moving performances and innovative programming, The SYMPHONIA is thrilled to welcome him back for his sixth season with the orchestra.

“In addition to his well-documented accomplishments as conductor, Gerard Schwarz has long since proved his astuteness at putting together programs that wake up the ears and titillate the mind.……It doesn't get much better than this”.


Gerard Schwarz

Marika Bournaki, Piano Soloist
A Unique Artist with unparalleled technical, musical and communication skills, internationally-renowned pianist MARIKA BOURNAKI is at once a world-class performer, outstanding pianist, vivacious young woman…..and the freshest face on the classical music scene. She is featured in the award-winning documentary I am Not a Rock Star, which has captivated audiences at music festivals around the world. She joins us for the first time this season, bringing her artistic flair and exciting personality to a collaboration with The SYMPHONIA on the beloved Mozart Piano Concerto #20.

“The Celine Dion of classical [music]”



JANUARY 6, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.

BACH Violin Concerto in E major
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 3 in D major
MASSENET "Meditation" from Thaïs
TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence, op. 70

Kensho Watanabe, Guest Conductor
A Rising Star, guest conductor KENSHO WATANABE received worldwide attention and critical acclaim when, in 2017, he stepped in at the last minute for the indisposed conductor Nezet-Seguin to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra.  It is said that the hall was “electric.”   He is currently Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and inaugural conducting fellow of the Curtis Institute of Music.  Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Mr. Watanabe has led numerous operas with the Curtis Opera Theatre.  

“Led with a combination of authority, charisma, and technical aplomb rarely found in a young conductor….”


David Kim, Violin Soloist
Acclaimed  Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster DAVID KIM is recognized for his rich tone and technical artistryHe plays as soloist in The Philadelphia Orchestra as well as with many renowned orchestras around the world. He continues to serve as concertmaster at the annual All-Star Orchestra, run by Music Director Gerard Schwarz.  He returns to The SYMPHONIA for the third time, to play a Bach violin concerto and the gorgeous “Meditation” from Thais by Massenet.   

“His playing struck a balance between swimming with the orchestra and bursting forth…had he been a rock guitarist, the audience would have been holding lighters aloft in the hall.”


David Kim

FEBRUARY 3, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.


MAHLER “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, “Eroica”
ADOLPHE I Will Not Remain Silent
This piece is inspired by the life of Rabbi Joachim Prinz (1902-1988) an immigrant from Nazi Germany and an American civil rights activist, who bridged the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, transcending race and religion into a universal fight for freedom and human dignity.

Michael Stern, Guest Conductor
Noted Conductor MICHAEL STERN, has been hailed for creating remarkable artistic growth and development during his tenure as music director of the Kansas City Symphony.  He is founding artistic director of the distinctive Iris Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, a group that specializes in contemporary American music.  He has led orchestras throughout Europe and Asia to significant acclaim.   Son of famed violinist Isaac Stern, The SYMPHONIA is excited to be collaborating with him.

“Michael Stern is one of America's finest conductors…..he also shapes the music with uncommon attention to detail……The orchestra plays with total commitment and real power.”


Sharon Roffman, Violin Soloist
Violinist SHARON ROFFMAN, prizewinner of the Naumburg Foundation International Competition, has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility.  She is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator.  In February 2018, Ms. Roffman was appointed concertmaster of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  She has performed all over the world as a guest concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra and with many other major orchestras.  In 2015, Ms. Roffman premiered the new concerto by Bruce Adolphe, I Will Not Remain Silent, with Michael Stern conducting the IRIS Orchestra, and created The Prinz Project, an online interdisciplinary curriculum and outreach initiative to accompany the concerto.

“The most striking attribute of [Ms. Roffman’s] performance was the degree to which she addressed each of the composers on her program with a distinct sound… She brought a trim, focused Classicism to Beethoven, a purely Gallic intensity to Poulenc, and a velvety texture and rich hue to Brahms.” 


MARCH 31, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.


SHOSTAKOVICH Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1
GOLIJOV Last Round
PIAZZOLLA Acancagua, Concerto for Bandoneon
MARQUEZ Danzon No. 4 (Chamber Program)
WEILL Threepenny Opera Suite
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Alastair Willis, Guest Conductor
Grammy-Nominated guest conductor ALASTAIR WILLIS is a brilliant musician and entertaining podium conversationalist with a gift for engaging listeners.  He serves as music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and has guest-conducted major orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and China National Orchestra.

“[Willis’] clear conducting technique drew a fine, nuanced performance from the orchestra. His remarks between numbers from the podium were witty and established good audience rapport.”


Lidia Kaminska, Bandoneon Soloist
International Award-winning
accordionist LIDIA KAMINSKA has caused “jaws to drop” at concert halls from Europe to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.  Her chamber music, concerto, and solo performances explore the complex and expressive range of the accordion as a classical instrument, and her repertoire includes a broad range of classical, contemporary and avant-garde music.  Kaminska conceived her first album as part of her mission to change the perception of the accordion from parlor entertainment to a serious classical instrument.  In her first appearance with The SYMPHONIA she plays the Bandoneon, a small Latin American accordion.

“She transforms the accordion into a massive force –– and burns through [classical repertoire] with virtuosic speed and technique.”


A Gift For Our Audience: Pre-Concert Conversations

Please join us for our Pre-Concert Conversation at 2 p.m. (prior to the 3 p.m. concert) at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School designed to enhance your concert going experience!

Spend 30 minutes listening to and participating in a fascinating, informative and fun discussion about the composer and the music that will be performed at the concert that day. This conversation will be lead by either the Maestro of the concert or a Guest Speaker.

Your questions will be welcome throughout this discussion.

Ticketing Information:
Tickets available for online purchase until 11:00 am concert day. Tickets purchased on-line less than one week prior to the concert date will be held for pick up at the "Will Call" table, prior to the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 1:00 pm.

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Concerts begin at 3 pm

Concert Venue:
Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton

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