The Symphonia Boca Raton

2014-2015 CONNOISSEUR CONCERT SERIES

CONNOISSEUR CONCERT 1 - December 21, 2014 at 3 p.m.
David Kim, Guest Conductor
Mei Mei Luo, Violin Soloist

Program
CORELLI Concerto Grosso, op. 6, no. 8
BACH Concerto for Two Violins
VIVALDI The Four Seasons

The concert features three famous orchestral works for strings and harpsichord from the late Baroque era. l In Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, a string trio is contrasted against the full ensemble. l Bach’s Double Violin Concerto is noted for the subtle interplay between the two violin soloists. l The program concludes with Vivaldi’s four virtuoso violin concertos, which brilliantly portray each of the Four Seasons.

Violinist and conductor David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, performs as soloist with the orchestra each year. Recent career highlights include a visiting professorship at the University of Texas, a return as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra in New York City and on PBS stations across the USA, and recitals and solo appearances in the United States and Korea.
Mei Mei Luo is recognized as one of South Florida’s outstanding violinists. She is concertmaster of The Symphonia, Orchestra Miami, and South Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the founding first violinist of the acclaimed Delray String Quartet and is a member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed with the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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CONNOISSEUR CONCERT 2 - January 11, 2015 at 3 P.M.
Gerard Schwarz, Guest Conductor
Julian Schwarz, Cello Soloist

Program
STRAUSS Divertimento, op. 86
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
MAHLER/BRITTEN “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21

A charming neo-Baroque suite by Richard Strauss opens the program. l Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto is a tour de force with exquisite writing for the soloist. l Benjamin Britten re-orchestrated the lovely second movement, “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me,” from Mahler’s Third Symphony. l Beethoven waited until he was thirty and had mastered orchestral writing before composing his memorable First Symphony.

Gerard Schwarz is recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalog of recordings and serves as Music Director of the All Star Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival and Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony. He has held leadership positions with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and New York Chamber Symphony.

Cellist Julian Schwarz has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, including The Symphonia in 2013. He has won numerous competitions and awards, and in 2010, he was a featured soloist on an extensive tour with the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing thirteen concerts on the East and West Coasts. He has recorded for the Naxos label.


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CONNOISSEUR Concert 3 - February 22, 2015 at 3 P.M.
Alexander Platt, Guest Conductor
Gareth Johnson, Violin Soloist
Scott O’Donnell, Viola Soloist

Program
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364
GLASS Company
BIZET Symphony in C major

This program highlights the talents of The SYMPHONIA’s string players in Mozart's memorable Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. l In his youthful First Symphony, Prokofiev was inspired by the classical symphonies of Haydn, but he filled the work with clever twists and turns. l Bizet's only Symphony, with its beautiful melodies and imaginative orchestration, looks forward to his opera Carmen.

Alexander Platt is Music Director of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Marion Indiana Philharmonic, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, Grand Forks Symphony in North Dakota, and the Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, New York during the summer months. For three seasons, he served as The Symphonia’s Principal Conductor and twelve seasons as Resident Conductor of the Chicago Opera Theater.

Gareth Johnson is an exciting and gifted young violinist who has performed as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Scott O’Donnell is principal violist with The Symphonia, Palm Beach Opera, and Palm Beach Symphony, and he also performs with other symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in South Florida.

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CONNOISSEUR Concert 4 - April 12, 2015 at 3 P.M.
James Judd, Guest Conductor
Jeffrey Kaye, Trumpet Soloist

Program
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

Of the four overtures Beethoven composed for his opera, Fidelio, No. 3 is the most dramatic in its depiction of scenes from the opera. l Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, written for the newly-invented valve trumpet, is one of his best known and most appealing works. l Schumann created a different approach to symphonic writing in his Second Symphony, a work that is compelling, expressive, and joyful.

An artist of outstanding versatility, conductor James Judd is widely acclaimed for his passionate musicianship and his charismatic presence on the podium. He served as music director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony, and he was recently appointed Curator of the Broward Center’s Performing Arts Classical Series and Director of the Little Orchestra Society of New York.

Jeffrey Kaye enjoys a diverse career spanning the spectrum from chamber and orchestral music to jazz. He performs as principal trumpet with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the prestigious IRIS Orchestra, and The Symphonia. Recent solo appearances include the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Festival Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony. He teaches at the BAK School for the Arts and Eastern Music Festival.

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A Gift For Our Audience

Please join us for our Pre-Concert Conversation at 2 p.m. (prior to the 3 p.m. concert) designed to enhance your concert going experience!

Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School

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:
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Concerts begin at 3 pm

Concert Venue:
The Roberts Theatre at Andrews Hall
Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Andrew’s School
3900 Jog Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33434


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