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New Symphony Sunday Afternoon Concert Nov. 13

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


11/5/2016 - Symphony’s New Sunday Afternoon Concert Nov. 13 & Holiday Pops Dec. 9

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 30th Season continues on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm with the NFSO's new “Symphony Sunday” afternoon concert in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville, Florida.

The concert "Music, Dedication and The Royal Instrument" features Camille Saint Saens magnificent Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 “Organ” with Lois Henry, NWF State Music professor, performing with the orchestra. The concert also includes two beautiful "symphonic poems" -- Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll" and Franz Liszt's "Les Preludes".

NFSO conductor and music director Jeffrey Rink will present a pre-concert talk at 1:00 pm in the center’s Tyler Recital Hall with background and insight on the three works to be performed.

Concert tickets are $25 each adult and $18 for Active Duty military and their family and $18 for youth age 18 and younger. NWF State College students may receive 1 free ticket per ID in person from the Box Office. Tickets are available in advance or at-the-door starting at 12:30 pm the day of the concert. Box Office hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Sunday, Nov. 13. Call (850) 729-6000 or see

The work of the three great composers were intertwined. Liszt had a great musical influence on Wagner and, in fact, Wagner eventually married Liszt’s daughter Cosima. Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll”, to be performed at the NFSO Symphony Sunday concert, was written as a combined Christmas and birthday gift for Cosima. Wagner surprised Cosima with the Idyll, going to great lengths to keep his rehearsals secret. At dawn on her birthday, Christmas Day 1870, Cosima was awakened by a small ensemble of 13 musicians arranged on the stairs and landing outside her bedroom. The idyll, a musical love poem, is tender and intimate, full of private references known only to Wagner and Cosima. Liszt’s “Les Preludes” is also based on a stirring poem. In another connection, Saint Saëns dedicated his famous Organ Symphony, the highlight of the November 13 NFSO concert, to Franz Liszt.

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the Emerald Coast’s first fully professional orchestra and was established in 1987. The NFSO performs in residence at the 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.