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Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Announces '09-'10 Season, Season Tickets Now on Sale

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


5/12/2009 - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) at Northwest Florida State College, under the baton of Jeffrey Rink, announces its 2009-10 concert season and the availability of season tickets. The 23rd season of the region's premiere professional orchestra will include five concerts, special events and new benefits for season subscribers, award-winning guest artists, the premiere of a new work written for the NFSO, collaborative performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus and more.

According to Rink, among the highlights of the season are ''The Stars of Tomorrow concert which will feature Chester Schmitz, retired principal tubist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Boston Pops.'' He noted that Schmitz will join the orchestra as a guest artist to perform the delightful children's classic Tubby the Tuba. Rink, who is entering his third season leading the orchestra, said other highlights of the season include a Halloween Masque Reception for all season subscribers following the orchestra's October 30 Halloween Spooktacular concert and a variety of new benefits for NFSO Conductor's Circle subscribers. Regular season subscriptions for the 2009-10 series of five NFSO concerts are now available for $100, a more than ten percent savings over single ticket prices. NFSO season tickets are available for purchase in-person or by phone from the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at (850) 729-6000 or online at Conductor's Circle memberships, for subscribers who make a tax deductible gift of at least $250 to the symphony in addition to their purchase of the $100 season subscription, are also available.

NFSO Season Subscribers receive a wide variety of benefits including admittance to subscriber exclusive events such as pre-concert talks with NFSO conductor Jeffrey Rink and the Halloween Masque reception, the first opportunity to select reserved seats, an NFSO membership card and more. Conductor's Circle subscribers receive all the benefits of regular season subscriber plus exclusive reserved parking at each NFSO concert, a complimentary beverage during NFSO concert intermission, and the new ''Invite Your Friends For Free'' program, through which Conductor's Circle members may receive two free tickets to an NFSO concert of their choice to share with friends. In addition, those who join the Conductor's Circle by July 1 as new or renewing members will receive two free tickets to a July 21 VIP performance of NWF State College's summer musical; Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

''As an extra 'thank you' to our Conductor's Circle members who faithfully support the symphony, we've added these new benefits to increase the value of their membership,'' said Rink who noted that season subscriptions, contributed income and corporate underwriting are the foundation of the orchestra's varied endeavors, including educational programs for area youth. For information on various levels of underwriting for the Symphony, please contact Carla Reinlie at the NWFSC Foundation at 729-6468.

At the NFSO season opening concert, ''From Russia with Love'' on September 26, guest artist pianist Stanislav Khristenko, the 2008 Gold Medal Winner of the prestigious Wideman Piano Competition, will perform Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 with the NFSO. The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 is famous for its technical and musical demands on the performer. It also has the reputation of being one of the most difficult concertos in the standard piano repertoire.The opening concert of the NFSO season will also feature Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64.

''A Halloween Spooktacular'', the NFSO's second concert event of the season on October 30, will feature the premiere of a new piece composed by Jeremy Ribando, NWFSC Music Professor, who premiered his pieces Boggy Portraits and Falling Down Doodle in previous seasons. The concert will also feature Saint Saëns' Danse Macabre Op. 40, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14.

On December 11, the orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus will present ''Holiday Pops!'' an evening filled with popular holiday fare. On February 19, 2010, the NFSO will present its annual ''Stars of Tomorrow'' concert featuring the winners of the prestigious regional Concerto Competition and performance of Kleinsinger's Tubby the Tuba featuring guest tubist Chester Schmitz, former principal tuba player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops for 35 years. In 1985 Schmitz gave the premiere performance of John Williams' Tuba Concerto, which was personally composed for Schmitz to perform at the Boston Pops' 100th anniversary. Schmitz is credited with popularizing the Jabba the Hutt Solo, which was also composed by John Williams, Grammy and Academy award-winning composer of such noted film scores including Jaws and Indiana Jones. This solo was a mini-concerto originally composed as Jabba's Theme for the recurring musical theme of the Star Wars movies.

The NFSO season will conclude on April 10, 2010 with ''European Masters''. This stunning concert features the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus and orchestra performing Mozart's final composition, and most popular and respected works, Requiem in D minor K. 626. Also featured will be Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 97 ''Rhenish''.

Season tickets are available through the Box Office and may be purchased by phone, mail, in-person, or online at Only season packages are available for purchase now. Individual tickets for all performances dates of the NFSO will go on sale June 1. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard and is easily accessible via U.S. Highway 285, Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge.

Prior to joining the NFSO in July 2007, Maestro Rink served concurrently as the Music Director of Chorus pro Musica in Boston, Massachusetts and the Newton Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestral Activities at the Longy School of Music, where he conducted the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He was previously conductor of the New England Philharmonic for eight years in which he won four ASCAP awards for adventuresome programming and commitment to new music. Rink holds the Mattie Kelly Distinguished Chair in Music at Northwest Florida State College, a position funded as part of the college's Mattie M. Kelly Cultural and Environmental Institute.

The talented professional musicians who perform with the NFSO come from across the greater panhandle region and many of the symphony's guest artists have an international reputation.The orchestra has performed continuously each season since 1987, providing cultural programs to thousands of area residents in its more than 20-year history.