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Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra - Season Finale April 10, 7:30 pm

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


4/6/2010 - Magnificent Mysterious Mozart

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra completes its 2009-2010 season this Saturday, April 10th at 7:30 pm in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. The concert entitled Magnificent Mysterious Mozart features two works from the final part of the composer's life, the Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major and the Requiem in D Minor. The concert is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Ruckel Properties Inc. in Niceville.

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Joining the orchestra in this performance of the Requiem will be a stellar quartet of vocal soloists including soprano Jessica Cooper from Boston who has performed across the nation; mezzo soprano Jennifer Boudette, an NWFSC voice professor; tenor Thomas Rowell, the director of the University of Southern Alabama's Opera and Musical Theatre program; and bass, Patrick Jacobs, faculty chair and Director of Opera at the University of Mobile. More than 60 vocalists from across the region who are part of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Lois Van Dam, are also featured in the performance of Mozart's Requiem.

Arguably the most famous choral work in the classical repertoire, Mozart's Requiem was immortalized in the 1984 Milos Forman film Amadeus as Mozart's final work which was left largely incomplete and finished by his student Franz Süssmayr. It contains some of the most beautiful and dramatic music that Mozart ever wrote including his setting of the Dies Irae depicting the events of Judgment Day.

The concert will open with the rarely heard, joyous Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major, which was among the final three symphonies Mozart would compose. The reasons for its composition remain unknown to this date which adds to the air of mystery surrounding this concert.

Tickets for the NFSO concert are now available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office for $22.50 each for adults and $16 each for youth age 18 or younger. As a special tribute to those who serve in the U.S. military, the NFSO offers a discount ticket rate for active duty military of $16 per ticket to any NFSO concert for tickets purchased at-the-door by a military member showing ID. There is a four ticket limit per person for the military discount.

Tickets are available in person, by phone at (850) 729-6000 or online from the box office website at or the symphony website at Tickets are also available at the door on the night of the concert starting at 6:00 p.m. Currently enrolled NWF State College students may receive one complimentary ticket per valid student ID, in person from the box office only. The NFSO season will come to an exciting close with "Magnificent Mozart" on April 10 with two of the most famous works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart including the Requiem in D minor featuring the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus with a stellar quartet of vocal soloists. Tickets for the concert are also available now.

Established in 1987, the NFSO is the region's premiere professional orchestra and performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center in Niceville. A custom designed orchestra shell is used for each NFSO concert to provide an optimal acoustic experience for symphony patrons as the orchestra performs in the state-of-the-art main stage theater at the arts complex. The NFSO is under the direction of Jeffrey Rink, who in addition to serving as the orchestra's music director and conductor has led performances from Mexico City to Tokyo. For additional information see the symphony's website at