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Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Announces 24th Season

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


5/12/2010 - The region's premiere professional orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, announces its 2010-'11 season and the availability of great new "early-bird" benefits for patrons who become a new or renewing Season Subscriber or Conductor's Circle member by June 30.

The NFSO's 24th season promises to be "Simply stunning - our most ambitious yet," according to conductor and music director Jeffrey Rink, who noted the five concert line-up includes everything from world-class soloists to the passion of opera. Highlights of the 2010-'11 NFSO season include a September 25 concert featuring Tobias Steymans, concertmaster of the prestigious Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, and another world-class guest artist, Boston-based Maria Ferrante, on October 30 for a full concert version of the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly.

The appearance of guest artist Stymans is underwritten with the help of local developer Raimund Herden of Bluewater Bay and a consortium of patrons who love German music. Violinist Stymans appears in guest roles world-wide and was previously concertmaster for the Zurich Opera. He also preformed in concert with the NFSO in the 2008-'09 season and Maestro Rink noted that he was "delighted to be able to bring back a guest artist of this caliber" to perform the NFSO's opening concert.

Of the NFSO's performance of Madame Butterfly, Rink explained that, "During my career in New England, concert opera performances of major operatic works were among the most critically acclaimed and popular with audiences. It was during this time that I worked with Maria Ferrante and found her to be one of the most engaging and moving vocal artists I've ever heard," he said. "The pathos Ferrante will bring to the role of Butterfly is something patrons will not want to miss."

Major underwriting for the production of Madame Butterfly is provided by the George and Alice Rich Charitable Foundation, Alexander A. Bove, Jr., trustee. Bove is a widely known trust and estate attorney who authored a financial column for the Boston Globe. Rink enjoyed a long collaboration with Bove for productions of operas in concert version presented under Rink's baton in Boston's Jordan Hall. "I am so pleased that this particular gift will help sponsor Puccini's masterpiece here in Northwest Florida," noted Rink.

The upcoming NFSO season also includes a Baroque Christmas concert, the ever-popular Stars of Tomorrow concert, and a season finale with Gold medal pianist Anna Bulkina paired with the rarely heard Brahms Nänie and the Fauré Requiem. All concerts are held at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the NWFSC Niceville campus. NFSO Subscribers receive tickets to five symphony concerts for $100 per subscription, a 10% discount off the single ticket price. Season subscriptions are available now by calling the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at (850) 729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838-ARTS. Subscriptions are also available by mail or in-person from the box office. To allow for personalized seating selection, season subscriptions are not available through on-line purchase. Season ticket sales are open now until the first concert date.

EARLY BIRD SPECIALS FOR THOSE WHO SUBSCRIBE BY JUNE 30. In addition to regular Season Subscriber benefits, those who become new or renewing NFSO Season Subscribers by June 30 will be entered in a drawing to win an original artwork The Symphony by local artist Linda Kernick. Those who upgrade their Season Subscription to the Conductor's Circle level with a tax-deductible gift of atleast $250 over the $100 subscription will receive two free tickets to the NWFSC summer musical Grease! as well as upgraded VIP parking for all NFSO concerts in a new reserved parking section just steps from the main entrance doors. For additional information, see the symphony website at

Established in 1987, the NFSO performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College 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, serves as the college's Distinguished Chair in Music and has led orchestra performances from Mexico City to Tokyo. For additional information see the symphony's website at