Prayer, Beauty and Strength – April 30 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


4/14/2011 -

Witness the power of music to move its listeners in countless ways as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) presents a glorious season finale concert at 7:30 p.m. April 30 on the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $16 for Active Duty Military w/ID or youth ages 18 and younger. This concert pairs Beethoven's towering Piano Concerto No. 3 with dynamic Gold medal pianist Anna Bulkina, guest artist for the concert, and also features the rarely heard Mozart motet Misericordias Domini and the immensely popular sublime Faure Requiem, combining for an extraordinary concert of contrasts and emotion. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus, a 70 member group comprised of talented vocalists from throughout the region, will join the orchestra for the performance of the Mozart and Faure choral works.

Anna Bulkina was born in Krasnovodsk, Turkmenistan and displayed a unique musical talent from an early age. The winner of many important international piano competitions, her most recent accolades include being Gold Medalist of the 59th Wideman Piano Competition (2009 - Shreveport, LA) and the 2009 MTNA National Young Artist Piano Competition, where she was awarded with a Steinway Grand Piano. She was also named the overall winner of the 50th Annual Sorantin International Competition (2009 - San Angelo, TX) and winner of the Chopin Competition in Szafarnia, Poland. She has performed throughout Poland, Russia and the United States and more in numerous recitals and orchestral performances. Starting in 2006, Anna Bulkina became a yearly participant in a Russian performers' program named "Superior Performing Course" in St. Petersburg. This created other performance opportunities in various concert halls in St. Petersburg including performance with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

Anna Bulkina is currently on the Lilly Kraus Scholarship at Texas Christian University and working toward an Artist Diploma under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár. Her engagements for the 2010-2011 season include performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, as well as participation in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, IL, the Phillips Collection Sunday Concert Series in Washington, D.C., the Bossier Jam'n Bread Chamber Series in Bossier City, LA, and the Bell Series at Millsaps College held in Jackson, MS.

The Emerald Coast's premiere professional orchestra now in its 24th season, the NFSO performs on the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, where a custom orchestral shell provides an optimum in acoustical experience for symphony patrons. See the NFSO website at www.nfsymphony.org for further information. Purchase tickets from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales. Doors open the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets. NWF State College students with may obtain one free ticket per ID, in person from the Box Office.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and Highways 85 and 285 on the Niceville campus of NWF State College, at 100 College Boulevard. For additional information about the NFSO visit the symphony website at www.nfsymphony.org.

PHOTO: Gold medal pianist Anna Bulkina is guest artist April 30 for the season finale concert of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO)