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NFSO Stars of Tomorrow Concert February 17

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


2/7/2012 - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFS0) presents its annual "Stars of Tomorrow" concert on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The family friendly concert features the orchestra in a salute to the Old West, with a presentation of Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid suite, and guest artist performances by the talented winners of the 25th annual Concerto Competition for young musicians.

The winners of the NFSO Concerto Competition who will perform as part of the concert are chosen by a panel of judges, receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500, and will also perform with the NFSO at the symphony's annual concerts for all fifth-grade students in Okaloosa and Walton County. The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild sponsors the annual competition and the cash awards.

Concerto Competition winners who will perform with the NFSO include:
•Nicole Roman (2011 College Division winner), a junior at the University of North Florida where she is studying Music Performance under the instruction of Dr. Michael Bovenzi, will perform Glazunov's Concerto for Saxophone in Eb Major;
•Geoffrey Stemen (2011 Senior Division Winner), a 16-year-old junior in the dual enrollment program at Pensacola State College and a piano student of Daniel Nagy, will perform the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor;
•Sydney Chung (2011 Junior Division winner), a 12-year-old honor student at Liza Jackson Preparatory School in Fort Walton Beach, will perform the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major.

"The talent exhibited by the Concerto Competition winners is remarkable," noted Jeffrey Rink, NFSO conductor and Music Director. "Each year, our patrons are amazed with the level of performance of these young musicians. They are truly stars: of the concerto competition, of this family-friendly concert, and of tomorrow."

Tickets are on sale now for $22.50 each for adults and $16 each for youth age 18 and younger. Active duty military members may purchase discounted tickets for $16 each with ID. There is a $2 per ticket box office processing fee. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at 850-729-6000 or purchase tickets online at the center's website at The box office phone and in-person hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. the evening of the concert for any available at-the-door tickets. Currently enrolled NWFSC students may receive one free ticket per student ID in person from the Box Office.

In addition to the Stars of Tomorrow concert, tickets are available now for the NFSO season finale "Haydn Goes Hawaiian" on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. featuring works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

As the region's premiere professional symphony, the NFSO performs in residence at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College where a custom orchestral shell provides an optimum acoustical experience for symphony patrons. 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 information about the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, its performance schedule and the various educational programs for youth the symphony provides each season, see or contact Jeffrey Rink, conductor and music director, at 729-6023.