NFSO Stars of Tomorrow

Mozart’s Requiem and Stars of Tomorrow

April 13 @ 7:30 pm

Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor

Join the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra for a farewell letter from the greatest composer of all time featuring Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale. The mystery surrounding Mozart’s death remains an enigmatic puzzle to this day. Answers can only be found in his Requiem Mass, which he left for us as an inspirational message of hope and spiritual fulfillment. This season finale concert spotlights the amazing talents of the youth Concerto Competition winners of the NFSO Guild-sponsored competition.

Join us for at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes in the Mainstage Theater. Limited seating available. Attendees must have concert ticket.

This event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of McGovern, O’Dell & Associates Wealth Management Group.

Concerto Winners

This year’s Concerto Competition winners and NFSO guest musicians are Patrick Wolf (Piano, Junior Division), Will Taylor (Cello, Senior Division), and Robin Tozzie (Violin, College Division). For more information on the youth musicians, please visit the Concerto Competition winners’ profile page.

Roderick George, Concert Soloist

Roderick George, NFSO Guest Concert Soloist for Mozart's Requiem and Stars of Tomorrow

Tenor Roderick George enjoys a distinguished career as a performing artist and a vocal music educator. Regularly engaged as a concert soloist in major orchestral and oratorio works, he made his New York Lincoln Center debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the National Chorale and he was recently a featured soloist for the 2019 Gotham Sings Choral Festival and Ensemble Showcase at Carnegie Hall. Other recent concert performances have included Mozart Requiem with the Pensacola Symphony, Carmina Burana with the Huntsville Symphony, Messiah with the El Paso Choral Society and Bach Magnificat and Messiah with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.  His 2018/19 engagements include a return to the Alabama Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart Requiem with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Shoals Symphony.

An international artist, he has performed throughout Russia, including solo concert appearances with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestra. George has also made appearances at various prestigious international music festivals and venues including Festival Internacional de Musica Sacra in Ecuador, La Folle Journée Festival in France, Spain’s Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada and Festival Internacional de Santander, the Cayman Arts Festival of the Grand Cayman Islands, Notre-Dame Cathedral and American Cathedral in Paris, Lensoveta Palace of Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Royal Dublin Society and Wexford Opera House of Ireland, and the Spaso House of the United States Embassy in Moscow.  He has performed a diversity of leading lyric tenor opera roles including recent role debuts as the Leader in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with Union Avenue Opera, St. Louis and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Birmingham.

Lauded for his poignant interpretations of the American Negro spiritual, George has recorded and toured extensively, including multiple concert tours throughout the U.S., Spain, France, Ireland and South America, as a featured soloist with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.  A Recipient of the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award, he is professor and coordinator of vocal studies in the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo (AL). Among his credentials are the doctorate in voice performance from The Florida State University College of Music and the master’s degree in opera and musical theater from the School of Music at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He received advanced training in opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.