Fort Lauderdale and Delray– The South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents the first symphonic concert of the season, Expressive Virtuosity, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 13, and at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 15, at 7:30 pm.
The South Florida Symphony Orchestra opens the season on a wave of emotion with its Masterworks concert which includes works by Verdi, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky. The program commences with Verdi’s Nabucco written during a tortured time in which he lost his wife, and vowed never to compose again. His loss, transformed into a masterful score, follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland.
Next on the program, eminent cellist and local favorite, Zuill Bailey, who in October 2014, received the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award. Zuill will delight with an emotional performance of Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, written while Prokofiev was in declining health and official disfavor, qualities that are reflected in the quality and tone of the piece.
Finally, audiences will be moved as Tchaikovsky unleashes the musical equivalent of lightning bolts with Symphony No. 4, whose opening movement is described as “one of the most towering symphonic structures in our whole literature” (Hans Keller).
Due to an unforeseen wrist injury, Maestra Sebrina Alfonso will not be able to conduct this concert. Recommended by soloists Zuill Bailey and Chee-Yun, the Maestra reached out to Piotr Gajewski, Music Director and Conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, to guest conduct the SFSO November Concert Series, Expressive Virtuosity. For information on Maestro Gajewski, visit http://www.samnyc.us/artist.php?id=pgajewski&aview=bio. Maestra Alfonso will return to the podium in December to introduce the highly anticipated Symphony’s new Pops Series.
A concert chat by art historian and music aficionado Ian Fraser will precede the concert at 6:45 pm, highlighting personal stories of the music and composers. For tickets and information, visit southfloridasymphony.org or call 954-522-8445.
Expressive Virtuosity is an official sanctioned event of Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community.