New Orchestra in South Florida Announces Inaugural Season

Classic Arts News   New Orchestra in South Florida Announces Inaugural Season
The Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, a new chamber orchestra made up of members of the defunct Florida Philharmonic, has announced its plans for the 2005-06 season, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The season will officially be the orchestra's first, although the group has played a series of "preview concerts" this season. The five concerts mix classical chestnuts with more adventurous fare, including new American music.

The group's season-opening concert, on November 27, will feature Beethoven's Symphony No 3 ("Eroica"), Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, Antal Dorati's American Seenade, and Stuart Glazer's Concertino for Chamber Orchestra, receiving its world premiere. Martin Fischer-Dieskau, the former principal conductor of Canada's Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, is the conductor.

"We want to make the statement that this is a serious orchestra," general manager Marshall Turkin told the Sun-Sentinel. "We're not going to do just the popular works."

The ensemble has also signaled its seriousness by hiring a series of well-regarded guest conductors, including Fischer-Dieskau; Alastair Willis, resident conductor of the Seattle Symphony; Alexander Platt, conductor of Chicago Opera Theater; Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Eugene Symphony; and Mischa Santora, associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the conductors are candidates for a permanent conducting post with the Symphonia.

The Florida Philharmonic shut down and declared bankruptcy in 2003, leaving South Florida without a major orchestra.

Recommended Reading:

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!