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.

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