Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents “Musical Time Travel”

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Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents “Musical Time Travel” Featuring Violinist Jennifer Koh on Jan. 20

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 27, 2016) – Keeping the tempo on the Emerald Coast’s cultural scene since its founding in 2005, Sinfonia Gulf Coast maintains the tradition of “symphony redefined” as the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra.

On Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, the second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ “Classical Connections” series will be held at Destiny Worship Center, featuring 2016 “Musical America” Instrumentalist of the Year, violinist Jennifer Koh, who will perform American composer Samuel Barber’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.”

“The Strad” magazine describes Koh as a “risk-taking, high-octane player of the kind who grabs the listener by the ears and refuses to let go. Unlike so many players of this temperament however, she supports her mesmerizing flights of fancy with a beguilingly silvery tone, fabulous technique and dead center intonation.”

The concert, entitled “Musical Time Travel,” showcases a repertoire destined to take the listener on a musical journey, whether by time or location and features John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” the “William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini and the brilliant orchestral suite “Roman Festivals” by Ottorino Respighi.

This concert will be presented in conjunction with the annual “Paint the Music” project, allowing students to visually interpret excerpts of music prior to the live Sinfonia performance. These pieces of art will be displayed in the Destiny lobby during two morning performances on Jan. 20 for Okaloosa and Walton County third through eighth graders, as well as for the evening performance for the public. The education concerts feature the orchestra with a special appearance by Koh.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for preferred (floor) seating and $29.50 for balcony.

Presenting Sponsor for the 2016-2017 season is Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Presenting Concerts Sponsor for the 2016-2017 season is Hancock Bank. Additional presenting sponsors include VIE Magazine, Presenting Media Sponsor; SoWal.com, Presenting E-media Sponsor; and Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa; Presenting Accommodations Sponsors. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-460-8800.

About Sinfonia Gulf Coast:
Sinfonia Gulf Coast was founded in 2005 on Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast with the mission of redefining the symphony experience. Under the guidance of founder and Music Director Demetrius Fuller and a dedicated board of directors, the nonprofit orchestra is in its 11th season of innovative musical programming, designed to entertain, educate and inspire the community. Notable guest artists have included: Tony- and Emmy-winning star Kristin Chenoweth; Broadway legends Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone; R&B icon Roberta Flack, Mary Wilson of the Supremes; composer and performer Chris Brubeck; music narrator Jamie Bernstein, the Sao Paulo String Quartet; classical-crossover sensation Time for Three; The Hot Sardines; Manhattan Piano Trio; Epic recording artist Morgan James; Tony Award-winning vocalists Cheyenne Jackson, Gary Mauer and Debbie Gravitte; Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding; Grammy-Award winners John Pizzarelli, Howard Levy, Tracy Silverman, the Parker Quartet, New York Voices, The von Trapps and iconic big band Pink Martini. Since it’s founding, Sinfonia Gulf Coast has presented more than 430 concerts and events, has collaborated with numerous nonprofits and businesses throughout the community and has reached more than 90,000 children through its Sinfonia Guest Artists in the Schools program/music education outreach initiatives. More than 1,000 families have benefited from Sinfonia’s Students4FREE program, which provides complimentary tickets to live orchestral performances and musical events. Committed to music education, Sinfonia supports a 60-member youth orchestra program, led by Music Director Liz Aylor and, for the fourth consecutive season, is one of 90 orchestras worldwide to partner with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music in its LINK UP program for third through fifth graders. Sinfonia Gulf Coast is also a proud collaborator throughout the Northwest Florida community, currently partnering with Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in its Arts in Medicine program. Other significant partnerships supporting local arts organizations have included Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, through the “Paint the Music” program and free orchestra concerts for third through eighth graders; the Northwest Florida Ballet; the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County; and the Okaloosa Arts Alliance.

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