The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra opens its 31st season with "Russian Nights" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.

Season Package reservations are now available through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000. Individual concert tickets are $18/military and youth and $25/adult.

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 31st season features a varied selection of concerts to inspire and enthrall audiences of all ages. "Russian Nights" will feature Rimsky Korsakov’s masterpiece "Scheherazade" and will pair with the Wideman Gold medal winning pianist Tzu-Yin Yuang performing Rachmaninov’s beloved "Piano Concerto No. 2" on the rebuilt Steinway piano.

The genius of Mozart will be on full display with an unusual program called "Mozart Deconstructed" on Oct. 14 in which parts of the orchestra will be on display before combining for a performance of his “Prague” Symphony No. 38. The orchestra and Symphony Chorale will help ring in the season with the annual "Holiday Pops" concert on Dec. 8, which will include the always popular carol sing-a-longs.

In February 2018, the NFSO welcomes back the Cirque de la Symphonie. Their last sold-out appearance in 2015 thrilled the audience with breathtaking acrobatics accompanied by the NFSO.

March 2018 will be the NFSO's most ambitious undertaking ever. The orchestra will perform a semi-staged and costumed performance of Verdi’s most popular opera, "La Traviata.” The international cast will feature German soprano Vera Schoenenberg, Armenian tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, American Baritone Ricardo Rivera and Cuban Mezzo Soprano Olga Pérez Flora, along with the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

The NFSO's 31st season will conclude in May 2018 with the third annual Education Week where the NFSO will perform for Okaloosa and Walton County fourth and fifth graders and will culminate with the popular "Stars of Tomorrow" concert that will feature the winners of the annual Concerto Competition for talented young musicians from across north Florida.

In addition, the NFSO's 31st season continues the popular Guest Artist Piano Recitals, which will feature three outstanding pianists from around the world.

The NFSO is a non-profit organization that has been operated under the auspices of the Northwest Florida State College Foundation since the orchestra’s inception in 1987. To make a donation to support the NFSO or request information, contact Maestro Jeffrey Rink at rinkj@nwfsc.edu or 850-729-6023. See the NFSO website for more information on the orchestra at www.nfsympohny.org