The professional symphony orchestra led by Music and Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller presents a new lineup of concerts and educational initiatives beginning in October.
Music lovers venturing to the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast will enjoy a range of “classics” from Broadway’s best to Motown’s most rockin’ maven and from classical solo performers to a quirky trailblazing quintet, as well as a Florida first — the world premiere of one of America’s most beloved musicals.
“Sinfonia proudly impacts all areas of our community with performances and educational outreach of timeless classical masterworks that both engage the highest caliber of award-winning guest artists and provide multiple, free education concert opportunities for area youth,” Fuller said.
The season begins on Oct. 24 with “An Evening with Chris Mann,” whose crystalline voice — which garnered both his place as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” and rave reviews in “Phantom of the Opera” — will take you on a musical journey from Broadway to contemporary standards to the Great American Songbook. This evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a four-course wine dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, followed by an intimate cabaret-style performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin located in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $195 per person and includes dinner, wine, valet, gratuity, performance.
The first in the Classical Connections series features classical cellist Sang-Eun Lee at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. She will perform Tchaikovsky's"Variations on a Rococo Theme.” Also on the program are Mozart's "Wind Serenade in E-flat" and Antonin Dvorak's showstopper "Serenade for Strings." Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person.
Mary Wilson of the Supremes is bringing her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy back to the Sinfonia stage for “A Rockin' Holiday” concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and multiple award-winning artist will have music lovers dancing in their seats as she takes her fans on a musical journey with everyone's favorite holiday melodies and, of course, the sensational songs that made her famous. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with her incredible band for this concert for the holiday season. Tickets range from $32.50 to $55 per person.
The second installment of the Classical Connections Series is set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin and features one of the most exhilarating string groups on the scene today. SYBARITE5 performs their compilation “Everything In Its Right Place,” a mélange of Mozart to Piazzolla to Radiohead, with Sinfonia's full orchestra. Also on the program is Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2,” Rossini’s overture to “The Italian in Algiers” and Stravinksy’s whimsical “Suite No. 2.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person.
The main concert season culminates with the annual Gala Event at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, when Sinfonia Gulf Coast brings the world premiere of one of America’s most beloved movie musicals to the Emerald Coast. Restored and projected on the big screen, with unforgettable performances by Shirley Jones and Robert Preseton, Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” features brilliant songs and score performed live by Sinfonia Gulf Coast in their original Oscar-winning orchestrations by the legendary Ray Heindorf. The performance will be conducted by Emmy winner George Daugherty. Tickets range from $45 to $250 per person.
The classics continue with the final offering of the season — the Alys Beach Pops concert presented al fresco in the amphitheater lawn in Alys Beach on Sunday evening of Memorial Day weekend. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive fireworks display.
Tickets for all performances are available at sinfoniagulfcoast.org or call the box office at 850-460-8800.