NFSO season finale concert ‘A German Spring Celebration’

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Asiya Korepanova

The mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center will be filled to capacity at 7:30 p.m. April 12 as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, guest artist Asiya Korepanova, and more than 70 vocalists present the orchestra’s season finale concert, “A German Spring Celebration” with the music of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Beethoven.

The concert features a return engagement of Wideman Competition gold medal winner Korepanova, formerly of Russia, who wowed NFSO patrons at the orchestra’s season opening concert with her piano talent and delicate beauty. She accepted an invitation to return to the stage with the NFSO to perform Beethoven’s majestic Fantasia in C Minor (Choral Fantasy) Op. 80 following the cancellation, due to personal reasons, of the previously announced piano soloist.

“The audience at our September concert was simply enthralled with Asiya and as a result we had already booked her to return for a smaller recital this summer which is nearly sold out,” said Jeffrey Rink, NFSO conductor and music director. “Thus, we are thrilled to be able to bring her back to the mainstage theater for our April 12 concert and allow more folks to hear her talent and one of Beethoven’s greatest works for piano and vocal chorale.”

Vocal soloists who will perform the Choral Fantasy along with Korepanova include Northwest Florida State College scholarship students Katie Pickler, soprano; Sivu Schlegel, tenor; and Donovan Black, bass, all three of Niceville, as well as NWFSC faculty members Jennifer Boudette, alto; Maija Currie, soprano; and Jeremy Ribando, tenor. More than 60 talented community and student voices of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and the Bell Voci and Madrigal vocal ensembles from Northwest Florida State College also perform.

Rink noted that Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy has an aura of exaltation that, with all the combined voices and musical talent on stage, will combine to make a magnificent conclusion to NFSO’s 27th performance season. In addition to the Choral Fantasy, the April 12 NFSO concert includes Beethoven’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, and Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Beautiful Melusine, a musical depiction of the story of the Little Mermaid. Spring will also be in the air with Robert Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony No. 1.

Tickets for the concert are $22.50/adults and $16/youth age 18 and younger. Active duty military members may purchase discounted tickets for $16 each with ID. NWFSC students may request one free ticket with a student ID, in person from the box office. For tickets, call 729-6000 or visit www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.