Koh to perform with Sinfonia Gulf Coast

Special to The Log
Jennifer Koh plays the violin in New York City. SPECIAL TO THE LOG

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, 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 described 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, “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 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 third through eighth grade students in Okaloosa and Walton counties, 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.