Sinfonia celebrates 10 years with a spectacular 2015-2016 season Season & Gala Tickets On Sale Now
Keeping the tempo on the Emerald Coast’s cultural scene since its founding in 2005, Sinfonia Gulf Coast will mark its milestone 10th season as the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra by offering a stellar lineup of concerts and educational initiatives.
The Sinfonia 10th Anniversary Gala Event, to be held on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, will feature the incomparable star of stage, screen and TV, Kristin Chenoweth. Winner of the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series “Pushing Daisies,” and a 2010 and 2011 Emmy and a 2011 People’s Choice Award nominee for her role as the quirky former songstress April Rhodes on Fox’s hit comedy, “Glee,” Chenoweth has become a star in her own right on television. Theater lovers may best remember her for her 2003 Tony Award-nominated origination of the role Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked,” and 1999 Tony-winning performance in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
French clarinetist Raphaël Sévère, winner of the 2013 Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize, will be the featured soloist performing W.A. Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra” during the Saturday, Nov. 7 Classical Connections concert at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin.
Sinfonia’s annual holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 11 at Destiny Worship Center, will feature orchestral arrangements of several seasonal classics and the return of Broadway singer and actress Morgan James. James’ larger-than-life vocals will be the perfect pairing with the orchestra in this popular, family-friendly concert. After graduating from The Juilliard School, James enjoyed a successful stint on Broadway, where she was featured in “The Addams Family” with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth and Berry Gordy’s “Motown: The Musical.”
Jamie Bernstein will return on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, to host two morning performances for Okaloosa and Walton County’s third through eighth grade students at Destiny Worship Center. The program, titled “Cowboys, Caballeros and Copland,” explores the music of American composer Aaron Copland, and will be presented in conjunction with the annual “Paint the Music” project, allowing students to visually interpret excerpts of music at the live Sinfonia performance. Bernstein will also perform during the evening performance as featured narrator for Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” The 2012 Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize winner, vocalist Julia Bullock, will perform with the orchestra featuring selections by George Gershwin, Josephine Baker and Leonard Bernstein.
The season comes to an exciting finale featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which was founded in New Orleans more than 50 years ago. The iconic group will perform with Sinfonia’s orchestra at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in what promises to bring the 10th season to a sensational close, complete with a second line celebration.
For more information about Sinfonia or to purchase tickets, see www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Season tickets feature preferred seating for all five concerts are available for $195 per person. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the gala, which begins at 8:00 p.m.