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NFSO Orchestra 30th Season Announced - String of Pearls Season

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


8/2/2016 - NFSO Orchestra 30th Anniversary “String of Pearls” Season Now On Sale; Special Events: Jason Alexander & Frank Sinatra Tribute,

The 30th anniversary season for the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra features an array of concerts and special events that showcase the Emerald Coast’s premier professional orchestra and celebrate the NFSO’s “String of Pearls” season. NFSO season tickets as well as individual tickets to the season’s two Special Anniversary Events and all 8 concerts and Guest Artist Recitals are now on sale from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. Call (850) 729-6000 Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Highlights of the 2016-17 NFSO season include two star-studded Special Events to celebrate the orchestra’s milestone anniversary -- TV, film and Broadway star Jason Alexander appears on January 21, 2017 in the headliner event which also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, and Las Vegas star Brian Duprey appears October 22, 2016 in “Sinatra: The Ultimate Tribute Concert” – a separate concert that also features are a gala 30th Anniversary reception.

The NFSO’s 30th Season also includes the premiere of an original ballet specially commissioned for orchestra’s anniversary, guest artists from around the globe, and the introduction of “Symphony Sunday” – a new NFSO afternoon matinee concert. Individual tickets for the NFSO’s five classical and pops concerts and three Guest Artist piano recitals are now on sale.

“An Evening with Jason Alexander” on January 21, 2017 is a joint anniversary Special Event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and the 30th Anniversary of the NFSO. Long before becoming world renowned as the iconic George Costanza on SEINFELD, Jason Alexander was a Tony Award winning Broadway song and dance man. His evening with the NFSO brings an hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage which features a program of great music from the theater along with comedy and audience interaction. It's a much heralded night of music, laughter and fun. Tickets are $65 each. A separate “Meet & Greet With Jason Alexandar” is available a select sponsorship levels for a limited number of individual or corporate sponsors. Contact Jeanette Shires, Mattie Kelly Arts Center director at for sponsorship information.

“Sinatra: The Ultimate Tribute Concert” on Saturday, October 22, 2016 with Brian Duprey (The Rat Pack is Back), presents a knockout recreation of Frank Sinatra in a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes that’s backed by the NFSO. Hailed as the best Sinatra singing voice in the world today, Nancy Sinatra noted of Duprey, "This guy has it down!" "The Rat Pack is Back" with Duprey appeared at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in the 2014 season to a sold-out house and rave reviews - so the NFSO is proud to bring Duprey back for his new solo show featuring the very best of legend Frank Sinatra. Tickets are $35 each, available individually or as part of an NFSO Season Package. An NFSO 30th Anniversary Gala reception proceeds the concert for $30 each.

The NFSO’s 30th Anniversary classical and pops concert series includes 5 concerts which may be purchased as part of a season package or individually from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 or

The NFSO season opens Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm with “Good As Gold!” a vibrant classical concert with the music of Mendelssohn and Brahms, along with rising-star pianist Aristo Sham of Hong Kong. Sham, a 20-year-old Gold Medal winning pianist of the prestigious 65th annual Wideman International Piano competition. A child prodigy featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’, Sham has performed to wide acclaim across the globe including playing for Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle, and the Queen of Belgium and President Hu of China on their respective visits to Hong Kong.

The NFSO’s first ever “Symphony Sunday” afternoon concert is Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm with a “Music, Movement & the Royal Instrument”. The concert premieres a new original composition by music professor and composer Dr. Jeremy Ribando, commissioned to celebrate the NFSO’s 30th anniversary. The new ballet will feature dancers from the college’s renowned dance program accompanied by the orchestra. The concert also includes Saint Saëns Organ Symphony played by music professor Lois Henry.

On Friday, December 9, 2016 the NFSO presents the popular annual “Holiday Pops” concert at 7:30 pm. Ring in the season with all your holiday favorites as the NFSO is joined by the vocal talents of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, the NWF State College Madrigal Singers and Belle Voci Women's Ensemble.

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 the NFSO raises the roof with Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5 and also welcomes back German violin virtuoso Tobias Steymans for a “German Masters” concert. Steymans is concertmaster of the world-renown Bavarian Radio Symphony in Munich, Germany and will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

The first week of May 2017, the NFSO again presents a week-long series of three youth concerts and the family-friendly The Stars of Tomorrow concert. On May 1 and 2 the NFSO celebrates its 5th year of partnership with Carnegie Hall’s “Link Up” program. The NFSO was the first organization to bring the innovative, interactive concerts and year-long music curriculum to area students and the orchestra will hold two “Link Up” concerts in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s Mainstage Theater for area 4th grade students. A daytime "Stars of Tomorrow" concert for 5th grade students and evening concert on Friday, May 5 showcase the winners of the 30th annual NFSO Symphony Guild Concerto Competition. Each year talented youth from 17 north Florida counties compete for generous cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with the NFSO at the Stars of Tomorrow concerts.

The NFSO’s 30th Season also includes a series of three Guest Artist Piano Recitals with world-renowned pianists including Yejin Lee of Korea on October 15; Aristo Sham of Hong Kong on February 18 and Larry Weng on May 20, 2017. Recitals are $20 each.

Also on tap February 26, 2017, the NFSO Guild presents the 26th annual “Symphony of Taste International Food and Wine Tasting Festival” as a fundraiser for the orchestra.

NFSO Season Packages include a discount off the single ticket price for NFSO Season Concerts, admission to pre-concerts talks with the Conductor and more. Single tickets are $25 adult and $18 active duty military and youth for regular season concerts. NFSO GOLD PLUS Season Subscriptions are $309 (10 concerts/events). NFSO GOLD Season Subscriptions for $249 include 7 concert. NFSO Regular Season Subscriptions for $115 include the 5 NFSO Season concerts and 1 reception.

Membership in the NFSO Conductor’s Circle, requires a tax-deductible gift to the NFSO of at least $250 in addition to purchase of a Season Subscription and provides additional benefits such as exclusive reserved parking and complimentary intermission beverages.

The NFSO is a non-profit organization that has been operated under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College since the orchestra’s inception in 1987. Conductor and Music Director Jeffrey Rink holds the college’s Mattie M. Kelly Distinguished Endowed Chair in Music and Conducting and is entering his 10th season leading the NFSO. The NFSO relies on tax-deductible donations and corporate underwriting to support the orchestra and its numerous, long-standing educational endeavors for area youth.

To make a donation to support the NFSO or request information on advertising in the season program, contact Maestro Jeffrey Rink at or (850) 729-6023. See the NFSO website for more information on the NFSO at

The NFSO performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The NFSO had to honor to be the first to perform in the center’s Mainstage Theater when it opened in January of 1997-- making the Jason Alexander joint 20th/30th Anniversary special event on January 21, 2017 a fitting tribute to both milestones at the college.