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Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra November 10 Concert Features Violin Virtuoso

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


Leonid Yanovskiy
Leonid Yanovskiy

10/24/2012 - On November 10th the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) presents a special “The Violin Sings” concert focusing on the beauty of the violin and continuing the orchestra’s full season highlight of the NFSO's 25th anniversary. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College.

The concert features violin virtuoso Leonid Yanovskiy as a soloist to perform two jewels of the Russian violin literature by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky -- “Concert Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op. 33” and “Meditation, Op. 42 No 1”. A Russian born violinist and violist, Yanovskiy is Director of Strings and Orchestra at the University of West Florida Music Department and serves as Concertmaster for both the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

Yanovskiy has appeared on stages of the Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center, Chicago Orchestra Hall, and others and has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, and Russia. He is also Principal Violinist with the Washington Square Festival in New York and the founding member and co-director of the Gulf Coast Virtuosi Chamber Music Ensemble.

Music critics across the nation have praised his work noting: “…a luminous performance; a sumptuous, vibrato-rich tone and a kind of energy that made the fast movements dance.” New York Times, July 20, 2012; “…consummate soloist. His playing, as always, defined integrity and mastery of his instrument.” Pensacola News Journal, November 9, 2009; “Brilliant success... Effective program… Refined musical taste…” Russian Musician, Moscow, March 2005; “Yanovskiy… has made a name for himself as a soloist and a chamber musician, with concert credits all over the world. …Played with finesse and sensitive touch.” Denton Record Chronicle, September 5, 2004.

Yanovskiy formerly taught violin and chamber music at the Moscow Gnessin College, was Principal Violinist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra Northern Crown, Principal Violinist with the Goliard Chamber Ensemble, NYC and Philadelphia Virtuosi, as well as violinist with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

At the November 10 concert the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will open with Rossini's effervescent overture to his comic opera “The Italian Girl in Algiers” and conclude with Mozart's majestic "Linz" Symphony. According to NFSO Music Director and Conductor Jeffrey Rink, the Rossini Overture is the perfect curtain raiser. Full of jokes and whimsy it is full of orchestral effects to prepare the audience for the comic opera which usually follows. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, the NFSO concert will also feature Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony -- a mature, serious work that was according to legend, composed, rehearsed and performed in the course of six days. It is representative of Mozart at the height of his creative genius. “These works, combined with the two Russian gems of the violin literature performed by Yanovskiy, means this concert will have something special for everyone,” said Rink.

Tickets for the November 10 concert are now on sale. Tickets are also available now for all other remaining concerts of the season including performances on December 7, February 22 and April 20. Individual NFSO tickets are $22.50 each per concert for adults or $16 for youth age 18 and younger. An Active Duty military discount is also available for $16 each per ticket for up to four tickets purchased by an Active Duty Services member with ID from the Box Office.

All NFSO season concerts begin at 7:30 pm. The Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales and re-opens at 6:00 p.m. the night of each concert for any available at-the-door tickets. Tickets purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets. Online ticket sales are available through the Mattie Kelly Arts center website at

The talented, professional musicians who perform with the NFSO come from across the greater Florida Panhandle region. See the symphony website for additional concert information, video and audio selections of the orchestra in concert and program notes at

Conductor Rink, who holds the college's Mattie Kelly Distinguished Endowed Teaching Chair in Orchestral Music, also noted that community support, as well as the work of volunteers like the NFSO Guild and the operational support of the college, is all vital to the success of the orchestra. "We've performed continuously since 1987, provided cultural programs to thousands of area residents and youth, and established unique programs such as the regional Concerto Competition for young musicians, the annual 5th Grade Concerts, and more," said Rink. "That history doesn't come without many, many patrons, volunteers and donors."