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NFSO Season Finale Collaborative Concert - April 20

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


4/4/2013 - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2012-13 season and recognition of the symphony's 25th anniversary with a special collaborative concert on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center in Niceville featuring special guest artists and talented vocalists from Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) and Niceville High School.

The concert features German soprano soloist Vera Schoenenberg in her American debut and guest tenor Thomas Rowell singing a virtuoso aria from Verdi’s opera La Traviata. The NFSO will perform Brahms' Song of Destiny describing the happiness of the gods alongside the sufferings of mankind. Then, more than 100 combined voices of the Niceville High School Singers – directed by Michael Dye; the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and Belle Voci – directed by Lois Van Dam; and the Madrigal Singers of NWFSC – directed by Allison Everitt, will all perform together along with soloists Schoenenberg, Rowell, and Howard Reddy (bass) and Allison Everitt (mezzo soprano) in a performance of Schiller's inspirational Ode to Joy, set to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, arguably the most popular symphony ever written and an iconic expression of universal love and brotherhood.

In another special treat for the audience, the NFSO performance will also include a reprise of iFlight!, the energetic and sweeping overture that debuted during the NFSO's first concert of the season. The unique composition, by NWFSC professor Dr. Jeremy Ribando, was originally commissioned for the symphony's 25th anniversary. The composition will now become the official musical theme of the 50th anniversary of Northwest Florida State College, a year-long celebration that starts in April 17. The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is a fully-professional ensemble which has performed in residence at Northwest Florida State College since 1987.

Tickets for the NFSO April 20 concert are on sale now for $22.50 each adult and $16 for students and active duty military. Call or click for tickets by contacting the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at (850) 729-6000 or visiting the orchestra's website at Current NWFSC students may request one complimentary ticket per student ID, in person from the Box Office only.

Guest soloist Vera Schoenenberg began her musical career as an instrumentalist in the Musikhochschule in Cologne – a university-level school of music. Between 2001 and 2006 she was a regular performer in the Ulm Theatre. There she made her debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata. Her diverse repertoire also includes the roles of Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Josabeth in Handel's oratorio Athalia, Micaela in Carmen, Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Nedda in Pagliacci, the title role in Gluck's Armide, and Countess Gabriele and Countess Maritza in the operetta Vienna Blood. In addition, Schoenenberg is in demand as a concert singer with performances in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Israel and Norway. She has appeared in numerous galas including the Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert with Leo Nucci.

Howard Reddy is a baritone from Carlow, Ireland. Performance credits include Il Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Opera North (UK), Grange Park Opera (UK) and the Curtis Opera Theatre; Marcello(La Boheme) for the Chautauqua Institute, and Professor Bhaer(Little Women) and Count Ceprano(Rigoletto) for Pensacola Opera. His numerous roles for the Curtis Opera Theatre include Marcello(La Boheme), Captain(The Death of Klinghoffer), Ramiro(L'heure espagnole), and Le Directeur (Les Mamelles de Tireasias) among others. His performance of John in Miss Julie is available as a live recording on the Albany Label. Oratorio performances include Bachs Johannes Passion with the Princeton University Choir, Messiah at Yorkminster Cathedral (UK) and finals concert at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York where he was second place overall prizewinner, in addition to numerous other performances with many choral societies.

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