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Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Announces 2007-08 Season of Classical Excellence

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

7/10/07 - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) at Okaloosa-Walton College announces its 2007-08 concert season and the availability of season tickets. The region's premiere professional symphony, the NFSO is celebrating the arrival of Boston Maestro Jeffrey Rink as the first full-time conductor in the orchestra's 20-year history. The NFSO, under the baton of Rink, will present beloved masterpieces, national guest artists, and collaborative performances with the Northwest Florida Ballet and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus for the 2007-08 season.

"The orchestra's home venue at the OWC Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville offers a superb orchestral experience," noted Maestro Rink, "A varied and exciting season is in store which truly offers something for everyone." As the conductor and music director of the NFSO, Jeffrey Rink holds the Mattie Kelly Distinguished Endowed Teaching Chair in Music at OWC.

Season tickets for a series of five concerts are now available for $100, a significant savings over single ticket prices. Season subscribers enjoy concerts from their preferred seats at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, an exclusive pre-season champagne reception with Maestro Rink, and the opportunity to purchase additional tickets to any NFSO performance prior to individual ticket sales being available to the general public.

"Even if someone can't attend all five concert events, we encourage season subscriptions as each subscriber receives individual reserved tickets to each concert," explained Rink. "These 'best seat in the house' tickets can make marvelous gifts for friends or business associates." Rink noted that season subscriptions are also the foundation of the orchestra's varied endeavors, including educational programs for area youth.

The season's opening concert on October 27 will feature national guest artist Cellist virtuoso Andrés Díaz. A Naumberg Prize winner who has performed at Carnegie Hall and around the word, Díaz has received critical acclaim from The New York Times for his "strongly interpretive vision". Díaz will be featured with the NFSO in a performance of Saint Saëns' Cello Concerto in A minor.

The Saint Saens' A Minor concerto is one of the greatest works for cello and orchestra, combining an explosive opening contrasted by a plaintive middle section and a brilliant conclusion. The opening concert of the NFSO season will also feature the works of other 19th Century Masters including Richard Wagner's stormy Overture to the Flying Dutchman and DvoYák's joyous Symphony No. 8 in G major.

The NFSO's second concert event of the season will once again feature a collaboration with the Northwest Florida Ballet on a classic holiday treat, The Nutcracker, on November 16, 17 & 18. The November 16 performance is included in the NFSO season package at a significant savings over the single ticket price for this popular event.

On December 7, join the NFSO as the orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus present "Holiday Pops!" an evening filled with popular holiday fare including carol sing-a-longs and festive works for brass choir.

The "Stars of Tomorrow" will be presented February 22, 2008 with prestigious Concerto Competition winners who will dazzle audience members with their polish and virtuosity as they perform with the NFSO.

"The Concerto Competition winners are always truly stunning and this event is one of the favorites of our long-time NFSO patrons," explained Rink.

Join "Beethoven and Friends" on April 18, 2008 as the NFSO evokes powerful emotions of sorrow, joy and hope in the orchestra's spectacular season finale. Begin the evening experiencing Mendelssohn's Overture to the Beautiful Melusine, based on the timeless classical tale of the Little Mermaid. Then, feel the joy and hope brought out in the Lord Nelson Mass by Franz Josef Haydn, presented with the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus. Beethoven's "Symphony of the Dance," or Symphony No. 7 in A major will provide a powerful and jubilant conclusion to this exciting season with the NFSO.

Season tickets are available now through the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center box office and may be purchased by phone, by mail or in-person. Call the box office at 729-6000. Individual tickets for all performances dates of the NFSO will be available starting September 17. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the Niceville campus of OWC at 100 College Boulevard and is easily accessible via U.S. Highway 285, Highway 85 and the mid-bay bridge.

Prior to joining the NFSO July 1, Maestro Rink served concurrently as the Music Director of Chorus pro Musica in Boston, Massachusetts and the Newton Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestral Activities at the Longy School of Music, where he conducted the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He was previously conductor of the New England Philharmonic for eight years in which he won four ASCAP awards for adventuresome programming and commitment to new music.

The talented professional musicians who perform with the NFSO come from across the greater panhandle region and many of the symphony's guest artists have an international reputation. The orchestra has performed continuously each season since 1987, providing cultural programs to thousands of area residents in its 20-year history.