SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH 2022/23 SEASON INCLUDING FIVE CONCERTS AND HANDEL’S MESSIAH New World Center Announced as New Home for Miami Masterworks Concerts; Season tickets on sale now for Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West seasons

Music Director Sebrina María Alfonso will conduct the South Florida Symphony Orchestra in its 2022/23 25th Anniversary Season beginning Nov. 9 at Parker’s in Fort Lauderdale.

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFSO), conducted by Sebrina María Alfonso, is proud to announce its 25e anniversary of the 2022/23 season with five masterpiece concerts and Handel’s glorious holiday masterpiece Messiah. During this landmark year, SFSO also announced its new home in Miami at the Michael Tilson Thomas Performance Hall at the New World Center (500 17e Miami Beach street). Season passes are on sale now for the Broward season at The Parker, opening November 9; Miami Season, opening November 10; and Key West Season at the Tennessee Williams Theater, opening January 28.

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra has announced its new Miami home at the Michael Tilson Thomas Performance Hall at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

The New World Center, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, is an architectural gem adjacent to Miami Beach SoundScape Park in the heart of South Beach. Its state-of-the-art acoustics, state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and spectacular views of Miami Beach’s iconic Art Deco skyline will provide SFSO guests with an elevated musical experience and increased seating capacity.

A perennial favorite at its birthplace in Key West, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra last year was named an arts partner for The Parker, run by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. SFSO sold out its inaugural season at The Parker, which completed a stunning $30 million renovation in 2021. Subsequently, its growing success in Miami necessitated a bigger venue to accommodate its patrons.

“This is an exciting time for the South Florida Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate 25 years of entertaining and enriching our community through music, education and various community engagement initiatives,” said Jacqueline Lorber, president and CEO of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. “Over the past few years, the momentum in Miami has continued to build, laying the groundwork to enter our next stage of growth at New World Center on solid footing, with an enthusiastic patron base and full support. We are grateful to the generosity and foresight of Gerald Laskey, who made this expansion opportunity possible through the Broward Community Foundation’s Gerald L. Laskey Benevolent Fund.

The 2022/23 SFO 25th Anniversary Season of Artistic Excellence kicks off November 9 at The Parker and features an exceptional season of classical masterpieces, including one of the most beloved violin concertos in the history, that of Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D majorShostakovich’s finale “War Symphony” No. 9, doubly demanding Brahms Concerto for violin and cello and an all-Dvořák program with audience favorite – and performer at the Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural concert – Zuill Bailey. Additionally, honoring its commitment to presenting new works, SFSO will present its third world premiere by composer-in-residence John Gottsch: the Florida-inspired Ocklawaha. The South Florida Symphony Chorus will expand its repertoire, once again, with a performance of Handel’s holiday favorite Messiah (a subscription supplement), as well as one of the greatest choral works of its time, Bruckner’s Majestic Te Deum.

The schedule for this season is as follows:

MASTERPIECES I — TCHAIKOVSKY | ELGAR | HAIRDRESSER

Wed 9 Nov 20227:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, Nov 10, 20227:30 p.m.: New World Center, Miami

Hairdresser: First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
with Askar Salimdjanov, violin

Elgar: Enigmatic Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36

Handel Messiah

Sat. 3 Dec. 2022 7:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Sun 4 Dec 2022 4 p.m.: Barry University, Miami

The story of the Messiah

Handel: Messiah(Christmas Party) featuring the South Florida Symphony Choir

Soloists:

Neil Nelson, bass-baritone

Stephanie Newman, mezzo-soprano

Gerardo Ortega, tenor
Kyaunnee Richardson, soprano

MASTERPIECES II — SHOSTAKOVITCH | WORLD PREMIERE IN GOTTSCH | GRAND OPERA ARIAS
Tue 24 Jan 2023
7:30 p.m.: New World Center, Miami

Wed 25 Jan 20237:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Sat 28 Jan 2023 7:30 p.m.: Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West

Gottsch: Ocklawaha – World premiere

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70

Great opera arias from Verdi, Puccini and more

Soloists:
Catalina Cuervo, soprano
Gerardo Ortega, tenor

MASTERPIECES III — BRAHMS | SIBELIUS | BERLIOZ
Wed, February 15, 2023
7:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Sat. 18 Feb. 20237:30 p.m.: Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West

Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Opening

Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102

With Geneva Lewis, violin & Gabriel Martins, cello

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

MASTERWORKS IV – THE WHOLE DVOŘÁK PROGRAM

Wed 22 March 20237:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Thursday, March 23, 20237:30 p.m.: New World Center, Miami

Sat 25 March 20237:30 p.m.: Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West

Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
with Zuill Bailey, cello

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor“From the New World”

MASTERPIECES V — RACHMANINOV | BRUCKNER

Wed 26 April 2023: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

With Svetlana Smolina, piano

Bruckner: Te Deum

With the South Florida Symphony Choir

Soloists:

Catalina Cuervo, soprano

Neil Nelson, bass-baritone

Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo-soprano

Andrés Lasaga, tenor

Lorber added, “Thanks to the dedication and passion of Music Director and Maestra Sebrina Alfonso, we have seen our orchestra blossom into an outstanding cultural institution throughout the region. We look forward to a spectacular anniversary season.

Season passes are on sale now at southfloridasymphony.org/2022-23-season or can be purchased by calling (954) 522-8445. The first subscribers benefit from a 20% reduction on the price of single tickets and have access to the best seats in the house. Five-concert packages in Fort Lauderdale are available from $99; three-concert Key West packages from $60; and three-concert packages starting at $60 and four-concert packages starting at $76 in Miami. Tickets for the one-off show go on sale September 6 (student tickets and group rates will also be available at that time).

For more information, visit southfloridasymphony.org, call (954) 522-8445, or email info@southfloridasymphony.org.

About the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFSO)

Founded in 1997 in Key West by Music Director Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFSO), now based at Wilton Manors, celebrates its 25e anniversary season. SFSO is dedicated to providing meaningful cultural music experiences to residents and visitors to Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Guided by the belief that music is essential to thriving communities, SFSO brings vibrancy and commitment to the arts through innovative programming and transformative educational initiatives. A pioneer in its commitment to symphonic music for underserved communities, its Symphony in the Schools program has touched the lives of 100,000 students since its inception in 1997. SFSO was recently named The Parker’s first artistic partner by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and was recognized by the Cultural Division of Broward County as a “Major Cultural Institution”, one of the few organizations to be so honored. For a performance schedule and season tickets, visit southfloridasymphony.org, call (954) 522-8445 or email info@southfloridasymphony.org.

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