South Florida Symphony Orchestra celebrates 25th anniversary with 2022/23 season

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFSO), conducted by Sebrina María Alfonso, announced its 25th anniversary in the 2022/23 season with five Masterworks concerts and Handel’s glorious holiday masterpiece, Messiah.

During this landmark year, SFSO also announced its new Miami home at the Michael Tilson Thomas Performance Hall at the New World Center (500 17th Street in Miami Beach). 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 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 for the generosity and foresight of Gerald Laskey, who made this expansion opportunity possible through the Gerald L. Laskey Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.

The SFO 25th Anniversary Celebration Season 2022/23 kicks off on November 9 at The Parker and features an exceptional season of classical masterpieces, including one of the most beloved violin concertos in history, Tchaikovich’s Violin Concerto in D major, Shostakovich’s Last “War” Symphony, No. 9, Brahms’ doubly demanding Violin and Cello Concerto and an all-Dvořák program featuring the audience’s favorite – and performer at the concert inaugural Symphony – Zuill Bailey. Additionally, honoring its commitment to presenting new works, SFSO will present its third world premiere by composer-in-residence John Gottsch: Florida-inspired Ocklawaha. The South Florida Symphony Chorus will expand its repertoire, once again, by performing Handel’s Messiah (an additional subscription), 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

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m.: New World Center, Miami

Barber: 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’s Messiah

Saturday December 3, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Sunday December 4, 2022 at 4 p.m.: Barry University, Miami

The story of the Messiah

Handel: Messiah, (Christmas Part) with the South Florida Symphony Chorus

Soloists:

Neil Nelson, bass-baritone

Stephanie Newman, mezzo-soprano

Gerardo Ortega, tenor
Kyaunnee Richardson, soprano

MASTERPIECE II — SHOSTAKOVITCH | WORLD PREMIERE IN GOTTSCH | GREAT OPERA ARIAS

Tuesday January 24, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.: New World Center, Miami

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Saturday January 28, 2023 at 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

MASTERPIECE III — BRAHMS | SIBELIUS | BERLIOZ

Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Saturday 18 February 2023, at 7.30 p.m.: Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West

Berlioz: Overture Béatrice et Bénédict

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

Wednesday March 22, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.: The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Thursday March 23, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.: New World Center, Miami

Saturday March 25, 2023, at 7.30 p.m.: Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West

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

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

MASTERPIECE V — RACHMANINOV | BRUCKNER

Wednesday, April 26, 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.

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