Boca Symphonia unveils 2011-2012 Connoisseur Concert schedule
The world-class orchestra’s seventh annual season schedule offers “Symphonies on Sundays” from December 2011 through April 2012. Season tickets are now on sale. All concerts are held at 3 p.m. in the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton.
Introduced last year as a special prelude to each concert, ticket holders are invited to come early at 1:45 p.m. to get “up close and personal” with the afternoon concert’s conductor. Musicologist and American Classical Music Hall of Fame inductee Martin Bookspan, who has appeared with many of America’s great symphony orchestras and served as contributing editor to the Stereo Review, will hold open discussions with concert conductors, including commentary and questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be available in the lobby following the pre-concert session.
According to Boca Raton Symphonia President Steve Pomeranz, the 2011-2012 Connoisseur Series schedule is as follows:
Dec. 4: Principal Conductor Philippe Entremont, one of the most recorded artists of all time who has performed as a pianist on five continents in practically every musical center, will direct the symphonic orchestra in its inaugural concert of the season.
Jan. 15: Guest Conductor Arthur Fagen will conduct the orchestra in this second concert of the series. It will showcase the talents of Russian piano soloist Alex Kobrin, who is the winner of numerous piano competitions, including the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Feb. 5: Guest Conductor Ramon Tebar, who is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting Spanish conductors of his generation, will direct the orchestra. The concert will showcase the talents of Violin Soloist Areta Zhulla, who has collaborated with, among others, Perlman Pinchas Zukerman.
March 18, Principal Conductor Philippe Entremont. This concert will showcase his talents as a piano soloist along with the talent of award-winning Piano Soloist Sebastian Knauer. Knauer, who has been praised by reviewers for his eloquence and sensitive interpretations, has performed internationally in major concert halls.
April 1: The concluding concert of the series features Principal Conductor Philippe Entremont and showcases the talents of renowned Piano Soloist Clair Huangci, the grand prize winner of the 1999 World Piano Competition. She received a grand piano for her sixth birthday and started taking lessons when she was seven. That same year, she was featured on Fox News as a child prodigy with “the skills of a professional pianist.”
Tickets are now on sale by calling 866-MUSIC01 (866-687-4201) or online by visiting www.bocasymphonia.org. Those wishing to buy season subscriptions by check can print out the online subscription order form and send with payment to Boca Raton Symphonia at 2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Single ticket purchases will become available online Nov. 1, 2011 and will receive an approximate 5 percent discount.