New Boca Raton Symphonia Allegro Society raises awareness of city’s world-class orchestra
BOCA RATON — The Boca Raton Symphonia announces the establishment of the Allegro Society, a women’s volunteer auxiliary group whose mission is to promote and broaden the Symphonia’s musical and cultural presence in South Florida to expand the Symphonia’s audience, visibility, and appeal.
Recognized by critics as a gem of an orchestra, now in its sixth year, the mission of the Boca Raton Symphonia, Boca’s “world class orchestra,” is
to perform and to make accessible classical music through concert performances and educational outreach programs featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists.
The Allegro Society was conceived and founded through the dedication and passion for classical music from eight women: Sonya Cremin, Fran Kaye, Molly Foreman Kozel, Mimi Sadler, Marlene Samuels, Deborah Sokol, Edith Stein and Catherine Zieman. The groups’ objective was to generate expanding awareness of the Boca Raton Symphonia and its programs. It has evolved and grown into a larger volunteer auxiliary group of 35 women with new members joining as they hear about it.
“Our goals are to develop liaisons within the community and build relations with other organizations and schools and to actively encourage support of classical music performances,” noted an Allegro Society founding member Deborah Sokol. “By working together, we can build a community enriched with artistic expression benefiting the lives of individuals, families, and students.
Since its inception, the Allegro Society has assisted the Boca Raton Symphonia attain a record 450 subscriptions (670 households) for the 2010-2011 Connoisseur Concert Series which will feature the orchestra’s new internationally-renowned Principal Conductor and Piano Soloist Philippe Entremont, one of the most recorded artists of all time who has served as music director of Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, New Orleans Philharmonic, and the Denver Symphony.
Also featured are accomplished Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Guest Conductor Gunther Schuller, who has received two Guggenheim fellowships; and Guest Conductor David Commanday who has conducted the National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, the American Symphony, the Louisville, Belgian Radio, and Vienna Pro Arte Orchestras, and the Seattle, Atlanta, and Richmond Symphonies. Concert soloists for this season include Itzhak Perlman protégé and cellist SuJin Lee, mezzo soprano Daniela Mack, violinist Ludwig Mueller, cellist Christophe Pantillon, and pianist Soyeon Lee.
The society is also having its first fundraiser Nov. 12. The proceeds from the luncheon will go toward supporting the important Boca Symphonia educational and musical programming.
For more information about the Boca Raton Symphonia, its Allegro Society, and sponsorship opportunities or to purchase subscriptions and individual concert performance tickets, visit www.bocasymphonia.org or call the Boca Raton Symphonia at 561-376-3848.