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December 8, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.
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COPLAND Music for Movies
BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 1915
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
RESPIGHI Trittico Botticelliano
Alastair Willis, Guest Conductor
Grammy-nominated ALASTAIR WILLIS maintains a busy guest conducting schedule with major orchestras across the USA and around the world. Currently, he serves as Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. A brilliant musician, Mr. Willis is known for his strong podium presence and engaging and attractive personality; his appearances with The SYMPHONIA are audience favorites.

“For all his attention to detail and his accurate rendering of tempo indications…...this was….a red-blooded, impetuous and deliciously over-the-top performance.” San Antonio Express News

“Physically expressive, Willis challenged the orchestra, demanding — and getting — exceptionally focused attention to phrasing.” 
Honolulu Advertiser

“The program was filled with comments by Willis, who introduced the works with useful and entertaining remarks.”   The Calgary Herald

“Willis has a gift of engaging listeners, a skill that everyone holding a baton should master.”
Jole Luks, Culture Map, Houston


Robyn Marie Lamp, Soprano Soloist
Soprano ROBYN MARIE LAMP’s performances are earning her recognition and roles, from rare Bel Canto gems to world premieres. With a voice described as “robust” and “golden,”   she took first place in the prestigious Lois Alba Aria Competition and was a finalist in the South East Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  She received degrees from FAU and Louisiana State University.

"Among the singers, Robyn Marie Lamp stood out for her ample, exciting soprano, showing mature musicianship and a budding Verdi voice."  Opera News


JANUARY 5, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.

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ASSAD Suite for Lower Strings
HAYDN Concerto for Violin in C
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4

Carolyn Kuan, Guest Conductor
CAROLYN KUAN, recognized as a conductor of extraordinary versatility, has enjoyed successful associations with top tier orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, and festivals worldwide. Her commitment to contemporary music has defined her approach to programming, and established her as an international resource for new music and world premieres. She has served as Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 2011.

“The command that conductor Carolyn Kuan held over the Orchestra produced an evening of electric excitement.”   Culture Blog 

Daniel Andai, Violin Soloist (replacing Mei Mei Luo)
Multi-talented DANIEL ANDAI has shared his versatile artistry as violinist, arts educator and conductor with audiences and students throughout the world.  Currently, he serves as Concertmaster of the Miami Symphony, Dean of the New World School of the Arts, and Artistic Director of both the Killington Music Festival and Miami’s Alhambra Orchestra, where he is also Principal Conductor.

The New York Times called Andai an “exemplary leader” for his work with members of the New York Philharmonic and Manhattan School of Music students in a lauded Carnegie Hall recital.

"A lyrical dialogue unfolded between orchestra and solo violin, whose melodic lines were expressively performed here by Daniel Andai".
- The New York Times

FEBRUARY 9, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.

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ZWILICH Fanfare for Fran (World Premiere)
BEETHOVEN King Stephen Overture
ZWILICH Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

James Judd, Guest Conductor
British-born conductor JAMES JUDD is sought after for both his passionate musicianship and his charismatic presence on and off the podium. Known for his extraordinarily communicative style and bold, imaginative programming, repeat engagements in concert halls around the world attest to his rapport with audiences and musicians alike. In addition to leading established, large musical groups, Mr. Judd has excelled as a youth and chamber orchestra conductor.

“The hyper-energetic Judd's almost fanatical zeal provided…….. an electrifying evening.”  New Zealand Herald

Elissa Lee Koljonen, Violin Soloist
Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, ELISSA LEE KOLJONEN has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world.

 “A violinist of immense presence…. exquisite timing and precision….a violinist of considerable soul.”  Philadelphia Inquirer

Yumi Kendall, Cello Soloist
YUMI KENDALL serves as Assistant Principal Cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra and founder of the Suzuki Alumni Project. She describes herself as “cellist, musical messenger and treasure hunter.”

“Kendall played beautifully………. and brought forth a rhapsodic quality in the music.”
Lexington (KY) Herald Leader 

MARCH 29, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
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ADOLPHE (Julia) Shiver and Bloom
BRITTEN Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3

Laura Jackson, Guest Conductor
Acclaimed for her artistry, leadership and innovative programming, LAURA JACKSON currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Reno Philharmonic. Her passion and drive have led that orchestra to new heights, with cutting-edge composer-in-residence projects, vibrant performances of traditional repertoire, and collaborations that captivate the enthusiasm of music aficionados nationwide.

“Jackson, an expressive, demonstrative conductor, nearly danced along with the orchestra….. Her obvious enthusiasm for the music translated to the orchestra, which performed with a restrained brilliance.”   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marika Bournaki, Piano Soloist
With unparalleled technical, musical and communication skills, MARIKA BOURNAKI is a world class performer, outstanding pianist, and vivacious young woman…. and the freshest face on the classical music scene. Her innovative approach to her art and performance make her an audience favorite.

“Soloist Marika Bournaki exhibited a deft touch. Her runs were smoothly articulated and she played with impressive vitality.”  South Florida Classical Review


A Gift For Our Audience: Pre-Concert Conversations

Please join us for our Pre-Concert Conversation at 2 p.m. (prior to the 3 p.m. concert) at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School designed to enhance your concert going experience!

Spend 30 minutes listening to and participating in a fascinating, informative and fun discussion about the composer and the music that will be performed at the concert that day. This conversation will be lead by either the Maestro of the concert or a Guest Speaker.

Your questions will be welcome throughout this discussion.

Ticketing Information:
Tickets available for online purchase until 11:30 am concert day. Tickets purchased on-line less than one week prior to the concert date will be held for pick up at the "Will Call" table, prior to the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 1:00 pm.

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Concerts begin at 3 pm

Concert Venue:
Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton

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