On Saturday, September 17th, I will be playing second trombone with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, in Niceville, Florida.
The 30th anniversary season for the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra promises an array of concerts and special events that showcase the Emerald Coast’s premier professional orchestra and celebrate the NFSO’s “String of Pearls” season.
Highlights of the 2016-17 NFSO season include two star-studded Special Event concerts, a gala anniversary reception, the premiere of an original ballet specially commissioned for orchestra’s anniversary, guest artists from around the globe, and the introduction of “Symphony Sunday” – with a new NFSO afternoon matinee concert.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 30th Seasonopens Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm (CT) with a glorious "GOOD AS GOLD" concert in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville, Florida.
Don't miss this stupendous season opening concert with the music of Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 5 in D major Op. 107 “Reformation” and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major Op. 83 featured with special Guest Artist Aristo Sham, Gold Medal winning pianist (Wideman International Piano Competition) performing the Brahms.
Aristo Sham, is a 20-year-old classical pianist from Hong Kong who was the Gold Medalist (Grand prize) at the 65th Wideman International Piano Competition. A child music prodigy born in Hong Kong, he was first introduced to the piano at the age of three, and joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of six. He is currently pursuing BA/MMus degrees as a joint programme at Harvard University and New England Conservatory, studying with Professor Victor Rosenbaum. He has given recitals on four continents in countries ranging from Singapore and the USA to Slovenia and Morocco and has played for Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle, and the Queen of Belgium and President Hu of China on their respective visits to Hong Kong.
He has also collaborated with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and the Minnesota Orchestra. Aristo has won a number of international prizes, including First Prize and the Barenreiter Urtext Special Prize in the 10th Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Germany in 2006, First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008, First Prize and two special prizes in the Minnesota International Junior Piano-e-Competition in 2011, First Prize in the inaugural Viseu International Piano Competition, 2015, and First Prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition in 2015.
Aristo was featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’, broadcast in the United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM).
This concert is included in NFSO Season Packages or may be purchased individually. Concert tickets are $25 adult and $18 for Active Duty Military and youth (youth age 18 & younger).
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the Emerald Coast’s premier, fully professional orchestra - since 1987! The NFSO performs in residence at the magnificent $30 million Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center, located at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. NFSO concerts are held in the center’s 1,650 mainstage theater where a custom orchestra shell provides the optimum in acoustics for symphony patrons. The NFSO is a non-profit organization operated under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College.