EMMA and Flagler College will present the Southwest Florida Symphony Holiday Pops on Wednesday December 16, 2015 and Thursday December 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Hear all of your favorite songs and carols of the season performed by the SWFS. Tickets are $35.00 and may be purchased in advance at www.emmaconcerts.com, by phone at 904-797-2800, or at the door. The box office opens one hour before the performance. Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are strongly encouraged.
The Southwest Florida Symphony is Fort Myer’s only professional orchestra and one of the oldest on Florida’s gulf coast. It made its debut as a community orchestra of 24 players on April 15, 1961, conducted by Arlo Deibler, and maintains its original commitment to celebrate the joy of music and to provide exciting, high-quality performances by professional musicians. Since its inception over a half century ago, The Southwest Florida Symphony has grown to a roster of more than 65 world-class musicians, filling Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall with symphonic music enthusiasts each performance season.
The orchestra anticipates its 54th year to be one of excitement and celebration as it welcomes its new music director and conductor, internationally acclaimed Maestro Nir Kabaretti. Maestro Kabaretti is the fifth conductor in the Symphony’s history; he brings international and regional orchestra experience, forward thinking, and strong artistic leadership. Kabaretti has earned an impressive reputation across continents for his command of a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire, and for his profound knowledge of and sensitivity to the music he conducts.
Born in Israel, Kabaretti began piano lessons at the age of six, later studied piano and conducting at The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, and continued his education at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he graduated from in 1995. Upon his graduation, Kabaretti began working as coach and chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He subsequently advanced to positions as assistant to the music director at the Teatro Real in Madrid and personal assistant to Maestro Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel in 2002 and served as its Music Director till 2008. He has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians, leading opera houses, and renowned orchestras. Some of his collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Hélène Grimaud.
Vocalist Laura Woyasz will perform with the Symphony, bringing audience members the cheeriest of holiday melodies. Woyasz was most recently seen as Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked. Visit the symphony’s website here.