South Florida Symphony Orchestra Performs Masterworks in its 26th Key West Season

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Classical music aficionados can celebrate the South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 2024 season by joining the landmark orchestra in Key West for Masterworks concerts performed at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. 

Founded in Key West, the renowned symphony is guided by award-winning conductor and Key West native Sebrina María Alfonso. Its 26th Masterworks season in the island city launched Jan. 20, with a concert spotlighting female composers Florence Price and Jessie Montgomery. 

The second Masterworks performance in Key West is set for Friday, March 1, showcasing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, and a musical tapestry of grand opera finales. Four virtuoso vocal soloists and the South Florida Symphony Chorus are to join the orchestra. 

The Key West season is to conclude Friday, March 29, with a concert that includes Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite,” Maurice Ravel’s stirring “Bolero” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes” from his Broadway musical “On the Town.” The program is highlighted by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Clarinet Concerto, a moving elegy on America’s 9/11 attacks that features soloist David Shifrin on clarinet. 

Both Masterworks concerts are to take place at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, located at 5901 College Road on the campus of The College of the Florida Keys. 

Two-concert subscription packages can be purchased by clicking the Key West “subscribe” links at southfloridasymphony.org/2023-24-season/. Tickets for individual performances are available as well.

Season information, pricing and calendar: southfloridasymphony.org  

The March 1 Key West performance showcases Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and grand opera finales featuring the South Florida Symphony Chorus and four virtuoso vocal soloists.

The March 1 Key West performance showcases Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and grand opera finales featuring the South Florida Symphony Chorus and four virtuoso vocal soloists.

The symphony is guided by award-winning conductor and Key West native Sebrina Maria Alfonso.

The symphony is guided by award-winning conductor and Key West native Sebrina Maria Alfonso.

Clarinet soloist David Shifrin performs Clarinet Concerto by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, a moving elegy on America's 9/11 attacks, during the March 29 concert.

Clarinet soloist David Shifrin performs Clarinet Concerto by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, a moving elegy on America's 9/11 attacks, during the March 29 concert.

This article was updated on February 25, 2024 at 8:09 AM
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