Key West Symphony Becomes South Florida Symphony & Announces January’s Performance

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As the Key West Symphony Orchestra expands into the South Florida market, they strive to become an active member of the community.  As a result, the orchestra is proud to announce a new regional name, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.  This name change will provide greater opportunity for the orchestra to grow and expand its brand in the region and reach a new audience.

After a widely successful inaugural performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on December 17th, The South Florida Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its highly anticipated Master Concert No 2 for one night only at the Broward Center on January 16th.  SFSO Musical Director Sebrina María Alfonso conducts the magnificent 93-piece orchestra, which will include guest appearances by Jin Hi Kim performing Korean Drums and famed violinist Ittai Shapira, performing their own compositions. Also describes the upcoming concert as particularly unique, “It is unusual to have soloists of the caliber of Jin Hi and Ittai who are also composers, performing their own works.   This concert features music representative of what Classical Music of the World is today.”

Israeli violinist Ittai Shapira has been engaged and re-engaged by world-renowned orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Russian Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestra among others. He has recently assumed the role of conductor/soloist with various chamber orchestras, including the ECO, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Ittai Shapira made his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 with the Orchestra of St Luke's, performing the world premier of the violin concerto written for him by compatriot Shulamit Ran.

Jin Hi Kim is highly acclaimed as both an innovative komungo virtuoso and for her cross-cultural compositions. She also plays various Korean percussion instruments. In Korea, Kim studied and practiced traditional music with masters from the National School for Korean Traditional Music, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture. Kim’s works have been presented on the main stages of significant cultural venues including Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Royal Festival Hall (London), and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin). In 2003, Kim appeared with the Key West Symphony Orchestra as a soloist for her composition, Eternal Rock.

The next performance of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra will be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 8pm.  For more information about the performance or the SFSO, please visit their website: www.keywestsymphony.com.


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