The Boca Raton Symphonia has adopted the premise, “Inspired Naturally,” for its 2022-2023 season that opens in November which will feature well-known guest conductors and soloists in a series of performances that runs through next April.
The inspiration for the four-concert program comes from the multimedia symphony, “Terra Nostra,” an award-winning multimedia symphony by Christophe Chagnard that combines imaginative visuals with the power of symphonic music and explores the impact and challenges of climate change. The December concert will feature the video of the symphony as a backdrop for the live performance in a powerful, sensory experience. It will be the world premiere of “Terra Nostra,” redone for a chamber orchestra. Each of the season’s concerts will be themed as either fire, earth, wind or water. The live shows will feature Grammy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists along with some of the world’s most talented soloists and conductors.The series will feature four live performances which will take place on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. at Roberts Theater on the campus of Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. Each show will be preceded by an exclusive conversation with the conductor.
The 2022-23 season includes the following programs:
November 13, 2022 – FIRE
The Symphonia will ignite its new season with fiery works led by Andrés Cardenes, conductor and violin soloist. “Signs of Life II” by Russell Peck, a piece rich with engaging rhythms and gorgeous melodic lines, will be followed by Haydn’s exhilarating and volatile “Symphony No. 59,” nicknamed “Fire.” The concert concludes with Mozart’s striking and exotic “Violin Concerto No. 5.”
Andres Cardenes, Photo playing violin
December 4, 2022 – EARTH
Alastair Willis will be principal conductor for this concert that will take in all the wonders of the Earth, beginning at Fingal’s Cave off the west coast of Scotland with Mendelssohn’s evocative “Hebrides Overture.” The Symphonia will begin with a mesmerizing visit to Syria with internationally renowned clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and conclude with “Terra Nostra.”
Principal conductor Alastair Willis
March 26, 2023 – WIND
The Symphonia’s longtime friend and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim, will lead the local musicians in the performance of Jessie Montgomery’s lively “Voodoo Dolls,” two melodious works by Mozart and the virtuosic “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla.
April 30, 2023 – WATER
Principal Conductor Willis returns to close the season with Ethel Smyth’s overture to “The Wreckers” — a wildly romantic, stirring image of the sea and pirates. The Symphonia will perform DiLorenzo’s “Jabberwocky,” based on the nonsensical poem from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The afternoon will conclude with Beethoven’s glorious “Pastoral Symphony.”