Gala Weekend Set For Symphonia, Boca Raton’s First Concert Of Season

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By: Dale King Contributing Writer
The Symphonia, Boca Raton will kick off its 2016-17 Connoisseur Concert Series with a performance Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton. Three other special programs will also be held.
Guest conductor will be James Judd, with Jan Mracek as violin soloist.  The program is entitled “Drama & Virtuosity.”
Judd is known for his passionate musicianship and charismatic presence on the podium. Recently appointed music director and chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, he is also chief conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra and New York’s Little Orchestra Society.
Mracek, an award-winning violinist from the Czech Republic, won first prize at both the Kreisler International Violin Competition in 2014 and the Stefanie Hohl Violin Competition that same year. He has performed as soloist with a number of international orchestras.
The weekend will include a Box Lunch It with the Symphonia Friday, Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. Participants can sit in on part of a rehearsal and enjoy a box lunch while listening to the conductor, soloist and musician’s perspective on the upcoming concert. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. The event will be at the Unitarian Church, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton.
For children, a Meet the Orchestra opportunity will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Families will be able to interact with the Symphonia’s conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School. The cost is $5 for adults, children/non-profits are free. Reservations are required.
A Pre-Concert Conversation will take place on the day of the performance, Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2-2:30 p.m., with the conductor or guest speaker. There is no charge for concert ticket holders to attend.
Season subscription tickets range between $175 and $350, depending on seat selection. Series and individual tickets are available now at thesymphonia.org or by calling 1-866-687-1201 or emailing tickets@thesymphonia.org. Single tickets range from $50 to $84.