The Boca Raton Symphonia infuses South Florida's arts and culture community with spirited classical-music performances, escorting listeners through the works of some of history's most revered composers. As the first installment of a two-part mini series, the January 14 concert spotlights guest conductor Arthur Fagen alongside piano soloist Alex Cobrin, who employs masterful keystrokes to caress open ears like a grizzled groundskeeper caresses his glass eyeball during a time of quiet reflection. Throughout the program, the ensemble's vacillating scales will reverberate during the premiere of Turkin's Five Brief Essays on One Theme before shifting to a pair of fiery pieces, including Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 and Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 3. From seats in section A, attendees enjoy up-close views of the stage while basking in tightly spun measures or the company of their mannequin dates.
Composed in memory of one of Verdi's favorite writers, Requiem is a musical staging of a Roman Catholic funeral mass. The Master Chorale of South Florida’s brass and voice unify in booming harmony as the 120-member chorus and 60-piece orchestra strive to express the divine sublimity of the composition. The stupendous sonic sensation is sure to shatter stray wine glasses and loose ear marimbas while quieting the rock band video-gaming console of the soul.