KEY WEST, Florida -- Internationally acclaimed pianist Andreas Klein and rising opera singer Yuriko Nonaka are to appear with the Key West Symphony during the orchestra's final master series concerts of its 10th anniversary season.
The symphony is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 W. College Road on the Florida Keys Community College campus.
For each concert weekend, the symphony's nationally recognized conductor and musical director Sebrina Maria Alfonso brings together more than 70 professional symphonic musicians from around the country.
Alfonso's musical credits include stints as guest conductor for the Prague Radio Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among many others. In addition, she was the first Cuban American ever invited to conduct and hold a permanent guest conducting position with Cuba's premier orchestra.
During the symphony's April concerts, Klein is to display his artistry on Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor." The symphony also is to perform excerpts from Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" with Nonaka singing the role of Butterfly.
A native of Germany, Klein is a premier interpreter of works by Beethoven, Mozart and Robert Schumann, among others. He has performed as a soloist in leading venues including London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as with internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic.
Nonaka recently won a prestigious European opera competition for her portrayal of Butterfly. She prepared for the challenge in part during master classes at an opera seminar presented by the Key West Symphony.
In addition to the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, the symphony's schedule includes two free daytime concerts for Florida Keys students. The young people's concerts are a component of the symphony's ongoing educational outreach program. Each season, the symphony provides up to 3,000 Keys students the opportunity to hear and explore the world of classical music.
Symphony fans that want to delve deeper into April's featured musical selections are invited to attend a "Symphony Chat" with scholar and lecturer Dr. Edward Pitts. He is to speak at 7:15 p.m. both concert evenings in the grand foyer of the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Following the symphony's performance Friday, April 4, attendees can meet the musicians and the conductor at a reception in the theater's grand foyer.
Concert tickets are $32 to $75 per person based on seat location. They can be purchased online at www.keystix.com
or by calling the Tennessee Williams Theatre box office at (305) 296-1520.
For more information, visit www.keywestsymphony.com
or call (305) 292-1774.
For lodging information in Key West, contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-LAST-KEY (800-527-8539) or visit the Keys Web site at www.fla-keys.com