Strauss, Korngold, Hormel

The SFSO is proud to present the World Premiere of local composer/pianist, Tom Hormel's beautiful ballet, The Legend of Bird Mountain. His eclectic taste is evident in this foray into romantic music with a broad range of emotional energy that is driven by visits to Middle Eastern Motifs. 

Naumburg Competition winner, Tessa Lark, joins the Symphony to perform Korngold's lush Violin Concerto on the 1683 "ex-Gingold" Stradivari violin. "Her combination of a rich, robust sound, even high in th register, technical control and phrasing that makes even the quickest presto seem uncrushed, and a sense of surety seasoned with a distinctive personality, makes Lark stand out from America's talented pack of young virtuosos. This is a special artist." Milton Moore- The Day

Richard Strauss' place in popular culture comes down to one rumbling giant of a fanfare: the 22-bar opening of his Also spruce Zarathustra. This 1896 orchestral work, inspired by Nietzsche's philosophical novel of the same name, sky rocketed him to iconic status thanks to Stanley Kubrick's film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Concert Description

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra is Proud to Present

Tom Hormel: Legend of Bird Mountain (World Premiere) details

Korngold: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

featuring Tessa Lark, violin details

Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra


Featured Guest Artist: Tessa Lark (Violin)

Hear a world-reknowned virtuoso play a Stradivarius!

Winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Award in 2012, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time.  She has been consistently praised by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility and musical elegance.  Tessa, now age 26, was named the Silver Medalist of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, making her the highest-ranked American-born winner in the Competition's history. She is a recipient of a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Visit Tessa Lark's homepage.

Featured Guest Composer: Tom Hormel

Your chance to enjoy a world premiere from a prize-winning composer!

Much of Tom’s life interest has been absorbed in creating music and art.  “Legend of Bird Mountain” came about in 1990, when members of The New York City Ballet (including director Jacques d’Ambiose, lead dancer Christopher d’Ambiose and other prominent dancers from New York City Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet) joined the Sun Valley Summer Arts Festival for a three-week class.  Prior to coming to the summer festival, Jacques d’Ambiose, instigated a contest to select a local composer.  With a four-minute composition that is included in the now 23:18 minute version of “Legend of Bird Mountain”, Tom Hormel was selected for the collaboration. Tom has done other serious orchestral compositions, including "Go For Baroque”, which had its World Premiere performance at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills and also performed by the Cape Cod Symphony.  Tom continues to write music and is focused on reorganizing several older compositions to be orchestrated and/or choreographed.  Learn more about Tom Hormel.

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Jan 26, 7:30 PM

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Performance Date & Locations

January 22-26

Conductor: Maestra Maria Alfonso

“…Sebrina Maria Alfonso [is] a dynamic, commanding Maestro with plenty of orchestral experience...The orchestra played flawlessly for her, and the audience gave her the only bravos we heard all evening."

                            - New York reviewer Bill Zakariasen

A stupendous, symphonic super heroine, Maestra Sebrina Alfonso is a woman achieving Ubermensch! She's performed as a guest conductor with dozens of other orchestras around the world and is currently leading the South Florida Symphony into its 19th season.

Sebrina María Alfonso made her New York debut conducting the American Symphony Orchestra at the finals of the Stokowski International Competition in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The audience greeted this prizewinner with a standing ovation following her performance and pronounced her the clear winner in the audience poll announced at the end of the proceedings.

In 2002, Maestra Alfonso became the first Cuban American conductor invited to conduct Cuba’s premier orchestra where she received standing ovations with standing room only concerts.  She continues a relationship with that orchestra and has traveled to Cuba on four other occasions.

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