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Date(s) - 11/09/2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

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Grace Lutheran Church
4325 Commons Drive
Destin, FL 32541
Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the 1st Classical Connections Concert of its 12th SeasonSinfonia Gulf Coast — the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra led by Music and Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller — presents the first regular concert of the mainstage season that celebrates the “classics” with a twist.

The first in the Classical Connections series, presented by Silver Sands Premium Outlets, features cellist Sang-Eun Lee on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin.

Hailed for her expressive artistry and dazzling technique, 22-year-old Lee has been praised for her performance by the Washington Post who said, “She is a prodigiously talented young artist with powerful technique and musical poise.” She will perform Tchaikovsky’s stunning “Variations on a Rococo Theme.” Also on the program are Mozart’s “Wind Serenade in E-flat” and Antonin Dvorak’s showstopper “Serenade for Strings.”

Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee attended the Korean National University of Arts, from the age of nine, where she worked with Myung Wha Chung and Sang Min Park. She is a grant recipient of the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts, and currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music, working with Peter Wiley and (YCA Alumnus) Carter Brey.

She has been invited to perform as a soloist with Korea’s leading orchestras including the Seoul Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung, the Suwon Philharmonic, the Prime Philharmonic, the Korean National University of Arts Orchestra, the Gangnam Symphony and GMMFS orchestras. She made her Seoul recital debut at the age of 13 on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series and has given recitals at the Blue House in Seoul and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Lee has been featured on KBS (the Korean Broadcasting System).

Lee has won top prizes in various international competitions including the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and First Prize at the 2014 YCA Auditions in Seoul, Korea. At 15, she won First Prize at the 2009 Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., Second Prize at the 2009 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and the Young Musician Prize of the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin. She also was awarded Germany’s Kronberg Academy Cello Festival’s 2009 Ingrid zu Solms Culture Prize.

“Sinfonia continues to focus on the advancement of all aspects of its music education initiatives. As one of our Sinfonia Prize recipients from NYC-based Young Concert Artists, Sang-Eun Lee exemplifies the traits of an artist destined for great success and we are honored and privileged to be able to present her to the Northwest Florida community during this stage of her career,” said Demetrius Fuller, Music and Artistic Director for Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

Tickets for this concert range from $29.50 to $45 per person.

The 12th season continues Sinfonia’s tradition as a “symphony redefined” with a stellar lineup that includes: “A Rockin’ Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes” on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017; SYBARITE5 string quintet on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018; violinist Corinne Stillwell on Saturday, March 3, 2018; the Gala Event – the world premiere of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man in Concert” – on Saturday, March 31, 2018; and the Alys Beach Pops concert over Memorial Day weekend.

Individual tickets and season subscriptions are now on sale for all performances which begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to SinfoniaGulfCoast.org and call (850) 460-8800.

Email questions to info@sinfoniagulfcoast.org. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Elaine Tucker at (850) 460-8800 or email ETucker@SinfoniaGulfCoast.org.

The 2017-2018 season is made possible by the generous support from individuals, local businesses and media partners. Presenting Sponsor for the 2017-2018 season is Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Presenting Concerts Sponsor is Hancock Bank. Classical Connections Presenting Sponsor is Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Presenting Media Sponsor is Vie Magazine. Presenting E-media Sponsor is Sowal.com. Presenting Accommodations Sponsor is Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and Presenting Discounted Military Tickets Sponsor is Eglin Credit Federal Union.


Sinfonia Gulf Coast was founded in 2005 on Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast with the mission of redefining the symphony experience. Under the guidance of founder and Music Director Demetrius Fuller and a dedicated board of directors, the nonprofit orchestra is in its 12th season of innovative musical programming, designed to entertain, educate and inspire the community. Since its founding, Sinfonia Gulf Coast has presented more than 475 concerts and events, has collaborated with numerous nonprofits and businesses throughout the community and has reached more than 100,000 children through its Sinfonia Guest Artists in the Schools program/music education outreach initiatives. For more information on Sinfonia Gulf Coast, visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org, call (850) 460-8800 or e-mail info@sinfoniagulfcoast.org.

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