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2020-2021

Season


Dear Patrons, We welcome you back with great enthusiasm for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s 2020-2021 season! Our primary goal is the health and well-being of our guests, staff and artists. As a result, we are adopting the below safety measures at all of our venues for as long as necessary in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. • All patrons and guests of the MKAC will be screened when entering the college campus. • Face coverings must be worn by all patrons and staff when entering the buildings (one will be provided if needed). • All structures, especially high-touch areas, are being regularly disinfected and sanitized. • Extra personnel have been added to staff the restrooms to ensure high standards of cleanliness. • Social distancing practices will be mandated inside the theater; please follow direction of MKAC ushers for seating assignments. • Hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance of the theater. • Plexi-glass partitions have been added to the bar area and concession stands. • Our HVAC unit functions as a high-quality filtration system for quality, clean airflow and undergoes frequent preventative maintenance. Thank you for trusting us and continuing your patronage to the

Stay safe and enjoy the 2020-2021 season!

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A Night With Lee Greenwood September 4 7:30 p.m. NWFSC Amphitheater Tickets: $20, $10 active duty military, Kids under 12 FREE

Lee Greenwood is an icon in Country music with more than 30 albums to his credit. His song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America. Greenwood boasts seven #1 songs and 25 charted singles including: “It Turns Me Inside Out,”“Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” and cross over hits, “Touch & Go Crazy” and “IOU.”

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Sarah Thomas The NFL’s First Female Official; One of the Sports Illustrated 100 Most Influential NFL Figures of All Time

Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official Tickets: FREE limited seating available

September 15 7:30 p.m. | Mainstage

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PRESIDENT’S SPEAKER SERIES

Sarah Thomas is a woman of many firsts – she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, the first woman to officiate a bowl game, and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. She is also the first permanent female NFL official and made post-season history during the Patriots/Chargers 2019 AFC Divisional championship. As an exemplar of what’s possible if you believe, Sarah brings audiences takeaways on breaking through in your own career, from staying focused under pressure and creating change to managing work-life balance and being the best you can be.

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2020-2021

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

at Northwest Florida State College

Concert Season 34

From the New World September 19 7:30 p.m. | Mainstage

Tickets: $25 Adults, $16 Youth, FREE with NWFSC ID Guest Pianist

Dzmitry Ulasiuk

Conductor Search Finalist

Christopher Confessore The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents “From the New World,” featuring NFSO conductor search finalist Christopher Confessore. Join us as the symphony opens our season with influential American melodies that impacted some of the most popular orchestral music with Charles Ives’ Variations on “America” and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, his famous “New World Symphony.” Guest pianist Dzmitry Ulasiuk will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano in C minor. Join us for NFSO’s long-awaited season opener!

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2020-2021

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

at Northwest Florida State College

Concert Season 34

19 40’s New York

Guest Soloist

Narek Arutyunian

Conductor Search Finalist

Todd Craven

October 24 7:30 p.m. | Mainstage Tickets: $25 Adults, $16 Youth, FREE with NWFSC ID NFSO brings you a bite of the Big Apple featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes  from  “On the Town”  and Aaron  Copland’s sophisticated and rarely-performed  Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.  The evening concludes with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last major composition, his highly-energetic and robust Symphonic Dances. NFSO conductor search finalist Todd Craven will lead the symphony with special guest Narek Arutyunian on clarinet.  

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2020-2021

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

at Northwest Florida State College

Concert Season 34 Guest Pianist

Dr. Devin Stephenson

Holiday Pops

Conductor Search Finalist

Kellen Gray

December 11 7:30 p.m. | Mainstage Tickets: $25 Adults, $16 Youth, FREE with NWFSC ID Join Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra conductor search finalist Kellen Gray and the NFSO for the symphony’s annual Holiday Pops concert. Familiar holiday works will fill you with the spirit of the season, along with some surprises! Ring in the holidays with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra!

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Remember When

Rock

2020-2021

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

Was Young

at Northwest Florida State College

Concert Season 34

January 23 7:30 p.m. Mainstage

Tickets: $45

Guest Conductor

Jason Altieri Craig A Meyer is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market whose strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. This spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart topping hits by Sir Elton John, including: Benny and the Jets, Philadelphia Freedom, Crocodile Rock, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Candle in the Wind. A celebration of the character, costumes and charisma of the famed pianist and singer, Meyer’s fully-produced show has captivated audiences throughout the

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United States and abroad.

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2020-2021

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

Stars of Tomorrow An Evening at the Opera

at Northwest Florida State College

Concert Season 34

Guest Soloists

Skyler Covert Bevin Hill Evan Nicholson Kye Richardson

February 13 7:30 p.m. | Mainstage Tickets: $25 Adults, $16 Youth, FREE with NWFSC ID

Guest Conductor

Jeffrey Rink

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Jeffrey Rink present “Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera” featuring the winners of the 2019 NFSO-John Leatherwood Concerto Competition: Kye Richardson (violin), Evan Nicholson (cello), and Skyler Covert (violin). Enjoy movements from classics such as Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 for Violin, Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Chausson’s Poème. Soprano Bevin Hill will dazzle on the second half of the evening with beloved opera arias and melodies, interspersed with NFSO’s performances of popular opera overtures and pieces.

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Jeanne Robertson Humorist

February 19 7:30 pm | Mainstage Tickets: $35

At 76 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has a vivacious personality, heart and sense of humor. Some of her most popular anecdotes include “Don’t Go to Vegas Without A Baptist,” “Don’t Bungee Jump Naked”, and “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store.” Jeanne’s witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Don’t miss this performance by a truly funny lady!

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Just Another

Variation

2020-2021

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

at Northwest Florida State College

Concert Season 34

Guest Pianist

Philip Edward Fisher

April 10 7:30 p.m. Mainstage Tickets: $25 Adults, $16 Youth, FREE with NWFSC ID

Conductor Search Finalist

Glen Cortese When a composer takes a musical idea and alters it through various techniques such as rhythm, melody and harmony, it becomes a “variation.” Led by NFSO conductor search finalist Glen Cortese, the orchestra will take you on a journey of musical twists and turns with pieces based on variations featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Variations from “Fancy Free,” the ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff featuring New York pianist Philip Edward Fisher, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor.

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NFSO Conductor Search After more than a year of meticulous searching, our NFSO committee has selected four finalists to vie for the position of conductor of our amazing Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. All of these finalists are exemplary in their field and will be coming to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to lead the NFSO in a concert this season. Christopher Confessore – Principal POPS Conductor

of Alabama Symphony Orchestra & Music Director/ Principal Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

Confessore will lead the NFSO in the 2020-2021 season

opener, “From the New World,” September 19, 2020.

Todd Craven – Winner of the 2019 Los Angeles Conducting Competition, Craven has held the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor for the Florida Grand Opera and the Co-Founder and Music Director of the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. He will lead the NFSO in the “1940’s New York” concert, October 24, 2020.

Kellen Gray – Current Assistant Conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director

of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. Gray will return to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to conduct

“Holiday Pops,” December 11, 2020.

Glen Cortese – Current Artistic Director of Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted hundreds of engagements with orchestras, operas and

festivals from around the world. He will lead the NFSO in “Just Another Variation,” on April 10, 2021.

We welcome you to attend each of these concerts to meet and be a part of choosing our future music director. Find all four conductors’ full bios online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

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T H E G A L L E R I E S AT M AT T I E K E L LY A R T S C E N T E R

UPCOMING GALLERY EVENTS 2020-2021 August 29, 2020- October 16, 2020

29th annual Emerald Coast national juried exhibit in McIlroy Gallery & The 28th Emerald Coast National best-in-show winner artist Ramayana Baba in the Holzhauer Gallery

November 7- December 15, 2020 Holiday Spotlight

January 22- March 5, 2021

Artist Sarah Knobel: Synthetic Nature

March 26-- May 3, 2021

Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition and Arts Faculty Exhibition

The galleries are open to personal visitation in low numbers. The artwork has been spaced further apart than usual to encourage physical distancing. Appointments are recommended but not required. Guests will wear masks. We have a limit of five persons per gallery, or fifteen persons in the building at a time. To make an appointment, please call 850-729-6044 or email artgalleries@nwfsc.edu. Entry is free and everyone is welcome!

www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org | (850) 729-6044 | artgalleries@nwfsc.edu

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MATTIE KELLY Northwest Florida State College

100 College Boulevard East Niceville, FL 32578

Single show tickets available for sale August 10.

MATTIE KELLY Go to www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org or call the Box Office at State College Northwest Florida 850.729.6000 for tickets.

2020-2021 Northwest Florida State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404679-4500  for questions about the accreditation of Northwest Florida State College. Northwest Florida State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. Materiales de la Universidad son disponibles en Española llamando a la Oficina de Admisiones de Northwest Florida State College al 850-678-5111.

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MKAC 2020-2021 Season Brochure  

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College presents the 2020-2021 production season. Enjoy Northwest Florida Symphony O...

MKAC 2020-2021 Season Brochure  

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College presents the 2020-2021 production season. Enjoy Northwest Florida Symphony O...

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