Boca Raton, FL–The SYMPHONIA (, South Florida’s world-class chamber orchestra, announced that it is launching New Directions, a music series at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach. Fresh, engaging and interactive with a dash of the unconventional, New Directions will combine powerful music with unique theatrical elements.

Grammy-nominated Alastair Willis has been named Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the series. A brilliant musician, Willis is known for his strong podium presence and engaging and attractive personality. His appearances with The Symphonia are audience favorites. Willis maintains a busy schedule guest conducting with major orchestras across the US and around the world. Currently, he serves as Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

“When you come to a New Directions concert, be prepared for a unique, innovative experience that combines classical music with theater and multimedia elements in a meaningful and entertaining way. I’ve always loved music and theater and there’s a very natural connection between them. These concerts are where those two worlds meet,” Alastair Willis said.

The New Directions Music Series will include two performances:

DECEMBER 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Alastair Willis, Principal Conductor

Lights, Camera, Action!
COPLAND Music for Movies
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
RESPIGHI Trittico Botticelliano

Sound meets sight in this evening of cinematic and artistic exploration. Discover how music transforms movies, the way Wagner was inspired by his muse, Cosima, and how three masterful paintings inspired an entirely new work of art.

APRIL 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Alastair Willis, Principal Conductor

BACH, Brandenberg Concerto No.3
BACH,  Suite No. 2 in B Minor
BACH, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor
BACH Air on a G String
In this program J.S. Bach, as portrayed by Alastair Willis, will share insights on his personal and professional life at court in Köthen, Germany.

“J.S. himself will be in the house on April 21st. The audience can go for baroque and discover what made Johann Sebastian Bach the master he was and learn what it was like to be a court musician in the 18th century,” Annabel Russell said.

Tickets are available at or by calling 561-243-7922, ext. 1.

The SYMPHONIA, recognized as the region’s world-class chamber orchestra, provides high-quality classical music for the enjoyment and benefit of the South Florida community. The SYMPHONIA’S performances and educational outreach programs feature nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists, enhancing the cultural lives of area residents, with special emphasis on its younger citizens.