Boca Raton, FL (January 13, 2020)—On February 9, The SYMPHONIA, South Florida’s world-class chamber orchestra, will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with works by the great master, as well as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich – the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The third concert in the annual Connoisseur Concert Series will feature Guest Conductor James Judd with Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin soloist and Yumi Kendall, cello soloist. The concert takes place on Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m. at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. ‘Happy Birthday Beethoven’ is part of the Marleen Forkas Connoisseur Concert Series ‘Celebrating Women in Music.’

The performance includes:
BEETHOVEN The Creatures from Prometheus
ZWILICH Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Ticket holders are also invited to participate in a complementary Pre-Concert Conversation with the conductor from 2-2:30 p.m. to learn more about the works to be performed.

Tickets + information on programs is available at or by calling 561-376-3848 or emailing


Box Lunch Series | Luncheon With Strings
On Friday, February 7 at 11:30 a.m., Guest Conductor James Judd will speak about the February 9 concert, featuring the enchanting work of Zwilich and Beethoven. The Symphonia will preview the pieces that will be performed, with soloists Elissa Lee Koljonen (violin) and Yumi Kendall (cello). Box Lunch Series is held at the Unitarian Church, 2601 St. Andrews Boulevard, Boca Raton. Admission is $35 and includes lunch.

Meet the Orchestra | You Get Rhythm
On Saturday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m., children will create and learn to write basic music rhythms, learn about the composers Zwilich and Beethoven, and meet conductor James Judd and the soloists Elissa Lee Koljonen and Yumi Kendall. Children are free. Adults are $5 each. Reservations are required.

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.