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Boca’s first in-person orchestra performance set Dec. 6

Good news for orchestra enthusiasts hoping in-person concerts will resume and soon.

Boca’s chamber group, The Symphonia, just announced the first live concert of the season is Dec. 6.  Their regular venue moves to the Grand Oasis Ballroom in the Marriott Boca Raton to accommodate social distancing.

Principal Conductor Alastair Willis will conduct a one-hour concert without intermission.  An all-string, reduced-sized orchestra will perform, allowing the musicians to socially distance on the stage.

Guest seating will be spatially distanced, per recommended CDC guidelines. Masks will be required for both musicians and guests.

The program will include:

  • Vivaldi: “Winter” from The Four Seasons, violin soloist, Mei Mei Luo
  • Walker: “Lyric for Strings”
  • Mozart: “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
  • Corelli: Christmas Concerto: Violin soloists Dina Kostic and Mei Mei Luo

“From our new temporary performance space, The Symphonia will be able to accommodate approximately 150 audience members per concert. If there is a demand, we have the option of playing two concerts in one day, with appropriate venue sanitization between concerts,” Annabel Russell, The Symphonia’s executive director said in the announcement.

Season subscribers will be given first rights for seats; a limited number of tickets available to the general public.  Contact The Symphonia to have names placed on a wait list at  or call 561-376-3848 or email

A dedicated entrance from outside into the ballroom will eliminate the need to go through the hotel. To avoid lines, audience members may use the restroom facilities at any time during the concert.
“The Boca Raton Marriott’s Grand Oasis Ballroom is not a theater in the traditional sense. But its spacious dimensions offer the best possible solution for presenting live performances during these challenging times,” Russell said. “We all need something to look forward to and a sense that things can and will get better.”


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