Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra returns to live, in-person performances

Solisti will present "Mozartiana," an all-Mozart concert, at Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach.

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Violinist and music director Susan Pitard Acree leads the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra. Courtesy photo
Violinist and music director Susan Pitard Acree leads the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra. Courtesy photo
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from: Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra

The Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra is returning to live, in-person performances with a new home venue and an old “friend” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Solisti will present “Mozartiana,” an all-Mozart concert and the orchestra's first performance since the pandemic, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church, 1035 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. A $15 donation is requested at the door. For more information call 386-562-5423 or go online at

Daytona Solisti was founded in 2005 by violinist and music director Susan Pitard Acree upon her move to Daytona Beach from Atlanta, where she performed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. Solisti members include professional musicians from throughout Central and Northeast Florida. Prior to leaving Atlanta, Acree was the director of DaSalo Solisti Chamber Orchestra, which she founded in 2001.This season will be the 20th combined year of the two Solisti Chamber Orchestras and 15th year of Daytona Solisti.

“Mozartiana” will feature Solisti's new concertmaster, violinist Olga Kolpakova, as soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major. The program also will include Mozart’s Overture: Allegro from Divertimento in F Major, KV 138; Serenade No. 6 in D Major, KV 239 “Serenata Notturna” featuring a quartet of soloists from within the orchestra; and the very lively Divertimento in D Major, KV 136.

Born 1756 in Salzburg, Austria, Mozart was a child prodigy who was playing violin, harpsichord and other keyboards, and composing his first pieces, by age 5. He began performing publicly throughout Europe, at royal courts and other venues, at age 6, and he wrote his first symphony at age 8.

At the time of his death at age 35 in 1791, he had composed more than 600 symphonies, concertos, operas, choral pieces, masses, chamber music pieces and other works.

“Mozart makes you believe in God because it cannot be by chance that such a phenomenon arrives into this world and leaves such an unbounded number of unparalleled masterpieces," said Georg Solti, renowned 20th-century conductor.

“Mozartiana” is the first of four concerts scheduled for Solisti’s 2021-2022 season.

“We'll be celebrating 20 combined years of the two Solisti orchestras as well as the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, which occurred last year during the pandemic,” Acree said. “We are beyond excited to be returning to the stage for this concert of lively and gorgeous music of Mozart and to our exciting new concert season. Our musicians are in top form and playing beautifully. We would love to have our audience return for this very beautiful season opening concert. We are also very excited about Solisti's beautiful new home at Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach for our concerts this concert season.”

All concerts will be at 3:30 p.m. Sundays at Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church, where Acree is interim Director of Music. The remainder of the schedule of shows is as follows:

  • Jan. 16, 2022 – “Beethovenfest” with pianist Dr. Michael Rickman, a Steinway artist and Solisti's Artist in Residence, performing solo piano works of Beethoven.
  • March 6, 2022 – “Romancing the Strings” with the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra. The program includes Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione” featuring violist Angelo Goderre, an active professional freelance musician in Jacksonville, and Geminiani’s “La Folia,” an exciting and energetic work for string chamber orchestra and harpsichord.
  • May 8, 2022 – “Beethovenfest” with the Daytona Solisti Symphony Orchestra and pianist Michael Rickman celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Anniversary. The program includes Rickman’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, and the orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21.


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