Symphonicity Steps “Bach to the Future” to Bridge the Musical Past  to the Modern during its 39th Season 

The dramatic notes of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” a classic work made famous in Disney’s animated film “Fantasia,” will open Symphonicity’s “Bach to the Future” season that runs from October through May at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach.

Under the direction of Symphonicity’s Music Director and Conductor Daniel W. Boothe, each of the five concerts in the series will open with a rarely heard orchestral transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Baroque piano and organ compositions followed by a performance with a national or internationally recognized guest artist. The concerts will conclude with a sampling of music through the eras to include a newer or modern symphonic masterpiece.

The first concert of the series, “Time Warp,” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 13, at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Bach’s haunting “Toccata and Fugue,” which starts the 3 p.m. concert, will be followed by the contrasting light and elegant presentation of one of Haydn’s earlier works, Symphony No. 19. Symphonicity will conclude the afternoon concert with the world premiere of award-winning British-Argentine composer Polo Piatti’s “Bohemian Concerto” featuring critically-acclaimed pianist Thomas Pandolfi.

Pandolfi has performed as soloist for numerous orchestra in the United States including the North Charleston Pops, Symphony of the Americas, Tysons McLean Orchestra, Frederick Symphony, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and Reston Orchestra, as well as a coast to coast recital tour. His international concerts have carried him across the globe to China and Europe, as well as Canadian debut in British Columbia. A graduate of the The Juilliard School, Thomas earned both this Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a scholarship student.

Piatti, who will be visiting Virginia Beach for the world premiere, is one of the very few high-profile international musicians who concentrates exclusively on the creation, performance and promotion of universally appealing classical music. His works have been performed all over the world. He has toured most continents premiering his own compositions on tours throughout Europe, Asia and South-America. He is considered a pioneer for performing ground-breaking classical piano improvisations globally since his youth. He describes his “Bohemian Concerto” as a “very romantic work” that “depicts the Bohemian life of someone dedicated to the Arts in all its glory and drama.”

Pre-concert activities will begin at 2 p.m. to include a special “meet and greet” with J.S. Bach as well as an opportunity to hear Music Director and Conductor Daniel W. Boothe share special insights and listening pointers about the music at 2:30 p.m.

For the first time, concert goers will have an opportunity to purchase a Symphonicity and Bach-inspired ale called “Bachtoberfest” which will be sold at the Sandler Center all season. It was created by Richmond-based Three Notch’d Brewing Companies and will be sold in select restaurants in Town Center.

Tickets range from $19 to $50 and are available for purchase online at or by calling the Symphonicity office at 757-671-8611. Visit or call the Sandler Center Box Office (757-385-2787) for student tickets that range from $10 – $20 and active or retired military discounts. Identification for students and military are required.

For this season only, Symphonicity is offering a special 10% discount to those who purchase tickets to the Sandler Center’s Great Performance Series, “Bach Cello Suites Festival” on October 23rd. The discount is only available with proof of purchase and by calling the Symphonicity office at 757-671-8611. In turn, the Sandler Center is offering a special 10% discount to the October 23rd “Bach Cello Suites Festival” event to those who have purchased Symphonicity “Bach to the Future” tickets. The discount is only available with proof of purchase and by calling the Sandler Center at 757-385-2787.

The Sandler Center for the Performing arts is located in Virginia Beach at 201 Market Street.

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