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The dream began in August 1997 when Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso founded the Key West Symphony Orchestra with support of family, friends, and civic leaders interested in making live symphonic music accessible to the community. A fundraising concert was performed in March 1998. The event attracted enough interest that core supporters suggested a debut of a full orchestra in December of that year. On Friday, December 11, 1998, 48 musicians gathered at the Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West to perform their first Masterwork concert with renowned cellist Zuill Bailey playing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto.Other Information:
SFSO now offers five educational programs: Freedom, Tales of Legendary Florida, Piping Hot Classics, Peter and the Wolf, and Preserve the Coral Reef. As an example, the SFSO created Preserve the Coral Reef focusing on ecology and the environment. A newly commissioned musical score by Robert Kerr, the project was a collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Teaching Artists of Artz Out Loud. Through music, costumes, participation, and dramatization, the students became informed caretakers of our coral reefs. Through the years the Symphony has touched the lives of, at least, 35,000 children.