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Symphony ends 19th season on a high note

South Florida Symphony celebrates 20 years. (Symphony Orchestra)

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra is ending its 19th season on a high note, with two concerts remaining.

Symphony President and CEO Jacqueline Lorber and Bass Baritone Neil Nelson joined CBS 12 News to discuss the remaining concerts for the season.

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra will soon celebrate bringing the world’s best musical talent to South Florida for nearly 20 years.

Along with expanding its market to cover Monroe, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the symphony now has a dozen revenue streams, from the traditional symphonic performances to a pop series, an international travel program and symphony in the schools in four counties.

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra was originally formed as the Key West Symphony in 1977.

Neil Nelson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved with his family to Queens, New York, at the age of two. Critics acclaim his voice as "one of the purest and most resonant bass baritones of recent times."

An excellent musician and linguist, Neil graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a degree in music performance.

He launched his professional career after winning awards such as the Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence (Boston Lyric Opera), the Heinz Refuss Singing Actors Award (Orlando Opera) and appeared as a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

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