Take A Bow

The SYMPHONIA Boca Raton Celebrates Its 10th Season

By Dale King and Julia Hebert


Jeff Kaye

Jeff Kaye, renowned trumpeter with South Florida’s world-class chamber orchestra The SYMPHONIA Boca Raton, can frequently be found heading north to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony or returning to his home state to solo with students in the Miami Youth Orchestra.

With guitar in hand, Randall Dollahon rushes from one music festival to another and still makes time to play with The Symphonia. Violinist Glenn Basham takes the trip south from Boca to join the players in the Bergonzi Student Quartet in Miami.

And in-demand double bassist Jamie Ousley, who has a doctorate in musical art in jazz bass performance, travels back and forth among teaching jobs nationally and internationally.
Kaye, Dollahon, Ousley and Basham — representing,  joined forces in October to perform at an Evening of Opulence Fine Art at the Vanderbilt Mansion on Fisher Island [see Social Living on page 160].

A Celebrated History
Celebrating its 10th season, The Symphonia performs quality classical music for the enjoyment and benefit of the South Florida community. The Symphonia’s performances and educational outreach programs feature nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists, enhancing the cultural lives of the residents, with special emphasis on its younger citizens.

11-041STOLPE_441Meet the Musicians
As part of their vocation, “musicians in Florida crisscross the state endlessly,” said Annabel Russell, executive director of the Symphonia. “If they play a concert with us at 3 p.m., they are often out the door as soon as we finish to perform in Naples or Marathon or other locations.”

Most of them teach, or have performance jobs with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera and Atlantic High School’s instrumental program, among many others.
A faculty member at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Kaye also plays at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is associate principal trumpet of the Miami City Ballet Orchestra and has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival where he played under the baton of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.

Jeff’s love for jazz led him to form an ensemble called Jeff Kaye & Friends which plays throughout South Florida. He is also the founder of the Florida Brass.

Basham is an artist faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. A Washington, D.C. native, he is concert master of the Naples Philharmonic and has served in the same capacity at the Grand Teton Music Fest in Wyoming, the Colorado Music Fest, the Hot Springs Music Fest and the Pine Mountain Music Fest. He has been a soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony and the Plymouth Symphony. He is featured on the jazz CDs Blue Moon and Blue Bossa, from a live concert in 2005 with guitarist Simon Salz.

Ousley is a local favorite, working the double bass with performers such as Nicole Henry, James Moody and Benny Golson. He is also a composer and member of a trio whose latest album reached No. 8 on the Jazz Week radio charts.

Dollahon has been a member of Edgar Winters’ band, the Dixie Dregs and the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio. He plays regular concerts with saxophonist Lou Donaldson and with jazz pianist Vince Maggio. He was also featured as a soloist in a week’s worth of concerts with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan.

Mark Your Calendars
The Symphonia continues the celebration of its 10th Anniversary Year with four stellar Connoisseur Concert Series performances in Boca Raton, as well as two performances in Palm Beach Gardens.  In addition, they will perform with The Master Chorale of South Florida.

For more information about the Symphonia performance schedule, go to our Event Calendar on page 38 of our Winter 2015/16 issue.

Take A Bow