Wizards, Wands And More (November 10th, 2019 3:00pm)
Whether Wizard, Muggle, or citizen of Oz, you’ll have a blast at this season opener. The epic scores of John Williams, Harold Arlen and others, bring the magic of Harry Potter and the wonderment of Oz. Experience the powerful, enchanting music from these blockbusters – plus a few more – performed live by the North Port Symphony Orchestra, to ring in our 36th season.
Stewart Kitts is a third generation professional violinist. Stewart began playing at the age of five on a ¼ size violin built by his teacher and grandfather Otto Frey. At the age of six, Stewart soloed with his violinist mother and bassoonist father’s orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony. At ten he soloed with the University of Florida Symphony and also became the Concertmaster of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra (with a high school senior sitting next to him). At fourteen, Stewart became the youngest member ever of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. At eighteen, Stewart soloed more than thirty times with the Jacksonville Symphony, performing St. Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capricciosso and the third movement of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto.
After his grandfather passed away, Stewart studied with several other teachers, including four summers with famed teacher Ivan Galamian at the Meadowmount School of Music. Stewart then studied with the soloist James Buswell, as a violin performance major at Indiana University.
After college, Stewart spent one year as the Principal Second of the Savannah Symphony. The following summer, Stewart was the Concertmaster of the Spoleto Music Festival, in both Charleston and Spoleto. Following Spoleto, Stewart won the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra, a position he held for twenty three years. During those years, Stewart spent nine summers as Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival. Following the Florida Orchestra, Stewart has been Concertmaster of the Hollywood Philharmonic, The Charlotte Symphony and Concertmaster for Disney recording sessions and for touring shows including; Mannheim Steamroller, Johnny Mathis, Ann Murray, Styx, Little River Band, Young Frankenstein, The Alan Parsons Project, Sting, Adam Levine and many others. Stewart is currently Concertmaster of the Ocala Symphony and Co-Concertmaster of the Villages Philharmonic.
Stewart resides in Gainesville, where he has a teaching studio, and is co-director, with his sister Jennifer, of the Celebration Suzuki Strings and conducts the Celebration String Orchestra.
Stewart is the father of fourth generation violinists, Elizabeth and Natalie Kitts.