Susan Pitard Acree

Violinist and music director Susan Pitard Acree will lead the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra when it presents “Mozartiana” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach.

The Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra is returning to live, in-person performances with a new home venue and an old “friend” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Solisti will present “Mozartiana,” an all-Mozart concert and the orchestra's first performance since the pandemic, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church, 1035 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.

“Mozartiana” will feature Solisti's new concertmaster, violinist Olga Kolpakova, as soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major. The program also will include Mozart’s Overture: Allegro from Divertimento in F Major, KV 138; Serenade No. 6 in D Major, KV 239 “Serenata Notturna” featuring a quartet of soloists from within the orchestra; and the very lively Divertimento in D Major, KV 136.

Born 1756 in Salzburg, Austria, Mozart was a child prodigy who was playing violin, harpsichord and other keyboards, and composing his first pieces, by age 5. He began performing publicly throughout Europe, at royal courts and other venues, at age 6, and he wrote his first symphony at age 8.

At the time of his death at age 35 in 1791, he had composed more than 600 symphonies, concertos, operas, choral pieces, masses, chamber music pieces and other works.

“Mozartiana” is the first of four concerts scheduled for Solisti’s 2021-2022 season.

“We'll be celebrating 20 combined years of the two Solisti orchestras as well as the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, which occurred last year during the pandemic,” Violinist and Music Director Susan Pitard Acree said.

A $15 donation is requested at the door. For more information call (386) 562-5423 or go online at

The remaining schedule, with all concerts at 3:30 p.m. Sundays at Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church:

•Jan. 16, “Beethovenfest” with pianist Dr. Michael Rickman, a Steinway artist and Solisti's Artist in Residence, performing solo piano works of Beethoven.

•March 6, “Romancing the Strings” with the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra.

•May 8, “Beethovenfest” with the Daytona Solisti Symphony Orchestra and pianist Michael Rickman.

Daytona Solisti was founded in 2005 by Ms. Acree upon her move to Daytona Beach from Atlanta, where she performed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. Solisti members include professional musicians from throughout Central and Northeast Florida.

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