Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra to play holiday concert

The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, based in the West Windsor-Plainsboro area, will present its holiday concert on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, at the corner of Scudders Mill and Schalks Crossing roads. This concert marks Bravura’s two-year anniversary.

The orchestra is comprised of approximately 50 musicians who are professionals, high-level amateurs, university students, and gifted pre-college students, according to a press release.

The orchestra’s music director and conductor is Chiu-Tze Lin, who previously led the Manalapan Battleground Symphony for seven years and was the music director of the Princeton Presbyterian Church in West Windsor.

Most recently, she was the music director of the Northeastern American Arts Troupe, a group involved in summer cultural exchange programs between the United States and China.

A highlight of the Dec. 6 concert will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite, “Scheherazade.” It is inspired by the famous stories in “1001 Arabian Nights.” The violin solo will be performed by the newly appointed concertmaster of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Daphne Su.

Su received her master’s of music in violin performance from the Juilliard School of Music, under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki. She was also a full scholarship recipient at the University of Michigan, where she received her bachelor of music degree.

Su grew up in Taiwan and in East Brunswick. She has performed as a soloist with the University of Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. She served as the concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, as well as the assistant concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra.

Another feature of the Dec. 6 concert will be a community chorus consisting of singers from central New Jersey, who will perform selections from the Christmas section of Handel’s “Messiah.” Also, the orchestra will perform the Hungarian Dances by Brahms. At the end of the concert, the audience will be invited to join in a holiday music sing-along.

General admission is $15; $12 for seniors; and $10 for students. Premium seating is available at $25 each. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 and can be obtained by calling 609-790-9559, 732-792-2070, 609- 933-1356, or emailing bravura.orchestra@ Further information regarding the orchestra can be found at