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2014 Year in Review

Thank you for being part of our success in 2014! On behalf of the board, musicians, volunteers and staff of the Philharmonic, we wish you a very joyous and music-filled 2015.

If you have not already made a year-end contribution the the Philharmonic, please consider playing your part. Thanks to the generous match of $40,000 of an anonymous donor and the generous support from individuals like you, we are just a few thousand dollars away from meeting our year-end goal of $75,000.





Music education is crucial to developing creative, and  imaginative thinkers. As we begin renovations to The Plaza Live Theatre in January, we look forward to expanding our outreach. This video shows some the moments from our education programs.

Focus Series Attendance Doubles at The Plaza Live

The Philharmonic’s Focus Series has been an audience favorite for years, with each program in the series  focusing on chamber orchestra music of a particular composer, time period, genre or theme. Previously held at Orlando Shakespeare’s 324-seat Margeson Theater, the programs give patrons an intimate concert going experience, with many seats just feet away from the musicians. In past seasons, these concerts regularly sold out on subscription. This year, in order to share the music with even more patrons, the Philharmonic moved the Focus Series to the Plaza Live Theatre, with outstanding results. On December 15,  Music Director Finalist Eric Jacobsen conducted the second concert in the 2014-2015 series—featuring concertmaster Rimma Bergeron Langlois performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons—for a record-breaking audience of nearly 650, breaking all previous Focus Series attendance records. Single tickets sales totaled 382—more than could fit in the previous venue.

“We couldn’t be more pleased by the turnout,” said Executive Director David Schillhammer. “ The Plaza has allowed us to maintain the intimacy of these concerts, while doubling our capacity. We look forward to providing live music to even more people in the community as we begin renovations to The Plaza Live Theater this spring.”

The Orlando Philharmonic purchased The Plaza Live Theatre in August 2013. Renovations slated for the spring include administrative offices, a backstage extension, and renovations to the smaller of two theaters, which will become the orchestra’s primary rehearsal space. The Plaza Live will continue to present a variety of shows during and after the renovations.

Orlando Sentinel: Musicians face physical demands, as Philharmonic violinist knows

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By Matthew J. Palm
Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer
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December 14, 2014 8 :45 PM

When the principal violinist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra was injured in a car accident in September, she didn’t expect her music to be silenced.

But lingering pain kept Rimma Bergeron-Langlois from playing. She returns to the Phil for the first time since the crash to headline Monday’s concert, “Rimma plays ‘The Four Seasons,'” performing as soloist.

“I am glad to be playing,” said the Longwood resident. “It’s great to be back in my place again, where I belong.”

Bergeron-Langlois’s absence illustrates the physical demands on a musician’s body. Like athletes, musicians consistently use certain muscles. And as with athletes, a quality performance depends on peak physical condition.

“The body works as a whole,” said Timothy Jameson, a chiropractor who runs the website “Musicians have to be in good shape to do what they do.”

Bergeron-Langlois, 34, attends physical therapy three times per week. She said her recovery is helped because of her longtime routine of stretching before violin practice.

Stretching is key, said Jameson, who is based in Castro Valley, Calif. But musicians also have to watch their nutrition, stress levels, even sleep.

“That’s an important one,” Jameson said. “Sleeping is when most of the body’s healing takes place.”


As we celebrate Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, the Orlando Philharmonic thanks everyone who helps us bring music to the community, from our most significant donors to those who do the little, sometimes thankless jobs, and all of our supporters and fans–you are each an instrumental part of our success.

To our Musicians, who are the heart of the Philharmonic. Thank you for your time, talents and the magic you bring to creating beautiful symphonic music.

To our Friends members and Volunteers, who humbly dedicate your time to our education programs, special events and projects throughout the year, thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication.

To our Board Members, who are community ambassadors for the orchestra, thank you for your leadership and direction as we fulfill our mission.

To our Donors, Corporate Sponsors and Community Supporters, who make an investment in the orchestra and its mission, thank you for your generosity.

To our Audiences, who are the reason we make music, thank you for attending concerts and sharing with your friends and family.

To Students and Teachers, with your energy and enthusiasm, thank you for reminding us why music matters.

To Guest Artists and Conductors, who come together with our musicians to present incredible musical performances, thank you for being the best at what you do, and sharing your talent with the orchestra and the community.

To the Stage Crew, Ushers, Hospitality Staff and Others at Bob Carr Theater and The Plaza Live, who work behind the scenes and go out of your way to make patron experiences memorable, thank you for always making a difference.

To Community Arts Leaders and Organizations, who partner with the orchestra on special projects and events, and present the orchestra in your venues, thank you for making Central Florida a collaborative, culturally rich community.

To Staff, Consultants, Interns and Business Partners, who go above and beyond to keep the orchestra running, thank you for the small things and the big things that help us continue to grow.

Happy Thanksgiving, from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.




2014 Young People’s Concerts bring music to over 56,000 Central Florida Students

In October and November, the Orlando Philharmonic presented the Young People’s Concert, “Nature in Music” to over 56,000 students. Over the course of 28 concerts, the Philharmonic provided the program free of charge to every 3-5 grade student in Orange County Public Schools, thanks to support from OCPS; and to over 4,000 students at the School District of Osceola County, thanks to support from United Arts of Central Florida and the School District of Osceola. In addition, over 5,800 students from Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and other counties attended the program during home and private school performances at Bob Carr Theater.

The Young People’s Concerts have been a staple of music education in Central Florida for over 20 years. This year’s concert included music by composers such as Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, John Williams and others. Students were led through the concert by narrators from the Orlando Repertory Theater, and the concerts were augmented by performances by Orlando Ballet and local opera singers.

This program is supported in part by United Arts of Central Florida. Through the Arts and Culture Access Grant, children attend field trips and in‐school programs that connect to their class curriculum. Learn more or view lesson plans at

Music Director Finalist Steven Jarvi Sends Thanks to Orlando

Last week, the Orlando Philharmonic welcomed Steven Jarvi, the second of five finalists in the orchestra’s international Music Director search, for a week-long stay in Orlando.

Over the week, Maestro Jarvi met with musicians, arts leaders, community members, staff, board and volunteers, and led rehearsals, all culminating in a performance with violinist Midori and the Philharmonic. Read the Orlando Sentinel concert review here.

Before he flew back to St. Louis, Maestro Jarvi recorded this message for Orlando audiences.

Teaching Science Through Music

From October to December, second graders at Rock Lake Elementary School and Grand Ave Primary Learning Center are working with Orlando Philharmonic musicians, as well as professional teaching artists from Orlando Museum of Art, Maitland Museum of Art, and the Orlando Repertory Theatre as part of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Symphonic Stories program. The residency uses music, theater, dance, and visual art to teach students about scientific concepts such as the seasons, weather, and the life cycles of plants and certain animals. The program is constantly hands-on, giving students the opportunity to create original vignettes based on their lessons. At the end of the program, students present what they’ve learned through a “Sharing Session,” presented for fellow students, parents, and teachers. Students work closely with teaching artists and musicians to create original works, with musicians providing the “soundtrack” for the student Sharing Session.

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Music Director finalist Alondra de la Parra’s Message to Orlando

In September, the Orlando Philharmonic welcomed Alondra de la Parra–first of five finalists in the orchestra’s  international Music Director search–for a week-long visit to Orlando. Over the week, Maestro de la Parra met with musicians, arts leaders, community members, staff, board and volunteers, presented an informance about Mahler’s first symphony, and led rehearsals in preparation for opening night of the 2014-2015 season. Upon returning to Mexico City, she sent her thanks and best wishes.

Orlando Philharmonic to Play Third Annual Outdoor Family Concert, Sponsored by Dr. Phillips Charities

The Orlando Philharmonic performs for a crowd of over 2000 at Orlando's  Loch Haven Park during the  free outdoor concert, Peter & The Wolf, sponsored by Dr. Phillips Charities last spring.

For the third consecutive year, the Orlando Philharmonic is a grant recipient of Dr. Phillips Charities. This year, a $31,000 grant will fund a free, family concert in Loch Haven Park.

“We look forward to partnering with Dr. Phillips Charities again and honoring the life and legacy of Della Phillips, an avid lover of music, with ‘An Afternoon at the Movies’ an outdoor concert event that will showcase family-friendly musical scores performed by the musicians of the Orlando Philharmonic” said David Schillhammer, the orchestra’s executive director.

Last year’s concert was attended by more than 1,500 people, who also participated in “instrument petting zoos” and other hands-on activities.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015, “An Afternoon at the Movies” will be presented in collaboration with Orlando Repertory Theatre. Additional details to be announced.

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