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Ring in the Holiday Season with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Pops in Central Park

The City of Winter Park and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra invite you to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at their annual Holiday Pops concert Sunday, November 26, at 4 p.m., in charming Central Park. Sounds of the Season is a free public concert and is made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust. Bring a blanket and picnic for a concert program that has become a family tradition in central Florida.

Gloria Rice and Shawn Kilgore will perform with the Philharmonic in a beautiful program of holiday favorites for all ages. Highlights will include instrumentals such as selection from the Nutcracker, “Festive Sounds of Hannukah” and “Sleigh Ride,” as well as vocal selections including “White Christmas, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and a joyful Christmas sing-a-long.

For more information regarding the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra or this special performance, click here.

For more information regarding the City of Winter Park, please visit the city’s official website at cityofwinterpark.org.

Orlando Philharmonic Symphony Storytime Series Brings Favorite Children’s Classics To Life Through Live Music, Narration and Illustrations

Perfect for children ages three to seven. Tickets just $10 per concert.
 
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announces the Symphony Storytime Series presented by Orlando Health and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. These concerts present live music for young children, ages three to seven by Orlando Philharmonic musicians, along with narration and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that bring favorite children’s classics to life. All concerts take place on and Saturdays and Sundays, with two performances each day at The Plaza Live, 425 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.
 
After each concert, children enjoy hands-on activities in The Plaza Live lobby that allow them to play different instruments with the musicians, act out the characters they’ll hear in the story of the day with Orlando Philharmonic musicians, color in their own Symphony Storytime booklet, and take photographs dressed as musicians. In celebration of the Philharmonic’s 25thAnniversary Season, a pre-concert toddler zone for newborns to children up to the age of two is available.
 
“The Symphony Storytime Series presents music while teaching about the instrument families and instilling a love of music for the entire family,” said Leia Barrett, director of education for the Orlando Philharmonic. “Each program is brought to life with gorgeous classical music, unforgettable narrators, and beautiful illustrations.
 
Additional support for the Symphony Storytime Series is provided by Bloomingdales and Kay Hardesty Logan Foundation. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is supported by United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
 
Tickets to each concert are just $10 and a discount of 10% is offered when buying 3 and a discount of 15% is offered when buying all 4 concerts. Tickets are available online at orlandophil.org, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.) For group rates (10 or more), please call the box office or email scostner@orlandophil.org.
 
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Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and comprised of accomplished musicians from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the FAIRWINDS Classics and Pops Series at Bob Carr Theater and its Sounds of Summer, Focus and Women in Song Series at The Plaza Live. Known for its artistic excellence and community collaboration, the Philharmonic presents more than 150 live concerts and impacts more than 70,000 children, youth and families annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.
 
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2017/18 Symphony Storytime Series at The Plaza Live Presented by Orlando Health and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
 
Paddington Bear’s First Concert
Saturday, November 4 | 10 & 11:30 a.m. & Sunday, November 12 | 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
 
Paddington Bear, found at Paddington Station by Mr. and Mrs. Brown, is a polite bear who loves to explore and learn.  One day, while visiting his friend Mr. Gruber, he reveals he’s never attended a live orchestra concert.  Join Paddington Bear as he attends his first orchestra concert and learns about “Surprising” symphonies, instrument families, and discovers his love of music and conducting.
 
The Jazz Fly
Sunday, January 21 | 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. & Saturday, January 27 | 10 & 11:30 a.m.
 
The Jazz Fly is lost, trying to find his way to a very important performance.  He meets several animals along the way, but they don’t understand him.  When he finally gets to the hall, the Jazz Fly is inspired by all the animals he meets and steals the show!  Presented by an Orlando Philharmonic jazz quartet.
 
The Runaway Bunny
Sunday, March 11 | 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. & Saturday, March 17 | 10 & 11:30 a.m.
 
Once there was a little bunny who decided to run away.  An imaginative game of hide and seek begins and the love between a mother and her child is found over and over again.  Brought to life by an Orlando Philharmonic violin, cello, and piano trio.
 
Jack and the Beanstalk
Sunday, May 6 | 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. & Saturday, May 12 | 10 & 11:30 a.m.
 
A little boy named Jack sells the family cow for some magic beans and discovers a world filled with magic harps, golden eggs, and giants with castles in the sky.  An original Philharmonic presentation starring the Orlando Philharmonic brass family.
 
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Orlando Philharmonic Opens 25th Anniversary Season with Two Performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Great seats still available for Sunday, October 1 concert at 2 p.m.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 25th Anniversary Season, marking a pivotal moment in the organization’s history with the 25th Anniversary Season Opening Weekend: Beethoven’s Ninth on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. at Bob Carr Theater, located at 401 W. Livingston St.

Music Director Eric Jacobsen leads the Philharmonic in this program, which includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Chorale.” One of Beethoven’s best-known works in all classical music, the piece is known for its idea of the “brotherhood of man” and is the great composer’s final complete symphony.

The Philharmonic is excited to feature the following guest artists on this concert; Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Dashon Burton, baritone; and the University of Central Florida Chorus.

“To start the season with a world premiere by Orlando composer Keith Lay and featuring brass players from the orchestra, some who have been in the orchestra for 25 years, there is no better way to open the 25th season and celebrate Orlando,” said Jacobsen.

The Classics Series is sponsored by FAIRWINDS Credit Union and the Accommodations Sponsor is DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Downtown.

Single tickets are available starting at $23 and can be purchased online at orlandophil.org, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

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Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and comprised of accomplished musicians from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the FAIRWINDS Classics and Pops Series at Bob Carr Theater and its Sounds of Summer, Focus and Women in Song Series at The Plaza Live. Known for its artistic excellence and community collaboration, the Philharmonic presents more than 150 live concerts and impacts more than 70,000 children, youth and families annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.

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About the Artists:

ERIC JACOBSEN – Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. As co-founder and Artistic Director of the adventurous orchestra The Knights and a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Jacobsen, along with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in 2012. Jacobsen celebrated his inaugural season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015/2016.

SHEREZADE PANTHAKI – Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “astonishing coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald); a vocal color “combining brilliance with a dark, plumlike tone” (The Wall Street Journal), and passionately informed interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki has developed strong collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Matthew Halls, Nicholas Kraemer, Simon Carrington, the late John Scott, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn.

KATE MARONEY – Recognized by The New York Times for her “vibrant and colorful” singing, mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney is in demand on concert, oratorio and opera stages in works that span from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Kate is a passionate believer in the deeply transformative, fully humanizing power of music and in its ability to foster empathy in the community of performers and listeners alike. She particularly values collaborations with kind and generous colleagues who share this conviction.

DANN COAKWELL – Dann Coakwell, tenor, has been praised as a “vivid storyteller” (The New York Times), with “a gorgeous lyric tenor that could threaten or caress on the turn of a dime” (Dallas Morning News). Coakwell can be heard as a soloist on the Grammy-winning The Sacred Spirit of Russia (2014), the two Grammy-nominated albums Considering Matthew Shephard by composer/director Craig Hella Johnson (2016), which peaked at number three on the Billboard Classical chart, and Conspirare: A Company of Voices (2009). All three collaborations joined Conspirare on Harmonia Mundi records. Coakwell also appeared on the 2016 Naxos release of composer Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur (role: Jibreel), with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, María Guinand, Nicholas McGegan, Matthew Halls, Julian Wachner, and the late John Scott.

DASHON BURTON – Praised for his “nobility and rich tone,” (The New York Times) and his “enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable … [of] raising the dead;” (Wall Street Journal), bass-baritone Dashon Burton has appeared in both the Brahms Requiem and Beethoven 9 with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra in the last two seasons; re-engagements following his 2014 debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in its groundbreaking production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen.

University of Central Florida University Choir – The choral organizations offer an opportunity to study and perform a variety of choral music of many styles, contexts, and cultures, including classical masterworks with instruments and art and folk music of many traditions. Choral ensemble experiences encourage and reinforce healthy singing technique, provide an awareness of cultural and historical style, tradition and context, refine critical listening and reading skills, encourage analytical thinking through analysis-in-practice, and provide a community of musicians an opportunity to explore together the power of shared music-making.

Sherezade Panthaki 

Dann Coakwell

Kate Maroney

Dashon Burton 

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Single Tickets On-Sale for the 25th Anniversary Season

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The Orlando Philharmonic announced today that single tickets for all 25th Anniversary Season concerts will go on-sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29.

Tickets can be purchased online at orlandophil.org, by email at boxoffice@orlandophil.org, by phone at 407.770.0071 or in-person at the Box Office, located at 425 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

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Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and comprised of accomplished musicians from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the FAIRWINDS Classics and Pops Series at Bob Carr Theater and its Sounds of Summer, Focus and Women in Song Series at The Plaza Live. Known for its artistic excellence and community collaboration, the Philharmonic presents more than 150 live concerts and impacts more than 70,000 children, youth and families annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.

To view the entire season, click here.

Women in Song Series Returns to The Plaza Live For The 25th Anniversary Season of the Orlando Philharmonic

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Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 20
 
The Women in Song Series is returning to The Plaza Live for the 25th Anniversary Season of the Orlando Philharmonic with three female singer-songwriters and guests performing on the harp, banjo, and piano along with members of the orchestra. The series allows live collaborations and special arrangements between the singer-songwriters and orchestra with a focus this season on folk-jazz fusion, folk, bluegrass, pop, and jazz music, as well as percussive dance.

“Celebrating the great tradition of singers, songwriters, storytellers, and poets through the lens of Women in Song brings a new concept and tradition to the offerings of the Orlando Philharmonic,” said Eric Jacobsen, music director. “The creativity and originality of the series is truly breathtaking and heroic.”
 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Maeve Gilchrist with Nic Gareiss
Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity,” Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic harp to new levels of performance. She maintains a widely-acclaimed duo project with Nic Gareiss, a Michigan-born percussive dancer. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, dance, rhythm, and improvisation, Maeve and Nic have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields.
 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Kaia Kater
As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of African-Caribbean descent in Quebec, Kaia Kater grew up in two worlds: one of her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her new album, Nine Pin (May 2016), delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye of the realities faced by people of color in North America every day.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Heather Masse with Jed Wilson
Although trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, New York singer-songwriter Heather Masse is equally versed in a variety of American Song traditions, which influences her more prevalent work in folk, pop, and bluegrass. A member of the Billboard-charting folk group, The Wailin’ Jennys, she has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys. Pianist Jed Wilson first gained attention for his musical abilities as a teenager on the Portland, Oregon jazz scene. A lifelong student of the art of accompaniment, he may be best known for his collaboration with Masse, whom he met while both were studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, and with whom he has toured widely. He has also performed with singer Aoife O’Donovan, cellist/composer Rushad Eggleston, and guitar legend Dean Magraw.
 
Single tickets for each Women in Song Concert are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. A special discount is offered when purchasing all three concerts. Tickets are available online atorlandophil.org, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)
 
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Orlando Philharmonic Announces 2017 Sounds of Summer Series

Subscriptions starting as low as $78 on sale now

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announces the 2017 Sounds of Summer Series at The Plaza Live. The series is programmed by the Orlando Philharmonic musicians who present and perform intimate works in collaboration with their fellow musicians. All five concerts take place on Mondays at 7 p.m. at The Plaza Live, 425 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803.

“The Sounds of Summer Series is the best opportunity for people to get to know our musicians even better, while being inspired by great music,” said Christopher Barton, executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic. “If people are looking to fill their summer with live music, this is a great option.”

Subscriptions for the series start at $78 and individual tickets begin at $17. Senior pricing is available. Contact the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office by phone at 407.770.0071 or email at Boxoffice@orlandophil.org. from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2017 Sounds of Summer Series Monday Evenings at The Plaza Live

Colors of Brass

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Experience the color and richness of brass instruments in this program arranged by Principal Trombone Jeff Thomas and Tom Macklin. Join Kathy Thomas, Josh Parson, Michael Fee and Mark Goldberg for such favorites as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Blue Bossa, and March for the Love of Three Oranges.

Music of the Beatles

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Hear wonderfully elegant renderings of your favorite Beatles songs for string quartet and join in a popular audience sing-along. You don’t want to miss this evening of classics from the best-selling band in history. Presented by Principal Second Violin Alexander Stevens.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy diverse selections of multiple musical genres as we celebrate the music of female composers and songwriters. Share in the premiere of a string quartet with music commemorating the coming together of the community following the Pulse tragedy. Presented by violinist Joni Hanze.

Rimma & Friends

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Travel back to the Romantic Era with Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois and friends for an evening of intense emotion. Be a part of the artistic, literary and intellectual movement with music from composers Bruch, Dvořák and Schumann. Summer romance has never sounded so good.

Principals of Wind Power

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Your Orlando Philharmonic’s four woodwind principals perform a variety of duets, trios and quartets showing off the power of great woodwind playing. Hot summer nights indeed! Presented by Principal Bassoon Diane Bishop.

To purchase a Sounds of Summer subscription, click here.

All programs and artists are subject to change. Visit orlandophil.org for the most up-to-date information.

Philharmonic Presents Final Concert of the 16/17 Season

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Featuring Guest Narrator Jonathan Frakes

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents the final concert in the 2016/17 Season, The Final Frontier on Saturday, April 15, conducted by guest conductor Jack Everly. Performances will be at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This concert will feature the Philharmonic performing the greatest in sci-fi and space-themed music as they journey through space and time. Featured selections will include works from E.T., Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more!

Jonathan Frakes, who starred as Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek, will be a special guest narrator on this concert. Kristen Plumely is the featured soprano soloist, the University of Central Florida Chamber Chorus will perform on several of the selections and Mike Runyan will play synthesizer providing sci-fi and space effects on the concert.

Single tickets are available online at orlandophil.org, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

To purchase tickets, click here.

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Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. This season Maestro Everly will conduct over 90 performances in more than 20 North American cities.

As Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capital Fourth on PBS, Maestro Everly proudly leads the National Symphony Orchestra in these patriotic celebrations on the National Mall attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees on the lawn and reaching millions of viewers annually.

Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he teamed with Marvin Hamlisch on Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in Hello, Dolly! in two separate Broadway productions.

Maestro Everly, a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, is a recipient of the 2015 Indiana Historical Society Living Legends Award and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana. He is a proud resident of the Indianapolis community for over 14 years and when not on the podium you can find Maestro Everly at home with his family which includes Max the wonder dog.

Jonathan Frakes Actor, author and accomplished director, Jonathan Frakes is a man of many hats. Perhaps best known to Star Trek fans as Commander William T. Riker on seven season and three motion pictures in the Star Trek: The Next Generation franchise, Frakes has carved out a distinctive niche for himself as a versatile talent in Hollywood.

Following several guest appearances on television series such as Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Days of Our Linves and Eight is Enough early on his career, Frakes landed the role of Commander Riker on the long running television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. As second in command to Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Frakes’ portrayal of William Riker lead the Starship Enterprise through seven seasons and three films. His characterization endeared Riker to fans young and old, making him one of the most beloved characters in the Trek pantheon.

In addition to live action, Jonathan Frakes has also lent his voice to animated projects, including the cult favorite Disney animated series Gargoyles as the character David Xanatos and Adventure Time. Frakes’ also landed appearances in Matt Groening’s Futurama and Seth McFarlane’s Family Guy, playing versions of himself on each series.

Jonathan Frakes holds a unique distinction among Star Trek actors being one of only two regulars to appear on four different television series, from Star Trek: The Next Generation to Star Trek Enterprise. Beyond acting, Frakes is also a veteran director, having helmed several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the feature films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Jonathan Frakes.

Frakes can currently be heard as the narrator on the animated series “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as voices on “Future-Worm!” and “Miles from Tomorrowland.”

Kristen Plumley  Connecticut native Kristen Plumley has performed with many opera companies throughout the country, including New York City Opera (Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro), Virginia Opera (Norina in Don Pasquale and Zerlina in Don Giovanni), Chautauqua Opera (Sophie in Werther), Lyric Opera of Cleveland (Despina in Così fan Tutte), Amarillo Opera (Musetta in La Bohème), Greensboro Opera (Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore and Gilda in Rigoletto), Opera Festival of New Jersey (Nannetta in Falstaff and Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice,  Boheme Opera (NJ) (Adele in Die Fledermaus), L’Opéra Français de New York (the Sultan of Egypt in Glück’s Les Pelerins de la Mecque), Opera Memphis (Yum-Yum in The Mikado) and Nevada Opera (Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore).  On the concert stage Kristen has performed a broad spectrum of works, including Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at Carnegie Hall, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Elgar’s For the Fallen, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Basically Bernstein with Opera Tampa, and An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Richmond, Memphis and Minnesota.  Her favorite concert is An Evening of Sci-Fi Favorites (music from science fiction movies and television shows, conducted by Maestro Jack Everly), which she has performed with the Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle, Baltimore, Edmonton and Ottawa Symphonies, among others.  In 2011 Kristen performed in the North American premiere of Handel’s first opera, Almira, with operamission in New York.  In 2015 she created the role of Ruth Draper, the romantic interest of Lauro DeBosis, an Italian American freedom fighter during WWII, in Icarus Rising, a new dance opera, with Verlezza Dance.

Mike Runyan has been making music as a composer, arranger, performer, and conductor for many years. He was born in San Diego and raised in Denver, where he began piano lessons at age six and started playing trumpet and horn in grade school.

During high school, Michael began composing and arranging, a discipline he pursued at Brigham Young University and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, ultimately receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has created hundreds of compositions and arrangements (many in collaboration with his wife Pamela), contributing to the orchestral and choral repertoires.

Runyan also has an active career as a harmonica soloist, specializing in classical and theme-based performances with orchestras.

University of Central Florida Chamber Chorus The choral organizations at UCF offer students an opportunity to study and perform a variety of choral music of many styles, contexts and cultures, including classical masterworks with orchestra, and art, folk and popular music of many traditions. The University and Women’s Choruses present local concerts throughout the academic year and have performed regionally, nationally and internationally for professional music conferences and festivals, including events at Carnegie Hall, Canterbury Cathedral and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.  They have partnered with the Orlando Philharmonic in concerts of Beethoven, Mahler, Verdi, Puccini, Copland, Vivaldi, Monteverdi and Bach.

Philharmonic Presents Mahler Symphony No. 2

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Featuring Vocalists and the University of Central Florida Chorus

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents the final concert in the 2016/17 FAIRWINDS Classics Series, Mahler 2: Resurrection on Saturday, April 8, conducted by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Eric Jacobsen. Performance is at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida at 8 p.m.

The Philharmonic, under the direction of Eric Jacobsen, will lead the large orchestra, vocalists Samantha Barnes Daniel, soprano and Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano, and the University of Central Florida Chorus in this eighty-minute program that is one of Mahler’s greatest and most well-known masterworks. Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony tells the story of life, the search for understanding and meaning, and a universal expression of hope. This program has no intermission.

To purchase tickets, click here.

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Now in its 24th season, The Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. Presenting over 125 events each year, the orchestra provides captivating musical experiences and education programs to people of all ages, and is committed to building a rich, sustainable future for symphonic music in Central Florida. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.


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Eric Jacobsen  Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist ERIC JACOBSEN has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. Following an international search, Eric Jacobsen was appointed Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2015-2016 Season.
At the close of his successful debut season, Mr. Jacobsen had already started a new trend in programming and community engagement. A particularly well-received production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute led to programming two operas, Candide and The Elixir of Love, in the 2016-17 Season with inventive directors Alison Moritz and Mary Birnbaum. Emanuel Ax and Steven Copes were guests in a season based around Russian Masterworks and the celebration of American composer John Adams’ 70th birthday.

Jacobsen is the co-founder and Music Director of the adventurous orchestra The Knights. As Music Director, Jacobsen has led the “consistently inventive, infectiously engaged indie ensemble” (The New York Times) at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Ojai Music Festival, and international hot spots such as the Dresden Musikfestspiele and Cologne Philharmonie. Recent collaborators include cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jan Vogler, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, and singers Dawn Upshaw and Susan Graham. Under Jacobsen’s baton, The Knights have an extensive recording collection — a first release with Warner Classics, a collaboration with Gil Shaham on the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, and three albums for Sony Classical.
Also in demand as a guest conductor, Jacobsen has led and will lead the Camerata Bern, the symphonies Detroit and Alabama, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Silk Road Ensemble. A dedicated chamber musician, Jacobsen is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s venerated Silk Road Project. He has participated in residencies and performances in Azerbaijan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland and across the USA including The Art Institute of Chicago and The Hollywood Bowl.

Jacobsen is also a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, dubbed “one of the wonders of contemporary music” (Los Angeles Times).  After 10 years with Brooklyn Rider, Mr. Jacobsen stepped away from the group to focus on his passion for conducting and the orchestra.
As a cellist,  Jacobsen has performed with Renee Fleming on David Letterman and at the inaugural concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie. He has also appeared with The Silk Road Ensemble at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Shanghai.

Recently married, Jacobsen and his wife, popular American folk singer and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, split their time between their Orlando home and their Brooklyn, New York residence.

Samantha Barnes Daniel is a native of Central Florida and an alumna of the University of Central Florida where she earned degrees in Vocal Performance, French Horn, and English Literature. She then pursued a Master’s Degree at Northwestern University in Chicago. Ms. Barnes Daniel spent two summers as a young artist at Chautauqua Opera in 2009 and 2010, and joined the Pullin Opera Studio as a resident artist at Arizona Opera in 2010. She was a member of the Opera Tampa Singers from 2012-14. Ms. Barnes Daniel twice won first place at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Central Regionals in 2008 and the Southeastern Regionals in 2012. Both years she continued on to the National Semi-Finals on the Metropolitan Opera Stage. She is also a prize winner from the American Opera Society of Chicago, was a Sarah Tucker Grant Nominee in the Richard Tucker Foundation Competition, a semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and a finalist in the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition. Ms. Barnes Daniel’s recent work includes several roles with Florida Opera Theater and the Orlando Philharmonic, including Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Flora in La Traviata, and soloist in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915,. She is a founding member of the professional women’s ensemble, Helena and maintains a private voice studio of 35 students in the Orlando area.

Virginie Verrez French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez is a recent graduate of New York’s Juilliard School.  A winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she joined the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in the 2015/16 season.  She is the winner of the 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.
Highlights in her 2016/17 season include Stéphano Roméo et Juliette and Enrichetta I Puritani at the Metropolitan Opera and Mercédès Carmen at the Festival d’Aix-en Provence.  Concert engagements include Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Erika in Barber’s Vanessa with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and David Zinman and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Netherlands Radio Choir and Ed Spanjaard.
She has also sung Erika Vanessa in Santa Fe, Béatrice Béatrice et Bénédict at the Saito Kinen Festival, Fenena Nabucco at the Passionstheater in Oberammergau, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at the Juilliard School and Mércèdes Carmen for Wolf Trap Opera.
Future seasons see her make major débuts with the Opéra National de Paris, the Dallas Opera and the Opéra de Lille.

Virginie has also given recitals in Lille, at the Dallas Opera, in Paris, Baden bei Wien and in Vienna.  As a participant at the Schubert Institute she has worked with renowned artists such as Roger Vignoles and Robert Holl. She has studied at the International Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany.

She is a winner of both the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and the 2014 Mary Trueman Vocal Competition and was also awarded Le Prix Jeune Espoir and Le Prix Spécial du Jury at the 2014 Festival Nuits Lyriques en Marmandais.  She is also the recipient of a Lucrezia Bori Grant and won the Lissner Charitable Fund in the 2013 Opera Index Competition.

University of Central Florida University Chorus and Women’s Chorus The choral organizations at UCF offer students an opportunity to study and perform a variety of choral music of many styles, contexts and cultures, including classical masterworks with orchestra, and art, folk and popular music of many traditions. The University and Women’s Choruses present local concerts throughout the academic year and have performed regionally, nationally and internationally for professional music conferences and festivals, including events at Carnegie Hall, Canterbury Cathedral and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.  They have partnered with the Orlando Philharmonic in concerts of Beethoven, Mahler, Verdi, Puccini, Copland, Vivaldi, Monteverdi and Bach.

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO MARVIN HAMLISCH: ONE SINGULAR SENSATION

Marvin Hamlisch for TNEW

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents a tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch in the Pops Series concert on April 1, featuring the sounds of Jodi Benson, a Tony-award nominee known for her role as the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid; Scarlett Strallen, the star of numerous Broadway and London West End shows; and Phantom of the Opera’s Doug LaBreque, Broadway actor and frequent Hamlisch collaborator. Performances are at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida at 2 & 8 p.m.


“Marvin’s genius shines through in the rich legacy of music he left us, and this wonderful concert reminds all of us how extraordinary that legacy is. “- Keith Lockhart (The Boston Pops)

Larry Blank, one of the most prolific and sought after conductors and orchestrators in the entertainment business today, will lead the Philharmonic in a rousing tribute to one of the most celebrated and decorated standard writers of the twentieth century.

Hamlisch, composer and conductor, spent over four decades of his life composing for film, theatre, and Broadway and in that time raked up an impressive earning of multiple Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. He also collected a Pulitzer Prize and two Golden Globes.

Single tickets are available online at orlandophil.org, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

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ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS RIMMA PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY

Gemma New and Rimma

Featuring Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents the fourth concert in the FAIRWINDS Classics Series, Rimma Plays Tchaikovsky on Saturday March 18, featuring Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois. Performance is at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida at 8 p.m.

The Philharmonic, under the direction of Gemma New, the St. Louis Symphony’s Resident Conductor, will lead this thrilling program and will open with Glenn Buhr’s Akasha, Sanskrit for ‘sky’, a well-known Canadian composer. Followed by the Philharmonic Concertmaster’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a dazzling and not to be missed Russian masterpiece.

The evening will close out with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a powerful and pulse-racing protest of Stalin’s condemnation of his artistic style, which he composed under fear of arrest and death.

Single tickets are available online at orlandophil.org, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

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