2020-2021 Season

Dear Orlando,

We are thrilled to announce the programming for the 2020-2021 Season of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The music is sure to delight musical senses, and I am thrilled for you to hear some of the amazing guest artists we will have on stage in the 2020-2021 Season!

New in the 2020-2021 Season, is the expansion of the FAIRWINDS Classics Series from a five-concert series to six programs. We look forward to presenting these concerts on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

The Focus Series at The Plaza Live will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s genius and weave his masterworks throughout the Season.

On the Pops Series, we breathe new life into our holiday performance, celebrate Gershwin in January, and present John Williams’ big-screen blockbusters in March. I’m delighted to take the podium in May to close out the Pops Series with a celebration of America and my wife, Grammy Award winner Aoife O’Donovan.

So much great music to share with you!


Music Director

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

FAIRWINDS Classics Series

Opening Weekend: Debussy's La Mer
7:30PM, Saturday, September 26, 2020
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Simone Porter,violin
SMITH- The Star-Spangled Banner
MOZART-  Le nozze di Figaro (Overture to the Marriage of Figaro)
CLYNE- Abstractions ‘River’
WILLIAMS- Theme from Schindler's List
AUERBACH- Violin Concerto No. 2

A program designed to showcase the virtuoso musicians of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra culminating in Debussy's dazzling symphonic sketches La Mer.


America's Own Edgar Meyer
7:30PM, Saturday, October 10, 2020
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Edgar Meyer,bass
Sam Bacco ,PVC pipe
MONTGOMERY- Records from a Vanishing City
MEYER-Bass Concerto No. 2 (Revised, World Premiere)
DVOŘÁK-Symphony No. 7

The Orlando Philharmonic welcomes Grammy Award winner Edgar Meyer - hailed as “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument”- for the world premiere of his Second Bass Concerto.  Plus, Music Director Eric Jacobsen conducts Dvořák’s dazzling Seventh Symphony.

Rimma Plays Shostakovich
7:30PM, Saturday, November 7, 2020
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois,violin
ZHURBIN- Pulse, a memorial (World Premiere)
SHOSTAKOVICH- Violin Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV- Symphony No. 5

In 1944 - late in World War II - Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev penned his hopeful Fifth Symphony to “sing the praises of the free and happy man.”  Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois - in celebration of 10 years with the Orlando Philharmonic - is the soloist for the First Violin Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff
7:30PM, Saturday, January 9, 2021
3:00PM, Sunday, January 10, 2021
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Yuja Wang,piano
RACHMANINOFFPiano Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOFFPiano Concerto No. 4
RACHMANINOFFPiano Concerto No. 2

She was named Musical America’s “Artist of the Year” for 2017 and heralded by The Financial Times as “an artist with poetry as well as fire in her soul.”  Be there as Yuja Wang tackles three ravishing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti in a single performance!

Concert Sponsors are Frank & Mary Doherty.

A Hero's Life
7:30PM, Saturday, March 20, 2021
3:00PM, Sunday, March 21, 2021
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Benjamin Hochman,piano
University of Central Florida University Choir
MOZART-Ave Verum Corpus
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS- Serenade to Music
BEETHOVEN-Choral Fantasy
STRAUSS- Ein Heldenleben, (A Hero’s Life)

The University of Central Florida University Choir joins the Orlando Philharmonic for a trio of vocal masterworks including Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” - the inspiration for his monumental Ninth Symphony.  The program concludes with the heroic tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, of Richard Strauss.

Mahler's 'Titan'
7:30PM, Saturday, April 24, 2021
3:00PM, Sunday, April 25, 2021
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Colin Jacobsen,violin
CLYNE- Restless Oceans
KORNGOLD-Violin Concerto
BLOCH- Nigun Solo Violin
MAHLER-Symphony No. 1 'Titan'

“A symphony should be like the world.  It should contain everything,” proclaimed Gustav Mahler.  He put his theory to the test with his path-breaking First Symphony.  Music Director Eric Jacobsen leads his brother Colin in the stunning Violin Concerto of Hollywood composer Erich Korngold.

Guest Artist Sponsor: Scott & Elaine Taylor

Pops Series

Home for the Holidays: A Midnight Clear
1:30PM, Saturday, November 28, 2020
7:30PM, Saturday, November 28, 2020
Victor Vanacore,conductor
CJ Emmons,vocals
Dustin Morgan,bass
Victor Vanacore III,drums
The Holiday Singers

Come home for the holidays!  The sounds of the season as Guest Conductor Victor Vanacore leads the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Holiday Singers, and special guests in your favorite songs and carols of the holiday season.

A Gershwin Celebration
1:30PM, Saturday, January 30, 2021
7:30PM, Saturday, January 30, 2021
Michael Krajewski,conductor
Kevin Cole,piano
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois,violin

Acclaimed Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate the genius of George Gershwin. This ‘swonderful program features An American in Paris, plus a pair of virtuoso turns as Kevin Cole – hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “today’s leading piano interpreter of music by George Gershwin” – performs Rhapsody in Blue and Orlando Philharmonic’s own Rimma Bergeron-Langlois is the soloist for Fantasy on Porgy ‘n Bess.

John Williams: Big Screen Blockbusters
1:30PM, Saturday, March 13, 2021
7:30PM, Saturday, March 13, 2021
Michael Krajewski,conductor

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents the music of multiple Academy-Award winner John Williams. Enjoy highlights from blockbuster scores from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hook, Saving Private Ryan and more!

An American Celebration
1:30PM, Saturday, May 8, 2021
7:30PM, Saturday, May 8, 2021
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Aoife O'Donovan,Grammy Award winner singer/songwriter

Music Director Eric Jacobsen leads the Orlando Philharmonic in a season-ending celebration of America, featuring highlights from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Aaron Copland’s Hoedown, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Plus, internationally acclaimed Grammy Award winning folk singer Aoife O’Donovan takes center stage for the world premiere of her song cycle honoring the anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment.

Focus Series at The Plaza Live

Lara St. John Plays Beethoven
7:00PM, Monday, October 19, 2020
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Lara St. John,violin
CLYNEWorld Premiere
BEETHOVEN“Kreutzer” Sonata
SCHUMANNSymphony No. 1
An Evening of Fanfare
7:00PM, Monday, November 16, 2020
Michael Atkinson,conductor
COPLAND- A Fanfare for the Common Man
JOAN TOWER- Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1
GABRIELI- Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2
GABRIELI- O Magnum Mysterium
GABRIELI-Canzon per Sonare No. 2
TOMASI- Fanfares Liturgiques
BERNSTEIN arr. German Brass- Overture to Candide
BEETHOVEN- Wellington’s Victory
GERSHWIN arr. German Brass- Suite from Porgy and Bess
SOUSA- The Stars and Stripes Forever
Beethoven & Mozart
7:00PM, Monday, February 8, 2021
Chloé van Soeterstède,conductor
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois,violin
Alexander Stevens,violin
MENDELSSOHN- Märchen von der schönen Melusine
MOZART- Concertone
BEETHOVEN-Symphony No. 4
Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto
7:00PM, Monday, March 1, 2021
Corrado Rovaris,conductor
Colton Peltier,piano
VASKS- Epifania for string orchestra
BEETHOVEN- Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
MOZART- Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
Schumann Symphony No. 2
7:00PM, Monday, April 12, 2021
Eric Jacobsen,conductor
Karen Ouzounian,cello
BEETHOVEN-Overture to Prometheus
BEECHER- Cello Concerto (World Premiere)
SCHUMANN-Symphony No. 2

Symphony Storytime Series at The Plaza Live

Enjoy live music for young children, ages three to seven by Philharmonic musicians, along with narration and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that bring favorite children’s classics to life.

Pre-concert activities will be held 1-hour prior to all performances. A Toddler Zone for children up to the age of two is also available. These events will now be ticketed and a physical ticket will be required for entrance into performances.

Goldilocks & The Three Bears
10:00AM, Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:30AM, Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:00AM, Sunday, September 13, 2020
12:30PM, Sunday, September 13, 2020


While in the forest, Goldilocks discovers the family home of three bears:  Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear.  Feeling hungry and tired, Goldilocks explores the bear’s cottage while the bears are away. The music presented by your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet will seem just right in this fresh re-telling designed especially for the Symphony Storytime Series.

Holly Jolly Sounds of Christmas
10:00AM, Saturday, December 5, 2020
11:30AM, Saturday, December 5, 2020
11:00AM, Sunday, December 6, 2020
12:30PM, Sunday, December 6, 2020


Join members from the brass and percussion families for a musical celebration and capture the spirit of the season! Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra musicians will play their way through holiday classics, from Frosty the Snowman to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The perfect way to celebrate the season with family!

Carnival of the Animals
10:00AM, Saturday, February 20, 2021
11:30AM, Saturday, February 20, 2021
11:00AM, Sunday, February 21, 2021
12:30PM, Sunday, February 21, 2021


Come take a walk on the wild side with this timeless classic brought to you by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet. This musical menagerie brings music inspired by animals to life. You will be transported to exotic locales as (musical) birds chirp, fish swim, elephants trumpet, and lions roar!

The Emperor and the Nightingale
10:00AM, Saturday, May 15, 2021
11:30AM, Saturday, May 15, 2021
11:00AM, Sunday, May 16, 2021
12:30PM, Sunday, May 16, 2021


In our final Symphony Storytime of the 2020-2021 Season, three of our four instrument families come together to tell the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale of a Chinese Emperor and a Nightingale with a voice like no other. A gorgeous re-telling with flute, strings, and percussion, The Emperor and the Nightingale will captivate and delight children of all ages.

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