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February 16 “Soundscapes” Concert to Feature Student Artwork

After the success of our partnership with Howard Middle School at January’s Scheherazade concert, the Philharmonic gave Howard Middle School’s visual arts students a challenge.  The orchestra provided recordings of Debussy’s Petite Suite, a piece that will be featured in the February 16 Focus concert, Soundscapes, conducted by Music Director Finalist Steven Jarvi, and asked students to create original artwork inspired by the music.

The four movement suite, an early composition of Debussy’s, features “En Bateau” (Sailing), “Cortege,” “Minuet,” and “Ballet.”  Howard Middle School visual artists rose to the challenge, creating dozens of pictures inspired by these works.  Their juried works will be showcased at the Plaza Live Theatre on concert night, as the lobby is transformed into an art gallery for one night only. A select few of the student works will be projected above stage during the performance.

We congratulate our partners at Howard Middle School on their talented students, and hope you will join us for Soundscapes on February 16.

Rising Piano Superstar Conrad Tao to Perform with Orlando Philharmonic

Next month, the orchestra welcomes rising piano superstar Conrad Tao.

Hailed by renowned music critic Harris Goldsmith as “the most exciting prodigy to ever come my way” (Musical America), 16-year-old Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was found playing children’s songs on the piano at 18 months of age and has never looked back. Born in Urbana, Illinois, he gave his first piano recital at age 4, and at age 8, made his concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414. Conrad is currently a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of U.S. pianists.

Tao joins the Orlando Philharmonic for concerts on February 21 and February 22 at Bob Carr Theater, conducted by Dirk Meyer, one of the finalists in the orchestra’s international Music Director search, sponsored by FAIRWINDS Credit Union.

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 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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Orlando Philharmonic Presents Music at Orlando International Airport

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at Orlando International Airport (MCO) Liberty Weekend

ORLANDO, FL. – On Saturday, June 28, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present the annual Liberty Weekend concert at Orlando International Airport. The event hosted in conjunction with the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Orlando International Airport is designed to celebrate America’s birthday while at the same time providing MCO’s visitors with a unique musical experience they won’t find at any other airport in the world. The concert is free and open to the public, and begins at 7:45 p.m.

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Orlando Philharmonic’s Sounds of Summer

Sovereign Brass. Photo by Venture Photography

The Orlando Philharmonic’s 2016 The Sounds of Summer Series will begin on June 27, 2016.  The five chamber music concerts will take place on the following Monday evenings at 7 pm:  June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22.  Subscriptions are available now, from $78 to $216.  Single tickets will be available beginning May 30, from $17 to $48.


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Orlando Philharmonic’s Stages Verdi’s La Traviata

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(March 13, Orlando, FL) – On May 9 & 11, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will produce Verdi’s romantic opera, La Traviata, at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). Performances will be Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$82, available at 407-770-0071 or visit

Originally set in the ornate salons of 19th century Paris, La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”) tells the story of Violetta, a famed courtesan who enjoys her carefree life, but longs for passion. She falls deeply in love with a young respectable nobleman, but their affair is cut short by his family’s disapproval and her frail health. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s production, stage directed by Frank McClain, will be re-set in the Parisian renaissance of the 1920s.

Most will recognize the plot of La Traviata from its adaptation for Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Australian-American jukebox musical Moulin Rouge! and J. F. Lawton’s classic 1990 movie Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, also based on Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel The Lady of the Camellias.

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WINTER PARK, Fla., an internationally recognized ICMA Excellence Award winner with accredited fire, police, and parks & recreation agencies (March 25, 2014) – The City of Winter Park will proudly host the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as they present Spring Pops “Voices of Spring” Sunday, April 6, 7 p.m., in charming Central Park in downtown Winter Park. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of heart-warming music under the stars. This wonderful performance is made possible by a generous grant from the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust. The event is free and open to the public.

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Juilliard’s 18-Year-Old Sarina Zhang Performs with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra


Zhang will perform on both cello and piano during the February 8 & 9 concerts, featuring works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

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On Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, the Orlando Philharmonic will present “Russian Romance,” featuring 18-year-old cellist and pianist Sarina Zhang. Concerts will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). Conducted by Christopher Wilkins, the program will feature Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Piano Concerto No. 3. Tickets are $18-$70, available at 407-770-0071 or Student and group rates are also available.

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Orlando Philharmonic & Michael Cavanaugh perform Elton John Tribute Concert


After his sold-out shows in 2012, “The New Voice of the American Rock n’ Roll Songbook” (Billboard Magazine) returns to Orlando in a concert highlighting music from singer-songwriters of the 1970s.

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(December 11, 2013, Orlando, FL) – On Saturday, January 11, the Orlando Philharmonic will present “Michael Cavanaugh in Concert: The Songs of Elton John & More” at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). Conducted by Andrew Lane, the show will feature Tony- and Grammy- award nominee Michael Cavanaugh, “The new voice of the American rock n’ roll songbook” (Billboard Magazine), and his band, backed by the orchestra. The program includes Elton John hits like “Pinball Wizard,” “Candle in the Wind” and “Crocodile Rock” and songs from other singer-songwriters of the 1970s. Tickets are $18-$70, available at 407-770-0071 or The orchestra’s Super Series is sponsored by Darden Restaurants Foundation and this concert is sponsored by Siemens.

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