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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to Announce 25th Anniversary Season

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ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA TO

ANNOUNCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

An Exclusive Look at the 2017/2018 Season Takes Place on March 4 Prior to Irish Romance

(February 17, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to join in celebration of the upcoming 25th Anniversary Season Announcement on Saturday, March 4 at   1 p.m. and 7 p.m., before both Irish Romance concerts at Bob Carr Theater at 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando.

This event includes a preview of the 2017/2018 Season’s Classics, Pops, and Focus (chamber orchestra), which will be announced by Executive Director Christopher Barton and Music Director Eric Jacobsen.

The events begin at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. with concerts to follow at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Theater. Attendees to the season announcement must have a ticket to enter the building. The Bob Carr Box Office opens two hours prior to concerts and doors will open shortly before the season preview announcement.

The announcement will also be live streamed via Facebook Live on the Philharmonic’s page at 7 p.m.


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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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About Irish Romance: The Philharmonic takes a musical journey to the dramatic culture and rich history that is Ireland. Conducted by Eric Jacobsen and joined by TRÍ – The New Irish Tenors, the Philharmonic will transport you to this epic land of beautiful landscapes and legendary love stories through brilliant live music, showcasing traditional Irish tunes like “Danny Boy,” “Red is the Rose,” and “The Rocky Road to Dublin.” Concerts will be held on Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Theater located at 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando.

Single tickets are available starting at $21 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.)

About TRÍ – The New Irish Tenors:

David O’Leary is from County Wexford, Ireland and has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading young tenors.

While studying voice privately in Dublin and London, David attended university at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he studied Law and French. While in Ireland, David learned in the national media, that NUI Galway would host a gala dinner in honor of President Clinton at the Metropolitan Club in NYC. This performance for former President Clinton had a major impact on David and his ambitions. An avid consumer of political news, David quickly identified as a motivating goal: Move to the United States and work toward performing for the President of the United States. After a lot of hard work, he had the honor of being the sole performer at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon in the U.S. Capitol for an audience including President Obama, Vice-President Biden and Speaker Boehner.

In Ireland, David has performed at major events including the 2013 All-Ireland Football Semi- Final at Croke Park, Dublin, in front of a stadium crowd of 83,000 and worldwide TV audience. He has also performed for the Munster Rugby team at Thomond Park, Limerick.

A versatile and much sought after artist, David maintains a busy national and international schedule and is delighted to be performing with Karl and Michael.

Michael McCorry Rose was most recently seen
on Broadway in the Tony Award winning
musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and
Murder. Prior to that he starred on Broadway
as “Fiyero” in the smash hit musical Wicked. In
New York, Michael has appeared in concert at
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Avery Fischer Hall,
Symphony Space, Birdland and Feinstein’s/54
Below. He regularly appears in concert with
Academy, Grammy and Tony Award winning
composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell,
Pippin, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre
Dame), their most recent concert was filmed for PBS’s Great American Songbook Concert Series at NJPAC and aired in the summer of 2016.

Michael has performed with symphonies and concert orchestras across the United States, most recently starring in a symphonic concert of Chess with the Temecula Valley Symphony in California. Internationally, Michael has performed in concert at the Adelaide Music Festival in Australia, for the U.S. State Department in Nairobi, Kenya and in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Karl Scully is a classical tenor in demand. He played the role of Count John McCormack in the cinematic film Nora, by Pat Murphy and Gerard Stembridge, starring Ewan McGregor. His on screen success is matched by his live stage performances in such operatic roles as: Don Jose in Carmen by Bizet; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; The Duke in Rigoletto; The Witch in Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck; MacHeath in Beggars Opero; Albert in Albert Herring, by Benjamin Britten; King Ouf in L’etoile by Chabrier; Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto by Cimarosa; Ferrando, in Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart; and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. During his time in Italy, Karl was a permanent artist in the Teatro Carlo Felice Opera House in Genoa. While there he performed solo roles alongside world famous artists including Samuel Ramey, Robert Brubaker, and Dwayne Croft.

Currently, the busy Mr. Scully is juggling his classical career demands. Karl Scully is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is a recipient of the Liberace Scholarship and the Mae Zenke Orvis Endowed Opera Scholarship.

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URL: https://orlandophil.org/events/irish-romance

TRÍ – The New Irish Tenors: http://www.IngenuityProductions.com

Orlando Philharmonic & Opera Orlando Announce New Partnership for 2017-2018 Season

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(Tuesday, January 24, Orlando, FL) – Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Orlando announced a new partnership today, redefining how opera will be presented in Central Florida next season and beyond.

Since the 2009-2010 Season, the Orlando Philharmonic has produced traditional favorite operas like Puccini’s La bohème and Madama Butterfly at the Bob Carr Theater as well as innovative productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Bernstein’s Candide at The Plaza Live, while maintaining its core concert series including Classics, Pops, Focus, and Sounds of Summer.

“Several years ago when the viability of opera production in our community was in jeopardy, the staff and board of the Orlando Philharmonic rallied support to preserve staged opera. We are proud of the past eight seasons of opera that the OPO has presented and as we look to the future, we know that this is the right moment to hand off the artistic and administrative leadership to the capable hands of Opera Orlando,” said RK Kelley, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra board president. “It has always been our goal to preserve the art form in the Central Florida community, while at the same time, continuing to keep the performance of opera music in the Philharmonic’s repertoire until a new professional opera company was ready for that leadership role.”

Opera Orlando is devoted year-round to the art form, which is the organization’s core mission. In January of 2016, Florida Opera Theatre, which had been presenting opera since 2009, officially changed its name to Opera Orlando, reflecting the mission to be the regional standard bearer for the art form. Gabriel Preisser was named executive and artistic director and Vince Connor was named general director. They share the vision of reshaping the community’s idea of what opera is by making it more intimate, accessible, relevant and an immersive theater experience.

“We are thrilled about this partnership and are committed to employing the Orlando Philharmonic as Opera Orlando’s resident orchestra,” said John Wettach, Opera Orlando board president. “Our paramount goal is to raise the profile of the art form and generate a new level of excitement for our organization’s offerings and the Orlando Philharmonic shares this enthusiasm and commitment.”

Opera Orlando launched its inaugural season in 2016-2017 and provides operas, outreach and education throughout the year. Currently, performances are held in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Christopher Barton, who was named executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic last June and Preisser have been meeting for months with the full support of the boards of both organizations to discuss how to move opera forward.

United Arts of Central Florida, which raises and distributes funds to local arts, sciences, history and other cultural providers is supportive of the new partnership and thinks that the decision makes sense for the community.

“We have been encouraging them to collaborate and we think it’s a terrific business decision to turn over the administrative leadership to Opera Orlando with the creative engagement of the Orlando Philharmonic – it’s the best of both worlds,” said Flora Maria Garcia, president and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida. “We love the way these two organizations have been working together to evolve opera because they each are focusing on what they do best.”

Both the Orlando Philharmonic and Opera Orlando are planning to perform in Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center when it opens. The 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall will join the existing 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater and the 300-seat Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, and will provide a home to the art center’s resident companies, including the Orlando Ballet.

“In 2020, Steinmetz Hall will provide an exceptional, acoustic performance space for the partnership between Opera Orlando and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. This past year, Opera Orlando presented great works in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater to sold-out audiences and next season will be even more successful with this fantastic collaboration,” said Kathy Ramsberger, CEO and president of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The Orlando Philharmonic has one opera performance remaining on its current season, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love at The Plaza Live on Feb. 2, 3 and 5. Opera Orlando’s final performance for this season is Mozart’s Masterpiece Don Giovanni, which takes place on March 24, 25 and 26 at the Dr. Phillips Center.

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About the Orlando Philharmonic

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. 

About Opera Orlando

In only its second year, Opera Orlando has established itself as the standard bearer of the art form in Central Florida. As its 2016-17 season ends with the March 24-26 performances of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” the company looks forward to continuing its track record of sold out houses, fresh theatrical realizations and critical acclaim. The 2017-18 season includes Puccini’s “La bohème,” holiday performances of Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and Rossini’s “Cinderella.” All productions include musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and are held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It was in the Center’s Walt Disney Theater this past September that Opera Orlando assembled some of the nation’s and state’s finest operatic talent for a community-building benefit in response to the Pulse Night Club Tragedy: “One Voice Orlando: A Celebration in Song.” This stellar and powerful event inspired one of the art form’s leading national advocates, Marc Scorca of OPERA America, to declare that “in its brief existence, Opera Orlando has demonstrated its ability to bring high-quality performances to Orlando and to lift the spirit of the city through the power of opera.” www.operaorlando.org

Welcome to Our New Executive Director!

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Orlando Philharmonic New Executive Director Arrives in Orlando

(August 2, 2016, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic is pleased to announce the arrival of new Executive Director Christopher Barton in Orlando. “It is with great anticipation that we welcome Chris to our vibrant Central Florida arts community and our Orlando Phil family,” said RK Kelley, President of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Board of Directors. “Chris’s experience and thoughtful approach provide a harmonious complement to the dynamic vision of Music Director Eric Jacobsen, who joined the Phil last year. I’m excited to work with this talented team.”

Christopher Barton previously served as the executive director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Prior to that he worked for the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. He holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and a Bachelor of Music Industry Studies from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.

“I’m overjoyed to be the new executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the start of the twenty-fourth season,” said Barton. “Eric has programmed an exciting season of music for both our musicians and audiences. With Phase 1 renovations at The Plaza Live completed our team has a beautiful and versatile space in which to work, rehearse, and perform. I look forward to working with Eric and the musicians, board, staff, and volunteers to continue the momentum of the organization. My wife Angela and I are delighted to be in Orlando and are eager to get involved with the Central Florida community.”

Christopher Barton and his family moved to Orlando from Flagstaff, Arizona in late July.

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chris Barton, new Executive Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Chris Barton, new Executive Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

(June, 3, 2016, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has named Christopher Barton as its new executive director. In his role, Barton will provide leadership and vision to meet the orchestra’s mission to foster and promote symphonic music through excellence in performance, education, and cultural leadership. “After a national search, we are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Orlando Philharmonic family,” shared Michael Elsberry, President of the Philharmonic Board of Directors. He added, “The entire Board is excited to work with Chris and we know his leadership, new ideas, and great energy will help drive the orchestra to great heights.”

 

Barton succeeds former Executive Director David Schillhammer, who recently stepped down after more than 15 years with the Philharmonic. He will lead the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with Music Director Eric Jacobsen, who has just completed his first season with the orchestra. “I’m so excited that the Orlando Philharmonic has such a strong leader, thinker, and bright star to help steer the ship into the future,” said Jacobsen. “Chris is a stand out in the field of arts management. He is business-minded and artistically driven. He is a perfect fit for our entrepreneurial and collaborative style and I can’t wait to get to work with him.”

 

Barton comes to Orlando from Flagstaff, Arizona where he has served as the executive director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 2014. He previously worked for the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

 

He received a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and a Bachelor of Music Industry Studies from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in his native state of North Carolina.

 

“I am thrilled to be joining the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as its next executive director and at this exciting time for the organization,” said Barton. “The Philharmonic has incredible momentum and creative potential right now. With Eric Jacobsen as music director, a permanent home at The Plaza Live, and the support of a dynamic and growing community, this orchestra can accomplish anything. I look forward to working with Eric and the musicians, board, staff, and volunteers to advance the artistic and financial success of the organization in the service of great music and the community of Central Florida.”

Chris, his wife Angela, and their two children will arrive in Orlando in late July.

 

Contact:

Cristina Venturini

Cell: (239) 293-2589

Office: (407) 896-6700

info@orlandophil.org

cventurini@orlandophil.org

Orlando Philharmonic Announces Resignation of Executive Director David Schillhammer

(Orlando, FL – Nov 18, 2015) Today, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director David Schillhammer, effective February 28, 2016. Schillhammer is the orchestra’s first and only Executive Director, a position he has held for 15 years.

“I leave the organization in good standing,” said Schillhammer. “Artistically, under the helm of new Music Director Eric Jacobsen and the talented, hardworking and selfless musicians; financially, with 22 consecutive years of balanced budgets, and a capital campaign that has raised nearly $4 million since 2013 to initiate renovations to The Plaza Live, our first permanent home in the community. Over these many seasons, we have expanded our donor and patron base to an all-time high, with over 5,000 subscriptions sold last year.”

“Now that all the pieces are in place, it’s time for me to exit stage right, pursue new opportunities, and welcome in fresh, new leadership to usher in the next chapter for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.”

Board President Michael Elsberry thanked Schillhammer for his dedication.

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Orlando Philharmonic Welcomes New Development Director

Maile Miller Director of DevelopmentDr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ Maile Miller joins the orchestra as head of the development team

(June 25, 2015, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced today that Maile Miller, former Associate Director of Individual Philanthropy at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, will lead the orchestra’s fundraising team beginning in July.   

Miller’s 10-year fundraising track record includes raising six-and seven-figure gifts and managing a capital campaign portfolio of 200+ donors and prospects for the Center. She has closed more than $4.5 million in gifts since 2012. Prior to her time at Dr. Phillips Center, she worked on development teams at Orange County Regional History Center and Florida Hospital, one of the largest development operations in Central Florida.

“I am thrilled to join the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at this incredible time of growth and expansion,” said Miller. “The opportunity to work closely with the board and staff, especially new music director Eric Jacobsen, to raise the funds necessary to complete the Plaza Live Project is exhilarating. Together we have a chance to elevate arts to a completely new level in Central Florida.”

Orlando Philharmonic Executive Director David Schillhammer said the choice was easy.

“Maile’s breadth and depth of knowledge of fundraising and of the Central Florida community will be invaluable to the orchestra as we move forward,” he said. “She fills a critical role, will be an important partner to the board, staff, Friends of the Philharmonic, and new music director Eric Jacobsen.  In addition to raising annual funds, I know she will help guide our Plaza Live capital campaign through to a successful conclusion.” 

Miller belongs to the Central Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she served as a board member for four years.  A lover of the arts, she is a member of Council of 101, a volunteer fundraising association that supports the Orlando Museum of Art, and has sung with Bach Festival Society of Winter Park choir since 2009. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Florida.

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ANNOUNCING OUR 2015-2016 SEASON!

The Orlando Philharmonic is proud and honored to welcome new Music Director Eric Jacobsen in the 2015/2016 season!

Eric Jacobsen is the co-founder Artistic Director of innovative NY-based orchestral collective The Knights. Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” he has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. He tours frequently as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and is also a founding member of genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Jacobsen will serve as the Orlando Philharmonic’s artistic leader and primary conductor beginning in 2015/2016.

Eric Jacobsen will appear this season on many programs, including the Classics, Focus, Opera and Sounds of Summer Series (marked with an asterisk (*) below.

CLASSICS SERIES

at Bob Carr Theater

SAT, OCT 24, 2015 at 8 PM
Special Matinee! SUN, OCT 25, 2015 at 2 PM
MUSIC DIRECTOR DEBUT*
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

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ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR ERIC JACOBSEN

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR ERIC JACOBSEN

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(Orlando, FL) Monday, May 4, 2015 | 7:30 PM EDT – Today, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced it has appointed New-York-based conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen as its Music Director, following a two-year, international search.

Jacobsen, 32, is the co-founder Artistic Director of innovative NY-based orchestral collective The Knights. Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” he has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. He tours frequently as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and is also a founding member of genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Jacobsen will serve as the Orlando Philharmonic’s artistic leader and primary conductor beginning in 2015-2016.

“Eric is exactly the musician to lead the Philharmonic into the future” said Orlando Philharmonic Executive Director David Schillhammer. “His artistic vision, his passion for both traditional and new symphonic works, and his collaborative spirit embody what we want the orchestra to be for this community.”

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