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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, 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 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.

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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, 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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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.

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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



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.


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, 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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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, 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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Springs 2017 TNEW

The Orlando Philharmonic will perform its annual concert at the Springs Community in Longwood, featuring the music of the ‘70s pop sensation ABBA, on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 8 p.m. The concert is located at the Springs Community in Longwood on State Road 434, one mile west of I-4. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

The Orlando Philharmonic’s outdoor concert at the Springs is a beloved tradition in the Central Florida community and continues to sell out each year. This year, Music Director Eric Jacobsen will lead the Philharmonic in the Springs concert.

Featured in this performance is world-class touring act Jeans n’ Classics performing the works of Swedish singing sensation ABBA. With hundreds of millions of albums sold, ABBA is without a doubt one of the most successful groups in the history of popular music. The program will celebrate favorite tunes by Abba like “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “The Winner Takes It All” and “SOS.” The concert is presented through the sponsorship of Certified Financial Group, an investment-manager and financial-planning firm headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

General Admission tickets start at $45 in advance and $50 at the door. VIP admission is $150 and includes VIP seating, catered buffet, complimentary wine/beer/soft drinks. With the ABBA Special Offer, general admission tickets are just $39 each when you buy 4 or more tickets by March 10. Tickets are available online at, 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.

Orlando Philharmonic Announces 25th Anniversary Season


One-Night-Only Gala Concert to Feature Celebrated Cellist Yo-Yo Ma  

The Orlando Philharmonic announced its 25th Anniversary Season today, including a one-night-only gala anniversary concert featuring acclaimed cellist, Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Colin Jacobsen on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Bob Carr Theater.

The 25th Anniversary Season includes five concerts in the FAIRWINDS Classics Series, five programs in the Pops Series and five concerts in the Focus Series. The 2017 Sounds of Summer Series and the 2017-2018 Women in Song Series will be announced at a later date.

“Our 25th Anniversary Season is really going to be special because we have amazing and diverse programming with world premieres by local composers, the great musicians of our orchestra, and Yo-Yo Ma is performing with the Philharmonic for the first time,” said Eric Jacobsen, music director.

As the Orlando Philharmonic celebrates its past during the anniversary season, it also looks toward the future with the groundbreaking of Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts scheduled for Monday, March 6.

“There’s never been a more exciting time for the Orlando Philharmonic,” said Christopher Barton, executive director. “There’s so much to look forward to with the groundbreaking of Steinmetz Hall, the Yo-Yo Ma Gala Anniversary Concert next year, a new season that offers something for everyone and a community-wide anniversary celebration that will allow everyone to celebrate with us.”


Orlando Philharmonic 25th Anniversary Season

25th Anniversary Season Gala Concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Colin Jacobsen

Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 by Johannes Brahms

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


FAIRWINDS Classics Series at Bob Carr Theater

25th Anniversary Season Opening: Beethoven’s Ninth

Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Dann Coakwell, tenor; and Dashon Burton, baritone; UCF Chorus 

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D minor

One of the best-known works in classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is motivated by the idea of the “brotherhood of man” and is the great composer’s final complete symphony. For lovers of classical music, it is a “bucket list” moment because it’s a life-affirming and joyful anthem for humanity. Destiny, exuberance, love and joy… this is Beethoven’s Ninth.


Beethoven & Mozart

Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m.

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and pianist

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4, in G Major

Timo Andres – Eno Paraphrase

Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D Major, “Prague”

Travel with us to Vienna and Prague as conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducts from the piano. Beautiful and original, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 combines lyricism and intimacy with gravity and power. Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 premiered in Prague in 1787 and is popularly known as the “Prague” Symphony. Transport yourself in time and place.


Rimma Plays Mendelssohn

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Stella Sung – World Premiere

Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor

Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra

Our own Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois joins conductor Eric Jacobsen for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, which is beloved by both musicians and audiences. The Concerto for Orchestra is one of Bartók’s best-known and most popular works. It challenges and pushes the entire orchestra, while also serving as a showpiece, giving each section a defining moment.

Bernstein and the New World

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Orli Shaham, piano

Bernstein – Overture to West Side Story

Bernstein – Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety”

Kojiro Umezaki – (Cycles) America

Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of one of America’s most beloved composers, Leonard Bernstein, as we begin the evening with the Overture to West Side Story.

Orli Shaham has an impressive reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists and will perform Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning poem by W. H. Auden. It portrays the spiritual journey of self-discovery of four people in a New York bar.

We conclude with one of the most popular of all symphonies, Symphony No. 9, also known as “New World,” because Dvořák wrote it during his experience in the United States in the 1890s.

Brahms Symphony No. 1

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Awet Andemicael, soprano; Alexander Elliot, baritone, William Ferguson, tenor

Kevork Mourad, visual artist

Charles Griffin – World Premiere

Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Rimsky-Korsakov – Excerpts from Capriccio Espagnol

De Falla – Master Peter’s Puppet Show

Join us for an evening of collaboration of art and music.

Few great works of music have taken so long to get to a finished product as Brahms Symphony No. 1. He insisted that it took 21 years from sketches to finishing touches. It’s monumental!

The first masterpiece by composer Manuel De Falla, Master Peter’s Puppet Show is a puppet-opera in one act, with puppets and real characters adapted from one of the episodes of Don Quixote. Visual Artist Kevork Mourad shares the stage with your Orlando Philharmonic with his technique of spontaneous real-time animated painting.



Pops Series at Bob Carr Theater

Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles

50th Anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club

Saturday, October 14 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Beatlemania is back with Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The show features original members of the Broadway sensation Beatlemania performing 30 Beatles hits as they were originally recorded. The Los Angeles Times calls the show “more than just an incredible simulation.” If you like The Beatles, you will LOVE “Classical Mystery Tour,” in concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.


Home for the Holidays!

Saturday, November 25 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Albert George Schram, conductor

Opera Orlando Youth Chorus

Central Florida Community Arts Chorus

Holiday Singers

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Join us for a musical celebration of community and capture the spirit of the season at one of our region’s most popular holiday concerts. Ring in the holidays with family and friends and join in the popular audience sing-along. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.


Cirque de la Symphonie: Cirque Goes to the Cinema

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Yaniv Segal, conductor

Cirque de la Symphonie returns with an all-new program of awe-inspiring physical feats of power and beauty! Paired with the music from blockbuster movie classics, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mission Impossible, and Titanic and more, this thrill ride includes the spectacle of acrobats, jugglers and aerial flyers soaring high above the heads of your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.


My Sinatra Starring Cary Hoffman

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Albert George Schram, conductor

Swoon to Ol’ Blue Eyes with Sinatra Songs and more starring Cary Hoffman performing the concert version of his hit NYC off-Broadway show with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hoffman has performed the music of Frank Sinatra for the past eight years in over 55 Performing Arts Centers around the World, including a performance for the President of Singapore. He is New York’s premiere Sinatra interpreter. His compelling blend of vocal performance and stories led to a national PBS television special seen by more than two million viewers.


A Tribute to Ella!

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Larry Blank, conductor

Capathia Jenkins, Harolyn Blackwell and Aisha de Haas, vocalists 

Join us for this swinging tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in celebration of her 100th birthday. We will honor the “First Lady of Song” and present some of the glorious songs that she made her own, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and “Summertime” You’ll also hear top hits by her sister jazz greats, including Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.


Focus Series – The Plaza Live

Eric Plays Haydn

Monday, October 23 at The Plaza Live at 7 p.m.

Colleen Blagov, flute

Eric Jacobsen, cello

Haydn – Cello Concerto in D Major

Judd Greenstein – Flute Concerto

Haydn – Symphony No. 94 – “Suprise”

Touch of Genius

Monday, December 4 at 7 p.m.

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Randall Goosby, violin

Dvořák – Serenade for Wind Instruments in D minor

Ponce – Estrellita for violin and orchestra

Saint-Saëns ­– Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra

Schubert – Symphony 5 in B-flat major

An Evening with the Mendelssohns

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Fanny Mendelssohn – Melody in C-sharp minor

Janáček – Idylla

Mendelssohn – Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fanny Mendelssohn – Notturno in G minor

Mendelssohn – The Hebrides “Fingal’s Cave”

Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 in A minor “Scottish”

American Roots

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Jeremy Kittel, vocalist, songwriter

Lyman Brodie, solo trumpet

Central Florida Community Arts Chorus

Copland – Quiet City

Copland – Old American Songs

Jeremy Kittel – World Premiere

Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 in F Major

Mozart & Dvořák

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Benjamin Hochman, conductor and pianist

Mozart – Piano Concerto No.12 in A Major

Dvořák – Serenade for Strings in E Major

About the Artists:

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Kate Maroney

Dashon Burton

Jeffrey Kahane

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois

Stella Sung

Orli Shaham

Kojiro Umezaki

Awet Andemicael

Alexander Elloitt

Kevork Mourad

William Ferguson

Jesse Diener-Bennett

Colleen Blagov

Michelle Merrill

Randall Goosby

Jeremy Kittel

Benjamin Hochman

Colin Jacobsen

Yo-Yo Ma

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

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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to Announce 25th Anniversary Season

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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.


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

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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, 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.




TRÍ – The New Irish Tenors:


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Women in Song series features Indie Folk and Folk Rock singer-songwriter with members of the Orlando Philharmonic

(February 14, Orlando, FL) – The third concert in the Women in Song Series featuring folk singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan takes place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at The Plaza Live at 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

“From operatic to indie rock to folk and pop, these concerts feature some of the greatest talents of today performing works of their own and covers of other amazing artists,” said Eric Jacobsen, Orlando Philharmonic music director.

The new series has been an effort to stretch the talented musicians of the Orlando Philharmonic, but also build a new audience around these concerts that may have never attended a Philharmonic performance.

“We have been thrilled with the positive response to the “Women in Song” concerts,” said Executive Director Christopher Barton. “It’s very exciting when we are able to welcome new audiences to the Philharmonic family.”

O’Donovan’s concert takes place at The Plaza Live and features songs from her second album, In the Magic Hour, which was released in January of 2016. “Flying, getting the rental car, eating all my meals alone…” O’Donovan says. “I just remember sitting with a book in Germany two winters ago, feeling so happy that after the show I could have a Hefeweizen and read and not talk to anybody. And I think that gave me more time to edit my lyrics and really be more mindful with them.”

A string quartet from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, including Music Director Eric Jacobsen, who married O’Donovan last summer, will perform select songs alongside O’Donovan. Tickets to the March 1 concert are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. For more information, please visit