Jim Shelton, a member of the Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra, is chronicling the renovations of our new home at The Plaza Live Theatre, which started early this spring. View…
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 SERIESat 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
ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR ERIC JACOBSEN
(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.”
Music Director finalist Leslie B. Dunner, Board Vice President RK Kelley, Executive Director David Schillhammer and Principal Timpanist Carl Rendek. On Tuesday, March 17, the Orlando Philharmonic was honored to participate…
This season, the orchestra welcomed five outstanding Music Director finalists to Orlando, and we were overwhelmed by the excitement and participation from people across the community. The Philharmonic will announce…
Jim Macon Construction is hard at work with the first stage of renovations to the orchestra’s new home at the The Plaza Live Theatre. Progress has been made in the…
Last week, the Orlando Philharmonic welcomed to Orlando Leslie B. Dunner, the fifth and final of the candidates in the orchestra’s international Music Director search. Over his week-long visit, Dunner met…
During February, the Orlando Philharmonic welcomed Dirk Meyer, the fourth of five finalists in the orchestra’s international Music Director search, to Orlando. Over his week-long visit, Meyer met with musicians, arts…
(Orlando, FL – January 28, 2015)
Take a virtual tour (works best on a desktop computer):
Having trouble? View the PDF version
This week, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it is beginning its first stage of renovations to The Plaza Live Theatre (425 N. Bumby Ave, Orlando), the building that will become the orchestra’s future home.
At a kick-off celebration Tuesday night, David Schillhammer announced the orchestra has already raised $3,492,546 toward renovations to the building. This is part of $8.25 million raised toward the Philharmonic’s “20/20 Vision” campaign — a 5-year, $20 million capital campaign announced in the orchestra’s 2012-2013, 20th anniversary season to raise $6 million for the endowment, $8 million for general operations and $6 million toward the Plaza Live renovations. In addition, $2,026,990 has been contributed in-kind to the renovation.
The first stage of renovations, a 6-month project estimated at $2.5 million, will transform the smaller of the building’s two existing theaters into an acoustically sound rehearsal hall and multi-use performance space. The orchestra is also expanding the building to include a new box office, administrative offices, dressing rooms and sheet music library. The Plaza Live will remain open for events throughout the renovations, and the Philharmonic plans to move its operations into The Plaza Live later this year.
Schillhammer says renovations to the building’s lobby, exterior and main theater will come next.