ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA FEATURED IN LEAGUE OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS’ SYMPHONY SPOT

New Online Source for Orchestra Livestreams, Videos, and Educational Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic.
Attend an Orchestra Performance Without Leaving Home.
Includes Educational Videos for Parents and Teachers.

 

As concert halls across the country go dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestras have given hope and solace to a quarantined public by making an unprecedented number of online performances and educational resources available free of charge. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is now featured in the League of American Orchestras’ new Symphony Spot (symphonyspot.org), a one-stop hub of orchestra livestreams, videos, and digital learning events from more than 100 members and friends of the League.

“We’re very pleased with the great response we’ve had to our new Sound Bites series,” said OPO Executive Director Paul Helfrich, “and grateful to the League for including it in Symphony Spot. Like our colleagues around the country, we’ve had to create digital content quickly, learning as we go. I’m very grateful to our musicians and staff for the talent and artistry they’ve brought to this project.”

“During this uncertain time, we’ve seen firsthand the value and connection orchestras bring to the public,” commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Orchestras of all sizes are continuing to serve their communities throughout this crisis, whether through streaming musicians’ live performances from home, by offering archival audio and video performances online, or by providing parents, students, and teachers with valuable educational resources. We’re proud to present this one-stop resource in order to highlight the inspirational music reverberating across the country.”

The League’s new Symphony Spot serves as a hub of member orchestras’ essential content, giving teachers, journalists, bloggers, and the general public a one-stop landing place to explore.

From a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Bedtime with Bach video series; and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Homeschool initiative featuring lesson plans, instrument demonstrations, and virtual lessons, to cutting-edge new music offered by American Composers Orchestra, you’ll find content from more than 100 orchestras, venues, and soloists. And the site grows daily.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra recently released a new digital video series entitled Sound Bites, which includes two different subseries: Musician Moments and OPO Ed. Musician Moments feature Philharmonic Musicians as they sit down with Executive Director Paul Helfrich to discuss orchestral music, their background, and perform beautiful music. OPO Ed videos are supplemental educational videos about the instrument families that can be used to continue learning about music while at home. More videos in the Sound Bites series will be added over the coming weeks.

Music inspires us, strengthens us, and brings us together; please consider a donation to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in these difficult times.

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Celebrating its 27th Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and is comprised of creative musicians and artists from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the FAIRWINDS Classics Series and Pops Series at Bob Carr Theater and its Focus Series at The Plaza Live, a historic Central Florida venue. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to enrich and inspire the diverse communities of Central Florida through the transformative power of live music, and it presents more than 170 live concerts and impacts more than 70,000 children, youth and families annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 1,700 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned orchestras to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.

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Sound Bites Page: https://orlandophil.org/sound-bites/
Symphony Spot Website: symphonyspot.org

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