ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S 2022-2023 SEASON ANNOUNCED

 

30th Anniversary Season to be First Full Season in Steinmetz Hall

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO) announces its 2022-2023 30th Anniversary Season today, including six concerts on the Classics Series and five concerts on the Pops Series, all to be held in the newly completed and acoustically perfect Steinmetz Hall. For the first time ever, the Classics Series will be offered in pairs, including a Saturday evening and a Sunday matinee performance for each concert.  The 2022-2023 Season will also include the Focus Series and Symphony Storytime Series at The Plaza Live in Orlando’s Milk District. Returning will be five Summer Serenades concerts in the Summer of 2022, featuring programs curated by the participating Philharmonic musicians. The popular three-night Resonate Festival will return in February 2023 and will feature 2022-2023 Season Artist-in-Residence Anthony McGill.

The Philharmonic will feature a diverse and exciting lineup of guest artists and conductors for the 2022-2023 Season. On the podium for his eighth Season with the Philharmonic, Music Director Eric Jacobsen will conduct seven programs in the season, as well as the full Resonate Festival.  

Soloists featured on the Classics Series include Violinist Adele Anthony, Pianist Inon Barnatan, and the Philharmonic’s own Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois. Returning in the 2022-2023 Season are Pianist Orli Shaham, Cellist Jan Vogler, and Superstar Pianist Yuja Wang, one of the top Classical soloists in the world. 

Artist-in-Residence Anthony McGill, said to have  “…played with his trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character. That the ovation was so enthusiastic was no surprise.” by The New York Times, will perform on 6 performances in the Resonate Festival in February 2023, including three major concertos for clarinet as well as chamber music works. 

The Pops Series will boast a new production of the audience favorite Home for the Holidays in November, “Something Wonderful: The Songs of Rodgers  & Hammerstein”, Chris Thile in Concert with Music Director Eric Jacobsen, “Spies, Lies, & Treble Clefs”, and finish out in May 2023 with “Let’s Misbehave – The Songs of Cole Porter”. 

The Focus Series will begin in October with a celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage with Flutist Nestor Torres joined by Conductor and Violinist Guillermo Figueroa. The Focus Series will feature numerous Philharmonic Musicians in a variety of roles, including as conductors, soloists,  and concert curators.  These programs will include Holiday Brass & Percussion conducted by OPO trumpeter Lyman Brodie in December; Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois featured on Mozart’s Violin Concert No. 5 in February; and a program featuring three OPO soloists under conductor Mauricio Céspedes Rivero in March. The Focus Series will conclude in April 2023 under the baton of Music Director Eric Jacobsen with Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins as the featured soloist.

The Symphony Storytime Series for young children features fun, family-friendly programs including a Halloween Fall program, an all-new Holly Jolly Sounds of the Season, the Louis Armstrong tribute Just a Lucky So and So, and Peter Rabbit, all at The Plaza Live.

Subscription renewals for current subscribers will be sent to them in the coming weeks and new subscriptions for the 2022-2023 Season will go on sale later this Spring. For more information, please contact the Box Office at 407.770.0071 or boxoffice@orlandophil.org.

 

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

30th Anniversary Season

 

Classics Series: Steinmetz Hall

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Classics 1 – October 1-2, 2022

THE PLANETS

Steinmetz Hall

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Adele Anthony, violin

 

Traditional National Anthem

James Lee III Beyond Sensorial Portals (Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra commission; World Premiere)

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Holst The Planets

Colin Jacobsen Ascending Bird 

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Eric Jacobsen and the Orlando Philharmonic take the stage of fabulous Steinmetz Hall for the grand opening of the 2022-2023 Classics Series! Join us as Adele Anthony (“plays beautifully, with warm, luminous tone…” ~ Gramophone) reveals the graceful melodies and dizzying virtuosity of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. And in Holst’s Planets you’ll hear Mars’s bellicose hammer blows; Venus’s gentle serenity; Mercury’s fleet-footedness; and Neptune’s mysteries with voices singing wordlessly…fading away into the unknown. Plus, works by contemporary composers Colin Jacobsen and James Lee III’s celebratory opener welcoming you to the excitement of hearing music in our new home in our 30th Anniversary Season.

Classics 2 – October 15-16, 2022

ORLI SHAHAM PLAYS MOZART

Steinmetz Hall

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Orli Shaham, piano

 

Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Three excerpts from L’amant anonyme

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488

David Robertson Piano Concerto (Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra commission; World Premiere)

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

 

It was inevitable that 21-year-old Mendelssohn would fall in love with Italy…its sun-drenched landscapes and the warmth of its people. This love found exuberant expression in his “Italian” Symphony (“blue sky in A Major,” he dubbed it.) Orli Shaham (“a commanding, powerful performance” ~ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) solos in two piano concertos: David Robertson’s in its world premiere and Mozart’s popular 23rd with a ravishing Adagio of haunting depth. Plus, orchestral excerpts from The Anonymous Lover, an opera by 18th century Afro-French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Classics 3 – November 12-13, 2022

MAJESTIC BRUCKNER /DVOŘÁK GRANDEUR

Steinmetz Hall

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Jan Vogler, cello

 

Mayer Faust Overture

Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor

Bruckner Symphony No. 6  

Enter Bruckner’s expansive soundworld…become one with its sonorities…get carried away by the radiant strings, the majestic brasses, the long-breathed phrases, and, ultimately, the splendor of his music! Now more than ever, Bruckner is a balm for the soul. Leading into the symphony is Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a work of symphonic grandeur and passion that will showcase the astonishing technique and artistry of Jan Vogler (“…a convincing balance between introspection and drama…” ~ Financial Times). The Romantic vocabulary of Emilie Mayer’s dramatic Overture, exploring Faust’s soul, starts this concert’s journey. 

Classics 4 – January 14-15, 2023

YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF

Steinmetz Hall

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Yuja Wang, piano

 

Debussy Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1

Hang on tight as piano superstar Yuja Wang (“one of the most talented, enthralling, and even mesmerizing performers on the world scene” ~ HuffPost) takes you on a wild ride with Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto! The composer—a virtuoso himself—packed in plenty of fireworks to challenge even the most athletic of pianists. Yuja also solos in another of his “greatest hits”—the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with the terrifying medieval chant Day of Wrath and the ultra-romantic 18th variation (smelling salts advised in case of swooning!). Plus, Debussy’s iconic (and notorious) masterpiece, from sinuous flute introduction to final languorous bars…erotic reveries in all their voluptuous, ephemeral beauty.

Classics 5 – March 4-5, 2023

RIMMA PLAYS BRUCH

Steinmetz Hall

Thomas Wilkins, guest conductor

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

 

Tania León Pasajes (Florida premiere, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra co-commission)

Bruch Violin Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

 

Bruch’s superlative Violin Concerto is at once fiery and romantic, sparkling and seductive—and a showcase for our virtuoso Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois. In the Tenth Symphony Shostakovich unleashes his fury against Stalin in a violent, demonic musical battle with pitches equivalent to the initials of his name, D-S-C-H, pounded out like a code that crushes the tyrant in the wild, triumphant finale. Raising the curtain is the OPO premiere of a thrilling new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning Cuban-American composer Tania León, whose music is “infused with a vigorous pluralism” ( ~ The New York Times). 

Classics 6 – May 6-7, 2023

MAHLER’S 5TH 

Steinmetz Hall

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Inon Barnatan, piano

 

Stella Sung New work (Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra commission; World Premiere)

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1

Mahler Symphony No. 5

 

How do you say “I love you” if you’re Gustav Mahler? Nothing could surpass the radiant Adagietto movement, scored for strings and harp, of his Fifth Symphony, a gift for his beloved wife Alma. But there’s also raw, intense music and the manic Rondo-Finale that brings this orchestral tour de force to its climax. Love was also in the air in Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, dedicated to an object of his youthful affection. Inon Barnatan (“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” ~ New York Times) is the soloist for this sometimes brilliant, sometimes gossamer, but always romantic, work. Plus, the world premiere of a much-anticipated new composition by former OPO Composer-in-Residence—Orlando’s own—Stella Sung.

  

Pops Series: Steinmetz Hall

Saturday at 3:30  & 7:30 p.m.

Pops 1 – Nov 26, 2022 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Mauricio Céspedes Rivero, conductor

with The Holiday Singers, Connie Brink, director

Opera Orlando Youth Company, Robin Jensen, director

 

Pops 2 – Jan 28, 2023  

“SOMETHING WONDERFUL: THE SONGS OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN”

Jeffery Redding, conductor

 

 Pops 3 – Feb 25, 2023  

CHRIS THILE IN CONCERT

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

 

Pops 4 – Mar 25, 2023

“SPIES, LIES, AND TREBLE CLEFS”

Chelsea Gallo, conductor

 

Pops 5 – May 13, 2023   

“LET’S MISBEHAVE – THE SONGS OF COLE PORTER”

Michael Krajewski, conductor

With Tony DeSare, vocalist

Bria Skonberg, trumpet

John Manzari, tap dancer

 

FOCUS SERIES: THE PLAZA LIVE

MONDAY AT 7 P.M.

 

Focus 1 – Oct 24, 2022 

Celebrating Puerto Rican Heritage

Guillermo Figueroa, conductor & violin 

Nestor Torres, flute

 

Roberto Sierra                                        Fandangos

Ernesto Cordero                                     Concertino Tropical

Mariano Morales                                     Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Sylvia Rexach                                         Di Corazon

Nestor Torres                                          Pearl of the Sea

 

Focus 2 – Dec 5, 2022  

Holiday Brass & Percussion

Lyman Brodie, conductor

 

Seasonal selections and holiday favorites! 

Focus 3 – Feb 6, 2023   

Rimma Plays Mozart

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin & conductor

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                     Violin Concerto No. 5

Alfred Schnittke                                       Sonata for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

Edvard Grieg                                           Holberg Suite

Focus 4 – Mar 13, 2023

Stars  of the OPO

Mauricio Céspedes Rivero, conductor

Vincent Kiray, horn

Nikolay Blagov, clarinet

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                     Horn Concerto No. 3

Carl Maria Von Weber                             Clarinet Concerto No. 1

Max Richter                                             Four Seasons Recomposed

 

Focus 5 – Apr 17, 2023

Dvorak’s 6th 

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin

Bedrich Smetana                                               The Moldau

Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick arr. Oran Eldor      Fiddler Rhapsody & Scherzo      

Florence Price                                                    Violin Concerto No. 2

Antonin Dvorak                                                  Symphony No. 6

 

SYMPHONY STORYTIME SERIES: THE PLAZA LIVE

SATURDAY 10 & 11:30 A.M. AND SUNDAY 11 A.M. & 12:30 P.M.

 

October 22-23, 2022         Spooky Sounds of the Season

December 10-11, 2022     Holly Jolly Sounds of the Season

February 11-12, 2023       Just a Lucky So and So

April 29-30, 2023              Peter Rabbit

 

SUMMER SERENADES: THE PLAZA LIVE

SUNDAY AT 1 P.M., Brunch at Noon

June 19, 2022                              Rimma Bergeron-Langlois & Keiko Andrews in Recital

July 10, 2022                               Brass Quintet

July 31, 2022                                Woodwind Quintet

August 7, 2022                            Rimma & Friends Part 1        

August 21, 2022                          Rimma & Friends Part 2

RESONATE FESTIVAL: THE PLAZA LIVE

FEBRUARY 16, 18, 20, 2023 

Welcome to Year II of the RESONATE FESTIVAL

with Artist-in-Residence ANTHONY MCGILL, clarinet

  

Monday, February 13, 2023, 6 p.m.

PRELUDE PROGRAM: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

The Palmer Room of The Plaza Live

Steven Beck, piano

Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

 

A Prelude Program—J.S. Bach’s epic Goldberg Variations—begins this season’s Resonate Festival in a spectacular way, starring pianist Steven Beck, praised as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times. It’s probably not an exaggeration to call the Variations the “Mount Everest” of the solo piano literature, requiring focus, vision, and stamina. And you, the audience, are invited to approach the theme and its 30 astonishing variations with reverence, abandon, solemnity, introspection, and joy. But whatever emotions you feel, the Goldberg Variations will resonate in your memory long after the last beautiful note has faded into silence.

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Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7 p.m.

MCGILL, SAINT-GEORGES & BEETHOVEN

Main Hall of The Plaza Live

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Anthony McGill, clarinet

 

Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Clarinet Concerto (transcription of Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 5, No. 2, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra commission; World Premiere)

Beethoven Symphony No. 1

 

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges—violin virtuoso, composer, son of an enslaved mother, colonel in Europe’s first Black regiment, and champion fencer—has finally been rediscovered by the classical music world! In an exciting new guise, the transcribed Clarinet Concerto—replete with both technical flamboyance and lyricism—gets its world premiere performance by Anthony McGill. In the same year Bologne passed from this earth, 1799, Beethoven was deeply immersed in creating his First Symphony, a beautiful amalgam of the classical style and—with unexpected key changes, unusual dynamics, and bold tempos—an audacious step into the new century.

 

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 9 p.m.

DEBUSSY & BEETHOVEN

The Palmer Room of The Plaza Live

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Eric Jacobsen, cello

Steven Beck, piano

 

Debussy Violin Sonata in G Minor

  1. Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22

Beethoven Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11

 

We dive into Resonate Festival chamber music with Anthony McGill & Co. playing Beethoven’s delightful Op. 11, with our own maestro joining the festivities on cello! Opening the concert is Debussy’s Violin Sonata, the last completed work by a man profoundly affected by war and illness. Still, his swan song captivates— with ferocity, radiant colors, sprinklings of folk music, and, the composer said, “tumultuous joy.” In between, Three Romances by the until-recently-woefully-neglected Clara Schumann—finally out from behind her husband’s shadow—with her last and most popular chamber work. The keyboard part is testimony to her vast talents as a star pianist.

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Saturday, February 18, 2023, 7 p.m.

MCGILL, COPLAND & BERNSTEIN

Main Hall of The Plaza Live

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Anthony McGill, clarinet

 

Copland Clarinet Concerto

Copland Appalachian Spring

Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

It’s a night of all-American music! First up: Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Anthony McGill center stage. Commissioned and inspired by Benny Goodman, it moves from lyrical and serene to an ever-so-brief soliloquy for the soloist to a rollicking final movement fusing jazz, South American folk tunes, and American dance rhythms. From On the Town—his love letter to the Big Apple—a dance-y Broadway show about the adventures of three sailors on shore-leave during World War II—Bernstein extracted a high-spirited suite that will set your feet to dancing, too! In between, Copland’s quintessentially American Appalachian Spring—full of tenderness, hope, and belief in the future. Listen for fiddle tunes and the beloved Shaker melody “Simple Gifts.”

 

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 9 p.m.

BRAHMS CLARINET QUINTET

The Palmer Room of The Plaza Live

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin, and members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115

We must all be grateful that Brahms came out of self-imposed “retirement” to compose his four late masterpieces that have made him especially beloved of clarinetists, with this Quintet often regarded as his greatest chamber music achievement. The instrument’s sweet tone evokes moods of melancholy and serenity with an exquisitely dark palette that blends beautifully with the strings—all brought out superbly by our Artist-in-Residence Anthony McGill and the musician-artists of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

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III.

Monday, February 20, 2023, 7 p.m.

MCGILL & MOZART

Main Hall of The Plaza Live

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Anthony McGill, clarinet

 

Mozart Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Mozart Clarinet Concerto

 

Mozart’s love for the clarinet’s mellow sound was inspired by the artistry of Anton Stadler—virtuoso, friend, and fellow-Freemason—and nowhere more so than in his beguiling Clarinet Concerto. And in the hands of Anthony McGill it will enrapture you, too, with its breathtaking beauty and sublime melodies. The concert begins with Mozart’s regal “Jupiter” Symphony—his last in the genre—aptly nicknamed for the king of the gods, with drums and trumpets lending a majestic feel and setting a crown upon the composer’s symphonic canon.

 

Monday, February 20, 2023, 9 p.m.

EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK

The Palmer Room of The Plaza Live

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin, and members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet

 

Anthony McGill and members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra gather for London-born Anglo-African composer Coleridge-Taylor’s magnificent Clarinet Quintet, whose lyrical language is likely to remind you of Brahms and Dvořák. And starting the final chamber concert of this season’s Resonate Festival, one of the most well-known and best-loved works of Classical music, Mozart’s effervescent serenade, “A Little Night Music.” Buoyant, full of life and grace, sparkling! ‘Nuff said!

COMMUNITY  PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

June 18, 2022               Liberty Weekend at MCO

December 3 & 4, 2022      Holiday Pops

March 19, 2023            Spring Pops

April 1, 2023                 The Springs at The Springs Community, Longwood, FL

 

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