Resonate Festival

Welcome to the 2024 RESONATE FESTIVAL

with Artist-in-Residence Pianist Aaron Diehl and his Jazz Trio

For the third year, Music Director Eric Jacobsen has imagined and created a multi-faceted Resonate Festival that is sure to resonate with you—our audience—in these complex times for our country. And he has invited critically acclaimed Pianist Aaron Diehl to be our Artist-in-Residence for a lineup of captivating repertoire for the orchestral and Late Night concerts of the series.

What’s on?

The outstanding musicians of your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen

Three nights of music, six different concerts—February 1, 3, and 5, 2024; performances at 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. each evening

Artist-in-Residence Aaron Diehl, piano

Works featuring Aaron: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Harpsichord Concerto No. 1; and Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac

A Prelude Concert with the world premiere of Ron Ramin and Portia Kamons’ Seventeen

Engaging orchestral works by Bach, Mozart, and Weill

Time Out after the orchestra concerts to mix, mingle, sip, and chat with friends old and new (bar service available). Then, off to the Palmer Room for some fantastic music of diverse “flavors”: from a symphony, a double concerto, and Irish folk music to compositions for violin, clarinet, and Aaron Diehl’s jazz trio

Post-Late Night on February 5 you might want to say hello to Aaron and his Jazz Trio and celebrate the successful conclusion of Resonate Festival 2024

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Introducing Artist-in-Residence Aaron Diehl

Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl has appeared at historic venues from Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Village Vanguard to the New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonie de Paris. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Aaron traveled to New York in 2003, following his success as a finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition and a subsequent European tour with Wynton Marsalis. For some years he immersed himself in distinctive repertoire from Monk and Ravel to Gershwin and William Grant Still. Among other towering figures, Still in particular inspires Aaron’s ongoing curation of Black American composers in his own performance programming. He has enjoyed artistic associations with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Philip Glass, and multi-GRAMMY-Award-winning artist Cécile McLorin Salvant. He recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra as a featured soloist. He holds a bachelor of music degree in Jazz Studies from the Juilliard School. As a licensed pilot, when he’s not at the studio or the concert hall, he’s likely in the air.

What’s the deal with Diehl?

“Diehl’s manner immediately resonated with great masters of the past. His long fingers arced gracefully over the keys, suspended for a time before actually touching them. When they did finally touch, they called forth a sound that was pure silk, light, delicate, as if from another age, or perhaps a breath of wind on a clear day.” ~ Boston Musical Intelligencer 

“Diehl has developed an organic, sophisticated approach” ~ DownBeat

“There’s an entire world of jazz in Aaron Diehl’s playing … Diehl has a freedom and playfulness that makes you hear the piece anew … With a highly improvisatory approach, he makes the case that jazz is not one style or genre but many, gliding gorgeously among decades of artistic influences. ~ Philadelphia Inquirer

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