On June 2nd, members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra took to U.S. Travel’s IPW stage in the Orange County Convention Center to perform the orchestral score to a screening of Leonard Bernstein’s classic “On the Town.” In less than 48 hours, the orchestra donned sailor hats, rehearsed to Broadway-standard perfection under the baton of the production’s Assistant Conductor John Bell, and was ready to perform for an eager crowd of over 5,000. The Orlando Philharmonic was the only local performing arts group featured at the conference.
The IPW generates “Super Bowl” sized crowds and revenue each year to promote the business of international travel organizations, market travel products, and encourage different travel destinations. Focused primarily on New York City, the event included not only the Bernstein Broadway spectacle, but members of the Broadway cast of “Aladdin,” “Matilda,” “The Lion King,” “The Book of Mormon,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Emmy Award-Winning actor and New York native David Hyde Pierce played the part of the convention’s Master of Ceremonies and showcased the many travel spectacles and cultural opportunities that New York City has to offer. The benefit for the Orlando Philharmonic and its future with the IPW is best represented by the words of Kevin Brooks, the Philharmonic’s Personnel Manager. “As far as [Broadway] producers are concerned, they now know that we’re here and able to do this for future events.”
Sarah Overton, Orlando Philharmonic Development Intern