2017-2018 FAIRWINDS CLASSICS SERIES
Saturday evenings (and one Sunday afternoon) at Bob Carr Theater
OPENING NIGHT: BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
Sat, Sept. 30 at 8 pm | Sun, Oct. 1 at 2 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor | Sherezade Panthaki, soprano | Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano | Dann Coakwell, tenor | Dashon Burton, baritone | UCF Chorus
Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D minor
One of the best-known works in classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is motivated by the idea of the “brotherhood of man” and is the great composer’s final complete symphony. For lovers of classical music, it is a “bucket list” moment because it’s a life-affirming and joyful anthem for humanity. Destiny, exuberance, love and joy… this is Beethoven’s Ninth.
BEETHOVEN & MOZART
Sat, Nov. 18 at 8 pm
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
Timo Andres – Eno Paraphrase
Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D Major “Prague”
Travel with us to Vienna and Prague as conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducts from the piano. Beautiful and original, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 combines lyricism and intimacy with gravity and power. Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 premiered in Prague in 1787 and is popularly known as the “Prague” Symphony. Transport yourself in time and place.
RIMMA PLAYS MENDELSSOHN
Sat, Jan. 20 at 8 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor | Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin
Stella Sung – World Premiere
Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor
Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra
Our own Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois joins conductor Eric Jacobsen for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, which is beloved by both musicians and audiences. The Concerto for Orchestra is one of Bartók’s best-known and most popular works. It challenges and pushes the entire orchestra, while also serving as a showpiece, giving each section a defining moment.
BERNSTEIN AND THE NEW WORLD
Sat, Feb. 17 at 8 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor | Orli Shaham, piano
Bernstein – Overture to West Side Story
Bernstein – Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety”
Kojiro Umezaki – (Cycles) America
Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of one of America’s most beloved composers, Leonard Bernstein, as we begin the evening with the Overture to West Side Story. Orli Shaham has an impressive reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists and will perform Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning poem by W. H. Auden. It portrays the spiritual journey of self-discovery of four people in a New York bar. We conclude with one of the most popular of all symphonies, Symphony No. 9, also known as “New World,” because Dvořák wrote it during his experience in the United States in the 1890s.
BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 1
Sat, April 7 at 8 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor | Awet Andemicael, soprano | Alexander Elliott, baritone | William Ferguson, tenor | Kevork Mourad, visual artist
Charles Griffin – World Premiere
Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Rimsky-Korsakov – Excerpts from Capriccio Espagnol
De Falla – Master Peter’s Puppet Show
Join us for an evening of collaboration of art and music. Few great works of music have taken so long to get to a finished product as Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. He insisted that it took 21 years from sketches to finishing touches. It’s monumental! The first masterpiece by composer Manuel De Falla, Master Peter’s Puppet Show is a puppet-opera in one act, with puppets and real characters adapted from one of the episodes of Don Quixote. Visual Artist Kevork Mourad shares the stage with your Orlando Philharmonic with his technique of spontaneous real-time animated painting.
25th ANNIVERSARY SEASON GALA FEATURING YO-YO MA & COLIN JACOBSEN
Tues, May 8, 2018 at 8 pm | Bob Carr Theater
Eric Jacobsen, conductor | Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Colin Jacobsen, violin
Brahms – Double Concerto in A minor
2017-2018 POPS SERIES
Saturday afternoons and evenings at Bob Carr Theater
CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Sat, Oct. 14 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Beatlemania is back with Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The show features original members of the Broadway sensation Beatlemania performing 30 Beatles hits as they were originally recorded.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Sat, Nov. 25 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Albert George Schram, conductor | Opera Orlando Youth Chorus | Central Florida Community Arts Chorus | The Holiday Singers
There’s no place like home for the holidays. Join us for a musical celebration of community and capture the spirit of the season at one of our region’s most popular holiday concerts. Ring in the holidays with family and friends and join in the popular audience sing-along. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.
CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE: CIRQUE GOES TO THE CINEMA
Sat, Feb. 3 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Yaniv Segal, conductor
Cirque de la Symphonie returns with an all-new program of awe-inspiring physical feats of power and beauty! Paired with the music from blockbuster movie classics, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mission Impossible, and Titanic, this thrill ride includes the spectacle of acrobats, jugglers and aerial flyers soaring high above the heads of your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sat, March 10 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Albert George Schram, conductor | Cary Hoffman, vocals
Swoon to Ol’ Blue Eyes with Sinatra Songs and more starring Cary Hoffman, performing the concert version of his hit NYC off-Broadway show, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hoffman has performed the music of Frank Sinatra for the past eight years in over 55 Performing Arts Centers around the World, including a performance for the President of Singapore. He is New York’s premiere Sinatra interpreter. His compelling blend of vocal performance and stories led to a national PBS television special seen by more than two million viewers.
A TRIBUTE TO ELLA!
Sat, April 21 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Larry Blank, conductor | Capathia Jenkins, Harolyn Blackwell and Aisha de Haas, vocals
Join us for this swinging tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in celebration of her 100th birthday. We will honor the “First Lady of Song” and present some of the glorious songs that she made her own, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and “Summertime” You’ll also hear top hits by her sister jazz greats, including Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.
2017-2018 FOCUS SERIES
Monday evenings at The Plaza Live
ERIC PLAYS HAYDN
Mon, Oct. 23 at 7 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor & cello | Colleen Blagov, flute
Haydn – Cello Concerto in D Major
Judd Greenstein – Flute Concerto
Elgar – Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma”
TOUCH OF GENIUS
Mon, Dec. 4 at 7 pm
Michelle Merrill, conductor | Randall Goosby, violin
Dvořák – Serenade for Wind Instruments in D minor
Ponce – Estrellita for violin and orchestra
Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra
Schubert – Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major
AN EVENING WITH THE MENDELSSOHNS
Mon, Jan. 15 at 7 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Fanny Mendelssohn – Melody in C-sharp minor
Janáček – Idylla
Felix Mendelssohn – Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fanny Mendelssohn – Notturno in G minor
Felix Mendelssohn – The Hebrides “Fingal’s Cave”
Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 in A minor “Scottish”
Mon, April 2 at 7 pm
Eric Jacobsen, conductor | Jeremy Kittel, vocalist & songwriter | Lyman Brodie, solo trumpet | Central Florida Community Arts Chorus
Copland – Quiet City
Copland – Old American Songs
Jeremy Kittel – World Premiere
Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 in F Major
MOZART & DVOŘÁK
Mon, April 16 at 7 pm
Benjamin Hochman, conductor & piano
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major
Dvořák – Serenade for Strings in E Major
2017 SOUNDS OF SUMMER SERIES
Monday evenings at The Plaza Live
COLORS OF BRASS
Mon, July 10, 2017 at 7 pm
Experience the color and richness of brass instruments in this program arranged by Jeff Thomas and Tom Macklin. Join Jeff and Tom, along with Kathy Thomas, Josh Parsons, Michael Fee and Mark Goldberg for such favorites as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Blue Bossa,” and March from “The Love for Three Oranges.”
MUSIC OF THE BEATLES
Mon, July 24, 2017 at 7 pm
Hear wonderfully elegant renderings of your favorite Beatles songs for string quartet and join in a popular audience sing along. You don’t want to miss this evening of classics from the best-selling band in history. Presented by Principal Second Violin Alexander Stevens.
SHATTERING THE GLASS CEILING
Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 7 pm
Enjoy diverse selections of multiple musical genres from classical to pop as we celebrate the music of female composers and songwriters. Share in the premiere of a string quartet by American composer Gwyneth Walker, commemorating the coming together of the Central Florida community in support and unity following the Pulse tragedy. Presented by violinist Joni Hanze.
RIMMA & FRIENDS
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 7 pm
Travel back to the Romantic Era with our beloved concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois and friends for an evening of intense emotion. Be a part of the artistic, literary and intellectual movement with music from composers Bruch, Dvořák and Schumann. Summer romance has never sounded so good.
PRINCIPALS OF WIND POWER
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 7 pm
Your Orlando Philharmonic’s four woodwind principals perform a variety of duets, trios and quartets showing off the power of great woodwind playing, including music by Beethoven, Bozza, Madeleine Dring, and others. Hot summer nights indeed! Presented by Principal Bassoon Diane Bishop.
2017-2018 WOMEN IN SONG SERIES
Wednesday evenings at The Plaza Live
MAEVE GILCREST with NIC GAREISS
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 8 pm
Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity,” Maeve Gilcrest has taken the Celtic harp to new levels of performance.
Maeve’s innovative folk-jazz fusion approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home playing with a traditional Irish folk group as she is with an American string band or a contemporary ensemble.
She also maintains a widely-acclaimed duo project with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, a Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher who has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms from around the world.
Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture, while drawing on contemporary elements of music, dance, rhythm and improvisation, Maeve and Nic have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields.
Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 8 pm
As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her new album, Nine Pin (May 2016), delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America every day. Her songs on the new album are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, and they’ve got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger.
HEATHER MASSE with JED WILSON
Wed, March 14, 2018 at 8 pm
Although trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, New York singer/songwriter Heather Masse is equally versed in a variety of American song traditions, which influences her more prevalent work in folk, pop, and bluegrass.
A member of the Billboard-charting folk group, The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. She has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys. On the show, she has collaborated with artists such as Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, and Emmylou Harris.
Jed Wilson grew up in Gladstone, Oregon and began studying piano at a young age. As a teenager, Wilson was an active performer on the Portland jazz scene at haunts such as the Typhoon Lounge, and won prestigious awards (including Downbeat Magazine’s ‘Best High School Jazz Soloist’ honor three years in a row). He received a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory, where he performed a long-standing musical partnership with jazz vocalist Dominique Eade.”
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