Welcome to the 2017-2018 Season, our 25th Anniversary!

 

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.

 

MY SINATRA

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”

 

AMERICAN ROOTS

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 Kathy Thomas, Josh Parsons, Michael Fee and Mark Goldberg for such favorites as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Blue Bossa,” and “March for the Love of 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.


Programs and artists are subject to change.  Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.  

 

The Women in Song Series will be announced at a later date.

 

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