Orlando Philharmonic Presents Opera Candide at The Plaza Live Oct 13-16

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on October 13, 14, and 16, 2016, at The Plaza Live.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the first operetta in the Opera Series, on October 13, 14, and 16, 2016, at The Plaza Live.

From the team that brought you last season’s hit production of The Magic Flute, join Maestro Eric Jacobsen and a stellar cast for Bernstein’s operetta, a fully-costumed production sung in English with supertitles.

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ARTlando 2016 Returns to Orlando for Free Show Oct 1

ARTlando - free Orlando Arts festival

ARTlando, an annual free one-day art festival, returns to take over Loch Haven Park on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

The day, which starts at 11am, features an art walk and competition, and interactive exhibits, with the Orlando Museum of Art as a base.

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Breaks Records

24th Orlando Fringe Festival

According to the official Orlando Fringe Facebook page, this year’s event broke both attendance and artist payment records.

The 25th annual festival, that ran from May 18-30 at Orlando’s Loch Haven Park, distributed 52,279 tickets [up from 42,265 in 2015]; provided $424,446 in artist payments [up from $371,153]; drew 9,500 to Kids Fringe; and sold 32 pieces of Visual Fringe.

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Creative City Project 2016 Returns to Downtown Orlando October 15

Creative City Project Orlando

Creative City Project returns to bring downtown Orlando alive with free art and music Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Among the groups participating in the various stages, which will run along Orange Ave from Robinson south to Central, are La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Ballet, Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra, Orlando City Soccer Club, the Downtown Arts District, and so much more.

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum Hosts ‘Displacement: Symbols and Journeys’ This Summer

Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park

This summer, Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park will host a summer exhibition called “Displacement: Symbols and Journeys.”

Inspired in part by the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, part of the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition looks at multiple manifestations of displacement.

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UCF Steam Exhibition at Orlando Science Center Through March 26

There is a little over a week left to see “The 2016 UCF STEAM Exhibition – When Art and Science Meet,” currently on display at the Orlando Science Center.

UCF Steam Exhibition at Orlando Science Center

The exhibition, on display in Orlando Science Center’s mezzanine art gallery, presents paintings, drawings, photographs and 3D artworks created by UCF students in visual response to STEM topics which include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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57th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Returns March 18-20

One of Central Florida’s best art events is the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, and you’ll have a chance to enjoy it when it returns March 18-20, 2016.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

The event features 225 fine artists from around the country exhibiting their works in Central Park and along Park Avenue in Winter Park.

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Orlando Philharmonic Hosts Let the Games Begin! Free Concert February 27, 2016

On February 27, join the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in beautiful Loch Haven Park for Let the Games Begin!, a FREE concert that’s perfect for the whole family.

Orlando Philharmonic Hosts Let the Games Begin!

The orchestra will be joined by Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds, narrated by Candace Neal and conducted by Christopher Confessore.

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Out and About: Creative City Project Brings Downtown Orlando Alive with Free Art and Music

In addition to checking out the Captain Morgan Cannon Blast party at Wall St. Plaza, I also ventured out onto Orange Ave on Saturday night (Oct. 17) to experience the annual Creative City Project.

Creative City Project - Orlando City SC

The entire street was shut down for several blocks and every few hundred feet was a stage or other artistic area to enjoy for free.

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Creative City Project to Bring Downtown Orlando Alive with Free Art and Music October 17, 2015

Reason #1436 why I love living in Orlando: Creative City Project, which returns to bring downtown Orlando alive with free art and music Saturday, October 17.

Creative City Project Orlando

For one night, Orange Ave will be filled with art being brought to life before your very eyes and ears. There will be marching bands and orchestras. There will be aerial acrobatics and dancing. There will be visual artists creating as you watch.

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Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Announces Phase 2 Philanthropy Update

This week, Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced two major corporate gifts towards the completion of Phase 2 of the venue.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tupperware Brands and Ravago Americas are both contributing $1 million on top of previous gifts.  Naming rights were given to both companies with their initial gifts, The Tupperware Brands Lobby is situated at the stage door lobby that welcomes artists, students and people doing business at the arts center.  The Ravago Terrace Bar on Tier Three features a view of the Seneff Arts Plaza and the DeVos Family Room.

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Out and About: CFAMily Day at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum was Fun for the Whole Family #cfamrollins

CFAMily Day at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

On Friday, June 20, we were invited to the CFAMily Day event at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) on the Rollins College campus.

This was the first time that we had been there, and other than a short time being lost, we found it. I blame me for that, not them. If I had paid closer attention to the signs, we would have found it quicker.

During the event, which was free to everyone, the kids drew faces, went on a scavenger hunt, and helped to create a mural of their body outlines (which they painted in). They even made handprint art inspired by Andy Warhol.

CFAMily Day at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

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Wide Variety of Films Showcased at the 2013 Florida Film Festival Now Through April 14

The 2013 Florida Film Festival is in full swing, but there are still plenty of films, documentaries, and shorts to check out before the fest closes on April 14.

floridafilmfestposter2013Here are a few that we recommend:

Be Good – April 11 at Regal Winter Park Village
Todd Looby’s autobiographically-inspired tale is an evocative portrait of the pressures and rewards of modern parenthood. Amy Seimetz, one of Indiewire’s “Top 25 actors of 2011,” plays a mom who returns to work, leaving her struggling filmmaker hubby (Thomas Madden of Looby’s last film Lefty) in charge of their adorable baby while he tries to bang out a screenplay. The film speaks intimately about fatherhood, dreams put on hold, the bond of mother to child, and the ever-shifting parameters for child rearing.

British Shorts Now! – April 13 at Regal Winter Park Village and April 14 at Enzian
Running 97 minutes, this collection of British short films features the talents of Dame Judi Dench and Michael Fassbender, among others. Tales range from using social media to date to a day in the life of a Northern London pub to a son who tries to deal with the death of his mother only to discover she’s spending her “afterlife” in London.

Broken – April 13 at Regal Winter Park Village
Skunk (newcomer Eloise Laurence) is an eleven year-old diabetic girl who lives with her lawyer-father Archie (Tim Roth) and her older brother Jed. Though their family has been broken apart by divorce, they lead a regular life and share a residence in what seems like a normal British suburb. She hangs out with her brother and au pair Kasia, whose boyfriend Mike (Cillian Murphy), Skunk has a crush on. But when she witnesses one of her neighbors, a mentally disturbed young man named Rick, get beaten up for something he didn’t do by bitter and angry older neighbor Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear), things begin to change.

Free Samples – April 12 at Enzian
Jillian (Jess Weixler), a hung over, acerbic law school drop-out who is holding out for the return of her boyfriend, has been roped into dispensing free samples of ice cream from her friend’s food truck. She has not had her morning coffee, wishes she were dead, and manages to alienate nearly everyone in a day that will finally bring her to terms with herself and her life. Supporting cast includes Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Ritter.

The Hunt – April 13 & 14 at Regal Winter Park Village
Mads Mikkelsen, winner of the Best Actor prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, stars as Lucas, a school teacher in a small, close knit Scandinavian town. He limps through an ugly custody battle over his son, only to have the promise of that situation’s resolution ruined by the accusation of his being a child molester. The investigation that follows is nothing compared to the nightmare Lucas finds himself plunged into by the social leprosy of his suspected pedophilia.

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Out and About: Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Madama Butterfly Opera April 3, 2013

Butterfly and Pinkerton
Butterfly and Pinkerton

The Orlando Philharmonic‘s production of the classic Pucinni opera Madama Butterfly will be performed for audiences this weekend on April 5 & 7, but CitySurfing Orlando was invited to attend the final dress rehearsal last night at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.

The story follows Cio-Cio-San (aka Madama Butterfly), a beautiful young geisha, who sacrifices her family, her religion, and even her life, for new husband, American naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton.

WIth minimal sets, including a virtual backdrop, this production of the opera was very well done. The cast and the orchestra also put in excellent performances.

I must mention strong vocals from leads Shu-Ying Li as Butterfly and Brian Jagde as Pinkerton, really made this production a joy to listen to. In fact, Jagde completely stood out for me with his amazing vocals.

And if the Italian lyrics were hard to follow, one only had to look to the top of the stage for an electronic translation to English of everything that was sung. A very nice touch to make the opera more accessible to the audience.

My photographer and I really enjoyed this production of Madama Butterfly, and I would suggest checking out one of the two performances this weekend.

Here are some additional pictures from the sneak preview:

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