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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 2020-2021 Season

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its 2020-2021 Season, which includes shows scheduled for the new Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Returning for his sixth season with the Philharmonic, Music Director Eric Jacobsen will conduct all of the FAIRWINDS Classics Series concerts and select performances on the Pops and Focus Series.

Soloists headlining the FAIRWINDS Classics Series include acclaimed Bassist Edgar Meyer, superstar Pianist Yuja Wang, and Violinist Colin Jacobsen.

The Orlando Philharmonic’s 20/21 Season will also feature Anna Clyne as the Composer-in-Residence for the 2020-2021 Season. She has been lauded by The New York Times for her “uncommon gifts” and her music will be presented throughout the Season.

The Pops Series will include four programs of two performances each, taking place at the new Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The Focus Series includes five concerts that take place at The Plaza Live Theater located in The Milk District just east of Downtown Orlando.

Subscription renewals for current subscribers begin in the coming days and new subscriptions for the 2020-2021 Season will go on sale later in February. For more information, please contact the Box Office at 407.770.0071 or boxoffice@orlandophil.org, or visit OrlandoPhil.org.

Here is the 2020-2021 Season schedule:

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FAIRWINDS Classics Series at Steinmetz Hall


Opening Weekend: The Rite of Spring
September 26, 2020 at 7:30pm
September 27, 2020 at 3pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor

It’s Opening Night at the brand-new Steinmetz Hall! A program designed to showcase the virtuoso musicians of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra culminating in Stravinsky’s monumental The Rite of Spring.


America’s Own Edgar Meyer
October 10, 2020 at 7:30pm
October 11, 2020 at 3pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor
  • Edgar Meyer, bass
  • Sam Boco, PVC pipe

The Orlando Philharmonic welcomes Grammy Award winner Edgar Meyer – hailed as “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument”- for the world premiere of his Second Bass Concerto. Plus, Music Director Eric Jacobsen conducts Dvo?ák’s dazzling Seventh Symphony.


Rimma Plays Shostakovich
November 7, 2020 at 7:30pm
November 8, 2020 at 3pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor
  • Rimma Bergeron Langlois, violin

In 1944 – late in World War II – Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev penned his hopeful Fifth Symphony to “sing the praises of the free and happy man.” Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois – in celebration of 10 years with the Orlando Philharmonic – is the soloist for the First Violin Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich.


Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff
January 9, 2021 at 7:30pm
January 10, 2021 at 3pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor
  • Yuja Wang, piano

She was named Musical America’s “Artist of the Year” for 2017 and heralded as by The Financial Times as “an artist with poetry as well as fire in her soul.” Be there as Yuja Wang tackles three ravishing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti in a single performance!


A Hero’s Life
March 20, 2021 at 7:30pm
March 21,2021 at 3pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor
  • Benjamin Hochman, pianist
  • University of Central Florida University Choir

The University of Central Florida University Choir joins the Orlando Philharmonic for a trio of vocal masterworks including Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” – the inspiration for his monumental Ninth Symphony. The program concludes with the heroic tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, of Richard Strauss.


Mahler’s ‘Titan’
April 24, 2021 at 7:30pm
April 25, 2021 at 3pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor
  • Colin Jacobsen, violin

“A symphony should be like the world. It should contain everything,” proclaimed Gustav Mahler. He put his theory to the test with his path-breaking First Symphony. Music Director Eric Jacobsen leads his brother Colin in the stunning Violin Concerto of Hollywood composer Erich Korngold.

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Pops Series at Steinmetz Hall

Home for the Holidays: A Midnight Clear
November 28, 2020 at 1:30 & 7:30pm

  • Vic Vanacore, conductor
  • Dustin Morgan, bass
  • Victor Vanacore III, drums
  • The Holiday Singers

Come home for the holidays – to the new Steinmetz Hall! The sounds of the season as Guest Conductor Vic Vanacore leads the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Holiday Singers, and special guests in your favorite songs and carols of the holiday season.


A Gershwin Celebration
January 30, 2021 at 1:30 & 7:30pm

  • Michael Krajewski, conductor
  • Kevin Cole, piano
  • Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Acclaimed Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate the genius of George Gershwin. This ‘swonderful program features An American in Paris, plus a pair of virtuoso turns as Kevin Cole – hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “today’s leading piano interpreter of music by George Gershwin” – performs Rhapsody in Blue and Orlando Philharmonic’s own Rimma Bergeron-Langlois is the soloist for Fantasy on Porgy ‘n Bess.


John Williams: Big Screen Blockbusters
March 13, 2021 at 1:30 & 7:30pm

  • Michael Krajewski, conductor

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents the music of multiple Academy-Award winner John Williams. Enjoy highlights from blockbuster scores from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hook, Saving Private Ryan and more!


An American Celebration
May 8, 2021 at 1:30 & 7:30pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor
  • Aoife O’Donovan, singer-songwriter

Music Director Eric Jacobsen leads the Orlando Philharmonic in a season-ending celebration of America, featuring highlights from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Aaron Copland’s Hoedown, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Plus, internationally acclaimed Grammy Award winning folk singer Aoife O’Donovan takes center stage for the world premiere of her song cycle honoring the anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment.

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Focus Series at The Plaza Live


Lara St. John Plays Beethoven
October 19, 2020 at 7pm

  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor
  • Lara St. John, violin


An Evening of Fanfare
November 16, 2020 at 7pm

  • Michael Atkinson, conductor


Beethoven & Mozart
February 8, 2021 at 7pm

Chloé van Soeterstède, conductor
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Alex Stevens, violins


Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto
March 1, 2021 at 7pm

Corrado Rovaris, conductor
Colton Peltier, piano


Schumann Symphony No. 2
April 12, 2021 at 7pm

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Karen Ouzounian, cello

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Symphony Storytime Series at The Plaza Live

Enjoy live music for young children, ages three to seven by Philharmonic musicians, along with narration and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that bring favorite children’s classics to life.

Pre-concert activities will be held 1-hour prior to all performances. A Toddler Zone for children up to the age of two is also available. These events will now be ticketed and a physical ticket will be required for entrance into performances.


Goldilocks & the Three Bears
September 12th at 10 & 11:30am
September 13th at 11am & 12:30pm

While in the forest, Goldilocks discovers the family home of three bears: Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear. Feeling hungry and tired, Goldilocks explores the bear’s cottage while the bears are away. The music presented by your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet will seem just right in this fresh re-telling designed especially for the Symphony Storytime Series.


Holly Jolly Sounds of Christmas
December 5th at 10 & 11:30am
December 6th at 11am & 12:30pm

Join members from the brass and percussion families for a musical celebration and capture the spirit of the season! Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra musicians will play their way through holiday classics, from Frosty the Snowman to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The perfect way to celebrate the season with family!


Carnival of the Animals
February 20th at 10 & 11:30am
February 21st at 11am & 12:30pm

Come take a walk on the wild side with this timeless classic brought to you by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet. This musical menagerie brings music inspired by animals to life. You will be transported to exotic locales as (musical) birds chirp, fish swim, elephants trumpet, and lions roar!


The Emperor and the Nightingale
May 15th at 10 & 11:30am
May 16th at 11am & 12:30pm

In the final Symphony Storytime of the 2020-2021 Season, three of the four instrument families come together to tell the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale of a Chinese Emperor and a Nightingale with a voice like no other. A gorgeous re-telling with flute, strings, and percussion, The Emperor and the Nightingale will captivate and delight children of all ages.

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