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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 2021-2022 Season

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its 2021-2022 Season of concerts and events, and they include six concerts on the Classics Series, and five concerts on the Pops Series.

Soloists headlining the Classics Series include superstar Violinist Gil Shaham, Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Grammy-award Winning Violist Masumi Per Rostad, Pianist Aaron Diehl, the return of Pianist Benjamin Hochman, and the University of Central Florida Choir.

The 21/22 Season will also include the Focus Series, with an expanded six-concert series at The Plaza Live Theater in The Milk District (just east of Downtown Orlando), as well as the four-concert Symphony Storytime Series.

The Focus Series will feature Philharmonic Musicians including: Principal Harp Haley Rhodeside and Principal Flutist Colleen Blagov in October, and the OPO Brass and Percussion in November under the baton of Lyman Brodie; Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois and friends with Holiday Baroque in December; and Principal Horn Vincent Kiray in January. Rising star Cellist Sterling Elliott performs in February, and Fiddler Jeremy Kittle returns for a special recording concert in April.

In an exciting program expansion, the Resonate Festival returns for three evenings in February 2022, featuring Artist-in-Residence Stewart Goodyear. Goodyear, proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times, will perform all five Beethoven piano concertos over three evenings, at The Plaza Live on February 3, 5, and 7, 2022.

On the podium for his seventh Season with the Philharmonic, Music Director Eric Jacobsen will conduct all of the Classics Series and select concerts on the Focus and Pops Series. Jacobsen will also be featured on all three nights of the Resonate Festival.

Subscription renewals for current subscribers begin in the coming weeks, and new subscriptions for the 2021-2022 Season will go on sale later this spring.

For more information, please call 407.770.0071 or visit orlandophil.org.

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Here are the full details on the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2021/2022 season:

Classics Series

Classics 1 –
September 25, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando, Winter Park
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Symphony No. 2, “À Montevideo” (Presto maestoso)
Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto
Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Symphony No. 2, “À Montevideo” (Andante)
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2

With Music Director Eric Jacobsen and the Orlando Philharmonic, Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois executes the technical fireworks of Brahms’s exuberant Violin Concerto; and his Second Symphony dazzles with brasses ablaze in the finale. Woven in between, movements of Symphony No. 2 by African-American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk (“the first eloquent and authentic spokesman of the New World,” contemporary critics raved)– a sneak preview of the symphony they’ll be recording later this season.


Classics 2 –
October 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando, Winter Park
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Masumi Per Rostad, viola

James Lee III – “Amer’ican” (co-commissioned with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra) (world preview)
Jessie Montgomery – Viola Concerto (co-commissioned with the Grant Park Music Festival) (world premiere)
Antonín Dvo?ák – Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Dvo?ák urged fellow-composers to seek inspiration in their own cultures, as he did in his beloved Ninth, drawing on African- and Native American melodies he heard during his American sojourn (yet never forgetting the rhythms and colors of his native Bohemia). You’ll also hear exciting contemporary voices: African American composers James Lee III’s Amer’ican and Jessie Montgomery’s Viola Concerto, composed for Grammy Award-winner Masumi Per Rostad.


Classics 3 –
November 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando, Winter Park
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Benjamin Hochman, piano

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Two Waltzes
Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1
Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 5
Jean Sibelius – Finlandia

Benjamin Hochman returns to the OPO stage for Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, technically brilliant and unabashedly romantic (with a not-so-subtle declaration of love to Clara Schumann in its glowing Adagio). A silvery flight of swans inspired Sibelius’s glorious Fifth Symphony, while his fierce, stirring Finlandia, with its hymn-like outcry for freedom, is often called Finland’s unofficial national anthem. Waltzes by Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor raise the curtain.


Classics 4 –
January 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando, Winter Park
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano
Alicia Hall Moran, Holland Andrews, Holcombe Waller & Gabriel Kahane, vocals
Choir of Members of the Orlando Homeless Community

Wang Jie – Symphonic Overture, “America, the Beautiful”
George – Gershwin Concerto in F
Gabriel Kahane – emergency shelter intake form

Acclaimed pianist Aaron Diehl excels at both jazz and classical music, making Gershwin’s jazzy-bluesy Concerto in F the perfect vehicle for his show-stopping talents. Members of Central Florida’s homeless community join in for Gabriel Kahane’s “magnum opus, which unflinchingly confronts an American social problem that continues to worsen: homelessness” (Chicago Tribune) as expressed through pop, folk, classical music, humor, biting satire, and sometimes outrage. The lyrics of “America, the Beautiful” stirred Wang Jie’s patriotism in her hopeful riff on the song.


Classics 5 –
March 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando, Winter Park
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Angélica Negrón – What Keeps Me Awake
Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto
Pablo de Sarasate – Navarra
Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10

Superstar Gil Shaham performs Beethoven’s magisterial concerto—a creation of dramatic and emotional impact, and Latina composer Angélica Negrón reflects on the struggles with the creative process. In the Tenth Symphony Shostakovich unleashes his fury against Stalin in a demonic, violent battle with pitches equivalent to the initials of his name, D-S-C-H, pounded out like a code that crushes the tyrant in the wild, triumphant finale.


Classics 6 –
May 7, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando, Winter Park
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
University of Central Florida Choir
Children’s Chorus
Alison Moritz, stage director
John Heginbotham, choreographer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
George Walker – Lilacs for voice and orchestra
Carl Orff – Carmina burana

A feast for the ears and eyes, Carmina burana is guaranteed to wow you with musicians, vocal soloists, choruses, dancers, staging, and costumes. Starting and ending with the riveting hymn to the capricious Goddess Fortuna and her relentlessly turning wheel, bold tunes and primal rhythms celebrate nature, the tavern, and the pleasures of love. It’s earthy, rowdy, and risqué, but sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. Plus, Mozart’s celebratory symphony and African-American composer George Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Lilacs (set to Walt Whitman’s haunting text on the death of Abraham Lincoln).

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Focus Series

Focus 1 –
October 11, 2021 at 7 p.m.
The Plaza Live
Mauricio Cespedes-Rivero, viola and conductor
Haley Rhodeside, harp
Colleen Blagov, flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento for Strings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra


Focus 2 –
November 15, 2021 at 7 p.m.
The Plaza Live
Lyman Brodie, conductor
OPO Brass and Percussion

Engelbert Humperdinck – Opening Scene and Witch’s Ride from Hansel and Gretel
Richard Strauss – Final Trio from Der Rosenkavalier
Modest Mussorgsky arr. Michael Allen – Pictures at an Exhibition


Focus 3 –
December 13, 2021 at 7 p.m.
The Plaza Live
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin and conductor
Diane Bishop, bassoon
Colleen Blagov, flute
Jamie Strefeler, oboe

Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg 2
Antonio Vivaldi – Flute Concerto
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for Strings
Tomaso Albinoni – Oboe Concerto
Giuseppe Torelli – Christmas Concerto
Antonio Vivaldi – Bassoon Concerto
Antonio Vivaldi – Winter from The Four Seasons


Focus 4 –
January 24, 2022 at 7 p.m.
The Plaza Live
Chloé van Soeterstède, conductor
Vincent Kiray, horn

Jessie Montgomery Starburst
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 4


Focus 5 –
February 28, 2022 at 7 p.m.
The Plaza Live
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Sterling Elliott, cello

Florence Price Concert Overture No. 2
John Corigliano Phantasmagoria
David Popper Hungarian Rhapsody
Robert Schumann Symphony No. 1


Focus 6 –
April 25, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Calvary Orlando
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Jeremy Kittel, fiddle
Colleen Blagov, flute

Jeremy Kittel – Fiddle Concerto “Stones River”
Jermey Kittel – Pando
Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Symphony No. 2

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Pops Series

Pops 1 –
November 27, 2021 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Festival Park
Mauricio Céspedes Rivero, conductor
The Holiday Singers, Connie Brink, director
Opera Orlando Youth Ensemble, Robin Jensen, director
Special guests Heather Thorn and Vivacity

Experience Home for the Holidays in the beauty of the outdoors with the wonderful sounds of the season. With the Holiday Singers, children’s choir, and other favorite guests, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra!


Pops 2 –
Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, & more!
January 15, 2022 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando
Kenneth Freed, conductor
Chester Gregory, Darren Lorenzo, Michael Lynche, vocalists

Kings of Soul showcases the music of legendary artists Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Otis Redding, The Temptations, Al Green, Barry White, Smokey Robinson, and Curtis Mayfield in an evening of soulful rhythms and melodies. Honoring the true “Kings” of classic soul, featured hits include Soul Man, Stand By Me, Move On Up, Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher, and more.


Pops 3 –
March 12, 2022 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando
Jeri Lynne Johnson, conductor
Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson, Daryl Simpson, vocalists

The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. Experience a sparkling and good-humored performance by three world-class artists. An evening to savor and a night with tenors who are the most successful classical crossover act to emerge from Ireland. It’s all about the music, the harmonies, and the fun!

Three unique solo voices, but when called upon – One Tenor Sound!


Pops 4 –
April 9, 2022 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando
Mauricio Cespedes Rivero, conductor

Cirque de la Symphonie returns set to the soundtrack of Broadway’s most memorable show tunes. Prepare to be dazzled as your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is joined on stage by aerialists and acrobats, accomplishing astonishing feats of grace, beauty, and power! Featuring songs from Wicked, Chicago, Cats, West Side Story, and more!


Pops 5 –
May 14, 2022 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Orlando
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
John Pizzarelli Trio

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” His band is one of the top interpreters of the American Songbook.

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Symphony Storytime Series at The Plaza Live

Performance Times:
Saturdays at 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Sundays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


SST 1 –
September 11 & 12, 2021

Little Red Riding Hood is among the most popular fairy tales in the world, and a story about the never-ending fight between good and evil, greed and hope, responsibility, and second chances. Featuring friends from the Orlando Philharmonic woodwind quintet and piano.


SST 2 –
December 4 & 5, 2021

Join members from the brass and percussion families for a musical celebration that will 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!


SST 3 –
February 19 & 20, 2022

Ferdinand is a peace-loving bull who wants nothing more than to sit and smell the flowers. An inspiring story of peace and standing up to bullies. Brought to life by the OPO string family and the music of George Bizet’s Carmen, your family will fall in love with Ferdinand!


SST 4 –
May 21 & 22, 2022

Based on a traditional African folk tale, A Treeful of Monkeys takes us on a story about a hat seller who takes a nap under a tree, only to wake up and discover that monkeys had taken all of his hats! Join the OPO mixed ensemble as they work with the narrator to get all of his hats back.

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Resonate Festival: Beethoven

The Plaza Live
February 3, 5, 7, 2022
Times: Orchestra Concerts at 7 p.m. | Chamber Music Concerts at 9 p.m.

Orchestra Concerts: Main Hall of The Plaza Live
Chamber Music Concerts: Palmer Room at The Plaza Live

Eric Jacobsen, music director
Stewart Goodyear, piano & (first ever) artist-in-residence

Enjoy Beethoven piano concertos, plus, intimate chamber music performed by OPO musicians and Stewart Goodyear in between.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Orchestra Concert: 7 p.m.
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Chamber Music Concert: 9 p.m.
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin
Beethoven – Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26
Beethoven – Violin & Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Orchestra Concert: 7 p.m.
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

Chamber Music Concert: 9 p.m.
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin
Eric Jacobsen, cello
Beethoven – Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 14, No. 2, “Moonlight”
Beethoven – Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”

Monday, February 7, 2022

Orchestra Concert: 7 p.m.
Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3
Reena Esmail – The History of Red (OPO commission – World Premiere)
Kathryn Mueller, soprano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor”

Chamber Music Concert: 9 p.m.
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin
Mauricio Céspedes-Rivero, viola
Ronald Gardiner, cello
Don-Michael Hill, bass
Nikolay Blagov, clarinet
Vincent Kiray, horn
Diane Bishop, bassoon
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Beethoven – Septet
Beethoven – “Für Elise”; Andante favori; Rondo a capriccio

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