80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival Starts February 7, 2015

80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival

The 80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival features orchestral and choral concerts, renowned visiting artists, an organ recital and educational and social events. This year’s fest starts on February 7, and finishes March 1.

Here is a run down of the Bach Festival events for 2015, many of which are free to attend:

February 7 – Bach and Beer at Cask & Larder, Winter Park
Join the Bach Festival Society and Cask & Larder Brewmasters, Garrett Ward and Larry Foor, for the release of a limited-edition beer, Brandenburger Bock, brewed for the 80th Annual Bach Festival. Featuring German music, this event will be popular with music lovers and beer lovers alike. Free to attend. (3pm-6pm)

February 8 – The Sweetest Sounds at Central Park, Winter Park
Members of the Bach Festival Choir join Michael Andrew and Swingerhead for a Valentine’s Day concert on Park Avenue. Bring a picnic basket, spread out a blanket, and spend the afternoon with your sweetheart on Park Avenue. Free to attend. (4pm-6:30pm)

February 13 – Paul Jacobs, Organ at at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
This Grammy Award-winner, called “one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation” by The Chicago Tribune, unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry. The program includes Bach, Stanley, Mozart, and more. Tickets are $25. (7:30pm-9pm)

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Orlando Philharmonic featuring Orlando Gay Chorus Presents An American Salute at Bob Carr P.A.C. on October 12

On Saturday, October 12, the Orlando Philharmonic will open its 2013-2014 pops series with a concert entitled An American Salute, featuring Orlando Gay Chorus and guest conductor Albert-George Schram. It will be held at the Bob Carr P.A.C.

Albert-George SchramThe program includes “St. Louis Blues,” “Orange Blossom Special,”  “America the Beautiful,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

There will be two shows, at 2pm and 8pm, and maestro Schram will host pre-concert conversations with the audience one hour prior to each show, in the rehearsal hall backstage.

Tickets are $18-$70, available at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org. The Bob Carr P.A.C. is located at 401 W. Livingston St in downtown Orlando.

Help Fund the Accidental Music Festival in Orlando

Musician Chris Belt is attempting to put on a festival featuring local musicians and composers. But he wants this festival to cover music normally overlooked – classical, jazz, electronic and even stuff that’s hard to classify.

The Accidental Music Festival will take place over ten days, September 4-13, 2011, and will feature a variety of events in addition to great concerts. The festival will be held at Urban ReThink and Timucua concert hall, and would be free to attend.

However, Belt needs financial help to pull this off and has set up a Kickstarter account looking for donations. He’s trying to raise $6000 and a pledge of even $1 will help. There are donation levels and each level gets something for the person pledging the donation. All the money goes to musicians and equipment rental.

As of today’s post, the Kickstarter account is almost 50% funded, so even $1 from you will help make their goal.

There’s also an art auction on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at 6:30pm at Urban ReThink to help raise funds. If you’d like to donate art for the cause, I’m told the artist gets up to 80% of whatever the item is auctioned for, with the remaining 20% going towards the festival.

This is a great chance to support the local Orlando arts scene and help bring this unique music festival to life.

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