Orlando Philharmonic Announces 2013-2014 Concert Schedule

orlandophil-2013logoThe Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has announced their schedule for the 2013-2014 season, and it has a wide variety of offerings.

Opening night will be September 28, and the program will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), conducted by Christopher Wilkins. An opening night dinner gala will be hosted by the Friends at the Sheraton Downtown Orlando beginning at 6pm.

Here are the rest of the performances scheduled:

  • October 12, 2013 – Super Series Pops: An American Salute
  • October 21, 2013 – Focus Series: Genius of Georges Bizet
  • October 25 & 27, 2013 – Opera Series: The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
  • November 16, 2013 – Super Series Classics: Beethoven 7
  • November 30, 2013 – Super Series Pops: Home for the Holidays
  • December 9, 2013 – Focus Series: Venetian Vespers
  • January 11, 2014 – Super Series Pops: Michael Cavanaugh – The Songs of Elton John & More
  • February 8 & 9, 2014 – Super Series Classics: Russian Romance
  • February 17, 2014 – Focus Series: Old Wine in New Bottles
  • February 22, 2014 – Super Series Pops: A Louis Armstrong Tribute
  • March 8, 2014 – Super Series Classics: Music of the Ballet
  • March 22, 2014 – Super Series Pops: The Broadway Tenors
  • April 5, 2014 – Super Series Classics: Olivera Plays Brahms
  • April 28, 2014 – Focus Series: Italian Symphony
  • May 9 & 11, 2014 – Opera Series: La Traviata (Verdi)

Most of the concerts will take place at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, with the exception of the Focus Series, which will be held at the Margeson Theater at Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Tickets are available in subscription packages now. Individual tickets will go on sale in August 26, 2013.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit OrlandoPhil.org.

Orlando Philharmonic Offers 2013 Sounds of Summer Concert Series

orlandophil-2013logoThis summer, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be holding a Sounds of Summer concert series.

Here is a listing of the scheduled concerts:

  • June 24, 2013 – Brass Splendor
    (Brass highlights via works by Bach, Mozart, haydn, Corelli, Beethoven and Purcell)
  • July 8, 2013 – Duo Sole & Friends
    (A tribute to the Great American Songbook and composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin)
  • July 22, 2013 – Orlando Philharmonic Jazz
    (Big Band originals from the likes of Harry Connick Jr and Michael Buble)
  • August 5, 2013 – Summer Winds
    (Strings and Winds perform Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat and Spohr’s Grant Nonet)
  • August 19, 2013 – Rimma and Friends
    (Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois leads Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat, and Shubert’s Octet in F-major)

All concerts will take place on Mondays at the Margeson Theater at Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Tickets are available in a series package now. Individual tickets will go on sale in May 2013.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit OrlandoPhil.org.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra & Orlando Shakespeare Theater present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ April 27, 2013

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra & Orlando Shakespeare Theater are uniting to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center on April 27, 2013.

The performance will feature a fully staged version of Shakespeare’s play and all of Mendelssohn’s incidental music.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage. The comic play follows the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who become caught up in a web of magical events with the fairies who live in the enchanted forest where the play is set.

The joint production will be conducted by Orlando Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Wilkins, and directed by Orlando Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Jim Helsinger. The staging will feature a full orchestra, with costumed actors and sets positioned downstage. There will also a children’s choir from Florida Opera Theatre, directed by Robin Jensen.

Tickets are $17 to $70, and are available through the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org. The performance is sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation.

Special note: This show is close to being sold out. If it is, they are opening up tickets to the dress rehersal on April 26, at 6:45pm at the Bob Carr. Tickets are only $10, but since this is a dress rehersal, they may start and stop the show to tweak things. If interested, you can buy your tickets online.


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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Orlando Philharmonic Presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly April 5 & 7, 2013

orlphil-madamabutterflyThe Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly onstage at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center on April 5 and 7, 2013.

When it does, it will take a new approach to its staged opera productions by adding virtual sets. Instead of creating real scenery and backdrops, they will use projected images to help tell the story.

“Projected images help us expand beyond the limitations of hard scenery,” said Robert Swedberg, stage director for this production. “They allow the inclusion of visual themes and visions that would otherwise not be possible.”

The cast includes Shu-Ying Li as Cio-Cio-San, Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton, Thomas Potter as Sharpless, and Mika Shigematsu as Suzuki. The graphic projections and sets will be designed by scenic designer Lisa Buck, and the chorus will be directed by Robin Stamper of Florida Opera Theatre.

Written by Giacomo Puccini and premiered in 1904, the story of Madama Butterfly follows Cio-Cio-San, a beautiful young geisha who sacrifices her family, her religion, and ultimately her life for an American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton, who takes her as his bride for convenience, with no intention of bringing her home to America. The original opera later inspired the Broadway musical, Miss Saigon.

Conducted by Christopher Wilkins, performances will take place on Friday, April 5 at 8pm and Sunday, April 7 at 2pm.

Tickets are $22-$82, and available at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org/Opera. The Orlando Philharmonic’s 2012-2013 opera series is sponsored by United Arts of Central Florida, Darden Restaurants and The Bryce L. West Foundation.

Orlando Philharmonic Presents Two Young Composers Events for Free March 16 – 17, 2013

This month, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Young Composers Challenge will launch their 9th annual nationwide composition challenge for students ages 13 to 18.

orlandophil-youngcompThe challenge kicks off March 16, with the Young Composer’s Workshop. This free workshop will be held from 9am to 5:30pm at the UCF Center for Emerging Media (500 W. Livingston St in Orlando). During it, attendees will learn the priciples of composition, orchestration, music notation, scoring software and MIDI technology.

Orlando Philharmonic musicians will be on hand to provide demonstrations of each orchestral instrument, as well as provide tips for writing for these instruments.

During the event, the attendees may also write and enter a composition into the competition, but it is not necessary to do so just to attend.

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