Enjoy a Christmas classic with the family, when Orlando Ballet and Orlando Philharmonic Present The Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center December 17 through 20, 2015.
Filled with thrills and merriment, Orlando Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker is a Central Florida holiday tradition. They will be joined by the sounds of a 57-piece orchestra, provided by the Orlando Philharmonic, and led by Dr. John V. Sinclair, artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.
Join Dr. Phillips Charities and the Orlando Philharmonic for a free outdoor concert of “Peter & the Wolf and Other Musical Stories” in Loch Haven Park on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Pre-concert activities begin at 4:30pm. The concert itself starts at 7:30pm, and the Orlando Philharmonic will be joined by Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds, and special guests from Orlando Repertory Theatre.
It is suggested to bring blankets to sit on. There is plenty of parking in and around Loch Haven Park.
On Saturday, November 30, the Orlando Philharmonic will perform its annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.
Conducted by Albert George Schram, this year’s program will feature the entire Orlando Philharmonic with The Holiday Singers and the Florida Opera Theatre Youth Chorus. There will also be special appearances by dancers from Orlando Ballet, an aerialist, and bagpipers from the Rosie O’Grady Highlanders.
“Home for the Holidays” will include seasonal favorites like “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “I Saw Three Ships,” along with classical selections such as Overture to “Die Fledermaus,” contemporary works like “Wassail, Wassail All Over the Tuba,” and a special performances of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with narrator.
Tickets are $18-$70, and are available online or at the Bob Carr box office. For more information, visit OrlandoPhil.org.
Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help restock the pantry at Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Orlando Philharmonic will open its 2013-2014 season with a concert at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Conducted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins, the program will include Nelson’s Savannah River Holiday, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, featuring guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life).
Tickets are $18-$70, and are available by phone at 407-770-0071 or online at OrlandoPhil.org.
Prior to the concert there will be an opening night dinner gala, hosted by the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic at the Sheraton Downtown Orlando beginning at 5:45pm. There will be music, mingling, cocktails, and dinner followed by an elegant post concert reception. Black tie optional.
Tickets for the dinner gala are $110 per person, available at FriendsOrlandoPhil.org. Friends members tickets are $95. Concert tickets are sold separately.
The sale included the Plaza Live building, all its contents and the Plaza Live business, which currently presents more than 135 events each year.
The Philharmonic is planning extensive renovations that will provide a new home for the orchestra, including offices, a rehearsal hall and performance space for the orchestra, as well as upgrade the venue so it can continue operating as a one of Florida’s premiere rock, pop, jazz and contemporary concert venues.
The Plaza Live will continue to operate normally through at least May 2014, during the initial renovations.
Upcoming shows at the Plaza Live include Parachute (8/22), Michael Grimm w/Marc Broussard (8/30), The Mavericks (9/20), and Colin Hay (9/25). For more information on upcoming shows, visit PlazaLiveOrlando.com.
[ed note: This article was supposed to post two weeks ago, but somehow I had programmed the wrong date in for future posting. My apologies to the Orlando Philharmonic for the delay.]
The Orlando Philharmonic has announced that they will be buying the Plaza Live Theatre and making it their home base. Up to now, they have rented space from the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
The Philharmonic is planning extensive renovations to the historic building to create office space, a rehearsal hall and a music library, and to update the existing 1000-seat music hall to accommodate chamber music concerts, while maintaining the schedule of rock, jazz, comedy and contemporary music events that the venue currently offers.
Starting in Fall 2014, the orchestra will present their first concerts – its four-concert “Focus” chamber orchestra series and its five-concert “Sounds of Summer” chamber music series – at The Plaza Live.
The orchestra will continue performing its large-scale classical, pops and opera events at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in downtown Orlando, and eventually at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, when that opens.
The Plaza Live is located at 425 N. Bumby Avenue, near downtown Orlando
For the second year, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will once again join forces with Full Sail University to present Symphony in HD: Live at Full Sail University, a high-tech concert gala to benefit the orchestra.
Set to take place May 31, the event will feature the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins, in a concert accompanied by animation, film, lighting effects and other visual elements created by students and faculty of Full Sail University.
It will be held at Full Sail Live (141 University Park Drive, Winter Park), starting at 6:30pm, with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction on Full Sail’s Hollywood-style film set, the Backlot.
At 8pm, guests will enter Full Sail Live to enjoy a three-course meal and a concert program entitled “Music of the Night,” featuring the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and guest appearance by former Broadway ‘Phantom,’ Davis Gaines, accompanied by visuals from Full Sail’s students and faculty.
The evening also includes a live auction and an outdoor post-concert party with Orlando Philharmonic musicians and Full Sail faculty.
Tickets to the fundraising event are $250 per person. Corporate tables and sponsorships are available. For more information about Symphony in HD, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, visit OrlandoPhil.org/HD or call 407-896-6700 x236.
My Funny Valentine will be guest-conducted by Albert-George Schram, and feature songs like “Night and Day,” “My Funny Valentine,” “L-O-V-E,” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” There will also be selections from the Broadway-bound musical, “The Nutty Professor,” in which Andrew recently played the title role in the world premiere.
There will be two shows on February 9, at 2pm and 8pm, at the Bob Carr P.A.C. Ticket prices run $29 to $70, with select tickets available with a student discount.
Prior to the 8pm performance, the Orlando Philharmonic’s young patrons group, Overture, will host a Valentine-themed martini social at 6:30pm. Passes are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and it includes hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary drinks. RSVP to 407-896-6700 x236..