Orlando Ballet and Orlando Philharmonic Present The Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center Dec 17-20

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.

 Orlando Ballet - The Nutcracker

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.

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Dr. Phillips Charities and the Orlando Philharmonic Present a Free Outdoor Concert in Loch Haven Park on April 12, 2014

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.

Orlando PhilharmonicPre-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.

For more information, visit OrlandoPhil.org.

Orlando Philharmonic featuring Sarina Zhang Perform Russian Romance at Bob Carr P.A.C. on February 8 and 9, 2014

Sarina Zhang guests with the Orlando Philharmonic

Juilliard’s 18-year-old Sarina Zhang guests with the Orlando Philharmonic on a program of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, called Russian Romance, for two shows on February 8 and 9.

The pieces that will be performed are Tchaikovsky “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” Rachmaninoff “Symphonic Dances,” and Rachmaninoff “Piano Concerto No. 2.”

Zhang will perform on both the piano and cello during the program. Christopher Wilkins will be the conductor.

Showtimes are at 8pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday, at the Bob Carr P.A.C.

Tickets are $29 and $39, with student discounted tickets at $14.25 and $19.50. They are available online at OrlandoPhil.org or at the box office of the venue.

Orlando Philharmonic Holds Annual Holiday Concert November 30, 2013

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.

Orlando Philharmonic HolidaysConducted 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.

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.

Orlando Philharmonic Opens Season with Concert and Dinner Gala on Sept 28

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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.

Orlando Philharmonic Finalizes Plaza Live Purchase

Two months after the Orlando Philharmonic announced it was buying the Plaza Live Theater to be its home base, they have finalized the purchase and are preparing to renovate the venue.

Orlando Philharmonic logoThe 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.

Orlando Philharmonic to Buy Plaza Live Theatre

[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.]

Orlando Philharmonic logoThe 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

Orlando Philharmonic and Full Sail University Join Forces for High-Tech “Symphony in HD” Fundraising Gala on May 31, 2013

orlphil-fullsailFor 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.

Out and About: Michael Andrew and Swingerhead with Orlando Philharmonic For an Afternoon of Love Songs

orlphil-swingerhead01I spent my Saturday afternoon with my friend Patti, at the Bob Carr P.A.C. in downtown Orlando.

We were there to see the matinee performance of My Funny Valentine, a concert featuring Michael Andrew and Swingerhead, backed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

They played for almost two hours, including an intermission.

The orchestra went solo for the first song, “Cuban Overture,” by Gershwin. Then Andrew and his band took the stage for several romantic songs by the likes of Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter.

orlphil-swingerhead02Andrew also performed a trio of songs from the musical he co-wrote, based on the Jerry Lewis movie, The Nutty Professor. He performed the songs in character, and he sounded just like Lewis.

After the intermission, Andrew returned to the standards catalog for more love songs by the likes of Dean Martin and Carmichael/Parish. He closed the show with a medley of Marvin Hamlisch tunes.

I have to single out Swingerhead band member Bobby Brennan for his bass solo. I’m a fan of the upright bass, to begin with, but he got seriously funky during his solo.

It was a lovely concert and I’d like to thank the Orlando Philharmonic for inviting us to see it.

Orlando Philharmonic Features Michael Andrew and Swingerhead in My Funny Valentine Concert February 9

orphil-swngrhdFebruary is the month associated with love, so it’s only fitting that the Orlando Philharmonic is partnering with Michael Andrew and Swingerhead for a concert of romantic swing hits.

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..

Orlando Philharmonic and Orlando Repertory Theatre to Perform Free Concert on October 20

The Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Philharmonic are joining forces to celebrate their 10th and 20th seasons on Saturday, October 20, 2012, in a patriotic outdoor event.

The Star Spangled Birthday Concert” will take place at Loch Haven Park (on Princeton Ave, near Hwy 17-92) from 5pm to 9pm.


There will be pre-concert entertainment by Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds at 6pm, followed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring The REP Power Chords, at 7pm.

There will also be food trucks providing eats and drinks, and an instrument petting zoo.

“The Star Spangled Birthday Concert” is an alcohol-free event, suitable for the whole family. Attendees may bring their own picnics and seating, and pets are allowed if on a leash.

Free parking will be available in the Florida Hospital parking garage on Alden Road, near the intersection of Alden and Fairbanks. There are other pay garage locations near the park.

In the case of rain, call the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071 to confirm the concert will take place as scheduled.

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