Orlando Philharmonic Opens Season with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben

On Saturday, September 28, the Orlando Philharmonic will open its 2013-2014 season with a concert at 8:30 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). 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, available at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org. This concert is sponsored by Darden Restaurants Foundation, The Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and FAIRWINDS Credit Union and Walt Disney World Resort.

An opening night dinner gala will be hosted by the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic at the Sheraton Downtown Orlando beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $110, available at FriendsOrlandoPhil.org.

Christopher Wilkins describes the program: “The three works could not be more different,” he said. “Savannah River Holiday is bold and splashy; the Mozart Piano Concerto is dark and dramatic, and filled with the early sounds of Romanticism; and then comes Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) which, for sheer power and beauty, is as thrilling as any music in the whole literature.”

Internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker was born, raised and educated in Vancouver. Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the major orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and throughout Canada. He has given recitals in London, New York, Chicago, Munich, Budapest, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and has performed with the Tokyo Quartet and Joshua Bell. In the spring of 2007 he performed and spoke alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCares, under whose auspices he performed in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995. Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

2013-2014 subscription packages are available, with 10-concert Super Series packages from $158-$620, or 5-Concert Classics/Pops packages from $79-$320. First-time subscribers save 50% off individual ticket prices for Classics, Pops and Opera events with special introductory subscription pricing (Super Series from $90, Classics/Pops from $45 and Opera from $20). To purchase tickets, view detailed program lists, or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.orlandophil.org or call the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071.

Now entering its 21st season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. With more than 125 performances each year, the orchestra provides captivating musical experiences to people of all ages, provides enriching education programs for students and adults, and helps build a rich, sustainable future for symphonic music in the Central Florida community. Learn more at www.orlandophil.org.