I vividly remember going to see the musical Bye, Bye Birdie in the park as a kid. Since then, I’ve had an intense love of outdoor arts events. Luckily, our outdoor event season here in Central Florida is much longer than most places, so we often have the chance to enjoy the arts along with some fresh [maybe humid] air. The Orlando Philharmonic is gearing up to treat us to a free outdoor concert on Saturday, April 18 in Loch Haven Park. Don’t waste this opportunity to simultaneously infuse your spring with some culture and some nature.
If you’ve never heard the Orlando Philharmonic play, you’re in for a treat. In its third annual free outdoor concert, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs Music of the Movies. Conducted by Chad Shoopman, the concert will feature a combination of themes from films such as “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars” and “The Incredibles,” as well as classical music popularized by movies. Don’t miss a special appearance by the cast of Orlando Repertory Theatre’s production of “Shrek the Musical.” Music of the Movies starts at 6 p.m.
You can take a walk in area while the team still assembles the loud powered speakers and setting up the music instruments on stage. Lounging in the park sounds like enough fun, but before the concert, you can visit the instrument petting zoo and enjoy entertainment by Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds at 4 p.m. along with some short live conga lessons for beginners, followed by the REP Power Chords at 5 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand to make sure your grumbling tummy doesn’t disrupt the concert.
The concert is funded by Dr. Phillips Charities, with additional sponsorship from Orlando Family Magazine. The concert will be performed in honor of Della Phillips, the wife of early citrus pioneer, Dr. Philip Phillips, once the largest producer of citrus in the world. Mrs. Phillips was known for her love of classical music, especially works by Mendelssohn, and for hosting outdoor concerts on the lawn of the Phillips family home on Lake Lucerne in downtown Orlando. Mrs. Phillips’ interest in music stemmed from early training in piano and music theory while attending private schools in New Orleans and Mobile.
This is an alcohol-free event, but you are encouraged to bring your own seating and picnic if you won’t be partaking in food truck fare. Leashed pets are permitted in the park. In the case of rain, call the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office to confirm the concert will take place as scheduled. Information at www.OrlandoPhil.org, or call 407-770-0071.
See you at the park!