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Music of the Movies Free Outdoor Concert

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. To get Music related information visit to caloundramusicfestival.com.au webpage.

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!

Sound the Ocarina, The Legend of Zelda is back at DPAC

Remember that time when The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses sold out Bob Carr? We do too!

GREAT news!! Tickets are already on sale for “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest” at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and our own Orlando Philharmonic is again presenting this powerful, wise and courageous musical journey! You can bask in The Golden Light yourself on Saturday, July 18th at 8pm in the Walt Disney Theater. Here’s a sneak peek of the program:

Legend of Zelda 2015



  • Gerudo Valley
  • Boss Battle Medley
  • Suite from Majora’s Mask
  • A Link Between Worlds


  • Prelude ~ The Creation of Hyrule
  • Movement I ~ Ocarina of Time
  • Movement II ~ The Wind Waker


  • Intermezzo ~ Great Fairy’s Fountain
  • Movement III ~ Twilight Princess
  • Movement IV ~ Time of the Falling Rain
  • Finale


MORE details? Here you go!

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  Tickets are also available by calling 844.513.2014 or online at drphillipscenter.org. Online and phone ticket purchases include handling fees.

The triforce has been completed with the highly-anticipated, global concert tour of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest.” The acclaimed concert will visit The Dr. Phillips Center and regale fans with a truly unique experience from one of the most beloved game franchises ever. Audiences can expect to experience awesome new inclusions from “A Link Between Worlds,” the most recently released The Legend of Zelda game. Never before performed scores accompanied by new gameplay imagery, will appear for the first time ever in “Master Quest,” though fans will still be treated to the show’s now-classic repertoire from seasons past.

Those new to Symphony of the Goddesses will also have the opportunity to experience the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphonic work from last season, which chronicles fan-favorite moments from the franchise’s rich and storied history, carefully and expertly timed with a gorgeous, larger than life video presentation.

Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Master Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Master Quest is a never-before seen or heard multimedia concert experience that celebrates the beloved 28-year-old The Legend of Zelda franchise. It’s not to be missed!

Orlando Phil Kicks Off Summer Series at The Plaza ‘Live’

Splendor In The Brass

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off its Sounds of Summer Series last night at The Plaza ‘Live’ with “Spendor in the Brass.” Back for their 20th appearance in the series, the sextet known as Sovereign Brass took listeners on a journey across time as they played favorites from the past two decades as voted on by their most loyal fans.

Next up in the chamber music series is “Prevailing Winds” Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6). The winds and strings of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Martinu’s Nonet, Beethoven’s Trio, op. 38 at Poulenc’s Sextet.

Be sure to check out the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra website for additional information and to find out how to purchase individual tickets or become a season subscriber.

Kathy Thomas, on right, horns.

Kathy Thomas, on right, horns, joined Sovereign Brass in 2003.

Orlando Philharmonic to Romance us with Verdi’s La Traviata Opera

Tickets available for Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. 


Set in the ornate salons of 19th century Paris, La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”) tells the story of Violetta, a famed courtesan who enjoys her carefree life, but longs for passion. She falls deeply in love with a young respectable nobleman, but their affair is cut short by his family’s disapproval and her frail health.

Most will recognize the plot of La Traviata from its adaptation for Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Australian-American jukebox musical Moulin Rouge! and J. F. Lawton’s classic 1990 movie Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, also based on Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel The Lady of the Camellias.

Conducted by Orlando Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Wilkins and staged by Frank McClain, the orchestra’s production will star Cuban American soprano Elizabeth Caballero as Violetta. Caballero has been hailed as one of the leading sopranos on the scene today. Her recent performances of Violetta received raves including The Daily Page declaring, “With a lovely voice, she has a compelling sense of drama. As she puts the role through its paces, she creates a Violetta of passion and vulnerability, able to move from a conflicted sense of herself, through cruel sacrifices, to profound commitments. Even before her death scene, this Violetta is really heart-wrenching.

Tenor Brian Jagde, a force in his own right, will perform the role of Alfredo, while the imposing baritone Stephen Powell takes the role of Alfredo’s father, Giorgio. Other cast members include Samantha Barnes Daniel (“Flora”),Gabriel Preisser (“Baron Douphol”), Andrew Gray (“Marchese d’Obigny”), Thomas Potter (“Dottore Grenvil”) and María Laetitia (“Annina”). View full bios online at OrlandoPhil.org.

“Verdi’s score contains some of the most beautiful music ever written. Its soaring tunes reveal every nuance of the passion Violetta and Alfredo feel for one another,” said Christopher Wilkins. “The famous falling melody that recurs many times throughout the opera represents Violetta herself, both her loving nature and her despair at the thought of losing all that she loves. I know this is going to be an opera that everyone will enjoy.”

The Philharmonic’s production will be fully staged with sets and costumes and the orchestra positioned on stage as part of the production. The opera will be sung in Italian, with English translations projected above the stage.

Now in its 21st season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of talented musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires audiences with over 125 musical experiences annually, ranging from classical and chamber music concerts to pops performances, staged opera productions, outdoor concerts and education programs for all ages. The orchestra has produced opera since the Orlando Opera closed its doors in 2009. Committed to building a sustainable future for classical music, the Philharmonic currently has a budget of $3.6 million, holds an endowment of $4 million, and has maintained a balanced budget every year of its existence. Learn more at www.OrlandoPhil.org | @OrlandoPhilOrch | www.facebook.com/OrlandoPhilOrch

Orlando Philharmonic and Plaza Live To Host “Party at The Plaza” Benefit January 25

A Party for a Cause is always the best kind of event! Change is in the air with our Orlando Philharmonic and it’s a good thing!

Orlando Philharmonic and Plaza Live To Host Party at The Plaza

On Saturday, January 25, the Orlando Philharmonic and the Plaza Live Theatre will present their first joint fundraising event, “Party at the Plaza,” from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Ave, Orlando). The party features headliner Michael Andrew & The Atomic Big Band, with 14 additional musical acts ranging from classical to opera, jazz, bluegrass, funk, rock n’ roll and more. Food stations, silent auction, photo booth, beer and wine bar are also included. Tickets are $95, $150 for VIP. OrlandoPhil.org/Party or 407-896-6700 x236. All proceeds benefit the orchestra and The Plaza Live. (Tickets HERE)

Orlando Philharmonic Executive Director David Schillhammer says he hopes Party at The Plaza will become an annual event.

“The event will celebrate the diversity of live music for which the  Philharmonic and The Plaza are so well known,” he said. “Guests will have the opportunity to create a personalized musical evening, sampling all kinds of music, from classical to rock, and everything in-between.”

This year’s musical roster includes chamber performances by musicians of the Orlando Philharmonic, Flat Mountain Band, the Olga Ferroni Jazz Trio, teenage rock band Strange Culture, well-known Orlando jam band FunkUs, classical pianist Dottie Clendenin, jazz duo Wes & Evan Hamrick, country duo JUNOsmile, opera soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel, Orlando Philharmonic Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, and others.

Food vendors include Arthur’s Catering, Chick-fil-A, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Meiner’s Catering & Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que (Alafaya Trail), Sprinkles Custom Cakes and Rosen Shingle Creek/Rosen Hotels & Resorts.

Schillhammer says the Philharmonic hopes the accessible ticket price of $95 (compared to previous “gala” events at $250) will invite music lovers of all types to come support the Philharmonic and The Plaza.

Party at The Plaza is sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort, The Bryce L. West Foundation, Certified Financial Group, Inc., Lowdnes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A., Orkin Pest Control, Orlando Health, Orlando Magic, Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly and PhotoMingle.

Buy your tickets now  @ http://orlandophil.org/events/

Now in its 21st season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of talented musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires audiences with over 125 musical experiences annually, ranging from classical and chamber music concerts to pops performances, staged opera productions, outdoor concerts and education programs for all ages. Committed to building a sustainable future for classical music, the Philharmonic currently has a budget of $3.6 million, holds an endowment of $4 million, and has maintained a balanced budget every year of its existence. Learn more at www.OrlandoPhil.org | @OrlandoPhilOrch | Facebook.com/OrlandoPhilOrch

The Plaza Live was originally built as Orlando’s first multi-screen movie theatre in 1963. After years of passing between owners, it was given new life in the late 2000s when it was transformed into a concert venue.  The Plaza Live currently hosts more than 135 rock, jazz, comedy, and contemporary music events annually, selling over 65,000 tickets per year. In 2010, it was ranked by Pollstar as one of the Top 100 Worldwide Club Venues.www.PlazaLiveOrlando.com | @PlazaLiveOrl | Facebook.com/ThePlazaTheatre

Marriage of Figaro Tonight and Sunday Matinee

Guest post by SeaWorld Mommy

Left to right: Robert Gierlach (Figaro), Maureen O’Flynn (Susanna), Marian Pop (Count Almaviva), Jason Ferrante (Don Basilio), Andrew Gray (Antonio)

There’s a reason TV daytime dramas are called soap operas. Ever see the one with a philandering Count whose wife eventually forgives him (after a little payback)? And isn’t that show with a valet whose fiancé is the object of the Count’s dalliance; even if it is the Count’s legal “right” to take his servant’s wife on her wedding night? (Go ahead and say “ewww” at this point.) Oh… and isn’t there a young man crushing on one of his dream girls (with whom he has NO chance as she’s the Count’s wife—so dream on)? No? Not a daytime drama? While these storylines sure seem like the thing of which daytime Emmys are made, it’s actually a brief rundown of the top plot points of The Marriage of Figaro on stage this weekend at the Bob Carr Auditorium.

Based on a play by Pierre Beaumarchais, with music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Italian lyrics by Lorenzo Da Ponte, The Marriage of Figaro has been hailed Mozart’s most “perfectly” written opera. Don’t let the Italian lyrics (ahem, libretto) scare you.

Stephanie Foley-Davis as Cherubino.

English subtitles can be seen above the action if you happen to get lost. It’s really not critical, though, as it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Count Almaviva has a wandering eye, or that Figaro’s bride-to-be, maid Susanna, has a little something up her sleeve with the elegant but not-to-be-toyed-with Countess Rosina. You may get a little flummoxed by the Cherubino character who is, as written, a young man, but who is played, traditionally, by a woman. (At one point the actress who’s playing a man dresses up like a woman in a disguise. So… just think RuPaul in reverse, and go with it.)

In a sub-plot, Figaro is at odds with Marcellina who wants him to marry HER to pay off a debt. She could go to nationaldebtreliefprograms.com debt relief programs to ease debt off her shoulders but she is none too pleased the Marriage of Figaro is going on as planned. Bartolo, meanwhile, is happy with any device that screws with Figaro, as Figaro was instrumental in helping the Count and Countess get together in the first place and… hello!… he had his eye on Rosina himself! Spoiler alert: We find out later that Marcellina is actually Figaro’s mom, and Bartolo is his dad. (Yeah, I’m thinking Oedipus right now, too.)

Marian Pop as Count Almaviva, Twyla Robinson as the Countess (disguised as Susanna)

There’s “much ado about nothing” throughout the four acts as characters get in and out of disguise to teach one another lessons, in this mad, mad day. (I couldn’t help but see the parallels of plotters turning on one another when they think they see a betrayal when they don’t, as in Shakespeare’s famous play.) In the end forgiveness prevails, led by the Countess who, while having every right to present a cold shoulder to her husband ad infinitum, belts out a glorious ode to reunification and the count, for once contrite, begs—and is granted—her forgiveness.

As one would expect, the orchestration corrals the scenes to their assigned emotional pen. The strings, however, do much of the heavy lifting and are almost another character with their crisp, playful riffs (nee ostinato, for the non-bourgeois like myself). They almost musically create a cartooned character in one’s mind, twirling the laughable mustache at appropriate moments. (Did I really see the actors do a chest bump at one time, or did I only imagine it with the playful bounce of the bassoon?!)

Twyla Robinson as Countess Rosina Almaviva.

Bravo to the Orlando Philharmonic for this beautiful production! Seasoned opera lovers and complete newbies like myself will find themselves smiling from the first downbeat to the last.

Tickets are on sale now for two performances: Friday, November 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m.  or by calling 407-770-0071 or www.OrlandoPhil.org.

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Orlando Philharmonic’s The Marriage of Figaro Features All-Star Opera Cast

 The orchestra’s November production will feature performers who have appeared with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Carnegie Hall.

This November, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will feature opera performers of international fame. Members of the cast have performed with the world’s most renowned opera companies, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Teatro de la Scala in Italy. The Philharmonic’s productions are 8 p.m. Friday, November 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 11 at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Downtown Orlando. Tickets start at $22, and are available at 407-770-0071 or www.OrlandoPhil.org.


Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, appearing in over 125 performances each year. The orchestra offers a variety of programs, from classical and pops concerts to chamber music, staged musicals and opera productions. Education programs and community concerts are also a core part of the Philharmonic’s programming. Concert schedule and information at www.OrlandoPhil.org.
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