Orlando Philharmonic brings audiences Home for the Holidays

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra held their annual Home for the Holidays concert on Saturday.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra held their annual Home for the Holidays concert on Saturday.


ORLANDO — Tradition is a key word this time of year, when late November is filled with events that have been held around this time for decades, meant to usher area residents and visitors into the Christmas spirit.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra did just that on Saturday, when they used the final weekend in November to bring audiences Home for the Holidays.
The OPO’s annual holiday concert, held at the Bob Carr Theater, attracted a large crowd, many of them festively dressed, for a concert that ranged from holiday favorites (“Jingle Bells,” “O, Holy Night”) to some new songs to the OPO’s holiday repertoire, including “Cradle Hymn” by Kim Andre Arneson.
Albert George Schram, the conductor of the program, said he thought this was a beautiful hymn that their audience would appreciate.
“Sit back,” he told the audience, “and let us touch your heart.” Continue reading

Orlando Philharmonic brings Broadway back to Bob Carr Theater

On Saturday, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra brought Broadway back to the Bob Carr Theater with the program, "Great American Songbook."

On Saturday, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra brought Broadway back to the Bob Carr Theater with the program, “Great American Songbook.”


ORLANDO — For years, touring Broadway productions always made a stop in Orlando at the Bob Carr Theater, until those shows shifted to the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
On Saturday, though, Broadway made a return to the Bob Carr Theater, courtesy of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, which revived classic songs from hit stage musicals in a program titled “Great American Songbook.”
The concert, conducted by Albert George Schram, rediscovered songs by seven of Broadway’s best known songwriters, including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern.
The OPO was assisted in the afternoon and evenings shows by the vocal talents of Christine Noll, who made her Broadway debut in “Jekyll & Hyde The Musical,” and most recently received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in “Chaplin”; and Doug Labrecque, who has performed in such productions as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Showboat” and “Les Miserables,” among others. Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “All Hands on Deck”

Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth and Kayla Kelsay Morales star in the Winter Park Playhouse's production of "All Hands on Deck."

Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth and Kayla Kelsay Morales star in the Winter Park Playhouse’s production of “All Hands on Deck.”


WINTER PARK — “All Hands on Deck” is a flashback — a musical review with some very catchy, upbeat songs, many hauntingly romantic ones, some truly corny jokes — all wrapped up in a salute to our nation’s military, our veterans, and to the way that patriotism helps bring all of us together.
The show takes us back to the year 1942, and is based on comedian Bob Hope’s USA tour to our troops. The mood is light, geared toward making the audience feel good. It works, thanks to the consummate skills of the four performers: Todd S. Mummert, Rebecca Jo Cross, Joshua S. Roth, and Kayla Kelsay Morales. How do you resist the sublime allure of a beautiful four-piece harmony reviving “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “By The Light of the Silvery Moon,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” or “Deep in the Heart of Texas”? You can’t, it all wins you over too quickly. Continue reading

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