Orlando Philharmonic closes its season — in outer space

The Orlando Philharmonic closed out its season on Saturday with a performance of “The Final Frontier.”

ORLANDO — The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra closed its season on Saturday with two performances that celebrated a unique form of music: the soundtracks for films and television shows devoted to science fiction.
In doing so, conductor Jack Everly also had an opportunity to celebrate the music of a cinematic legend, the composer whose scores have included films like “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” and “Superman.”
It was a delight, Everly said, to have an opportunity to highlight scores “by the very great John Williams. John truly has become an icon among composers. He just happened to be in Hollywood at the right time.”
The Orlando Philharmonic closed out its 2016/2017 Super Series Program 10 with “The Final Frontier,” a fond look back at how composers like Williams have had an enormous impact on science fiction cinema by creating such memorable scores for these films. They opened with Williams’ main title from “Star Wars,” while also performing music from his soundtracks for “E.T.,” “Superman,” “Close Encounters,” “Star Wars: Phantom Menace” and the end title to the original 1977 Star Wars film. Continue reading

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

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