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The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

The city of Orlando has a lot to be proud of, but one of the gems is the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

They're celebrating more than two decades as a premier area orchestra.

As Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, the Philharmonic performs over 125 times a season, including concerts by revered masters, Pop and Broadway, and Operatic shows.

The mission to encourage and promote symphonic music by excellence in performance, education and cultural leadership shines in every note.

For the first time ever the orchestra is going to be partnering with the Orlando Ballet to provide world-class, live music to each of their ballets this season.

Maestro Christopher Wilkins

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has recently come under the direction of maestro Eric Jacobsen.

He will take over artistic leadership and serve as the primary conductor starting in October 2015.

Eric Jacobsen is a co-founder of an innovative NY-based orchestral collective called, "The Knights."

He desire to create something dynamic has also led him to become a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet that defies genre standards.

He also frequently tours as a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

Concerts

The Super Series and Sounds of Summer Series are highlights of the Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Super Series comprises of ten concerts, a mix of traditional and modern, ensuring everyone has an evening of favorites.

The Sounds of Summer Series are performances of chamber music, showcasing the talents of individual orchestra members.

As education is one of the mission goals, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra brings nearly thirty performances into the schools.

Dubbed the Young Peoples Concerts, music and programs are designed for specific age groups.

The Tiny Tots program is performed in nursery schools and centers.

The Young Composer Challenge offers music students aged 13-18 to enter their compositions for consideration.

Winners are given hefty cash prizes; those compositions are performed by the Orchestra.

However, all students win by being given the chance to work and perform with well-known composers in a lengthy workshop.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is not just beautiful music, it's a staple in the area, an organization that intends to give back and empower the community.

It is a staple in the area, an organization that intends to give back and empower the community.

With a commitment like that, do your part by taking a seat.

Philharmonic Orchestra schedule can be found here.

By Marie Ospina

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