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Saturday evenings at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Downtown Orlando.* September 29 • 8:30 pm Saturday

1. MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 3 Christopher Wilkins, conductor • University of Central Florida Women’s Chorus, Dr. David Brunner, director • Florida Opera Theatre Women’s Chorus, Robin Stamper, director • Florida Opera Theatre Youth Program, Robin Jensen, director SPONSORED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC Mahler’s Third is his “Pastorale Symphony”—an epic ode to nature, beginning with the imposing march of spring arriving in the Austrian Alps, and concluding with music of overwhelming beauty, described by Mahler as the embrace of divine love. November 17 • 8 pm Saturday

3. BRONFMAN & BEETHOVEN

Christopher Wilkins, conductor • Yefim Bronfman, piano A legendary pianist performs Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emperor’ concerto. Two musical tributes sustain the heroic mood: Stella Sung’s salute to the Philharmonic’s own heroes, and Elgar’s masterpiece honoring his closest friends.

Yefim Bronfman

SUNG | Promenade (world premiere) Commissioned in honor of Lynn & Chuck Steinmetz, 2012 John Blackburn Distinguished Service Award recipients ELGAR | Enigma Variations BEETHOVEN | Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’ January 26 & 27 • *YOUR CHOICE: 8 pm Saturday or 3 pm Sunday

5. CHANG & TCHAIKOVSKY

Alasdair Neale, conductor • Sarah Chang, violin The brooding emotional drama of the Fifth Symphony is classic Tchaikovsky. Rossini’s genius for melody and comedy permeates his popular Semiramide Overture. For pure American lyricism, no work outshines Barber’s Violin Concerto, performed by the incomparable Sarah Chang.

Sarah Chang

ROSSINI | Semiramide Overture BARBER | Violin Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY | Symphony No. 5 March 16 • 8 pm Saturday

7. VOIGT SINGS WAGNER & STRAUSS Christopher Wilkins, conductor • Deborah Voigt, soprano

Deborah Voigt, the unsurpassed dramatic soprano of our time, sings luminous songs of Strauss and the sublime Love-Death from Tristan and Isolde. Love and tragedy commingle in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Mozart’s dark comedy, Don Giovanni.

Deborah Voigt

MOZART | Don Giovanni Overture PROKOFIEV | Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) STRAUSS| Songs: Morgen, Ständchen, Frühlingsfeier, Befreit, Zueignung WAGNER | Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde April 27 • 8 pm Saturday

9. MENDELSSOHN: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Christopher Wilkins, conductor • Jim Helsinger, director • featuring actors from Orlando Shakespeare Theater SPONSORED BY THE BRYCE L. WEST FOUNDATION This highly anticipated artistic collaboration brings together stage and musical stars of Orlando in the most celebrated of all musical scores written for a classic play. Mendelssohn’s Wedding March signals a happy ending, even though “the course of true love never did run smooth.”


Saturday afternoons and evenings at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Downtown Orlando.

October 13 • 2 pm & 8 pm Saturday

2. WICKED DIVAS

Andrew Lane, conductor • featuring Alli Mauzey & Nicole Parker

Alli Mauzey & Nicole Parker

Former Principal Pops and Resident Conductor Andrew Lane returns to the podium in this concert of diva showstoppers featuring the high-flying Broadway Wicked stars Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker, performing selections from the Tony Award-winning musical, along with favorites from Chicago, Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera and more.

November 24 • 2 pm & 8 pm Saturday

4. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Albert-George Schram, conductor • The Holiday Singers • Florida Opera Theatre Youth Program Singers, Robin Jensen, director Back by popular demand! Join Albert-George Schram, the Holiday Singers and the Florida Opera Theatre Youth Program Singers for a concert of holiday favorites, and a few seasonal surprises. Albert-George Schram

February 9 • 2 pm & 8 pm Saturday

6. MY FUNNY VALENTINE

Albert-George Schram, conductor • featuring Michael Andrew & Swingerhead Backed by both the Orlando Philharmonic and his own band Swingerhead, comic personality and Orlando favorite Michael Andrew sings romantic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Michael Andrew & Swingerhead

March 30 • 2 pm & 8 pm Saturday

8. CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

Christopher Wilkins, conductor • featuring world-class cirque performers "dazzling and elegant if not death-defying!" - San Francisco Examiner Cirque meets Symphony in this thrilling program featuring music by Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and others. Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen perform amazing feats, and aerialists soar overhead as the orchestra below provides plenty of musical suspense. Cirque de la Symphonie

May 11 • 2 pm & 8 pm Saturday

10. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Christopher Wilkins, conductor • Frank McClain, director SPONSORED BY HARRIETT’S CHARITABLE TRUST Former window washer J. Pierrepont Finch scratches his way to the top at the World Wide Wicket Company in Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) & Abe Burrows’ Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about coffee breaks, workplace romance and corporate ladder climbing.

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Friday nights and Sunday afternoons at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Downtown Orlando.

November 9 & 11 • 8 pm Friday and 2 pm Sunday

MOZART: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Joel Revzen, conductor • Jay Lesenger, director

It’s an “Upstairs, Downstairs” world – filled with seduction, lust, infidelity, love and forgiveness – all woven together seamlessly with sublime music. The Count and Countess Almaviva’s clever maid Susanna and her fiancée, Figaro the valet, plot to outwit the Count and his philandering ways in this comedy many opera lovers consider Mozart’s most ‘perfectly’ written opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

April 5 & 7 • 8 pm Friday and 2 pm Sunday

PUCCINI: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Christopher Wilkins, conductor • Frank McClain, director Butterfly, a beautiful young geisha, sacrifices her family, her religion, and ultimately her life for an American World War II naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. He takes Butterfly as his bride for convenience, with no intention of bringing her home to America. The sweeping emotional power of Puccini’s music is unsurpassed in all of opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Chamber orchestra concerts, Monday nights at Margeson Theater (Lowndes Shakespeare Center). October 22 • 7 pm Monday

1. HAYDN: MAD SCIENTIST Dirk Meyer, guest conductor

February 18 • 7 pm Monday

3. THE SLAVIC SOUL Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Haydn enjoyed the perfect musical laboratory in Esterhazy. His prince loved music and generously funded an exceptional orchestra. Haydn’s experiments could be outlandish, but they changed the course of musical history.

Slavic music has a unique warmth and depth of feeling. It is often inspired by folk music, and has been made famous by generations of great string virtuosi who have championed it. Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Dvořák lead the way.

December 10 • 7 pm Monday

April 22 • 7 pm Monday

2. BACH’S COFFEE HOUSE

4. PHILHARMONIC VIRTUOSI

Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Zimmerman’s Coffee House was Bach’s musical home for secular music. There he performed his Brandenburg concertos, orchestral suites, secular cantatas and music by others he admired, including Vivaldi and Telemann.

The spotlight shines on Philharmonic musicians in a kaleidoscopic mix of solo repertoire. Concertos include a Bach masterpiece, a favorite double concerto of Stamitz, and the samba-infused sounds of a dazzling new trombone concerto.

View soloists and complete repertoire list at www.OrlandoPhil.org.

Chamber music concerts, Monday nights at Margeson Theater (Lowndes Shakespeare Center).

June 11 • 7 pm Monday

1. TAKE ME OUT TO THE BRASS GAMES Join us for some musical tailgating in a program of great music and amusing antics by the Sovereign Brass! Sovereign Brass

June 25 • 7 pm Monday

2. SUMMER SERENADES The Philharmonic winds present classic serenades and masterworks for wind ensemble, including Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds in D minor, and Mozart’s “Gran Partita,” thought to have been chosen by Mozart for his own wedding.

July 23 • 7 pm Monday

4. A MUSICAL OFFERING Bach’s optimism is apparent in The Musical Offering while Shostakovich’s towering String Quartet No. 8 reflects his struggle to be resilient.

August 6 • 7 pm Monday July 9 • 7 pm Monday

3. TANGLISIMO This all-tango program features Classical Argentinean tangos from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, as well as European tangos, including Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo.

5. ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA Musicians of the Orlando Philharmonic are joined by Central Florida’s leading jazz musicians for music by Count Basie and Duke Ellington and charts by contemporary big band arrangers.

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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestran 2012-2013 Season Schedule