The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary this season. Music Director Christopher Wilkins sums up the programming for this special period in the orchestra’s history. “This milestone year brings a sense of occasion to every concert. It is a season of great repertoire, star appearances, and community connection. We are especially pleased to offer works like Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Elgar’s Enigma Variations that display so brilliantly the virtuosity of our musicians.”
Nowhere is this sense of occasion more apparent than in the Pops Series. “The Pops Series,” explains Wilkins, “is filled with joy and spectacle, offering Central Florida’s diverse community a range of musical styles and experiences to choose from. Broadway (Wicked Divas), Family Entertainment (Home for the Holidays) and the Great American Songbook (Michael Andrew’s My Funny Valentine) inspire programs that are attractive, diverse, and attention grabbing. The year is capped by a full production of Frank Loesser’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
The 5-concert Pops Series opens on Saturday, October 13 with wicked good fun! The first program is titled Wicked Divas. It’s a concert of diva showstoppers from Broadway, opera and popular music and is highlighted by selections from the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked. This program features the Elphaba (Nicole Parker) and Glinda (Alli Mauzey) from the Broadway production of Wicked and will showcase the breadth of their high-flying talents. In addition, favorites from the “untold tale of the witches of Oz,” the program also includes favorites from Gypsy, Ragtime, Titanic and opera selections from George Bizet’s Carmen.
Andrew Lane returns to the Philharmonic stage to conduct this concert. In 2010, Maestro Lane concluded seventeen years as Resident Conductor and Principal Pops Conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra expanded its concert offerings to include pops, community concerts, family concerts, and educational concerts, which reached over 60,000 people each season.
A dynamic and popular pops conductor, Maestro Lane serves as Pops Conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra and will lead that ensemble for all their subscription pops concerts for the 2012-2013 season. His pops concerts have included Banford Marsalis, Deborah Gibson, Peter Schickele, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Scheider, Doc Severinsen, Broadway star Davis Gaines, and many other renowned artists. He has been featured as conductor in 25 CD recordings produced by Madacy Entertainment Group of Quebec, Canada. Mr. Lane has also been a featured guest conductor with the Florida Orchestra, The Naples Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. In October of 2010, he was chosen by Bank of America as a “Local Hero” for his commitment to music education in Central Florida. United Arts of Central Florida named Andrew Lane “Music Educator of the Year” in 2012.
All concerts in the Pops Series are offered on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, located in downtown Orlando. Tickets are priced at $17, $29, $39, $55 and $70.
The Pops Series schedule includes:
- OCT 13 – Wicked Divas
- NOV 24 – Home for the Holidays
- FEB 9 – My Funny Valentine
- MARCH 30 – Cirque de la Symphonie
- MAY 11 – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
To purchase tickets or to learn more about this series or the Classics, Focus and Opera Series, call the Box Office at (407) 770-0071 or visit www.OrlandoPhil.org .