On February 9, the Orlando Philharmonic will feature vocalist Michael Andrew and his band, Swingerhead, in a concert of romantic swing hits. Guest conducted by Albert-George Schram, the concerts will take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W Livingston Street in Downtown Orlando. Tickets are $17-$70, available at 407-770-0071 or www.OrlandoPhil.org. The concert is sponsored by Orkin Pest Control and the 2013-2014 series is sponsored by Darden Restaurants Foundation.
The concert features songs like “Night and Day,” “My Funny Valentine,” “L-O-V-E,” and “Almost Like Being in Love,” as well as selections from “The Nutty Professor,” the Broadway-bound musical co-developed by Michael Andrew and the late Jerry Lewis, starring Andrew in the title role.
For two years, Michael Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City where he entertained audiences nightly and hosted a live Radio Broadcast, “Live From The Rainbow Room.” His self-written musicals, “Mickey Swingerhead & The Earthgirls“ and “The Johnny Mercer Radio Hour” both received with audience and critical acclaim, and “Mickey Swingerhead,” led to the formation of his band, Swingerhead, which has toured extensively throughout the country performing concerts and exclusive events including the 2005 Inaugural Ball. He has performed with orchestras in Akron, Albuquerque, Houston, Long Beach, Missoula, Orlando, Providence, San Antonio, Sarasota, Palm Beach, and other cities across America.
On February 9, the Orlando Philharmonic’s young patrons group, Overture, will host a Valentine-themed martini social at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 8 p.m. performance. Passes are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information is available on the group’s facebook page.
Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, appearing in over 125 performances each year. The orchestra offers a variety of programs, from classical and pops concerts to chamber music, staged musicals and opera productions. Education programs and community concerts are also a core part of the Philharmonic’s programming. Concert schedule and information at www.OrlandoPhil.org.