3-concert series will include a social hour, chamber music, and reception with the orchestra’s principal musicians
This spring, the Orlando Philharmonic will launch a new 3-concert chamber music series in downtown Orlando, featuring up-close performances by its principal musicians. The Tuesday night Principals at The MEZZ concerts will take place at The MEZZ, inside the Sanctuary Building (100 S Eola Dr, Orlando) with lounge-style setting, live music with commentary by the musicians, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and opportunities for patrons to mingle with the musicians after the performance. Concerts are February 26 (winds), April 9 (strings) and April 16 (brass) at 7 p.m., with pre-concert socials beginning at 6 p.m. With only 150 seats available, the performances are expected to fill to capacity. The orchestra encourages audience members to purchase tickets early: $40 per concert, 2 concerts for $70, or $99 for all three performances, available at 407-770-0071 or www.orlandophil.org/mezz.
The Principals at The MEZZ series is sponsored in part by Overture, the Orlando Philharmonic’s Young Patrons Group, which aims to foster and promote a new audience for the orchestra.
“The goal of Overture is to build new audiences for the orchestra,” says Rebecca Reynolds, founder and president of Overture. “The MEZZ series brings the Orlando Philharmonic musicians into a new space, right in the middle of downtown, and because they’re small groups, it’s a great opportunity for patrons to mingle with the musicians and hear their stories. The atmosphere is totally different than a regular concert, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
The February 26 concert features a quintet of the orchestra’s principal winds: Colleen Blagov, flute; Jamie Strefeler, oboe; Nikolay Blagov, clarinet; Diane Bishop, bassoon; and Mark Fischer, horn. Repertoire ranges from Mozart’s Divertimento No. 12 to Piazzolla’s “Libertango” and two rags by Scott Joplin.
The principal string quintet performance (April 9) will feature concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois; Alexander Stevens, violin; Mauricio Céspedes Rivero, viola; Ronald Gardiner, cello; and Michael Hill, bass, performing selections by Dvořák , Gershwin and Piazzolla.
The final concert on April 16 features the orchestra’s principal brass quintet, Lyman Brodie, trumpet; William Cooper, trumpet; Mark Fischer, horn; Jeffrey Thomas, trombone; and Robert Carpenter, tuba, performing fanfares, Baroque selections, and Bernstein’s Dance Suite.
The Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. With more than 125 performances each year, the orchestra provides captivating musical experiences to people of all ages, provides enriching education programs for students and adults, and helps build a rich, sustainable future for symphonic music in Central Florida. Learn more at www.orlandophil.org.