On Saturday, October 12, the Orlando Philharmonic will open its 2013-2014 pops series with a concert entitled An American Salute, featuring Orlando Gay Chorus and guest conductor Albert George Schram. Concerts will be performed at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). Tickets are $18-$70, available at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org. This concert is sponsored by Darden Restaurants Foundation and Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando.
“We’re going to cut a wide swath with the orchestra, celebrating all traditions and various genres,” said Maestro Schram. “We’re going to do some blues, some jazz, some American standard songs, and much patriotic music.”
The program includes “St. Louis Blues,” “Orange Blossom Special,” “America the Beautiful,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Maestro Schram will host pre-concert conversations with audience members at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the rehearsal hall, backstage at Bob Carr Centre.***
The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) was founded on Valentine’s Day in 1990. Throughout the past twenty-three years, over 600 people have graced the stage in performance and support with the Orlando Gay Chorus, and today the Chorus consists of over 160 volunteer members who participate in the annual subscription concert series, and three independent cabaret shows. Performing, volunteerism and support of charitable community efforts are just a few ways that the Chorus “changes hearts through music” and serves as goodwill ambassadors on behalf of the LGBT community. OGC Website | OGC Facebook Page | OGC Twitter
Equally adept at conducting classical and pops programs, conductor Albert-George Schram has led a wide variety of repertoire for many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Schram’s guest-conducting roster has included the symphonies of Dallas, Charlotte, New Orleans (Louisiana Philharmonic), Oklahoma City, Dayton, San Antonio, and abroad with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Taegu Symphony in Korea, and the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional of Bolivia, among others. Schram has wielded the baton for an impressive list of musicians, both classical and pops, including pianists Lang Lang and Olga Kern, violinist Elmar Oliveira, James Taylor, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny G, and Aretha Franklin. Schram is currently Resident Conductor of the Nashville Symphony and Resident Staff Conductor of the Columbus (OH) and Charlotte Symphonies. http://albertgeorgeschram.com/
Entering its 21st season in 2013-2014, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of talented musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires audiences with over 125 musical experiences annually, ranging from classical and chamber music concerts to pops performances, staged opera productions, outdoor concerts and education programs for all ages. Committed to building a sustainable future for classical music, the Philharmonic currently has a budget of $3.6 million, holds an endowment of $4 million, and has maintained a balanced budget every year of its existence. Learn more at www.OrlandoPhil.org | @OrlandoPhilOrch | www.facebook.com/OrlandoPhilOrch