This fall, over 50,000 elementary students will attend the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The 2013 concerts, entitled “Heroes & Legends” began last Monday, and will run through November, for a total of 26 performances.
Heroes & Legends features an orchestra of 49 Orlando Philharmonic musicians performing works by Strauss, Prokofiev, Wagner, Bizet and others, as well as favorites like Arlo Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and music from Disney’s “The Incredibles.” Anthony Hose and Christopher Confessore conduct the program, and guest vocalists and Orlando Ballet dancers also make an appearance.
“All the music on these concerts is tied to heroic figures and legendary stories,” said Orlando Philharmonic Education Director Leia Barrett, who also narrates the programs. “Students learn about valuable historical and literary topics while also hearing some of the most popular and beloved classical music of all time.”
Public performances of the Young People’s Concerts will be held Wednesday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Wednesday, November 20 at noon. All Young People’s Concerts are held at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). Tickets are $6 each, available at 407.896.6700 x223 or OrlandoPhil.org/tickets.
The Young People’s Concerts are an annual Orlando Philharmonic tradition, and have been part of the orchestra’s annual programming since the fall of 1993. The concert program and curriculum materials are designed for students in grades 3-5, and incorporate Florida’s Sunshine State Standards for education. The 2013 concerts are sponsored by Orange County Public Schools, United Arts of Central Florida, The Chelsey M. Magruder Foundation, Lockheed Martin and Publix.
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