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Save the Date: OSO Dinner Gala, October 3, 2020

Looking forward, and hoping that our shared social and cultural lives will be back to some kind of normality in October, we want to give you a heads-up for what promises to be a festive musical-culinary gathering. Make your dinner plans and mark your social calendar for October 3, 2020 at the Veranda in Thornton Park  

2020-2021 Campaign Campaign

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The Orlando Symphony Orchestra announces its 2020-21 Capital Campaign.  Like most cultural organizations, the Orlando Symphony depends on the generous support of our public, institutional partners, local, state and corporate sponsors.

The objectives of the 2020-21 Campaign are: 1) to continue to grow the range of OSO activities and projects, regionally and internationally, 2) to underwrite the Orlando Symphony concert series at the Seminole State College, Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, and 3) to ensure the economic viability of Central Florida’s longest performing professional orchestral organization over the long term. 

The Orlando Symphony Orchestra is a legally established 501(c)3 entity.  All contributions are tax deductible.  Contributions can be made online by clicking here or visiting www.orlandosymphony.org “Support Your Symphony.”

By sharing this campaign, you are contributing to the cultural vibrance of Central Florida and the sustainability of great orchestral music in the region.  

OSO Strategic Partnerships: Dominus Art Venue

New Strategic Partnerhttp://dominus.my

The Orlando Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce an international initiative, one unique to Central Florida.

The Orlando Symphony Orchestra is in the process of developing a dynamic cultural and educational partnership with the Dominus Arts Venue in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia http://dominus.my .

This innovative collaboration is well underway in development, with virtual activities planned for prior to the March 2021 residency of the Orlando Symphony in Kuala Lampur.

This extraordinary international partnership only adds to Orlando’s international cultural profile.

OSO’s Latest Recording: Memorial Day Release

The Orlando Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the release of its latest recording, Memorial Day: A Commemoration by Michael R. Pranzatelli.  A monumental multimedia work, Memorial Day is intended to be staged.  It expresses the sensibilities of love and loss experienced by the soldiers and their families, of those fallen in American military conflicts.  The composer’s artistic objective was to return relevance and sobriety to the original intent of this national day of remembrance.

Approximately forty minutes in duration, the Memorial Day score calls for a large orchestral compliment and range instrumental timbres, twenty spoken parts, solo soprano and chorus. Opera Orlando participated in this recording for all of the vocal and spoken parts.  The Department of Sound and Music Technology of Valencia College was, and continues to be an extraordinary partner.

In order to facilitate staged productions of Memorial Day, and considering possible limitations of disparate conditions, composer Michael R. Pranzatelli requested that separate recorded “splits” be available for the purpose of facilitating staged performances: 1) orchestra alone, 2) orchestra with chorus and no spoken parts, 3) the complete version of the score.   All versions of Memorial Day: A Commemoration are available through 4Tay Records.  All inquiries: jamesarts@att.net, www.jamesarts.com.    

Grant Awarded from SCAC!

We are pleased to announce that the Orlando Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a generous grant from the Seminole Cultural Arts Council, in support of its residency and 2019 – 20 concert series, in partnership with Seminole State College.  Please see Programming on our website.

Memorial Day Recording Sessions

In partnership with the Valencia College, Department of Sound and Music Technology and Opera Orlando, the Orlando Symphony Orchestra has just completed a series of recording sessions of Michael R. Pranzatelli’s monumental score Memorial Day: A Commemoration. Release and distribution of the recording will be announced, subject to the exclusive rights and wishes of the composer’s family.

OSO Partners with Seminole State College

Re: Seminole State College & Orlando Symphony Orchestra

As the new dean of Arts and Communications at Seminole State College, I am excited to have the opportunity to develop an ongoing collaboration with the Orlando Symphony Orchestra.  We have submitted a grant to fund a Latin American Festival for Fall 2019. We are also looking into other funding sources with a plan to bring back the Orlando Symphony Orchestra even sooner, in Spring 2019.  Ultimately, a yearly residency of 4 events a year would enhance our mission to provide cultural vitality to our community.

Seminole State represents a diverse scholarly community that promotes a foundation of reasoned inquiry that enables students to develop philosophical, ethical, scientific and artistic knowledge.  My goal is to promote awareness of the transformative power of the arts and communication studies through the multiple outlets our Center for Fine and Performing Arts offers as well as the academic programs within the Arts and Communications Department. We can achieve this in part through our relationship with the Orlando Symphony Orchestra which will enhance our students’ learning and enrich our community through professional performances throughout the year.

I look forward to a longstanding partnership.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michelle Cuomo
Dean
Arts and Communications Department
Seminole State College

OSO Concert – October 27, 2018

October 2018
On October 27th at 7:30 pm, the OSO will perform a program featuring music by composers from the Americas as well as European masters.  The concert will include works by Mozart, Verdi, Chapi, Piazzolla, Copland, Handel, Bernstein, Villa Lobos and Glinka. In collaboration with Opera Orlando, Arleen Ramirez and John Murray will perform as soloists. There will be a pre-concert performance by the OSO Youth Symphony at 7:15 pm.  The performance will take place at the Seminole State College, Center for The Fine and Performing Arts. Admission $15 for adults and $5 for students, general admission.

David Handel New Music Director

David Handel has been appointed Music Director of the Orlando Symphony Orchestra. As we look forward too many new projects and artistic achievements, we welcome David to the OSO family. To learn more about the Maestro, visit www.davidhandel.info

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David Handel