Spring has sprung and FSYO is almost finished with its exciting 60th Anniversary Season. As we get ready for the final performances, let's take a look back at the many performances that we participated in to kick off 2017.
The first performance of the new year took place on February 12th in Celebration as the Symphonic Orchestra made their annual appearance at the Celebration Foundation's Classical Concert Series. The orchestra wowed the audience with their performance of the complete Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. Also featured, was a performance of the Lalo Cello Concerto by Concerto Competition winner, Brenton Zhang.
The next weekend was a busy one. On February 18th, Symphonic was on stage again! This time performing at Walt Disney World for Epcot's International Festival of the Arts. They did two performances and received a standing ovation! (We've heard that that rarely happens for daytime performances)
The next day, February 19th, Overture Strings, Prelude and Philharmonia took the stage at Mead Botanical Garden to present their Spring in the Garden Concert. This was an outdoor, picnic-style concert at the amphitheater built by FSYO in 2012.
The final performance of the winter was The Opera Ball. A new endeavor for FSYO, the evening included an elegant dinner, chamber music performances, and a silent auction. Following dinner, guests moved into the theater where the pre-professional FSYO Symphonic Orchestra, in collaboration with UCF Opera, presented a special interactive version of Act II of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II with a special performance by Concerto Competition Winner, Emily Erdman.
In addition to the performances, FSYO members took part in sectional rehearsals with some of Central Florida's top musicians. There were also several performances by our Chamber and small ensembles - including Arts For All Day, which was a free arts day put on by United Arts to help give new patrons a sampling of all that the Central Florida Arts community has to offer.
Congratulations Alex Koller and Colton Potter on being chosen to particpate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) for the 2017 season.
FSYO 2016-2017 Symphonic Orchestra Principal Violist, Alex Koller
FSYO 2016-2017 Symphonic Orchestra Principal Oboist, Colton Potter
Each summer, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world to serve as dynamic music ambassadors. In 2017, the orchestra will travel to Latin America with conductor Marin Alsop and perform a program that includes a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Gabriela Lena Frank and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. The tour kicks off with the orchestra's annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia.
ORLANDO, FL - On March 4, 2017, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will host its first Opera Ball at the Plaza Live in Orlando's popular Milk District. This event will act as a fundraiser for FSYO and will help advance the organization's educational and community initiatives and support them as they prepare to compete internationally.
Based off of Viennese traditions, the evening will include an elegant dinner provided by Two Chef's Oyster Bar and Jilly Cakes, chamber music performances, and a silent auction. Following dinner, guests will move into the theater where they will be transported to 19th century Vienna with a presentation of Act II of Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss II) by the pre-professional FSYO Symphonic Orchestra, in collaboration with UCF Opera. Here, as it does in the operetta, the party really begins, except this time the audience members will be immersed in the action. Opera Singers will be serenading guests from just a few feet away and Prince Orlofsky will introduce a performance by Concerto Competition winner, Emily Erdman (violin).
The Metropolitan Opera describes Die Fledermaus as the "supreme example of Viennese operetta that both defines and transcends that genre. Its story centers on a magnificent masked ball, given by a Russian prince, that brings together all the main characters in various disguises. The three-act journey from boudoir to ballroom to jail provides ample opportunities for farce and humor, but also for genuine human emotion and a surprisingly realistic view of urban life." In this production, FSYO will focus solely on the second act - the ballroom scene.
Three ticket options are available: Dinner/Concert, Concert only Interactive Tickets and Concert only Balcony Tickets. Tickets range in price from $30 - $150. Sponsorships are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.fsyo.org/operaball.
ABOUT FSYO: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Central Florida's top young musicians through programs committed to strengthening musical talents and developing an appreciation of the arts through classical music. The FSYO, in its 60th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra, and an advanced chamber ensemble, made up of more than 250 students from nine Central Florida counties, including Orange, Osceola, Lee, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Highlands, and Volusia. Programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Orlando Utilities Commission; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.
ABOUT UCF OPERA: Participation in the Opera program is open to all UCF students through audition. Performances include a Gala Concert each fall, a fully staged production each spring, and a children's opera program touring schools in the area throughout the year.
Sponsors of the Opera Ball include: Operetta Sponsor - L.J. Ruffin and Associates, Inc; Aria Sponsors - Friends of Oviedo, GatorWire, GrayRobinson, Valencia College East Campus, Valencia Foundation; Friends of the Opera Ball - Axel Real Estate, David and Heather Odahowski, Publix Super Markets Charities, Wells Fargo; Food and Drink Sponsors - Two Chef's Oyster Bar, JillyCakes, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Coca-Cola Company, City Beverages, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Pepsi-Cola Company; Print Sponsor - Orlando Utilities Commission.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras is now accepting applications for their upcoming 61st concert season beginning in August 2017. FSYO is calling for young, high spirited Central Florida musicians to embark on a journey of musical education, inspiration and development.
FSYO is distinguished as one of the nation’s top youth orchestras. Their focus on providing students with a complete educational experience during rehearsals and in a variety of live performance opportunities throughout the year contributes to the students’ and program’s success. A majority of their alumni have continued onto college, many pursuing music at prestigious schools such as the Juilliard School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, among others.
FSYO auditions are for standard orchestral instruments and will be held for both new and returning members. Membership is available for all four of FSYO’s award winning orchestras. Please take into consideration that each ensemble has a limited number of spots and an audition does not guarantee placement in FSYO. Acceptance and placement is completely merit-based, and those who audition are subjected to meet specific criteria to be considered.
FSYO auditions are for standard orchestral instruments and are held annually for both new and returning members. There are a limited number of positions available in each ensemble, and an audition does not guarantee placement in FSYO. Acceptance and orchestra placement is a competitive, merit-based process in which auditionees must meet requirements for consideration.
Auditions require that students prepare the specific excerpt listed for the orchestra for which they are auditioning, as well as a one-minute solo of their choice and scales and arpeggios as listed. All auditions are approximately 3–5 minutes long except percussion auditions which are approximately 10 minutes. While it is unlikely, please note that audition judges may ask any candidate to sight read. Applications for the 2017-2018 season are due by May 1, 2017. Additional audition information can be found at www.fsyo.org.
ABOUT FSYO: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Central Florida’s top young musicians through programs committed to strengthening musical talents and developing appreciation of the arts through classical music. The FSYO, in its 60th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra and an advanced chamber ensemble, made up of more than 250 students from nine Central Florida counties, including Orange, Osceola, Lee, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Highlands and Volusia. Programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Orlando Utilities Commission; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.
ORLANDO, FL – January 10, 2017 — Arts for ALL Day is a new, must-see event for all Central Floridians, with a focus of introducing new communities to local arts and cultural organizations throughout Central Florida. The event was created by United Arts of Central Florida and will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 10:00AM – 4:00PM at Loch Haven Cultural Park in Orlando, FL. Arts for ALL Day is a FREE, family-friendly, taste-of-the-arts style event, taking place in Loch Haven's multiple theaters and indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces, throughout the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Science Center and Orlando Shakespeare Theater venues.
"We're very excited to bring everyone in the community together for Arts for ALL Day," said Flora Maria Garcia, president & CEO of United Arts. "Arts for ALL Day's tagline is 'Arts Unrestricted' and that's exactly what we intend to accomplish with this free, family-friendly event. This is an opportunity for everyone to come learn about and experience the diverse variety of high-quality arts and cultural offerings that are available throughout Central Florida, all in one day and in a single location."
More than 60 local resident artists and cultural organizations, representing a diverse variety of art forms and genres, will offer special mini productions of their work so that attendees will be able to enjoy a wide range of cultural experiences throughout the day. Each participating artist and organization will have up to 45 minutes to showcase abbreviated arts performances. Lobby and outdoor spaces will also have more informal "pop up" experiences as well as art exhibits. There will be a children's area with hands-on arts activities and shows, babysitting services, hands-on arts activities for adults, and a diverse range of international food trucks.
Arts for ALL Day will also feature an interactive technology and digital media exhibit inside the Orlando Museum of Art that will take you through virtual worlds as you learn the art form behind the latest new-media technologies. An expanded version of this exhibit will later be showcased for two months at SNAP! Downtown gallery beginning on April 28, as an informal close to United Arts of Central Florida's 2017 collaborative Campaign for the Arts (February 1 – May 2).
United Arts' efforts to help promote diversity and inclusiveness outreach in underserved and ethnically-diverse Central Florida communities, over the past two years, have culminated in Arts for ALL Day. United Arts' vision is a fun, accessible, family-friendly experience to introduce new communities to the arts. Also, to reduce traffic and to make Arts for ALL Day more accessible to those with limited access to transportation, United Arts worked with SunRail to extend its Saturday service operations to run all day.
While Arts for ALL Day is a FREE event — and reduced-rate at the Orlando Science Center — space is limited and pre-registration is required to obtain your free entry wristband, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To learn more about Arts for ALL Day and to register for your FREE entry wristband, log on to www.ArtsForAllDay.com today, before space runs out.
About FSYO: The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra aims to educate and inspire Central Florida's top young musicians through programs committed to strengthening musical talents and developing appreciation of the arts through classical music. The FSYO, in its 60th Concert Season, comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra and an advanced chamber ensemble, made up of more than 250 students from nine Central Florida counties, including Orange, Osceola, Lee, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Highlands and Volusia. Programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Orlando Utilities Commission; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.
About United Arts of Central Florida: United Arts is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, governments and school districts, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, and artists. Its mission is to enrich communities by investing in arts, science and history. United Arts serves residents and visitors in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties through more than 60 local arts, science and history organizations. It raises and distributes funds for these cultural groups and provides management, administrative and advisory services. Since 1989, United Arts has invested more than $141 million in Central Florida's arts and culture.
Thank you to everyone who made 2016 one of our best years yet! We are looking forward to all of the new and exciting experiences that 2017 has to offer. But first, let's take a look back at some of the rehearsals and performances that made 2016 so great!