FSYO Host 61st Season Opener, Featured Artist Thomas Potter

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2017-18 FSYO Poster Opening webORLANDO, FL – On Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 4:00 pm, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras will astonish the public with the first concert of its 61st Season at the historic Bob Carr Theater, located at 401 W. Livingston St.

Featured guest artist Thomas Potter (Baritone) will perform Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) accompanied by the FSYO Symphonic Orchestra. This concert will also feature the inaugural performance of FSYO's new Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Rupert.

With over 30 years of experience as a professional opera singer, Thomas Potter has shared the stage with great artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Deborah Voigt, to name a few. As the director of UCF Opera, Potter collaborated with FSYO last season to bring to life an interactive version of Act II of Die Fledermaus, which wowed audiences at FSYO's Opera Gala. He is also a long time supporter and an Alumni parent of FSYO.

Tickets for this season subscription concert and to all other 61st season performances can be purchased on the FSYO website (www.fsyo.org) and at the door. Ticket prices for this concert range from $10 to $20. Florida academic and private teachers receive free admission to all FSYO season subscription concerts. This is one that you do not want to miss!

About FSYO: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras exists to encourage children and young adults, through the practice and performance of orchestral music, to become passionate leaders, thinkers, and contributors in their local community and beyond. In its 61st Concert Season, FSYO comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra, an advanced chamber ensemble, and a new jazz orchestra made up of more than 250 students from nine Central Florida counties. 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; The City of Orlando, Mayor's Matching Grant; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support.

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Th PotterAbout Thomas Potter: With over 30 years of experience as a professional opera singer, Verdi baritone and seasoned voice instructor Thomas Potter has shared the stage with great artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kurt Moll, Dolora Zajick, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Deborah Voigt, to mention a few. A graduate of Indiana University, where his voice teachers were Signor Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Madame Virginia Zeani, Potter began his professional career with a multi-year contract at the San Francisco Opera, then, after several years in New York, he found himself singing opera throughout Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.

Thomas has sung leading roles with numerous International music festivals, including the Spoleto Music Festival in both Italy and the USA venues, the Ravenna (Italy) Music Festival, the Bregenzer (Austria) Festspiele, the La Biennale Festival in Venice, Italy, and the Festival de Inverno - Campos do Jordão in Brazil.

A few of the opera companies with which Potter has performed include the Teatro Comunale 'Giuseppe Verdi'; in
Trieste, Palm Beach Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Cordoba, Opera São Paulo, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera, Orlando Opera, and Indianapolis Opera.

As a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition in Philadelphia Potter was awarded the opportunity to sing alongside Mr. Pavarotti in the resulting production of Verdi's opera UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. In 1992 he was a recipient of a study grant from the Licia Albanese - Puccini Foundation. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Potter was engaged by the Stadttheater St. Gallen in Switzerland, singing the roles of "Scarpia" in TOSCA, "Jochanaan" in SALOME, "Alfio" in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, "Ezio" in ATTILA, "Amonasro" in AIDA, and "Giorgio Germont" in LA TRAVIATA, among others.

Following the birth of their son, he and his wife, soprano Kimberly S. Randall, decided to move back to the United States to begin new careers as university professors. Mr. Potter taught for five years in Indiana before joining the University of Central Florida in August of 2005, where he currently directs the UCF Opera program and teaches undergraduate and graduate level voice lessons.

16 YEARS LATER, 'BRUNDIBAR' COMES TO THE ORLANDO STAGE

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REMEMBRANCE AND RESILIENCE: HISTORIC OPERA BRUNDIBAR COMES TO ORLANDO STAGE

On November 5 at 2pm, the Holocaust Center will partner with two of Orlando's cultural beacons, Opera Orlando and Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, to perform Brundibar and Vedem as part of their annual Kristallnacht commemoration.

Originally written by Czech composer Hans Krasa, the opera Brundibar tells the story of two children, Aninku and Pepicek, who must outwit the town bully in order to buy milk for their sick mother. Completed in 1938, the opera was performed 55 times by the children of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin. The composer, Krasa, was also imprisoned in Terezin and later died in Auschwitz in 1944.

Vedem, Czech for "in the lead," is an oratorio written by Lori Laitman and based on the underground magazine of the same name that was circulated in the Terezin ghetto. Written by children, for children, Vedem featured poetry, literary reviews, jokes and essays; these poems and essays, equal parts inspirational and heartbreaking, are at the center of Laitman's powerful composition.

Both will be performed as part of the Holocaust Center's Kristallnacht commemoration, which remembers the night in 1938 that German civilians and police attacked Jewish-owned buildings, stores, and synagogues, resulting in the death of at least 91 people and 30,000 incarcerations in concentration camps. For many historians, it foreshadowed the genocide that would follow.

The opera and oratorio will be performed by members of Orlando Opera Youth Company and with musicians from Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra led by Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras Music Director, Hanrich Claassen. This is a truly unique partnership as three of Orlando's cultural organizations come together to pay tribute to this historic event. It will be an evening that speaks to the power of resilience and teamwork despite impossible circumstances. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, Opera Orlando, and the Holocaust Center are honored to present these meaningful works.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 407.628.0555 or visit holocaustedu.org.

ABOUT FLORIDA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRAS:

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras exists to encourage children and young adults, through the practice and performance of orchestral music, to become passionate leaders, thinkers, and contributors in their local community and beyond. In its 61st Concert Season, FSYO comprises three full orchestras, one string training orchestra, an advanced chamber ensemble, and a new jazz orchestra made up of more than 250 students from nine Central Florida counties. 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; The City of Orlando, Mayor's Matching Grant; and United Arts of Central Florida. We thank these groups for their generous support. Learn more: web: www.fsyo.org | FB: @TheFSYO | Twitter: @FSYO | IG: @F_S_Y_O | Youtube: @fsyo

ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST CENTER:

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center is a non-profit organization and museum that seeks to build a more inclusive society free of all forms of hate and prejudice through its thought-provoking exhibits, innovative programming, and the highly acclaimed UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initiative. The museum is free and its hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm; Friday, 9am – 1pm; and Sunday, 1pm – 4pm. Visitors may schedule group tours by calling 407-628-0555. To learn more about the Holocaust Center's mission to create a community where all people feel safe and respected, visit holocaustedu.org.

ABOUT OPERA ORLANDO:

In only its second year, Opera Orlando has established itself as the standard bearer of the art form in Central Florida. After its Inaugural Season in the 2016-17 season, the company looks forward to continuing its track record of sold-out houses, fresh theatrical realizations and critical acclaim with original productions of "La Bohème," "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and Rossini's "Cinderella." All performances include musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and are held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It was in the Center's Walt Disney Theater this past September that Opera Orlando assembled some of the nation's and state's finest operatic talent for a community-building benefit in response to the tragedy: "One Voice Orlando: A Celebration in Song." This stellar and powerful event inspired one of the art form's leading national advocates, Marc Scorca of OPERA America, to declare that "In its brief existence, Opera Orlando has demonstrated its ability to bring high-quality performances to Orlando and to lift the spirit of the city through the power of opera." www.operaorlando.org

 

 

60th Season Finale Wrap-Up

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 was a very busy and exciting day for FSYO as they prepared and presented their 60th Season Finale Concert at the Bob Carr Theater. The concert started out with a very special performance by Overture Strings, who performed an arrangement of "Deep River" with all of the FSYO conductors joining in the ensemble. Selections from popular movies and classical staples followed, enthralling the audience throughout the afternoon. FSYO Alumni graced the stage, joining the Symphonic Orchestra for their performance of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. This year, FSYO bid farewell to 41 graduating seniors. Check out their senior bios below:

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FSYO to Host 60th Season Finale Concert

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ORLANDO, FL - The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will wrap up its exciting 60th anniversary season with its Season Finale Concert at the Bob Carr Theater on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The organization's three full orchestras and string-training orchestra will be featured as they showcase their talent and growth. The Season Finale Concert will highlight pieces by Elgar, Verdi, and more. In addition, forty graduating seniors will be recognized as they leave the orchestra to reach new heights as musicians and individuals.

Although this is the organization's 60th year, it has been a year of firsts for FSYO. Under the direction of new Music Director, Hanrich Claassen, the organization has explored new performance opportunities for its students, which has led to an abundance of new collaborations. This season, FSYO ensembles have had the opportunity to explore the different aspects of life as a professional musician - playing behind choirs, instrumental and vocal soloists, dancers, and the UCF Opera company.

This concert will be no different. In tune with the spirit of collaboration and as a special treat to cap off the 60th anniversary season, over 30 FSYO Alumni will join the Symphonic Orchestra for the final piece of the season, Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A major by George Enescu.

The concert will begin at 4:00 PM. Tickets are available through the FSYO website (www.fsyo.org), and range from $10 to $20. All educators receive free admission to this and all FSYO season subscription concerts!

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.

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FSYO Announces New Jazz Orchestra

Jazz Logo 1ORLANDO, FL - For 60 years, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra has been the home for Central Florida students in search of classical music training and education. This fall, FSYO will become the home to a new group of budding musicians with the introduction of its new Jazz Orchestra - a one of a kind offering in the Central Florida community. The FSYO Jazz Orchestra will be led by Jeff Rupert - Director of Jazz at UCF, saxophonist, composer, record producer, and recording artist.

"It is very important for our organization to stay current. FSYO has considered adding a jazz ensemble for a while and, when we noticed the trend taking off with many other eminent Youth Orchestras, we knew it was the right time to join in," said Hanrich Claassen, FSYO Music Director and Symphonic Conductor. "Through our jazz orchestra, we hope to serve a wider community and also broaden our horizons and offerings to the audiences in Central Florida. It's a great honor that internationally acclaimed guru and jazz specialist Jeff Rupert has joined our FSYO Family. He's not only a fabulous performer and grammy award recording artist, he has what it takes to be a passionate educator. Welcome, Jeff!"

This 17-20 piece ensemble will focus on the study of big band jazz music. Featuring middle and high school-age musicians, FSYO's Jazz Orchestra will perform big band staples as well as works by contemporary artists. Students will learn the theory behind jazz composition and improvisation and will have the opportunity to do sectional work with some of the area's top jazz musicians. Rehearsals will take place at The Plaza Live on Sunday afternoons.

Jazz Orchestra auditions will be held in May 2017 and applications are available now. For information on auditions, please visit http://www.fsyo.org/auditions2/jazz-orchestra

FSYO Welcomes Jazz Orchestra Conductor, Jeff Rupert

rupert 2Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF. He is a saxophonist, composer, record producer, and recording artist.

Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He played and arranged for the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also performed with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, a sextet which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012 and 2013. "The Jazz Professors: Live at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival" (Flying Horse, 2011) which and peaked at #19 during its seventeen weeks on the JazzWeek charts. His third album, "From Memphis to Mobile", with Kenny Drew, Jr.

Rupert joined Sam Rivers' band in 1996 and appeared in four recordings with the group. He has performed in hundreds of concerts with Rivers, including performances at Lincoln for Ed Bradley's Jazz from Lincoln Center (broadcast on NPR), the Vision Festival NYC and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Jaguar International Jazz Series alongside Joe LaBarbera, Tom Wharington, Larry Koonse, and John Fedchock.

For more information on Jeff Rupert, Click Here.

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