The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents the Opera Ball in Collaboration with UCF Opera

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.

Learn more: web: www.fsyo.org | FB: Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra | Twitter: @FSYO | IG: @F_S_Y_O | Youtube: @fsyo

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.

Learn more: web: http://music.cah.ucf.edu/opera | FB: UCF-Op-Shop

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.

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra | (407) 999-7800 | info@fsyo.org

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.

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