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October 17, 2017

The Orlando Philharmonic Kicks Off Its Focus Series At The Plaza Live With Enigma Variations

Principal Flute, Colleen Blagov to give one of the first performances of Judd Greenstein’s Flute Concerto



(Tuesday, October 17, Orlando, Fla.) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its Focus Series with Enigma Variations on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. at The Plaza Live, located at 425 Bumby Avenue in Orlando.

Orlando Philharmonic Music Director and cellist Eric Jacobsen will take the stage as soloist, performing Dvořák’s lush, romantic “Silent Woods.” Originally written for piano four-hands, the composer arranged it for cello and orchestra with this version now more popular than the original piano version.


With upcoming commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony and others, American composer Judd Greenstein’s music is increasingly in demand. The Philharmonic’s Principal Flute, Colleen Blagov, will give one of the first performances of his Flute Concerto.
Edward Elgar dedicated each movement of his “Enigma” Variations to his “friends pictured within.”  The variations, including the stunning “Nimrod,” represent a total of fourteen people and one dog. The enigma itself, the principal theme upon which the variations are written, has never been solved in spite of much research and speculation.

Single tickets are available starting at $18 and can be purchased online at orlandophil.org, by calling 407.770.0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and comprised of accomplished musicians from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the FAIRWINDS Classics and Pops Series at Bob Carr Theater and its Sounds of Summer, Focus and Women in Song Series at The Plaza Live. Known for its artistic excellence and community collaboration, the Philharmonic presents more than 150 live concerts and impacts more than 70,000 children, youth and families annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.

About the Artists:
ERIC JACOBSEN - Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. As co-founder and Artistic Director of the adventurous orchestra The Knights and a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Jacobsen, along with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in 2012. Jacobsen celebrated his inaugural season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015/2016.

COLLEEN BLAGOV - A native of upstate New York, Colleen joined the Orlando Philharmonic in 2005 as Second Flute/Piccolo and was named Principal Flute in January of 2008. Prior to her appointment with the Orlando Philharmonic, Colleen was Principal Flute with the Savannah Symphony for five years until the orchestra’s unfortunate demise in 2003. Colleen has also held the Second Flute/Piccolo positions with the Columbus (OH) Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist and chamber musician in Columbus, Savannah, Colorado and Hilton Head, and was a three-time winner of the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Competition. She is also an active music educator, maintaining a studio of 20 private students and serving on the faculty at Florida Southern College as adjunct Professor of Flute.

JUDD GREENSTEIN -- A composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. A passionate advocate for the independent new music community across the United States, much of Judd’s work is written for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community and is tailored to their special talents and abilities. Judd’s philosophy as both a composer and a curator involves music that is an organic blend of multiple styles, sounds, and instruments, open to all influences. Standout groups that reflect this polyglot sensibility, including yMusic, Roomful of Teeth, and NOW Ensemble, all counted Judd among their earliest commissions and continue to perform his work to this day.

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All programs and artists are subject to change. Visit orlandophil.org for the most up-to-date information.