Violinist Randall Goosby And Rising Conductor Michelle Merrill Join The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra For A Touch Of Genius On December 4

At Age 13, Goosby Won First Prize At The Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition

(Monday, November 20, Orlando, Fla.) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes Violinist Randall Mitsuo Goosby and rapidly rising Conductor Michelle Merrill to its Focus Series with A Touch of Genius on Monday, December 4 at 7 p.m. at The Plaza Live, located at 425 N. Bumby Avenue in Orlando.

The program includes:
DVORÁK               Serenade for Wind Instruments in D minor
PONCE                   Estrellita for violin and orchestra
SAINT-SAËNS      Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra
SCHUBERT           Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major

Goosby made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 13, where he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone playing Ysaye’s unaccompanied Sonata No. 3…and his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity” (NY Times Music review).

"I'm so excited to be performing with the Orlando Philharmonic! I'm really looking forward to being back in Florida, which is where I first started playing violin,” said Goosby. “I'll be playing two of my absolute favorite pieces - Estrellita, a gorgeous Mexican love song by Manuel Ponce; and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, a passionate and upbeat Spanish dance, written by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who dedicated it to the Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. I can't wait to join the Orlando Philharmonic in sharing these amazing works!"

He has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States since winning First Prize at the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition in 2010, at age 13. The win immediately led to an invitation by Tony-Nominated actor Delroy Lindo, to perform at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, California. That same year, Goosby was invited to appear as part of the New York Philharmonic’s prestigious Young People’s Concert series at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. He was invited to play again with the New York Philharmonic in 2011 and in 2012.

Michelle Merrill currently serves as the Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where she also carries the title of Phillip and Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador. A passionate and dynamic artist, Merrill was named as one of Hour Detroit Magazine’s 3 Cultural Organization Leaders to Watch, and was recently profiled by the Ford Motor Co. for their website She is also a recipient of a 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.

In March of 2014, Merrill stepped in on short notice with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, which music critic Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News described as “stunning” and later named to his list of Top Ten Classical Performances of 2014.  She was awarded in 2013 the prestigious Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival. 

Single tickets are available starting at $18 and can be purchased online at, 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

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