Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most beloved composers

(Thursday, February 1, Orlando, Fla.) – One of today’s most gifted pianists, Orli Shaham, joins conductor Eric Jacobsen and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the 100th Birthday of one of America’s most beloved composers, Leonard Bernstein on Saturday, February 17 at 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Theater, located at 401 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL. 32801.

A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety, and brilliance, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. She will perform Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety” based on a Pulitzer Prize winning poem by W.H. Auden.

The concert concludes with one of the most popular of all symphonies, Symphony No. 9, also known as the “ From the New World” because Dvořák wrote it during his experience in the United States in the 1890’s.

Hailed by critics on four continents, Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony, and London's Guardian said Shaham's playing at the Proms was "perfection."
Shaham has performed with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras; and internationally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France among many others.

Concerto highlights of the 2017/18 season include performances with the Indianapolis Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and Orlando Philharmonic among others. Shaham continues to serve as the Artistic Director for Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California, a position she has held since 2007. She is a featured performer on each of the chamber recitals in the series. In addition, Shaham serves as the Artistic Director for the interactive children's concert series, Baby Got Bach, which she founded in 2010.
Shaham’s acclaimed 2015 recording, Brahms Inspired, is a 2-CD set of new works by Brett Dean, Avner Dorman, and Bruce Adolphe alongside works of Brahms and his compositional forefathers. The New York Times praised Shaham's "beautiful performances" on the recording, calling it "a treasurable album."
The Classics Series Sponsor is FAIRWINDS Credit Union. The Accommodations Sponsors for this concert are Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown and Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, and sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.

Single tickets are available starting at $23 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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