By Paul Collins

For the 17th consecutive year The Orlando Philharmonic will perform for the Celebration Foundation Concert Series. This year, Music director Eric Jacobsen will feature Mendelssohn’s joyful and glorious Italian Symphony on April 6th at 7:30pm at Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration.

Mendelssohn wrote “The Italian” during a Tour of Europe from 1829-1831. Families in the 19th century who had the means would often send their kids on a multi-year tour of the major capitals of Europe.  Mendelssohn used this opportunity to write symphonies that he felt reflected the cultures he visited. Of Italy he wrote, “This is Italy, and now has begun what I have always thought to be the supreme joy in life. And I am loving it.” His love of Italy comes through in this joyful piece.

The Philharmonic will also premiere two new pieces of music. Robert Carpenter, principal tuba for the Philharmonic, will be featured on Benoit Glazer’s Tuba Concerto. Benoit Glazer was the music director for Cirque de Soleil who established Timucua Arts which showcases original music out of a theater that he personally built in the middle of his house near downtown Orlando.

The Philharmonic will also feature a new piece written by their composer in residence Angelica Negron. Ms. Negron studied violin and piano at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and currently lives in Brooklyn.

This is the final concert for our 17th and by far most successful season. We want to thank our many generous individual sponsors, our season ticket holders, our corporate sponsors, and Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration for giving us the opportunity to bring the finest arts groups in Central Florida and world-class touring groups to Celebration.

Tickets are $25 and can purchased at or by calling 407-566-1234.