By Paul Collins
The goal of the Celebration Foundation Concert Series is to bring a mix of high quality classical and traditional music to Celebration. For this, our 17th Season, we are expanding the Series to six concerts with three outstanding classical offerings and three concerts that reflect traditional music that were the true grass roots of America’s rich musical heritage.
The highlight of our Season will be on February 23rd when The Vienna Boys Choir visits Celebration. The Vienna Boys Choir was formed in 1498, and it remains the world’s most famous Boys Choir. It even has an interesting connection to Walt Disney. Mr. Disney loved the Boys Choir and in 1961 filmed “Almost Angels”, a fictionalized drama about and starring The Vienna Boys Choir.
Every year of the Series includes an Orlando Philharmonic concert, and this year we will have Eric Jacobson conducting. It will feature Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony”. One of several well-known symphonies he wrote touring Europe in his early 20’s, it is clearly his most dramatic symphony. He was very proud of it calling it “the jolliest piece I have so far written”. Our 3rd classical offering once again includes The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, a concert many of our patrons look most forward to each year.
Our traditional offerings include a real eclectic mix of performances. Celebration’s own Gary Lovini and his band will perform a lively, fun Irish concert the day before St. Patrick’s Day. Gary is a violinist who has performed around the world and is well-known in his native England. We will also feature a young band out of Washington DC called Bumper Jacksons. They perform a mix of jazz and blues that closely aligns with what is called Western Swing. Of course, swing music was one of the very earliest forms of American music that was popular 100 years ago. Western Swing started about the same time in Texas and Oklahoma and was basically swing music with a little bit of country added. Most famous was Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. With the dust bowl, swing music migrated to California and became hugely popular in the 30’s and 40’s. It is fun music that has largely died out, but there are some young musicians like Bumper Jacksons who are rediscovering the joy of western swing. Finally, we continue our tradition of inviting The Brass Band of Central Florida to Celebration for a traditional brass band holiday concert early in December.
The 17th annual Concert Series will have its season opening performance Friday, Dec.7 at 7:30 p.m. with a holiday show presented by the Brass Band of Central Florida.
All performances will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church (511 Celebration Avenue). Tickets vary from $25 to $45 per person, per concert. A series ticket may be purchased for $130 per person, which includes admission to all six performances. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.CelebrationFoundation.org or the Celebration Foundation’s office (610 Sycamore Street Suite 110 in Celebration). Tickets will be available at the door of each show, if the show has not sold out.
For more information regarding tickets or Corporate Sponsorship information, please call the Celebration Foundation’s office at 407-566-1234.
2018-19 Concert Series
- Friday, December 7 @ 7:30pm – Brass Band Holiday Concert, Traditional Brass Holiday Concert
- Sunday, January 20 @ 7:00pm – Bumper Jacksons, Contemporary Western Swing Band
- Saturday, February 9 @ 7:30pm – Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
- Saturday, February 23 @ 7:30pm – Vienna Boys Choir
- Saturday, March 16 @ 7:30pm – Gary Lovini “An Irish Evening”
- Saturday, April 6 @ 7:30pm – OPO Mendelsohn “Italian Symphony”