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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Event Title: La Bohème
Where: Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Philharmonic Proudly Continues Concert Opera with La Bohème
With thanks to Darden Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida, Florida Opera Theatre and individual donors from the community, the Orlando Philharmonic is proud to continue its popular Concert Opera performances with a concert staging of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème. Performances will be held on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando. The Philharmonic once again collaborates with Mad Cow Theatre, and also collaborates with Florida Opera Theatre for this production. Frank McClain, who has directed Philharmonic productions Porgy and Bess and Guys and Dolls to critical acclaim, serves as director.
La Bohème is one of Puccini's most popular operas. The story focuses on the love between the seamstress Mimì and the poet Rodolfo. Arias include "Che gelida manina," "Quando me'n vo' (Musetta's Waltz)," "O suave fanciulla" and "Si, mi chiamano Mimì." The world première performance of La Bohème took place in Turin on February 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio and was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. The opera quickly became popular throughout Italy and productions were soon produced throughout the country.
Conducted by Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Wilkins, the Philharmonic's production stars Maria Antuñez as Mimì and Noah Stewart as Rodolfo.
Wilkins describes the opera, "La Bohème is a story of young people: youthful idealism, close kinship, first love and the coming of springtime. I am thrilled that we can feature a leading pair who embodies everything this opera is about. Maria Antuñez and Noah Stewart are young, beautiful, and ardent performing artists. They also are consummate musicians with the necessary vocal agility and power to deliver these demanding roles with tremendous power and punch."
Wilkins continues, "La Bohème is quintessential Puccini. On stage, spirits soar and emotions are hot. We are won over by the glowing personalities of Puccini's characters right from the start. The action is taken from everyday life and is completely believable. Gradually, we are seduced into a more empathic understanding of Mimì, Rodolfo, Musetta, and the whole cast of young people. With every musical phrase, each one more beautiful than next, we fall into deeper connection until...
"Well, it is quintessential Puccini. What we love most, we live in dreaded fear of losing. This drama touches us so deeply. La Bohème is a great example of why Puccini has been called the most intuitive of all composers. His music seems to know so much about each one of us."
Unlike traditional opera, the Philharmonic's opera performances are described as Concert Opera. The key difference between these productions and fully staged opera is that the orchestra performs on stage rather than in the orchestra pit. Generally, the chorus sits on risers behind the orchestra in a traditional concert placement. This places greater emphasis on the musical expression of the drama rather than on sets, costumes, and movement. As a musical organization, this fits the Philharmonic's mission completely. Without all of the set and costume elements, audiences are more likely to focus on and enjoy the music. In all other respects, the singers come on and off stage and interact in the same way they do in a fully staged production. Lighting plays an even more crucial role in these productions than it does in traditional opera stagings because it is the primary agent for creating mood and establishing spatial relationships.
The Orlando Philharmonic recognizes the importance of keeping opera as an art form alive in the Central Florida community. "The Orlando Philharmonic is grateful to our many individual donors, but offers special funding kudos to United Arts of Central Florida and Darden Foundation, for helping to preserve opera as an art form in Central Florida," says David Schillhammer, Executive Director. "We were overwhelmed by the critical acclaim and audience enthusiasm to our efforts last season, and are proud to continue the tradition this year with our production of La Bohème."
Schillhammer continues, "We are also deeply respectful of our long standing collaborative partner, Mad Cow Theatre. With Mitzi Maxwell at the helm, Mad Cow has played a significant role in the production of these operas. We are delighted to be working with that team once again this year. We are pleased to announce a new collaborative partner for La Bohème, Florida Opera Theatre. This organization, comprised of hard working, dedicated and generous supporters of opera, are deeply committed to ensuring that opera will never again fade in our community. With their recent hiring of the talented Frank McClain as their artistic director, they are a perfect and natural additional collaborator. It will take the efforts of many to further our long term goal of establishing a new opera organization in Orlando."
Tickets to La Bohème are $75, $57, $42, $30, and $15.75. Students can purchase half-price tickets in select sections. To purchase tickets, phone the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071. Tickets are available on line at www.OrlandoPhil.org. Seating is assigned based on the date orders are received. Last year's Concert Opera subscribers will be seated first and new orders will be seated after February 1.

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Event Title: Art in the Chambers
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Art in the Chambers
Featuring the works of J. Andre Smith
Exhibtion Dates: Jan 17 - May 20, 2011
Reception:Thursday, January 20 at 5:30pm
Orange County Adminstration Building
201 S. Rosalind Ave, Room 105
Orlando, FL 32801

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Where: Orlando Museum of Art
Sunday, May 1, 2011
XX-XY/Gender Representation in Art
The critique of gender and cultural identity is a powerful theme in contemporary art. See how traditional and emerging artists have explored this issue, which is on the cutting edge of art today. This exhibition is part of the Discovering the Visual Art Treasures in Central Florida project, a comprehensive series of exhibitions and related programming at the OMA that showcase important art treasures in Central Florida.

On view 12/18/2010 - 06/05/2011

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Where: ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER
Sunday, May 1, 2011
THE WORKING WHITE HOUSE: 200 YEARS OF TRADITION AND MEMORIES
Workers Provide Intimate Portrait of the Country's Most Famous Household in Smithsonian Exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center
March 19-May 29, 2011
They were maids, cooks, butlers, doormen, electricians, and all the people who kept the country's most famous household at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. running efficiently. Covering 200 years of White House service, their narratives provide a rare and intimate perspective on the ceremonies, elegant state dinners, national celebrations, and heartbreaking tragedies that shape and make United States history.
The workers and their unique stories are the subject of the The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition, which opens at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla., on March 19, 2011, is developed with and supported by the White House Historical Association (WHHA), with assistance from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
The Working White House showcases souvenirs, housekeeping implements, clothing, letters, menus, photographs, and other objects to help illustrate the full story of the residence. New interviews with past workers conducted by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and WHHA staffers provide eyewitness accounts of White House work culture and will be included in an audio tour and exhibition video.
"Behind the scenes, the workers of the White House welcomed and helped guide new administrations and got to know the American presidents as few could," said Anna R. Cohn, director of SITES. "While Americans don't know them, it's clear that the presidents, first ladies and their children did and came to deeply honor their service."
Firsthand Accounts
"The Working White House gives exhibition visitors a rare view of the inner workings of America's most renowned residence through the experiences, firsthand accounts, and one-of-a-kind artifacts of the largely unrecognized people crucial to the everyday lives of our first families," said Neil W. Horstman, president of WHHA. "For two centuries, workers at the White House have witnessed history in the making and, in the process, they have created their own. We are pleased to share that proud history with the nation."
Veteran doorman Preston Bruce shared a particularly painful White House memory from 1963. "It was sad, very sad," said Preston of the hours following President John F. Kennedy's funeral ceremony. "When we came back from Arlington, Robert [Kennedy] pulled off his gloves and said to me, 'Keep these gloves and remember always that I wore them to my brother's funeral.'" Robert F. Kennedy's gray gloves, featured in the exhibition, bear the memory of that difficult time for a family and the nation.
"I had to produce glossy, smooth confections on an almost daily basis at the White House," said former Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. He developed his own signature chocolate-tempering techniques and used them to delight White House guests for more than 25 years. Mesnier's plastic chocolate mold from the 1990s, designed to yield nine candies embossed with the presidential seal, can be seen in the exhibition.
Oral histories from White House workers also include: Lillian Rogers Parks, a maid and seamstress for more than 30 years; Alonzo Fields, chief butler and maitre'd for 21 years; and Eugene Allen, who rose through the ranks from pantryman to chief butler while serving 34 years.
In conjunction with The Working White House, the History Center will host these special events:
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Artists & Authors Series: All the Presidents' Pastries with Chef Roland Mesnier
Enjoy an elegant dinner as Roland Mesnier shares stories from his 26-year tenure as White House pastry chef. Working for the administrations of Jimmy Carter through George W. Bush, Chef Mesnier created countless perfect desserts for the first families and their distinguished guests. Reception with Chef Mesnier at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and program at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing. $50 Members; $65 non-members. Table pricing available. Call (407) 836-7010 to reserve your seat by March 25.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
White House Egg Roll in Heritage Square
Celebrating a historic White House tradition. Enjoy an egg roll in the park and an egg hunt in the museum, plus other fun activities including a visit from the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Included in general admission; up to four children free with paid adult admission. Call (407) 836-7035 for details.
The White House Historical Association, established in 1961, is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House. All proceeds from the association's trusts, publications, and other items are used to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent collection, to assist in the preservation of public rooms, and further its educational mission.
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work, and play.
The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum features three floors of permanent exhibitions and also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Special Hours of Operation, March 19-May 29, 2011:
During The Working White House, the Orange County Regional History Center will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Regular hours of operation Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.)
Special General Admission Prices, March 19-May 29, 2011:
$12 adults; $9 seniors (60+), military and students with valid I.D.; $7 children ages 5-12; and children 4 and under are free. (Regular admission prices $9 adults; $7 seniors (60+), military and students with valid I.D.; $6 children ages 5-12.)
The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd., in downtown Orlando. Covered parking is available at the Orlando Public Library garage on Central Boulevard adjacent to the museum.
Dates, times, prices subject to change. For more information, visit www.thehistorycenter.org or call (407) 836-8500.


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Where: Maitland Historical Museum
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Maitland History Illustrated: Works by Dawn Schreiner
April 21 - November 1, 2011
We Make History Community Gallery
In this exhibition, artist Dawn Schreiner creates her own interpretations from the history of Maitland, drawn and painted from source material at the Maitland Historical Museum.


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Event Title: LEADING LADIES
Where: Theatre Downtown
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Theatre Downtown presents
LEADING LADIES, an outrageous comedy

By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Tim DeBaun
Featuring; Kevin Bee, Michael Colavolpe, Jamie-Lyn Hawkins, Doreen Heard, David Hiller, Robb Ross, Danielle Spisso and Larry Stallings
April 21st thru May 14th
Performances are:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday Matinees: May 1st & 8th at 2:30 PM
Tickets are $20.00/$16.00 for Seniors & Students
For reservations call 407-841-0083
A hilarious comedy about two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania in 1958. When they hear that an elderly lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the elderly lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it
Theatre Downtown
2113 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32804
407-841-0083 theatredowntown.net

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Where: Orange County Regional History Center
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Florida in the Civil War
February 5-June 12, 2011
An Orange County Regional History Center Special History Center 10th Anniversary Exhibit
Although often overlooked in history books, Florida played an important role in the Civil War. Not only did the state send the largest percentage of troops to fight, but also contributed necessary commodities to soldiers and their families throughout the South. The exhibit, Florida in the Civil War, reveals how Florida overcame adversity to ship salt and beef to the Confederacy and how the state's citizens survived the Union blockade of its coastline. Find out which Lincoln assassination conspirator has ties to Central Florida and is buried here. Hear music of the era, listen to letters exchanged between a soldier and his wife during the war, and children can try on clothing of the era. Included in general admission.*

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Event Title: Paint Out Exhibit
Where: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Paint Out Exhibit
May 1 - 8, 2011
This special gallery exhibition presents three rooms of paintings created by 26 artists during the museum's annual "Winter Park Paint Out."

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Where: Crealde School of Art
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Urban spaces and boundaries explored in Jenny Brillhart's work
Lot Lines: The Paintings of Jenny Brillhart opens March 25 and continues through May 28, 2011 at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery.
Jenny Brillhart's austere paintings are constructed from flat urban architectural elements, as well as contemporary interior spaces. Fragments of buildings are often isolated to the extent that the paintings appear to be almost entirely abstract. Yet there is a strong concern with the materiality of the building surfaces, and the influence of light upon them. Impeccably designed with a minimalist sensibility, it is as if a Mondrian were to assume three dimensional qualities along with a naturalistic palette.
In Brillhart's more recent works on paper, street scenes are broken up sequentially, interrupted by spaces which represent streets. We are simultaneously looking at buildings both from an aerial view and on the ground. Here, street corners are painted in their entirety, so that we have the context of sky, ground, and buildings. No longer are they cropped to the point of reading as abstract images.
While working from observed reality, Brillhart's work is fundamentally conceptual. The designs we choose, as well as the materials that we use to build and fabricate with today, speak of the values and economy of a place. We initially respond to the formal qualities in Brillhart's work, but it is upon further reflection that we consider the implications of this understated and quiet depiction of the world around us.
Represented by Kuckei+Kuckei Gallery in Berlin, Brillhart, who is Miami based, has received international recognition. Her work has been included in the prestigious Scope NY, Miami and London Art Festival, as well as Art Forum Berlin. She is also carried by Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco.
-Rima Jabbur, curator
On Friday, March 25, Jenny Brillhart will give a lecture at 7:00 p.m. followed by an Opening Reception till 9:30 p.m. at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery on Crealdé's main campus, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792.


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Where: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Sunday, May 1, 2011
2011 Winter Park Paint Out - A Plein Air Invitational

Saturday, April 23- Saturday, April 30, 2011
(Florida Plein Air Masters exhibit runs from May 1-8, 2011)

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Third Annual Winter Park Paint Out This Spring

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens hosts the Third Annual Winter Park Paint Out during the last week of April 2011. Twenty-eight of Florida's finest "plein air" artists will be painting throughout Winter Park capturing local landscapes and landmarks with oils, watercolors and pastels.

The public is invited to stop by the museum and gardens all week long to see recently completed works, watch artists painting in the gardens, and to attend free painting demonstrations. Artwork produced during the paint out will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to supthe presermainand operof the museum and gardens.

Plein air, a French term meaning "in the open air," describes artworks painted outdoors with the subject directly in view, rather than being created in a studio. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.

The paint out concludes with a special ticketed evening event - The Paint Out Garden Party, which takes place from 6pm-9pm on Saturday, April 30. All artists will be present and patrons are able to discuss and purchase their works. Tickets for The Paint Out Garden Party are available through the Polasek Museum and are priced at $35 in advance, $50 at the door.

Call the museum at (407) 647-6294 for additional information or visit the paint out web site at www.winterparkpaintout.org.

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Event Title: Narrative Portraits Paintings by Rima Jabbur
Where: Winter Park City Hall (401 Park Ave. S.)
Sunday, May 1, 2011
"Narrative Portraits - Paintings by Rima Jabbur"
The City Commission chambers of Winter Park City Hall (401 Park Ave. S.) will be the exhibition space for "Narrative Portraits - Paintings by Rima Jabbur" until May. I've watched her body of work grow for the last 10 or 15 years; from her time as a professor at Valencia State College, curator of exhibitions at Crealde School of Art and her sojourn to Norway to study with Odd Nerdrum, a world-famous figurative painter. You can see her work at the reception Thursday, March 31, (5:30-7 p.m.) or during regular City Hall hours.


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Event Title: Masters at the Brock: Crealdé Faculty Artists in Winter Garden
Where: Winter Garden City Hall.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Masters at the Brock: Crealdé Faculty Artists in Winter Garden,
through May 31 at Winter Garden City Hall. All are welcome.


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Where: Amway Center
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Emotional Traffic Tour: Tim McGraw w/ Luke Bryan & The Band Perry
Amway Center
Orlando, FL
Sun, May 1, 2011 07:00 PM



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