Visual Artist Kevork Mourad, shares the stage with real-time animated painting.

(Friday, March 30, Orlando, Fla.) – The Orlando Philharmonic presents an evening of collaboration of art and music with Brahms Symphony No. 1 at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Bob Carr Theater, 401 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL.

Few great works of music have taken so long to get to a finished product as Brahms Symphony No. 1. He insisted that it took 21 years from sketches to finishing touches.

The concert program includes:

Eric Jacobsen, conductor Awet Andemicael, soprano; Alexander Elliott, baritone William Ferguson, tenor; Kevork Mourad, visual artist

Charles Griffin – World Premiere

Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Rimsky-Korsakov – Excerpts from Capriccio Espagnol

De Falla – Master Peter’s Puppet Show

The first masterpiece by composer Manuel De Falla, Master Peter’s Puppet Show is adapted from one of the episodes of Don Quixote.

Visual Artist Kevork Mourad shares the stage with the Orlando Philharmonic with his technique of spontaneous real-time animated painting. He is a member, as a visual artist, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and he appears in the recent documentary about the group, The Music of Strangers.

Joy is the hallmark of soprano Awet Andemicael’s artistry. Closely associated with De Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro, she has sung the role of El Trujamán with numerous ensembles, including the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and, most recently, the Knights at the Tanglewood Festival.

Baritone Alexander Elliott began his 2017-18 season debuting as Sonora in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera. Following his “noble” presentation as John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women last season, he reprised the role in November with Annapolis Opera. On the concert stage, he returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for performances of Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah under Music Director Manfred Honeck.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, tenor William Ferguson appeared with the Santa Fe Opera as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest and bowed in Sydney with Opera Australia singing Truffaldino in a new production of The Love for Three Oranges—a recording of which has since been released on the Chandos label. In New York, Ferguson has performed Beppe in I Pagliacci at The Metropolitan Opera as well as Candide, Nanki-Poo, the Funeral Director in A Quiet Place, Hérisson de Porc-Épic in L’Étoile, and most recently The Electrician in Powder Her Face at New York City Opera.

FAIRWINDS Credit Union is the Classics Series Sponsor. The Accommodations Sponsors for this concert is DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown 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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