Updated: Nov 10, 2019

The Orchestra celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth year

(Thursday, September 26, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra continues its 2019-2020 Season with Beethoven’s Fifth on Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m. at Bob Carr Theater.

Guest Conductor Rei Hotoda takes the podium as she leads the Orchestra in this beautifully diverse program concluding with one of the most recognized and performed works in classical music repertoire, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, which has appeared in everything from disco music to movies.

The concert, the second of five in the FAIRWINDS Classics Series, will also feature Orlando Philharmonic Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, as she performs Samuel Barber’s fiery and colorful Violin Concerto. George Walker, renown as the first African-American composer to earn a Pulitzer Prize, is remembered by his lush and passionate Lyric for Strings.

The program will include:

WALKER – Lyric for Strings

BARBER – Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5

Hailed by the Spokesman-Review as being an “inexhaustible dynamo,” Rei Hotoda, now in her third season as Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, Utah, Hawaii, Winnipeg, and Spokane as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. Highlights of her 2019-2020 year include conducting several symphonies by Beethoven (Nos. 2, 5 and 8)—part of the global celebrations of the composer’s 250th anniversary year—as well George Walker’s Lyric for Strings.

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois (Yermosh) began playing the violin when she was five years old, and her first public appearance was on Ukrainian National television when she was six. She studied at the specialized music school in Kharkov, Ukraine and was a prize winner at the Adolescent’s Assemblies of Arts International competition in Moscow, Russia. Rimma went on to pursue her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Masuko Ushioda a