ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC SYMPHONY STORYTIME SERIES BRINGS THE JAZZ FLY TO LIFE THROUGH LIVE MUSIC, NARRA


Jazz Fly Award-Winning Author Matthew Gollub to participate in multiple appearances in celebration of Florida Literacy Week

(Thursday, January 11, Orlando, FL) – The Jazz Fly, part of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Symphony Storytime Series presented by Orlando Health and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, takes place at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 21 and 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27. Award-winning Jazz Fly Author, Matthew Gollub will participate in both concerts on Saturday, January 27. The concert presents live music for young children, ages three to seven by Orlando Philharmonic musicians, along with narration and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that bring favorite children’s classics to life. All concerts take place at The Plaza Live, 425 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.

The Jazz Fly is lost, trying to find his way to a very important performance.  He meets several animals along the way, but they don’t understand him.  When he finally gets to the hall, the Jazz Fly is inspired by all the animals he meets and steals the show!  


After the concert, children enjoy hands-on activities in The Plaza Live lobby that allow them to play different instruments with the musicians, act out the characters they’ll hear in the story of the day with Orlando Philharmonic musicians, color in their own Symphony Storytime booklet, and take photographs dressed as musicians. In celebration of the Philharmonic’s 25th Anniversary Season, a post-concert toddler zone for newborns to children up to the age of two is available.

Author Matthew Gollub Appearances

Gollub is an award-winning children’s author who combines dynamic storytelling, interactive drumming, and valuable reading and writing tips. He does this while speaking four languages: English, Spanish, Japanese and jazz. A seasoned, versatile performer, Gollub delights

audiences ranging from pre-school through 6th grade. His 18 picture books have garnered more than 25 national awards and distinctions.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, Gollub, in partnership with the Orlando Philharmonic, will participate in a special dynamic storytelling program at the Alafaya Branch of the Orange County Library System, located at 12000 East Colonial Drive. He will play drums, perform stories, and share insights about his award-winning books. The event is free to the public and sponsored by the Mary Palmer Family Foundation.

Gollub is also participating in two spe