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Fall Guide 2012

Fall Guide 2012: Performing Arts

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Opera: The Tempest, Nov. 10 & 28

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Dance: Vampire's Ball, Oct. 19-21

So far as arts previews go, the calendar is inverted: In nature fall betokens a mellow decline into hibernation, but for arts organizations, fall is when they wake up and the excitement begins. The third quarter of 2012 offers superb concerts from the Orlando Philharmonic (celebrating their 20th anniversary), the Bach Festival Society and several new smaller music groups; a theater season equally split between challenging drama and comic musicals (crowned by the opening of Mad Cow Theatre's new space); the beginning of a dance season ranging from ballet to flamenco to burlesque; and an uncharacteristically limp offering of nationally touring comedians – our homegrown SAK Comedy Lab and indie nights are a better bet. (Who knows, maybe after press time we'll get some better bookings.) For an overview and selected highlights of the upcoming theater season, read Live Active Cultures.


Saturday, Sept. 29
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Mahler's Symphony No. 3 Mahler's third symphony, aka "The Pastorale," takes on nothing less than the entire creation of the universe, beginning in the primordial soup and ending with … well, God. Mahler never did sweat the small stuff. His bombastic Romantic style, loathed by Minimalists, is the ultimate immersive experience, bathing and pummeling the listener into happy submission. For opening night of the Orlando Phil's 20th anniversary season, they rise to the challenge with more than 200 performers from University of Central Florida Chorus, the Florida Opera Theatre Women's Chorus and the Florida Opera Theatre Youth Program Singers. Truly an evening not to miss. 8:30 pm Saturday; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; 407-770-0071; orlandophil.org.

Sunday, Sept. 30
Orlando Jazz Orchestra Tribute to the Saxophone Greats 3 pm Sunday; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $15; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.

Sunda, Sept. 30
New Score Chamber Orchestra The NSCO exists to celebrate contemporary composition – and since we lack the princely patronage system that created classical composers of the past (your Mozarts and Haydns), organizations like this one are integral to the support of the modern equivalents. This is the debut concert of the 15-member ensemble, performing Earl Zindars' "Fanfare," Frederic Glesser's "Summer Nights Passing" and Carson Cooman's "Ave Maris Stella," all composed in the latter half of the 20th century. 7:30 pm Sunday; Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave.; free; 407-595-2713; timucua.com.

Thursday, Oct. 4
Fete at Feliz Preview the Bach Festival Society season with a live performance, food and wine, a silent auction and raffles, and tours of the restored James Gamble Rogers farmhouse. 6:30 pm Thursday; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $40 per person, $70 per couple; 407-646-2182; bachfestivalflorida.org.

Thursday, Oct. 11
Bach Festival Society Presents Paul Galbraith Scottish-born and Grammy-nominated, classical guitarist Paul Galbraith is best known for his unique style of play – he rests his eight-string guitar on an endpin, like a cello's, atop a resonance box. For this opening concert of the Bach Festival Society's 2012-2013 Visiting Artist Series, Galbraith will perform Hindemith's "Harp Sonata," Bach's "Lute Suite" and selections from four Spanish composers. Tiedtke Concert Hall is particularly well-suited to acoustic performance (unlike some other rooms in town), so details of Galbraith's graceful, crisp yet lush interpretation won't be lost. 8 pm Thursday; Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $35-$50; 407-646-2182; bachfestivalflorida.org.

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