Orlando Philharmonic musicians look ahead to new season

Posted on: September 3, 2015

“The Orlando Philharmonic has a new music director—Eric Jacobsen—and classical music lovers are expecting big things from this conductor, who’s been described as a superstar of the classical world,” writes Matthew Peddie in text that accompanies his “Intersection” radio show on Central Florida’s WMFE. In the program, Orlando Philharmonic Principal Flute Carol Blagov and Principal Clarinet Nikolay Blagov discuss the 2015-16 season and their personal and professional backgrounds, and perform brief solos from works the orchestra will perform. “The Orchestra’s principal flute and principal clarinet are a husband and wife team who have been with the orchestra for a decade. Nikolay and Colleen Blagov were also part of the search team that recruited Jacobsen. Colleen and Nikolay tell Intersection about what drew them to classical music and the instruments they play. ‘Just like every other band kid, basically, I started playing in the band program in 5th grade,’ says Colleen.… Nikolay started playing the clarinet when he was six.… ‘Ever since, I’ve been playing the clarinet,’ says Nikolay. Colleen Blagov says audiences can expect to hear everything from classical to pop music in the orchestra’s first season under Jacobsen’s leadership. ‘The vibe is just tangible, it’s electric,’ she says.”

Posted September 3, 2015