Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra launches season 2 with videogame music, brewery after-party

Posted on: July 6, 2018

“Founded by artistic director Jamie Wehr, the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra came together in January 2017 and performed a concert last summer,” writes Matthew Palm in Thursday’s (7/5) Orlando Sentinel (Florida). “This year, it’s launching a more robust season: Its first show will be Friday, July 6, with two more planned…. Friday’s concert, at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, will feature the music of ‘Chrono Trigger,’ a videogame in which a young boy travels through time to save the world from destruction. Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu composed the soundtrack, which was arranged for orchestra by YouTube sensation Rebecca Tripp….. Friday’s concert will be followed by an after-party at the nearby Sanford Brewing Company. ‘We’re trying to make it more personable, more fun,’ ” says Will Rogers, the operations director and a co-founder of the group. “ ‘Maybe you’re not a traditional classical-music fan but you’re looking for something fun and different and artsy … Hopefully, we’ll broaden people’s horizons.’ About 25 musicians play with the group; some will be familiar to fans of the region’s other ensembles. Violinist Julia Gessinger, for example, plays with the Orlando Philharmonic. Violist Daniel Cortes, another co-founder, also plays with Alterity.”

Posted July 6, 2018