Goodyear, Pizzarelli headline Orlando Philharmonic ’21-22 season

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Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel
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The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has named Stewart Goodyear its first-ever artist in residence for the 2021-22 season.

Goodyear, a pianist dubbed a “phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times, will tackle all five Beethoven concertos during the Philharmonic’s three-day Resonance festival in February. It’s another treat for Beethoven fans who heard pianist Adam Golka play the composer’s 32 sonatas this season in a concert series by the Bach Festival of Winter Park.

On Monday night, the Orlando Philharmonic announced its season, which include visits from popular guitarist-songwriter John PIzzarelli, The Celtic Tenors, violinist Gil Shaham, Grammy-winning violist Masumi Per Rostad and the acrobatic troupe Cirque de la Symphonie.

Conspicuously missing from the Philharmonic announcement: Mention of Steinmetz Hall, the long-delayed concert venue at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It is still unknown precisely when the hall will open. Instead, the Philharmonic’s concerts will be performed at Calvary Orlando, The Plaza Live and Festival Park.

The various programs nearly all feature nonwhite performers or composers, such as Angélica Negrón’s “What Keeps Me Awake,” Wang Jie’s “America the Beautiful” and a concert titled “Kings of Soul,” with vocalists performing the hits of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Barry White and more.

The more intimate Focus Series concerts feature Mozart (Oct. 11); operatic and symphonic favorites by the orchestra’s brass and percussion (Nov. 15); holiday Baroque music (Dec. 13); Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 (Jan. 24, 2022); cellist Sterling Elliott (Feb. 28, 2022); and the return of fiddler Jeremy Kittel (April 25, 2022).

The children’s Symphony Storytime will return with four programs, including “A Treeful of Monkeys,” based on an African folk tale.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead.

Classics series

DVO 1/4 u0158ÁK’S POSTCARD FROM THE NEW WORLD: Oct. 23. Dvo 1/4 u0159ák’s Symphony No. 9, plus contemporary composers James Lee III’s “Amer’ican” and Jessie Montgomery’s Viola Concerto, with soloist Rostad.","type":"text

HOCHMAN, BRAHMS & SIBELIUS: Nov. 6. Pianist Benjamin Hochman guests.","type":"text

GERSHWIN’S CONCERTO IN F: Jan. 8, 2022. Pianist Aaron Diehl plays the Gershwin, plus Jie’s “America the Beautiful” and Gabriel Kahane’s “emergency shelter intake form,” a critically acclaimed work about homelessness, rescheduled from last year.","type":"text

GIL SHAHAM PLAYS BEETHOVEN: March 5, 2022. Negrón’s “What Keeps Me Awake,” Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and violinist Shaham.","type":"text

CARMINA BURANA: May 7, 2022. Vocalists and dancers join for the famed cantata.","type":"text

Pops Series

Pops Series

KINGS OF SOUL: Jan. 15, 2022. With vocalists Chester Gregory, Darren Lorenzo and Michael Lynche.","type":"text

THE CELTIC TENORS: March 12, 2022. With Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson","type":"text

CIRQUE GOES BROADWAY: April 9, 2022. Cirque de la Symphonie aerialists and acrobats perform to music from “Wicked,” Chicago,” “West Side Story” and more.","type":"text

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK WITH THE JOHN PIZZARELLI TRIO: May 14, 2022.","type":"text

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