Full Sail Live
141 University Park Drive, Winter Park
Pricey? Yes, undeniably. But we sneaked into last year’s iteration of this gala fundraiser (OK, we were invited to a rehearsal) and our tiny minds were blown. The 2013 concert has the same basic format: The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra plays on the Full Sail Live stage, backdropped by imagery created by Full Sailors – imagery that interacts with the music while it’s played, on the billboard-size LED screen behind the musicians. This year’s concert program “takes attendees on a musical journey from twilight to sunrise,” with a mix of nighttime-themed classical and Broadway tunes and an appearance by tenor Davis Gaines (who’s played the Phantom on Broadway more than 200 times). And if you actually buy tickets, you’ll get to mingle on Full Sail’s nifty Hollywood-style backlot for drinks and hors d’oeuvres in your schmanciest cocktail attire, then enjoy a three-course catered supper and the concert, then hang out to party afterward with the musicians. And hey, it’s tax-deductible! – Jessica Bryce Young
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