Orlando Phil music director finalist aims to impress with virtuoso Wu Man


  • Photo courtesy of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

The Orlando Philharmonic has turned their search for a new music director into a source of delight for Orlando classical fans, as each of the five candidates audition by conducting programs in the 2014-15 season. The third finalist, Eric Jacobsen, has the most avant-garde cred – the young conductor and cellist is a founding member of modern string quartet Brooklyn Rider and currently music director of innovative NY-based chamber orchestra the Knights.

This program, while demure enough not to rustle any jimmies among Orlando Phil subscribers, is yet a bold blend of East and West: Débussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a musical setting of the Arabian One Thousand and One Nights; and the Concerto No. 2 for Pipa and Orchestra by Zhao Jiping, best known in the U.S. for his film scores for movies like Raise the Red Lantern.

Joining Jacobsen is virtuoso player Wu Man, who has played with the likes of Philip Glass, the Kronos Quartet and Yo-Yo Ma, on pipa (a Chinese stringed instrument similar to a lute). We’re rooting for you, Jacobsen. 

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 | Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St. | 407-770-0071 | orlandophil.org | $20-$60

  • Photo courtesy of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

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