Concerts and Events.

2022 - 2023 Season

Red, White and Ocala Symphony Blue

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Sunday, July 3, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Spellbinding Beginnings

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 3:00 PM

     The Sorcerer’s Apprentice - Dukas

     Francesca da Rimini - Tchaikovsky

     Night on Bald Mountain - Mussorgsky

     The Golden Spinning Wheel - Dvorák

Symphony Under the Lights

Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Youth Symphony

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Jenkins Open Air Theatre - Ocala, FL
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 7:30 PM

 

Pops! Goes the Holidays

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 3:00 PM

EMMA Concert Association - 44th Season

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Lewis Auditorium - St. Augustine, FL

Saturday, February 4, 2023

     La Gazza Ladra - Rossini

     Francesca da Rimini - Tchaikovsky

     Pines of Rome - Respighi

Bowie and Glass
Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and The Voltron Collective

Matthew Wardell, conductor

BIG ARTS - Sanibel Island, FL

Friday, February 10, 2023

     Symphony No. 4 "Heroes" - Glass

     Selections from the catalogue of David Bowie

Bowie and Glass
Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and The Voltron Collective

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall - Ft. Myers, FL

Saturday, February 11, 2023

     Symphony No. 4 "Heroes" - Glass

     Selections from the catalogue of David Bowie

Bowie and Glass
Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and The Voltron Collective

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Charlotte Performing Arts Center - Punta Gorda, FL

Sunday, February 12, 2023

     Symphony No. 4 "Heroes" - Glass

     Selections from the catalogue of David Bowie

The Sounds of Hollywood

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre
Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 26, 2023 – 3:00 PM

     Max Steiner

     Maurice Jarre

     Hans Zimmer

     Bernard Herrmann

     John Williams and more

Youthful Renderings

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Winners of the 32nd Annual OSO Concerto Competition

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 3:00 PM

     Die Zauberharfe - Schubert

     Rendering - Berio

(Pop) Music America

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Elizabeth Graham, soprano

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 30, 2023 - 3:00 PM

     Phantom of the Opera Symphonic Suite - Webber

     Selections from Porgy and Bess - Gershwin

     Kohola: Spirit of the Ocean - Stella Sung

     Fifteen: Symphonic Fantasy on the Art of Andy Warhol - Michael Daugherty

Symphony Under the Stars

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Ocala Golf Club - Ocala, FL

Sunday, May 14, 2023 - 7:00 PM

 

2021 - 2022 Season

Beethoven's 9th and Relevancy

Matthew Wardell, lecturer

Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Gainesville, FL

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 7:00 PM

A Little Night Music

University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Constans Theatre - Gainesville, FL
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 24, 2021 - 4:30 PM

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Friday, October 29, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 4:30 PM

     Sondheim - A Little Night Music (staged)

Coffee with the Conductor

Matthew Wardell, lecturer

Marion Theatre - Ocala, FL

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 10:00 AM

Subject: Variation Form, Ives, Rachmaninoff, and Elgar

Variations on Opening Night

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Jasmin Arakawa, piano

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 3:00 PM

     Ives - Variations on America

     Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

     Elgar - Variations on an Original Theme / Enigma Variations

Symphony Under the Lights

Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Youth Symphony

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Jenkins Open Air Theatre - Ocala, FL
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 7:30 PM

     Cerulli - Once Upon a December

     Williams - Santa at the Symphony

     Silvestri - Polar Express

     Herbert - March of the Toys

     Kinkel - Mad Russian's Christmas

     Anderson - Christmas Festival Overture

     Hayman - Carol of the Bells

     Chase - Around the World at Christmas Time

     Anderson - Sleigh Ride

     Hayman - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

     Holcombe - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

     Sayre - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

     Stephenson - Holly Jolly Sing-Along

 

Pops! Goes the Holidays

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center - Ocala, FL
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 3:00 PM

     Anderson - Christmas Festival Overture

     Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel Overture

     Blake - The Snowman (full score with film)

     Coleridge-Taylor - Christmas Overture

     Hayman - Carol of the Bells

     Stephenson - Silent Night

     Holcombe - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

     Stephenson - A Charleston Christmas

     Stephenson - Holly Jolly Sing-Along

Coffee with the Conductor

Matthew Wardell & Raymond Chobaz, lecturers

Marion Theatre - Ocala, FL

Friday, January 14, 2022 - 10:00 AM

Subject: The Four Temperaments in Music

The Four Temperaments

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 3:00 PM

     Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

     Paul Richards - Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Selves" *World Premiere* (Live Recording w/ Score)

     Nielsen - Symphony No. 2 "The Four Temperaments"

Coffee with the Conductor

Matthew Wardell, lecturer

Marion Theatre - Ocala, FL

Friday, February 11, 2022 - 10:00 AM

Subject: Film Music, John Williams, JAWS, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind

A John Williams Celebration

University of Florida Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Wardell, guest conductor

First Presbyterian Church - Gainesville, FL

Sunday, February 13, 2022 - 4:00 PM

     Williams - Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

 

90 Years of John Williams

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Saturday, February 19, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 3:00 PM

     Main Title from Star Wars: A New Hope

     Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

     Marion’s Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark

     Theme from Schindler’s List

     Han Solo and the Princess from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

     Shark Theme from JAWS

     The Crystal Spell from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

     Theme from The Lost World: Jurassic Park

     A Whirl Through Academe from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

     Buckbeak’s Flight from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

     Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

     Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

     The Jedi Steps and Finale from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Coffee with the Conductor

Matthew Wardell and Adam Volpe, lecturers

Marion Theatre - Ocala, FL

Friday, February 25, 2022 - 10:00 AM

Subject: David Bowie and Phillip Glass

University of Florida Campus Visit

Matthew Wardell, lecturer

UF School of Music - Gainesville, FL

Friday, April 8, 2022 - 5:00 PM

Subject: Symphony Orchestra: Dead or Alive?

Bowie and Glass
Ocala Symphony Orchestra and The Voltron Collective

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL

Saturday, March 5, 2022

     Symphony No. 4 "Heroes" - Glass

     Selections from the catalogue of David Bowie

Cosi fan tutte

Ocala Symphony Orchestra and University of Florida Opera Theatre

Matthew Wardell, conductor

University Auditorium - Gainesville, FL

Friday, April 1, 2022 - 7:20 PM

Saturday, April 2, 2022 - 7:20 PM

     Mozart - Cosi fan tutte (staged)

Coffee with the Conductor

Matthew Wardell, lecturer

Marion Theatre - Ocala, FL

Friday, April 8, 2022 - 10:00 AM

Subject: Missy Mazzoli, Michael Daugherty, Mason Bates and the Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

21st Century Anthology

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Danielle VanTuinen, tuba

Reilly Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre - Ocala, FL
Saturday, April 9, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 10, 2022 - 3:00 PM

     Missy Mazzoli - River Rouge Transfiguration

     Michael Daugherty - Reflections on the Mississippi

     Mason Bates - Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

UF Concerto Competition Winners

University of Florida Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

University Auditorium - Gainesville, FL

Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 7:20 PM

     Tomasi - Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra

     Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2

     Ravel - Piano Concerto in G

Symphony Under the Stars

Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, conductor

Ocala Golf Club - Ocala, FL

Sunday, May 8, 2022 - 7:00 PM

     Highlights from West Side Story

     Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

     Princess Leia’s Theme

     Curtain Up!

     Adventures on Earth from E.T. 

     Suite from Hamilton

     Moon River

     It’s About Time

     Love Is All You Need

     Grease!

     Imperial March

     Stars and Stripes Forever