Orlando Symphony Orchestra
The "Central Florida Friends of Music" organization became the "Orlando Symphony Orchestra, Inc." on July 24, 1990, and offered an ambitious full season of symphonic concerts during the 1995-96 season. More recently, Orlando Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with major musical organizations, choirs, schools, churches, etc. to jointly present concerts of the highest professional level.
Orlando Symphony Orchestra is registered as a not-for-profit corporation under Florida law. While we do not solicit contributions, any contributions for philharmonic music activities are always sincerely welcome. Sponsorships for specific concerts are especially welcome, and can be linked with public recognition and targeted advertising, or anonymity, as the contributor wishes.
In addition, Orlando Symphony Orchestra has become the pre-eminent source for musical ensembles, large and small, for meetings and conventions in Central Florida. Our clients have included Americredit, Unisys, and McDonald's, among many others. Orlando Symphony Orchestra is composed of only full-time professional musicians of the highest calibre. Orlando Symphony Orchestra supports and adheres to the policies of Local 389, American Federation of Musicians.
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Jerry Weiss, violinist and violist, began studying violin at the age of 5 in Toronto, Canada. He has toured with the "Phantom of the Opera World Tour", the Mantovani Orchestra during 4 tours of the Far East, the Buffalo Philharmonic , the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the New York City Opera, and singer Ray Price. Mr. Weiss has performed as concertmaster of numerous Broadway musicals, and has been a member of many ensembles, including the Niagara Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Florida Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, the ARTPARK Orchestra, Flagler Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, and others.
Jerry's extensive recording experience has included a performance of the Bach E Major Concerto which aired on BBC Scottish Radio, a duet with Jessica Simpson during ABC's New Year's Eve Special, and performances with N'Sync on the FOX Christmas Special and Kenny Loggins for the Children's Miracle Network.. Mr. Weiss has served on the faculties of Eastern Music Festival and Daemen College.
Chris Chen, Director Of Youth Activities, and the Orlando Youth Symphony, moved to Orlando from New Jersey, where she was Principal Viola with the NJ Plainfield Symphony, and Principal Second Violin with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Ms Chen has had a successful teaching career since 1999, and her students have won top prizes at the Honk Kong World Youth Artists Competition, among others.