Sunday, November 25, 2018

Spring Pops, The Race for Space

The City of Winter Park hosted the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Dean Whiteside as they presented Spring Pops in Winter Park’s Central Park main stage. Patrons set up on the grass lawn with blankets and lawn chairs. Some folks came really prepared with wine candles and a full spread. Everyone was ready for a relaxing evening of music under the stars. The sun set behind the stage as I sketched creating a warm glow behind the performers. I squinted as I starred straight into the sunset.

The evening featured music by composer John Williams along with other space themed music. Guest vocalists for the night were Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore. I was set up and sketching before the performer got on stage. I was fascinated with the cello player that had a wheel on the bottom of his instrument so he could roll it around like a wheel barrel. By the end of the performance the stage s lit by two stage spot lights that had been set up stage left and right.

It is so nice to enjoy an outdoor concert as the northern states are still experiencing cold temperatures. As I write this I am at my Sister’s home in Port Charlotte Florida. She is looking up photos of the snow covered landscapes in the northern towns where out other brothers and sisters live. There is nothing so rewarding as seeing cold weather while basking in the Florida sun.

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