FL Florida - Orlando is American through
and through but at the same time has many very evident
different cultural influences. Spanish
and Portuguese influences for many centuries have
left their mark and the Spanish and Portuguese languages
are still in evidence. Classical cultural opportunities
such as orchestral music, opera and ballet are live
in Orlando (Orlando has two professional ballet companies).
There are also many cultural events which acknowledge
the rich ethnic background of the people of Orlando.
The heritage of wildlife and nature is also very evident
in Orlando and it is home to some beautiful parks,
lakes and bird and animal sanctuaries.
Visit the Albin Polasek Sculpture Garden
and Museum in Winter Park. The Museum is
in the house that used to be Albin Polasek’s
home. Around it are beautiful gardens filled with
sculptures. A visit here makes a lovely peaceful break
to the hectic schedule of your holiday.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
puts on over 100 performances every season, apart
from accompanying the Orlando Opera Company. A very
popular Orchestra, the Orlando Phil receives great
support from the local community. A classical night
out with the Orlando Philharmonic would be a very
pleasant addition to your vacation - see orlandophil.org
or call 407-896-6700. The Orchestra performs in several
venues including the Centroplex and Bob Carr Performing
Orlando Opera Company has world
class presentations of famous operas and these are
usually accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Over the years, many world famous opera stars have
come to Orlando – Jesseye Norman, Placido Domingo,
etc and many of the famous operas are performed each
season. When sung in Italian or other foreign language,
the English translations are provides by a projection
above the stage. Most of the operas are performed
between October and April. Fuller information is available
from orlandoopera.org or by calling 407 426 1700.
Performances are usually at the Bob Carr Performing
Arts Centre (a theatre with 2500 seats).