That’s a wrap: Concert Series ends with final performance

By Jennifer DiDomenico A&E Editor The Celebration Foundation wrapped up its Concert Series on Sunday, with a performance by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The 16th annual season began in December with a holiday concert presented by the Brass Band of Central Florida. Other performances throughout the season included those by Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (FYSO),

By Jennifer DiDomenico

A&E Editor

The Celebration Foundation wrapped up its Concert Series on Sunday, with a performance by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The 16th annual season began in December with a holiday concert presented by the Brass Band of Central Florida. Other performances throughout the season included those by Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (FYSO), Trout Steak Revival and the world renowned Branford Marsalis Quartet. All of the concerts took place at the Celebration Presbyterian Church.

“As support for the Concert Series has grown, the quality of classical and traditional music we have been able to present has increased dramatically,” said Paul Collins, Concert Series co-founder. “This past year The Branford Marsalis Quartet – which is internationally recognized as one of the most respected jazz quartets – gave a remarkable performance. Guests from throughout the State especially appreciated the rare opportunity to see him up close and personal in a 400 seat, acoustically beautiful setting here in Celebration.”

The Concert Series is just one of the many fundraisers that supports the Celebration Foundation’s programs and initiatives.

The Foundation’s signature event — and its biggest fundraiser of the year — will take place on Friday, with tickets already sold out.

Founded in 1996, the Celebration Foundation works hand-in-hand with its neighbors to build a stronger, better community throughout Osceola County. The Foundation promotes community engagement, and is committed primarily to human services, education and the arts.

“We are involved in a wide variety of programs and initiatives that help tackle different needs that exist in our county,” said Celebration Foundation Executive Director Gloria Niec. “Learning without Hunger is a group of partners that provide weekend care packs, every week during the school year, to over 1,000 elementary children who experience hunger issues. Campus Express has taken over 6,000 Osceola students on Campus tours of oTech and Valencia to help improve the County’s college going rate. WINGS encourages young woman to develop strong life stories.”

For more information on the Celebration Foundation, visit www.CelebrationFoundation.org.