Rimma and Friends Orlando Philharmonic
Travel back to the Romantic Era with Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois and friends for an evening of intense emotion. Be a part of the artistic, literary, and intellectual movement with music from composers Bruch.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, appearing in more than 125 performances each season. Founded in 1993. At over $4 million, the Orlando Philharmonic has the largest endowment of any arts institution in Central Florida.
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois (Yermosh) began playing the violin when she was five years old, and her first public appearance was on Ukrainian National television when she was six. She studied at the specialized music school in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and was a prize winner at the Adolescent’s Assemblies of Arts International competition in Moscow, Russia.
Rimma went on to pursue her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Masuko Ushioda and Donald Weilerstein. During her studies, she won multiple New England Conservatory Concerto Competitions. She was also a soloist and competition winner with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Rimma has performed extensively in concerts and recitals throughout Europe, Russia, the USA, South America, Asia, and Australia. Prior to becoming the Concertmaster of Orlando Philharmonic, Rimma was Associate Concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony.
She was also Concertmaster of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra for seven years, working with James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, and many others.
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Rimma was Concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra for Maxim Vengerov’s EMI Classics Mozart recording as well as for BBC Proms concert in London, both done without a conductor. She was Concertmaster of Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra in Boston. Rimma has worked with Charles Dutoit at Miyazaki Festival and Seiji Ozawa at Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and Basque National Symphony in Spain, and has soloed under the direction of Yuri Bashmet and Dmitry Sitkovetsky.
In July 2003, the Friends launched a new members’ campaign and had a new brochure designed for distribution to future Friends. By September 2003, the Friends had grown to over 100 members. Today, the Friends have more than 235 members, and many of the founders are still actively involved.
The Friends celebrated its 15th anniversary year in October of 2011 with a beautiful party. All past presidents, except one living afar, were on hand to share the stories of the past and honor the efforts of many.
Opening Night gala dinner
Oscar Night FundraiserThe Friends continue to host fundraising events focusing on opportunities to be “up close and personal” with the maestro and visiting performers. These intimate evenings are usually hosted in private homes by generous benefactors of the orchestra and are very highly regarded. Jeans and Jewels, our season wrap-up party, is an annual favorite since it was first begun in 2005. In addition, we sponsor other events such as progressive dinners, casino nights, and the Opening Night gala dinner.
Super Series concerts
The Friends host complimentary post-concert receptions after all evening Super Series concerts where Friends and special guests talk with our musicians and occasionally enjoy a special encore performance.
In accordance with our mission, we provide thousands of volunteer hours each year, helping the Community Outreach staff and musicians. Volunteer efforts include aiding with mailings, data input and administrative tasks, auditions, score editing, musician transportation, on-site production, educational programs, special receptions, refreshments, and, of course, purchasing and sales for the Boutique.
The Friends Mission
Another important aspect of the Friends mission is reaching out to the community. In the past, we have held joint events with the History Center and the Cornell Museum of Art. During the 2012-2013 Season, the Phil will celebrate its 20th Anniversary year with many events, including collaborative efforts with the Orlando Repertory Theater and the Shakespeare Theatre.
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