Pokémon in a symphony concert? It's coming up
Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow has sold more than 35 million albums and has been nominated for an additional 27 Grammys. Her eight studio albums, (seven charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus) and a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection capture the sound of a great artist enjoying a great career. Join her at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts by calling (844) 513-2014 or visiting drphillipscenter.org for tickets.
Brought to life by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performing new arrangements with visuals from new and classic Pokémon video games, “Pokémon: Symphonic” is the must-see video-game concert of 2017. Offering fans and newcomers of all ages the chance to experience the evolution of Pokémon, the concert provides the perfect family-fun introduction to live symphonic music for children. Call (844) 513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.
The Messiah Choral Society, which has offered a free performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at the Bob Carr Theater annually as a gift to the Orlando community, will begin its 45th season of free events with a “Sing-Along” on April 30. To be presented at the First Congregational Church at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park, the event is free. Call (407) 647-2416 or visit messiahchoralsociety.org.
Through April 30
Orlando Shakes’ ‘Antony and Cleopatra’
The victors of Rome’s civil war have divided the ancient world between themselves with Marc Antony traveling to Egypt to take up his rule. His impassioned affair with the irresistible Cleopatra ultimately pits Roman against Roman, thereby changing the face of the world forever. Featuring Michael Dorn, best known as Lt. Worf in “Star Trek,” as Antony. Call (407) 447-1700, or visit orlandoshakes.org.
Through April 30
Dinosaurs Make a Home in Leu Gardens
It’s “Jurassic Park” meets Leu Gardens as we discover what life was like millions of years ago, thanks to the artistry of Guy Darrough. Darrough creates dinosaur figures that look like the real ones did when they ruled Earth and may be found throughout the 50-acre botanical gardens. A free, self-guided “DinoHunt Guide” is available for paleontologists of all ages. Visit leugardens.org.
Through May 6
Based on the popular children’s book, “Pinkalicious” can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. Her indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office in a musical sure to strike a chord among parents and picky eaters. Packed with important lessons about healthy eating habits, Pinkalicious’ adventure makes those lessons ‘easier to swallow.’ Call (407) 447-1700, Ext. 1, or visit orlandoshakes.org.
Through May 14
‘Nancy Drew and Her
Biggest Case Ever’
In “Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever,” Nancy must solve the biggest mystery of her young career. Clues are found and motives revealed, but will Nancy solve the mystery in time? Based on the classic series by Carolyn Keene, super-sleuth Nancy Drew and friends are ready to find the answers. Call (407) 896-7365, Ext. 1, or visit orlandorep.com.
Women’s Leadership Luncheon for United Way
With the support of Heart of Florida United Way, the Women’s Leadership Council hosts the annual leadership luncheon, bringing together 1,000 guests to help Central Florida’s students. Last year, $150,000 was raised to help Orange County schools receive a reading program that gives students access to a digital library of books. That program impacted more than 6,000 students. With this year’s guest speaker, Jodi Picoult, the goal is to bring this love for reading to even more students. Held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando; the cost is $95 per person. Visit uwwomensleadership.org.
May 5 to 7
‘A Cinderella Story’
The 1950s is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s picturesque “A Cinderella Story,” a re-telling of everybody’s favorite fairy tale. Performed by the Orlando Ballet, this unique vision of the story comes to us with couture-inspired costumes, choreography created for Richard Rodgers’ music, and a score for jazz orchestra with live music from the Central Florida Community Arts Big Band. Highly Recommended. Call (844) 513-2014 or visit orlandoballet.org.
The Music of ABBA
At the Springs Concert 2017, the Orlando Philharmonic and world-class touring act Jeans ‘n Classics celebrate the music of the Swedish singing sensation ABBA. With hundreds of millions of albums sold, ABBA is among the most successful music groups in history. People of all ages remember the songs “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Take a Chance on Me” and SOS,” which topped the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. Grab your picnic basket and call (407) 770-0071 or visit orlandophil.org.