Evening at the Pops to play All-American music

As the sun sets over Newton Park March 19, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will play All-American classical and popular classical pieces at the 2016 Evening at the Pops.

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The concert is an annual event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Winter Garden that brings the Winter Garden community together to enjoy music and the spring weather. 

The event is a way the Rotary serves the community and raises money for charities it supports, such as Matthew’s Hope and the Boys and Girls Club. 

“It’s one of the premier events that Rotary does every year as a service to our community,” said Betsy VanderLey, co-chair of the event. 


You are welcome to bring your own food and drink; however, food will be on sale at the event. Vendors will sell beer, wine, popcorn, hot dogs and sandwiches.

For $50, guests can purchase a VIP ticket to enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal from alFresco in Tanner Hall, pre-show music from the HapCO Foundation and seats on the porch of Tanner Hall.


When one thinks of a petting zoo, animals come to mind. 

But at Evening at the Pops, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra brings instruments to the kids through an instrument petting zoo.

Kids will have the opportunity to touch and play instrument to experiment with the sounds the instruments make. 

“The idea behind it is, get them familiar with symphony orchestra instruments because they’re not widely exposed to it in school,” VanderLey said.


The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is Central Florida’s professional orchestra. Event-goers are invited to bring food and beverages of their choice, as well as blankets, chairs and pillows that will make for a comfortable evening of music. 


WHEN: March 19. Instrument petting zoo begins at 4:30 p.m., Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs at 6:30 p.m.

TICKETS: General admission: $10; children 12 and under free; VIP tickets are $50. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Winter Garden City Hall, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, the West Orange Times & Observer office or online at bit.ly/1QHgd7i. Rotary members and local organizations are also selling tickets. 


Parking is limited at Tanner Hall and Newton Park, so guests will be directed to nearby parking lots. A shuttle will run between the parking lots and the venue all evening. 

Guests with VIP tickets can park on-site.


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