Orlando Cela Named
APO Music Director
The Philharmonic Society of Arlington has announced the appointment of Orlando Cela as the new Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra.
Known for his eclectic performances, Cela has performed for and educated audiences around the world. He brings to the Arlington community a new season, focused on enhancing the experience.
"The first change you will notice is the repertoire: I am trying to bring masterpieces that are not usually played to the stage, which I hope will excite and educate our players and audiences," Cela said.
Born in Venezuela, both a professional flutist and music educator, Cela received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greenville, Indiana, later pursuing his passions by earning two masters degrees in flute and conducting in Boston at the New England Conservatory. Cela said he enjoys taking the listener's musical experience to a new level in his performances and arrangements of contemporary works using electronics and new, innovative techniques.
The 82nd and 83rd seasons of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra will be filled with new repertoire and skilled soloists, continuing the tradition begun in 1933. The orchestra’s first concert will be held on Nov. 6, 2016 at the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church, 630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA. Orlando will lead the orchestra in Debussy’s “Nocturnes,” Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, and a set of Richard Strauss songs performed with the PSA’s 2016 Young Artist Competition winner, soprano Abigail Krawson.
Do you love to sing?
Is joining a chorus on your “to do" list?
We are recruiting new singers for the Arlington-Belmont Chorale, a community chorus of over 80+ members. Whether you sing soprano, alto, tenor, or bass, we welcome you to visit our rehearsals, sing with us and see if our group is a good fit. Chorale rehearsals are held at the Park Avenue Congregational Church, corner of Paul Revere Road and Park Avenue, Arlington, MA on Monday evenings, from 7:45-10:00 PM, starting on September 12. Our first concert of the 2016-2017 season with orchestra will include Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Thomas McGah’s Two Christmas Choruses.
If you have specific questions about the Chorale, please email the Chorale chair at Chorale@psarlington.org. We look forward to seeing you in September!