The Meet the Orchestra Concert for Schools is ACYO’s educational outreach concert.  Fifth-grade public, private school and homeschooled students are invited to experience the sound of a full orchestra and learn about its instruments at the University of Florida Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville’s premier venue.  Concert repertoire includes well-known classical pieces as well as arrangements of popular songs that appeal to the young audience.

The Holiday Traditions Concert benefits the STOP! Children’s Cancer organization.  ACYO’s conductor Gary Langford is also the musical director for this program which brings together soloists and ensembles from Gainesville schools and music organizations to support fundraising efforts for children’s cancer research.  

The Winter Concert includes traditional holiday pieces which bring back audiences year after year.  The concert is held at the UF Phillips Center for the Performing Arts the evening following the Holiday Traditions Concert and is free and open to the public.  Previous Winter Concerts have featured classical compositions and holiday favorites: Mozart’s Overture to “The Magic Flute”, Highlights from “Jurassic Park”, “Romeo and Juliet” Overture, Festive Sounds of Hanukah, A Most Wonderful Christmas, Anderson’s Christmas Festival, and Concert Suite from Polar Express.

The Spring Concert features the winner of the David Hubbell Concerto Competition as well as some of the more challenging pieces in the orchestra season’s repertoire.  At this concert we also recognize our graduating seniors.  The UF University Auditorium serves as the venue for this concert.

Performance Schedule

Performance Call Time Information
Concert for Schools
Monday, December 4
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Call time for Percussion: 9:00 am

All other orchestra members: 9:30 am

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Mr. Langford will provide all orchestra members with a tardiness excuse letter to bring to their schools that day.

Holiday Traditions
Sunday, December 10
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Percussion 9:00 am

All other orchestra members 9:30 am

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Students remain at Phillips Center all day through approximately

9:30 pm; please plan accordingly.

Concert is immediately followed by ACYO dinner served in the Black Box Theater (for orchestra members only) and the ACYO Winter Concert.

ACYO Winter Concert
Sunday, December 10
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Orchestra members remain at the Phillips Center after the Holiday Traditions performance. 7:30 – 8:45 pm

ACYO friends and family invited to attend the post-concert reception at the West Foyer.

Spring Concert
Sunday, April 22
University Auditorium
Call time for Percussion:  8:00 am

All other orchestra members: 8:45 am

Graduating Seniors are recognized at this concert.

ACYO friends and family invited to attend the post-concert reception at the UF Music Building.