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The Florida Lakes Symphony's kicks off its new season at the FCC in South Lake this November
florida lakes symphonyBy Krystal Stock
Although Florida may not be the quintessential place for fall foliage, there is a real treat coming once autumn is properly in place according music lovers.

The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra (FLSO), synonymous with the expression "small town charm…world class music" invites the pubic to join its 11th Season in both Clermont and Mount Dora this November.

Guy Saint-Clair, the co-founder of FLSO, who passed in 2010, and his wife Audrey Sanders, co-founder and executive director, established Lake County's first professional symphony. Sanders continues the concert tradition with some variety in store.

This next season brings excitement and new musical flair for FLSO as they host a wide array of distinguished guest conductors from around the globe, according to Sanders.

Lake County will welcome conductors from all over the world such as famed Alexey Izmirliev from Bulgaria, who will be conducting "Legends of the North" on November 12 and 13.

"The second half of the program will feature Brahms' Symphony No. 4. It's a very beautiful piece," said Sanders.

Darwin Aquino, "the young sensation from the Dominican Republic," will be conducting the timeless "Nutcracker Suite" with dancers from the Mount Dora School of Ballet December 4.

"They're just a wonderful school of ballet and their students are always in the top level of ballerinas and ballet all over the world. They're just incredible," Sanders said enthusiastically.

Pianist, conductor, and Sander's personal friend, Aldert Vermeulen of the Netherlands, will conduct "Phoenix Rising" January 14 and 15.

"It's a very stirring piece to show the human spirit overcoming any cancers or disease, that was the theme of it," noted Sanders.

On February 18 and 19, the renowned Shungo Moriyama, will be guest conducting for FLSO during the "Scottish Fantasy" concert.

"'The Moldau' is a very pretty piece, I love that piece," Sanders said.

March 17 and 18 will be "Somewhere in Time". "We're going to be doing some Irish pieces and some gypsy pieces because of St. Patrick's Day, so we're gonna have a good time," chuckled Sanders. The conductor is yet to be determined.

To end the season on a strong note, no pun intended, "The Magic of Mozart" will be on April 14 and 15, "So we'll be playing some beautiful pieces there," said Sanders. The conductor has not been determined.

To reserve your tickets or for more information, call 352-589-1500 or visit

florida lake symphony
The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra returns to South Lake in mid-November. This year the symphony will host several conductors at their varying performances. (Photo by Mike Corradino)


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