There are many aspects by which citizens and visitors judge a community’s cultural prosperity. Certainly one of the most vital is its art scene. Ocala/Marion County could have no better home for its unique repertoire of music and other arts than the Reilly Arts Center, which is also the home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. With a growing list of offerings, our city’s future looks bright indeed.
OSO/RAC President Jim Schneider says it well.
“The Reilly’s 2018-2019 season will be full of celebrations. We will celebrate the Reilly’s three-year anniversary here in Ocala for starters, we will celebrate Matthew Wardell’s 10th season as the music director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and, finally, we will celebrate an expanded offering of shows and events for the next season. We will plan for more weekends of rocking out on Friday nights, listen to the music of the classical giants on Saturday nights and then laugh together over Sunday night comedy.”
Jim Schneider continues that, “Our mission is to provide something for everyone and possibly inspire them to explore art and music that may be outside their comfort zone by expanding their horizons. We have a great vision for the future of the Reilly Arts Center. Our community has supported us, believed in us and we are committed to making our community proud and thankful for seeing the Reilly Arts Center as a local treasure.”
The RAC is located just five blocks from Ocala’s historic downtown square in picturesque Tuscawilla Park. You will see old friends and meet new friends as you enjoy the best in live entertainment. RAC Executive Director Pamela Calero is working hard for another successful year.
Each year the OSO holds a gala fundraiser, and this year’s was especially festive. “An Evening at the Moulin Rouge” benefited the RAC, OSO, Symphony for Schools and open rehearsals for Ocala’s kids. Patrons opened their wallets wide and $130,000 was raised in a single evening. It was a great party and a not-to-be-missed event each and every year.
Speaking of not missing out, make sure your tickets are reserved for the OSO season opener on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00pm. This season’s opener is Myth, Mastery and the Fantastique, which is a mythical tale of Phaeton’s journey. One of the most vivid musical trips ever written is the Symphonie Fantastique. Leave the ordinary behind as you settle into your seats for a glorious evening that will delight your senses.
Always sold out and full of laughs and smiling faces is Pops! Goes the Holidays on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3:00pm. This annual foray into the festive spirit explores the music and stories of our holiday traditions.
It is so much fun to be with like-minded people who appreciate the arts. There truly is something for everyone to love as you consider which events to attend. The Reilly Arts Center is our community’s flagship for the arts, and all of us can step into it with great pride. To contribute or reserve tickets, visit ReillyArtsCenter.com or OcalaSymphony.com. For Reilly Arts Center tickets, please call (352) 351-1606.