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Enjoy a cocktail with Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s conductor

Maestro Matthew Wardell is heading to the Reilly Arts Center on Thursday evening for an hour-long event that includes cocktails, stories, and a preview of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season.

The free event, Cocktails with the Conductor, will be held on Thursday, January 18 in the NOMA Black Box at the Reilly Arts Center (500 NE 9th Street in Ocala). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and the program will start at 6 p.m.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra conductor Photo courtesy of Maven Photo and Film
During “Cocktails with the Conductor” on January 18, Ocala Symphony Orchestra conductor Matthew Wardell will discuss the upcoming season of concerts. (Photo: Maven Photo and Film).

During the event, Ocala Symphony Music Director Matthew Wardell will be joined by Raymond Chobaz, Principal Guest Conductor. They will share insights on the music, composers, and stories surrounding the Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, including Silent Film with Live Orchestra: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and Hungarian Pictures.

In addition, the conductors will provide a small preview of the remainder of the Orchestra’s season.

“Whether you’re curious about orchestral music, or a seasoned patron, this fun event will be one to not miss!” states the Reilly Arts Center.

Those interested in attending should RSVP via email to: info@reillyartscenter.com.

Last week, Matthew Wardell’s wife, Pamela Calero Wardell, announced that she has accepted a new role with the Jacksonville Symphony. As a result, she is stepping down as Executive Director of the Reilly Arts Center and Ocala Symphony Orchestra after nearly a decade of service.

Longtime Executive Director leaving Reilly Arts Center Ocala Symphony Orchestra
Matthew and Pamela Wardell

While the Wardells are in the process of moving to Jacksonville, Matthew has enthusiastically agreed to stay on in his roles as Music Director and Conductor of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2009.