Orlando Story Club and Central Florida Composer Forum Collaborate to Produce a Unique Performance Titled JOYLAND

January 14, 2020

Orlando, FL – In recent years, Orlando has enjoyed an explosion of locally produced arts events featuring local creatives. The potential for cross-pollination is inevitable in such an environment, and Central Florida Composers Forum aims to drive and foster collaboration in our community. What happens when six composers from the Central Florida Composers Forum collaborate with six storytellers from the Orlando Weekly “Best of 2019” Orlando Story Club on a predetermined theme? The result is “Joyland,” a one-of-a-kind and first-of-its kind event in Central Florida, produced by the Downtown Arts District. Storytellers will perform compelling personal experiences accompanied by original scores by local composers. The stories and styles are as diverse as our city. The Joyland performance will be held on January 29, 2020 at The Abbey located at 100 S. Eola Drive, #100, Orlando, Florida 32801. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $15 per person at Joyland.EventBrite.com or $20 at the door.

The pairs are as follows: Bobby Wesley with Mark Piszczek; Jesse James with Charlie Griffin; Logan Anderson with Erik Branch; Madeline Potts with Paul Austin Sanders; Daniele Ziss with Alex Burtzos; and Aquanza Cadogan with Holly Cordero.

The storytellers will perform with live music by players drawn from the local Alterity Chamber Orchestra, a group known for its dedication to performing contemporary music at the highest levels: Tina Edelstein, flute; Beatriz Ramirez, oboe; Jessica Speak, clarinet; Kathy Thomas, horn; and Christian Eberle, bassoon.

“This event is a great opportunity not only to showcase the variety of talent in Orlando,” says CF2 director Charlie Griffin, “but also to experience what happens when one art form inspires another.”

Central Florida Composers Forum (or CF2) is a non-profit organization that believes in the notion that what makes a community feel like a home is its unique, local arts culture.
CF2 strives to enhance the creative lives of local and regional composers by forging meaningful and lasting connections with audiences, allied arts organizations and the broader community of Central Florida through performances, collaborations, residencies, and more. For more information about CF2 please visit www.cfcomposers.org or https://www.facebook.com/centralfloridacomposersforum.

Orlando Story Club has been bringing people together to listen and share personal stories since March of 2014. The main show is a not-so-serious storytelling competition where anyone can enter for a chance to tell their story on stage. 10 stories, 5 min each, $5 donation to attend. All donations are given to a different local charity for each show. Orlando Story Club is a program of the Downtown Arts District, with their regular shows held at The Abbey. Special spinoff shows are performed at various locations around town, including SAK Comedy Lab and Orlando Fringe.

For future shows or more information on Orlando Story Club, visit www.orlandostoryclub.com or www.facebook.com/orlandostoryclub.

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