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Bok Tower Gardens Adds Preshow for Sunset & Symphony Fall Concert
by Cassie Jacoby
November 1, 2009

Bok Tower Gardens has added a new preshow for the 8th annual Sunset & Symphony Fall Concert on November 7. Area musicians Clint Dockery and James Hudson, an acoustical duo on mandolin and guitar, will perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. before the concert begins at 6 p.m. Event gates open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the general public. The day of concert tickets are $20 and children under 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased online at  or call 863-734-1222 for information.

Popular operas, Broadway hits and patriotic favorites will be featured by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Joseph Mechavich with soprano Janette Zilioli. With this year’s theme, “Fanfare for Opera,” William De Turk, Singing Tower carillonneur, will perform “Round O” from “The Moor’s Revenge” by Henry Purcell, “Gavotte” from “Iphigenie in Aulis” by Christoph W. von Gluck and a selection from “The Magic Flute” by W. A. Mozart.

Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets, insect repellent and flashlights. Handicapped parking and shuttle service will be available. The Instrument Petting Zoo will begin at 4:30 p.m. Located on the Garden Activities Center lawn, families can try their hands at a variety of instruments with the help of Orlando Philharmonic musicians.

Preordered boxed picnic selections are available from the Blue Palmetto Café for $8.50 and $10.50 plus tax and can be picked up November 7 until 5:45 p.m. Call 863-676-1355 for advance orders. Chicken and yellow rice, hot dogs, snacks and beverages including beer and wine will be available for sale at the Hilltop Café from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Gift Shop and Visitor Center will remain open until after the concert.

In addition to a drawing for a tour of the Singing Tower or a $100 gift certificate to the Tower & Garden Gift Shop, prizes will be awarded for Most Elegant, Most Original and Best Fall picnic themes.

Tickets may also be purchased at Bok Tower Gardens, Citizens Bank & Trust, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (407-770-0071), and Chambers of Commerce in Lake Wales, Bartow, Haines City, Lakeland and Winter Haven. For more information, visit  or call the event line at 863-734-1222.

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About Bok Tower Gardens:
Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, voted Florida’s Best Garden by readers of Florida Monthly magazine, is located 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales, Florida, and is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales FL 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit

About Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra:
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is Central Florida's resident orchestra, appearing in more than 125 performances each season. The Philharmonic‘s mission is to foster and promote symphonic music through excellence in performance, education and cultural leadership. The Orlando Philharmonic proudly enters its 17th anniversary in the 2009-2010 season. For information about the orchestra’s concert season, visit

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