Connecting Our Community through Music

Reilly Arts Center digital broadcasts and performance recordings are available to provide access for all to the arts! Music is a great connector, and has the power to heal, educate and inspire. Our gallery of video performances and lectures, audio recordings, and more are used in classrooms, hospitals, and in the homes of patrons that we know, and those we have never met from around the world! We hope they bring you joy.

How the Digital Series Started

To connect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time of recommended social distancing, and to support the artists and event professionals whose livelihoods were severely impacted by the cancellation of large gatherings, the Reilly sponsored a series of live online broadcasts. While this service was free for all to tune in, the diverse line-up of local and regional artists and crew were compensated by the Reilly for their work and talents.

A special thank you to TD Charitable Foundation for their grant which continues to support this wonderful program.

Archived Broadcasts

Thursday, January 18, 2024 | 6 PM – Cocktails with the Conductor
Music Director Matthew Wardell and Principal Guest Conductor Raymond Chobaz led an in-depth discussion about the pieces and composers that will be featured at the Ocala Symphony upcoming concerts.

Thursday, January 18, 2024 | 10 AM – Coffee with the Conductor
Music Director Matthew Wardell and Principal Guest Conductor Raymond Chobaz led an in-depth discussion about the pieces and composers that will be featured at the Ocala Symphony upcoming concerts. 

Sunday, January 14, 2024 | 3:00 PM – 33rd Annual Young Artist Competition: Honors Recital
The Honors Recital features the finalists from our Annual Young Artist Competition. These talented young musicians, from our Junior division and Senior division, took the stage to perform their concerto for a live audience on January 14, 2024. The winners of this competition will go on to perform as a soloist at “Bold Brahms” on March 23 and 24, 2024. Learn more about the Young Artist Competition HERE.

Maestro Matthew Wardell interviews Composer Paul Richards
Maestro Wardell talks with friend and composer Paul Richards on Richards’ new piece Breath of Life, which will be premiered by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra on October 21, 2023.

Executive Director Pamela Calero Wardell interviews Composer Paul Richards
Reilly Arts Center Executive Director talks with friend and composer Paul Richards on Richards’ new piece Breath of Life, which will be premiered by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra on October 21, 2023.

Maestro Matthew on the 2023-2024 Ocala Symphony Orchestra Season

Sunday, April 30, 2023 | 3:00 PM – Rhapsody in Blue featuring pianist Evans Haile
Filmed during (Pop) Music Americas on April 30, 2023 at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala, FL.

Sunday, April 30, 2023 | 3:00 PM – Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Filmed during (Pop) Music Americas on April 30, 2023 at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala, FL.

Maestro Matthew Wardell interviews Grammy-Winning Composer Michael Daugherty
Maestro Wardell talks with Michael Daugherty on his piece “Fifteen: A Symphonic Fantasy” a symphony inspired by the art of Andy Warhol, famous for being the world’s most recognizable proponent of Pop Art, and taking the title from his wry quotation, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

Sunday, December 4 | 3:00 PM – Pops! Goes the Holidays
The Ocala Symphony and Maestro Matthew Wardell present their annual holiday concert: Pops! Goes the Holidays on December 4, 2022.

Sunday, November 20 | 3:00 PM – Coronation: Messiah and More
The Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with guest soloists and conductor Joshua Mazur, present selections from Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks, Messiah, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C major.

Sunday, October 30 | 3:00 PM – Spellbinding Beginnings
Dip your toe into magic with Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and descend into Dante’s Inferno with Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini – a tale of love, betrayal, and the moaning, swirling souls of the underworld. In the second half of this spooktacular, Mussorgsky asks us to spend a Night on Bald Mountain and we’ll depart into the dark with Dvořák’s The Golden Spinning Wheel, a grotesque story of murder, magic, wolves, forests, and one special spinning wheel.

Saturday, Jan. 29 | 7:30 PM – The Four Temperaments
Matthew Wardell leads the orchestra through a psychological tour with Nielsen’s incredible Symphony No. 2 – The Four Temperaments! PLUS experience the world premiere piece, “Symphony of Selves” by award-winning composer Paul Richards!

Saturday, April 10 | 7:30 PM – Ocala Symphony String Orchestra
Join the Ocala Symphony String Orchestra, led by music director and conductor Matthew Wardell for a night of great music! Performing the beloved Adagio by Samuel Barber, Serenade for Strings by the great Pytor Tchaikovsky and Starburst a dynamic piece by New York composer Jessie Montgomery, this concert is sure to be full of energy and vibrancy! Enjoy this concert in person with our limited-capacity seating or tune in live on the day of the performance! Sponsored by: Duke Energy, Culture Builds Florida, TD Bank, Ocala Municipal Arts Commission and COX Communications.

Saturday, March 20 | 3 PM – Ocala Percussion Ensemble
The OSO Percussion Ensemble celebrates percussion by exploring interesting works of the repertoire ranging from solos to full ensembles. The concert will feature a wide variety of instruments including the marimba, timpani, vibraphone, xylophone and more!

Saturday, Feb. 27 | 3 PM – Chamber Winds
The Ocala Symphony Orchestra Chamber Winds perform Beethoven’s Octet for winds in E-flat and Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments. Conducted by Chip Birkner, Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Florida. Enjoy this concert in person with our limited-capacity seating or tune in live on the day of the performance! Supported by TD Bank and Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 | 5:00 PM | 30th Annual Young Artist Competition Honors Recital
One of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s missions is to motivate, encourage and enhance the musical careers of outstanding young musicians. Musicians from around the country applied, and the top 7 were chosen to compete in the Honor’s Recital to perform their concerto with their accompanist. From this recital, the Junior and Senior division winners were chosen.


Saturday, July 4, 2020 | 3:00 PM | The Ocala Symphony Brass Ensemble presents Red, White and OSO Blue: A Salute to Independence
Join the OSO Brass Ensemble in a celebration of our country’s independence! From sea to shining sea, this concert is a stunning salute to the USA. Guest conductor, Chip Birkner, leads our exciting brass ensemble in a concert with patriotic favorites that include Battle Hymn of the Republic, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, American Revolutionary War Medley, and a special tribute to the Armed Forces.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Ramblin’ Mutts
Ramblin’ Mutts performs soulful, original, rhythm and blues. This summer they will be releasing their first full-length album titled “Pity and Mercy” featuring 15 original tunes. The album contains songs about love, loss, redemption and the blues. For this performance, the Ramblin’ Mutts will be performing selections from the upcoming album and also a few reinterpretations of traditional blues classics that honor the legacy of this timeless music form.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Julie Black & Her Band
Join us for an evening of female-driven, hyper-colorized original music rooted in early blues, jazz, soul, and rock!

Saturday, May 23, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Swing Theory 
Swing Theory effortlessly glides though eras and genres making each song their very own with Becky Sinn’s powerful vocals and timeless brass accompaniment. From swing to jazz, rock, funk, blues and more, Swing Theory has a little something for everyone. It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t Swing Theory!

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Gypsy Sparrow
Gypsy Sparrow’s performance will include a majority of their own work (Gimme Gimme, Hearts on Fire, etc.) and a small selection of pieces by artists who have influenced them.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Giselle Meets the Group
The wonderfully talented vocalist Giselle Felice joins the Greg Snider Group for a night of the songs you love and maybe a few you’ll learn to love. With a scat and improvisation focus, the group brings famous songs to life with communication and inclusivity. Featuring original music from each member of the band and multiple songs to lift your spirits. Greg Snider on saxophone, Erik Abernathy on guitar, Nolan Koskela-Staples on bass and Sean Thomas on drums.


Friday, May 1, 2020 | 7:00 PM | The Scott Wilson & José Valentino Global-Jazz Quartet
Amidst global crises, the United States of America has persevered time and time again, largely due to the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity that the nation’s people activated to heal their society. In its inception, jazz music became one of the predominant ways of expressing the human condition through improvisational dialogue between a cohort of people who came from all walks of life and served as a propeller for a more culturally-celebrated democracy. Similarly, the musical presentation offered by the University of Florida’s jazz and music business/entrepreneurship professors, keyboardist-EVI, Scott Wilson (former Musical Director for Universal Studios Japan and multi-world champion breakdancer), and flutist-saxophonist-bassist-vocalist, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz (EMMY® Award Winning TV composer, 52-time Downbeat® Music Award Winner, and 5-time UK Music Industry® Award Winner), will take listeners through a multi-dimensional sonic experience. This concert also features two of U.S.A.’s most extraordinary young lions of global jazz music: 5-time DownBeat Music Award Winner and drummer, Robert Acevedo jr., and virtuoso guitarist and bassist, Erik Abernathy.


Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 7:00 PM | “Just Two” José Valentino & Bruno Miranda
During these unprecedented times, two musicians join forces to create a musical experience aimed to sonically convey faith, hope, and love, with the aim to uplift the human spirit once again. Join Emmy Award winning musician, Dr. José Valentino, and 2-time Latin Grammy Nominated pianist, Bruno Miranda, for an unforgettable evening of duo musical performance of original compositions made to ameliorate listeners’ hearts.


Friday, April 24, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Glass Onion
Glass onion will perform a compilation of pop, rock and funk from all decades. From Beatles, Doobie Brothers and Hall and Oats to James Brown, Morris Day and Santana and everything in between.


Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Not Simply Minimalist presented by Joshua Mazur
Joshua L. Mazur presents a program of music by the acclaimed American Composer Philip Glass, including popular original works for piano (Metamorphosis I-V, Mad Rush, Witchita Vortex Sutra, Piano Etudes, Music in Fifths, Glassworks) and the composer’s arrangements of music from the 2002 film “The Hours”, and opera “Einstein on the Beach”. Glass’ music is known for its gently shimmering polyrhythmic textures and for their often hypnotizing and meditative repetitive structures. Music for our time, especially now.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Giselle Felice and Erik Abernathy
Tonight you will be hearing a collection of timeless covers and jazz standards as well as original music from the duo. As Giselle and Erik lead you through a musical evening, you’ll be following the delightful path of their music and life together. If you get lucky, Erik will bring his special brand of magic and humor, too. You can find more of their music at and Erik’s socially-distanced card tricks on Facebook.


Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 4:00 PM | Tasha Robinson
Tasha Robinson has been the Principal Harpist with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra for nearly a decade. She will be sharing 3 harps on this upcoming solo concert: a Rainbow Electroacoustic Harp, a Celtic Harp and a 19 string lap harp she calls Luigi that was made in Kingston Ontario Canada. Tasha will cover the Beatles to Coldplay and Debussy just to name a few.


Friday, April 17, 2020 | 7:00 PM | The Sean Thomas Quartet
The Sean Thomas Quartet will present a STAY at HOME repertoire for all to enjoy.  The repertoire will touch on selections by Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins, Bob Marley, Duke Jordon & Miles Davis performed by a cast that’s passionate about making music.  The Quartet features Kayton Lane (Drums), Nolan Koskela-Staples (Bass), Greg Snider (Saxophone) and Sean Thomas (Steelpans).


Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 7:00 PM | An Evening with Becky Sinn
Ocala’s beloved performer takes the Reilly digital stage singing fan favorites and her original songs that were written over the last 20 years . “While some are sad, some are funny, and some are romantic…they are all me”.


Friday, April 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM | “Bring the Noise” from The Moreau – VanTuinen Duo
“Bring the Noise” is a program focusing on newly commissioned works for the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo (Percussion/Euphonium-Tuba) as well as an adaptation of an original work for Bassoon and Euphonium. This program features the blending of both contemporary and experimental styles among each of these instruments. “Bring the Noise” is a bombastic culmination of what is expected and what could be!


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Brett Bass & Melted Plectrum
Melted Plectrum is the ace band of pickers Brett Bass has assembled across Florida to deliver his music with the dexterity, drive and authenticity required. They are Benny McDowell on Banjo, Joey Lazio on Mandolin and Rex Putnam on Upright Bass.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Joshua Mazur & Brian Hargrove
Joshua L. Mazur, singer, & Brian Hargrove, pianist, present a program of songs from the Broadway stage exploring Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in love and marriage, featuring familiar and beloved songs by Stephen Sondheim, Rogers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and others.


Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 8:00 PM | Adam Volpe & The Voltron Collective
Voltron Collective, an already precarious and fluid organization of ever-changing instrumentalists led by Drummer Adam Volpe will be bringing an unpredictable program of funky, jazzed-out and psychedelic explorations in instrumental music. Prepare for a journey inspired by these unique and unprecedented times rooted in the theme of tension and release. Featuring Jordan Garno (guitar), Bryan Lewis (keys) and Christian Ryan (winds).


Friday, April 3, 2020 | 8:00 – 11:00 PM | Just Joel Set List and Video Recording
Join us Friday night as we welcome Just Joel to our stage for a journey through sound. With over two decades of experience Joel is known for his unique style of genre bending and unorthodox track selection. This is a performance you won’t want to miss!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Randy Lee and Welson Tremura
Formed in 2018 by two University of Florida music professors from different areas, this eclectic trumpet and Brazilian guitar/vocal duo features classical transcriptions, Brazilian songs, jazz, and more as you have never heard them before. Since their founding, they have performed at UF as well as done a couple of tours to Spain. This duo is excited to play their set for the North Florida community, so enjoy an hour of fun, virtuosic, and beautiful music.


Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 3:00 PM | Stewart Kitts
Stewart Kitts presents a solo violin recital program with accompanist, Kathy Plympton that will take our viewers on a trip through the history of violin music. Stewart is a third generation professional violinist who is currently Concertmaster of the Ocala Symphony and Co-Concertmaster of the Villages Philharmonic. He resides in Gainesville, where he has a teaching studio, and is co-director, with his sister Jennifer, of the Celebration Suzuki Strings and conducts the Celebration String Orchestra. Stewart is the father of fourth generation violinists, Elizabeth and Natalie Kitts.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 8:00 PM | The Greg Snider Group
The Greg Snider Group is a jazz centric, modular ensemble ranging from duos to sextet and beyond. With an improvisatorial focus, the group excels in musical communication and putting on themed historical and genre based shows. The Group is currently in production of original music to be released on a full album later this year. Please check out for more information.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Keith Northover and Brian Hargrove
Dr. Keith Northover, clarinet, and Brian Hargrove, piano, bring a dynamic presentation of clarinet and piano music that spans from whimsy to melancholy. All three featured works on the program are written by living composers (Marc Eychenne, Paul Richards, and James Stephenson) and Keith will perform on four different instruments: the Bass Clarinet, the Basset Horn, the Eb Clarinet, and the Bb Clarinet. Brian will only play on one piano: The Reilly’s 9 foot Yamaha Concert Grand once owned by Yanni. (True Story)


Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Left on Broadway
Ocala duo, Olivia Ortiz and Mike Wall, make up the base of the pop fusion/acoustic lounge collaboration, Left On Broadway. Usually heard performing original songs and original arrangements with musicians Karim Martin, Greg Snider, Erik Abernathy, and featured additional guest artists. Left On Broadway has been featured twice as band of the year in Ocala Magazine in 2016 and 2019, the Couch Sessions series in 2017-2018, the Ocala Levitt Amp Concert Series in 2018, Fine Arts for Ocala 2017-2019, and numerous private parties, weddings, festivals and charity events.


Friday, March 20, 2020 | 7:00 PM | Silviu Ciulei & Tania Moldovan
Nationally celebrated flamenco guitarist and UF Professor, Silviu Ciulei, will perform an exciting assortment of French and Spanish classical guitar pieces, Flamenco music, and will be joined by renown touring violinist and wife, Aniela Moldovan, for exciting tango music and more.