TFO adds ‘Be the Thunder’ to free park concert

As Tampa Bay cheers on the Lightning in the Stanley Cup playoffs, we’ll be the only ones bringing it with […]

TFO showcases Florida artwork, music at the Straz

From the moment you walk into the Straz Center on Friday, Florida will come to life through art and music. Fourteen works of art, all inspired by Florida, will be displayed in the Morsani lobby by the Life Enrichment Center for the Arts (LEC).

The Florida Orchestra is Participating in #‎GiveDayTampaBay

#GIVEDAYTAMPABAY reminds us about giving back and showing appreciation for what is important in our lives. Your Florida Orchestra believes […]

For first time in 10 years, TFO brings full fury of Verdi’s Requiem

To say the earth will tremble this weekend when The Florida Orchestra stages Verdi’s Requiem seems a bit dramatic. But that’s Verdi for you.

During Holocaust, why did Jews sing Verdi’s Requiem to their captors?

Located 30 miles north of Prague, Terezin/Theresienstadt was turned into a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp by the Nazis after their occupation of Czechoslovakia. The camp was unusual in that inmates included highly educated Jewish scholars and scientists as well as internationally renowned artists, musicians and actors including Czech composer Rafael Schächter and the famous German rabbi Leo Baeck. 

The world has always been her stage

Violinist Zubaida Azezi is a recent New World Symphony alumna, before she joined TFO at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Her passion for music has led her to perform on international stages in Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

The maestro who set TFO’s high standards dies at age 93

In the summer of 1981, I had the privilege of an invitation for lunch at the St. Petersburg home of Irwin Hoffman and Esther Glazer. It was a hot day, and soon after greeting me at the door, the couple offered a pitcher of lemonade and sandwiches ─ and a genuine curiosity about the 25-year-old journalist sitting in their living room.

Classical music powered by women

In classical music, it can be easy to overlook the influence of women. Beethoven! Mozart! Tchaikovsky! But now more than […]

Remember when fire alarms went off in Beethoven’s 9th?

You know you’re getting old when you find in a desk drawer a ticket stub to the opening of The Florida Orchestra’s 1981-82 season.

Major new work naturally inspired by Florida

Eighteen years ago, I spent an afternoon at the Brandon home of Michael Ippolito, where he sat at the piano talking about his newly composed Rhapsodie Pathetique. He played a passage and looked at me, confidently. “I’m the piano,’’ he said, “and the orchestra is the world.’’