See Nat Geo’s ‘JANE in Concert’ with live Florida Orchestra

We’re psyched to announce a change in our concert lineup: National Geographic’s JANE in Concert. Based on 100 hours of unseen footage, this stunning documentary of Jane Goodall and her chimpanzee research will play on the big screen while The Florida Orchestra performs the score by Philip Glass live.

TFO’s community programs jump 47%, reaching 91,000

91,000! That’s how many we reached last season through our mostly free community and education programs, such as violin lessons for kids and Pops in the Park concerts. How did Michael Francis and TFO grow these programs 47% in just four years? Today on the TFO Blog.

He’ll always be a one-note wonder for alligators

Principal Tuba Bill Mickelsen has played thousands of concerts for TFO in 40 years, but few notes have resonated like low B-flat for a swamp full of alligators. We look back with author Jeff Klinkenberg as Bill retires.

TFO offers 20 free Instrument Petting Zoos for summer

Might not sound like Mozart – yet! – but kids can feel like him when they pick up a violin […]

That’s a wrap! How do TFO musicians spend summer break?

TFO musicians performed more than 130 concerts this season. Whew! As the season ends, it’s time for umbrella drinks and long vacations, right? If only. Find out how some musicians keep busy over the summer, today on the TFO Blog.

Violinist performs concerto in her own (and Mom’s) retro style

Violinist Sarah Shellman searched high and low for just the right dresses for her concerto performances. Turns out one had been hanging in her mom’s closet since the ‘70s. Each dress has a story, today on the TFO Blog.

FSU student composer wins with piece inspired by ‘Lord of the Rings’

Way to go, Lincoln Sandham! The FSU student will have his piece, Silver Glass, premiered by TFO in May. His inspiration? Straight from The Lord of the Rings books. Find out more about the winner of TFO’s Student Composer Competition today on the TFO Blog.

My wife devoted a year to one violin concerto. Here’s why.

TFO violinist Sarah Shellman dedicated a year of her life to preparing a concerto for this weekend. Her husband, Greg, lived through it all. Get the inside scoop, today on the TFO Blog.

Confession: I like contemporary classical music

As TFO’s Sarah Shellman practices her upcoming violin concerto, her husband dares to admit what few will: “I like contemporary classical music.” He makes his case, today on the TFO Blog.

Take a boat to your next Florida Orchestra concert

We at The Florida Orchestra dislike sitting in traffic on the Howard Frankland Bridge as much as the next person. With the Cross Bay Ferry in action again, I wondered, can I skip the traffic and get a view?