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?

Florida Orchestra concerts to air on Classical WSMR radio

Wishing you could hear TFO’s performance of The Planets again? Or how about Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue? You’re in luck! WSMR will be broadcasting 11 of our concerts starting March 28. Click thru for a complete schedule.

Safety Harbor woman donates bells she’s played her whole life to TFO

Sitting in the audience at The Planets last weekend, Joanne Biringer heard her set of orchestra bells ring out from TFO for the first time. The vintage bells she has played since she was 7 years old have found a new home.

How does a pianist prepare her mind for Mozart?

World-class pianist Anne-Marie McDermott talks about what goes through her mind – or not – as she performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 this weekend with TFO, including a bonus Inside the Music concert.

At home, silence is golden for violinist – and her cat

This TFO violinist’s house is filled with more cats than music. Find out why today on the TFO blog.

More cowbell! Bates Cello Concerto delivers that and more

It’s easy to be entranced by soloist Joshua Roman in the Bates Cello Concerto. But if you hang out in the percussion section, it’s all about the cowbells and thumb pianos. Tuned, of course. See and hear what we found, today on the blog, with video clips.

For cellist Joshua Roman, composer is just a text away

“Classical rock star” Joshua Roman performs the Bates Cello Concerto, written just for him. What’s it like to work with a composer who’s alive? Today on the blog.