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We are fusing art with music to perform Strauss’ Don Quixote like no other orchestra anywhere. Read about TFO’s first-ever visual artist-in-residence today on the TFO Blog.
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.
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.
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.
Might not sound like Mozart – yet! – but kids can feel like him when they pick up a violin […]
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 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.
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.
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.
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.