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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.