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Pianist embraces intimacy of Covid concert world

Many years ago, when TFO was playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Mahaffey …


Watch The Florida Orchestra on WEDU TV this Friday

The Florida Orchestra debuts on WEDU-PBS television this Friday (Dec. 18) at 9 pm with Inside …


TFO streams annual Youth Concert on demand for Tampa Bay schools

TFO will not let the coronavirus pandemic stop our 50-year tradition of Youth Concerts for thousands of Tampa Bay students. For the first time, TFO is streaming its annual program on demand straight into the classroom.


Unmasking Mozart while playing it safe

For soloists Clay Ellerbroek and Anna Kate Mackle, the pandemic brings new challenges for Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. But it’s worth it for “Mozart’s idea of heaven.”


For composer Jessie Montgomery, music is her voice

Juilliard-trained composer Jessie Montgomery finds her voice in music. Her engrossing work Strum opens our reimagined season this weekend. Read about how she composes on the TFO Blog.


Daniel Black named resident conductor

We are thrilled to announce that Daniel Black is our new resident conductor, our first in more than a decade. He conducts, composes and – new skill! – makes virtual orchestra videos during pandemics. Congratulations, Dan!


Concerts will follow CDC guidelines for masks, distancing

Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March, nothing has been more important than the …


We are making changes to our fall season to maximize safety

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, you must be wondering about the orchestra’s plan to return in the fall. President & CEO Mark Cantrell gives an update on changes in the works. Today on the TFO Blog.


‘We will bring you music any way we can’

“We will bring you music any way we can.” TFO President & CEO Mark Cantrell shares what we know so far about TFO’s fall season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Today on the TFO Blog.