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Our goal: a steady beat of TFO stories you won’t get anywhere else, including news, peeks backstage, concert previews, musician profiles, photo albums, videos and much more. Make your TFO concert experience exceptional, and join the conversation with The Florida Orchestra’s blog.

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.


TFO goes virtual for free Prodigy violin lessons

TFO has not let the pandemic stop our free violin lessons for kids through the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program. We’ve gone virtual: “It’s a tough time right now, and any pocket of community or sense of belonging is so meaningful.”


TFO posts 100 free videos in TFO at Home series

We’ve hit 100 videos! That’s how many performance and education videos we’ve posted in our TFO at Home series since mid-March, when we vowed to keep the music going. All free.


How the arts became essential in a pandemic world

Has the pandemic doomed orchestras and the arts, especially in the schools? No way. Not if we’re creative. A unique view from a TFO Teaching Artist during Teacher Appreciation Week.


Suffrage song gets new life through technology

Conductor and composer Daniel Black found inspiration in his great-grandmother, a prominent suffragette in Wisconsin in the early 20th century, for his arrangement of Daughters of Freedom. Learn more about how the video was created, today on the blog.