Florida composers write Beethoven-inspired fanfares

In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, The Florida Orchestra is partnering with Florida colleges and universities to co-commission five short fanfares inspired by Beethoven.

Why would anyone mess with a Beethoven masterpiece?

This week is a rare performance of the Mahler version of Beethoven’s Eroica. What the heck does that mean? And why would anyone mess with a masterpiece? Kurt Loft explains today on the TFO blog.

Opening Night concerts dig into cultural roots of Tampa Bay

It’s Opening Week! Find out more about your favorite earworm works – Bolero! Grieg’s Piano Concerto! — and how they reflect Tampa Bay’s culture, today on the TFO Blog.

From one blank canvas to innovative ‘Don Quixote’ concert

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.

See Nat Geo’s ‘JANE in Concert’ with live Florida Orchestra

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.

TFO’s community programs jump 47%, reaching 91,000

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.

He’ll always be a one-note wonder for alligators

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.

TFO offers 20 free Instrument Petting Zoos for summer

Might not sound like Mozart – yet! – but kids can feel like him when they pick up a violin […]

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.

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.