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.

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For 50th anniversary season, TFO sells its most tickets ever

For the second year in a row, The Florida Orchestra has set a record for ticket sales, with 125,700 paid seats in the 2017-18 season. That’s two consecutive seasons above the 100,000 mark. Add in free tickets and community concert crowds, and the count climbs to more than 215,000. Not bad for our 50th birthday party. Thank you, Tampa Bay!

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The maestro who set TFO’s high standards dies at age 93

In the summer of 1981, I had the privilege of an invitation for lunch at the St. Petersburg home of Irwin Hoffman and Esther Glazer. It was a hot day, and soon after greeting me at the door, the couple offered a pitcher of lemonade and sandwiches ─ and a genuine curiosity about the 25-year-old journalist sitting in their living room.

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5 reasons to fall in love with the new season

Expecting a bit of a letdown after our grand 50th anniversary celebration? Don’t. Music Director Michael Francis has put an enormous amount of thought into programming every concert in our most wide-ranging season yet, which starts in the fall. “It’s our first chance to show where we’re going as an orchestra in our new era,” he said.

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