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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.