Natalie Hoe gives Mozart Clarinet Concerto a voice

Principal Clarinet Natalie Hoe will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto on a Masterworks concert for the first time this weekend. No pressure! Find out her secret to the sublime work as well as her nerves, today on the TFO Blog.

Winter dreaming: Don’t underestimate Tchaikovsky & Sibelius

Get a fresh take on Tchaikovsky’s seriously underrated Symphony No. 1 and the rest of this weekend’s concert straight from the conductor, Daniel Black – his debut on our Masterworks series.

Eric Whitacre: Superstar composer and space nerd

Today, nearly 30 years later, Hubble continues to inspire, and not just scientists – but artists, writers and musicians. Eric Whitacre is one of them. The Grammy-winning composer is a certified space nerd and delighted in creating a score to accompany a visual mosaic of Hubble images from far, far away.

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.