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.

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.

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.

At home, silence is golden for violinist – and her cat

This TFO violinist’s house is filled with more cats than music. Find out why today on the TFO blog.

More cowbell! Bates Cello Concerto delivers that and more

It’s easy to be entranced by soloist Joshua Roman in the Bates Cello Concerto. But if you hang out in the percussion section, it’s all about the cowbells and thumb pianos. Tuned, of course. See and hear what we found, today on the blog, with video clips.

To support school orchestras, TFO teaches the teachers

When Meghan Lance took over as the orchestra director at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School, she had her work cut out for her. “I remember my first year thinking that the orchestra sounded like The Sister Act choir of orchestras. They were all playing at different times, horribly out of tune, I was like, ‘What is happening?!’“ Mrs. Lance said.

TFO’s Quilting Violinist, Linda Simon Hall

This weekend The Florida Orchestra’s “Quilting Violinist,” Linda Simon Hall, will be a celebrity judge at a quilt show put on by the Peacemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon. It’s aptly themed “A Symphony of Colors.”

Musician concert picks: John Shaw

John Shaw never tires of his top concert pick of the season – which percussionists know well from auditions. Today on the TFO Blog.