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‘We will bring you music any way we can’

To our community,

With all the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, we know you have questions about The Florida Orchestra and what your concert experience will be like in the fall.

I’d like to share with you what we know so far.

We are planning fall concerts filled with the triumphant and inspirational music you love from your TFO musicians and Music Director Michael Francis, and we are hopeful that we’ll see you then.

We anticipate that changes to our previously announced season will be necessary, and we will outline those for you in August. We are allowing for the utmost flexibility so we can adjust if circumstances change, and we will continue to share updates before the season begins and throughout the year as warranted.

With everyone’s safety a top priority, we are diligently exploring options that include spaced seating, no-touch experiences in the lobby, smaller orchestra performances and live-streamed digital concerts.

For subscribers who love their seats, we will do what we can to accommodate you, but we also ask for your flexibility as we navigate physical distancing in the concert hall. Because circumstances continue to evolve, your tickets will be mailed a little later than normal but well before the season begins.

In the meantime, what can you do to help your orchestra?

The pandemic has tested each of us in very personal ways, but we hope you’ll consider how important music and The Florida Orchestra are to your life. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us with your donated tickets and contributions. If you can help further, please do so now at FloridaOrchestra.org/donate. We are more grateful than ever for your support.

We also hope you’ll check out our TFO at Home series on our website, where our musicians have been absolutely determined to keep the music going with an astounding 100 free performance and education videos, along with radio broadcasts and more.

Especially now, it is music that keeps us hopeful and connected. Keeps us sane. The Florida Orchestra will not be silenced even when times are difficult. With our vast, flexible reach throughout Tampa Bay, we are committed to playing a key role in unifying and healing our community – just as we have for more than 52 years. We will bring you music any way we can, with passion, beauty and strength.

On behalf of the entire Florida Orchestra, we miss you! It will be an emotional moment when we all come together to feel the power of a live concert for the first time in months. We cannot wait to share that moment with you.

Thank you and take care.

Mark Cantrell
President & CEO
The Florida Orchestra

4 replies
  1. Jeffrey Griglak
    Jeffrey Griglak says:

    As admirable as it is to want to bring music to the people; given the current spike (and rising number) of Coronavirus cases in Florida alternate solutions of “planning fall concerts filled with triumphant and inspirational music” would be better suited to virtual performances. New York City has gone from being a hot spot to leveling the number of new cases to a minimum and yet Broadway Theaters have just extended their closings until January 2021. The facts don’t lie. Be smart now so that there IS an orchestra in the future.

  2. jane Fanning
    jane Fanning says:

    Thanks for sharing this timely and important update. Many at Westminster Palms have expressed sadness at the lack of live music and have had many questions and worries about the orchestra, the musicians and the staff. Much appreciation for all the many “virtual” opportunities and incredible work to adapt to these times. We are all looking forward to return to the halls!


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