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The Florida Orchestra Can Set the Stage for Musical Dates at Home or at the Theater

Feb 15, 2021
The Scoop: Since the 1960s, The Florida Orchestra has impressed audiences with concerts that put Tampa Bay’s most talented musicians in the spotlight. Full Story

Tony winner Debbie Gravitte sings with TFO: ‘I hope I don’t weep through the entire show’

Feb 12, 2021
She won a Tony Award in 1989 for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and the list of her stage accomplishments is impressive. Full Story

Whitney Houston, The Florida Orchestra and the 1991 Super Bowl

Feb 03, 2021
It was the song heard ‘round the world. Full Story

Florida Orchestra brings back 1991 Whitney Houston national anthem with video performance

Feb 03, 2021
The orchestra played with Houston at Super Bowl 25 in Tampa. Full Story

Pianist Natasha Paremski joins The Florida Orchestra this weekend

Jan 19, 2021
What do you suppose classical musicians listen to when they’re relaxing at home? For pianist Natasha Paremski, 33, the answer is: Pretty much anything but classical music. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra debuts on WEDU-PBS television

Dec 15, 2020
The performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 was recorded during a live concert. Full Story

TFO, violinist Multer put the spotlight on strings

Dec 03, 2020
The Florida Orchestra’s concertmaster, violinist Jeffrey Multer, has curated a trio of Mahaffey Theater concerts this weekend that will focus squarely on strings. Full Story

With a passion to play, kids can reach prodigy-potential through cultural arts program

Nov 18, 2020
TAMPA, Fla. – Standing tall and proud in her kitchen, 9-year old Lalya plays her favorite song as if she were first chair in an orchestra. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra Entertains Couples on Dates With Digital & Live Concerts

Nov 09, 2020
The Florida Orchestra has brought music, romance, and wonder to the Tampa Bay area for over 50 years, and not even a global pandemic can stop its vibrant performances. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra returned last weekend and has plans for even more concerts at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater

Nov 05, 2020
Only 25% of available seating is sold at the socially-distanced shows. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra performs live concert in St. Petersburg, its first since March

Nov 03, 2020
The orchestra performed Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 7’ to an enthusiastic, reduced audience. Full Story

For The Florida Orchestra, the show must go on – this weekend

Oct 30, 2020
The Florida Orchestra is back, and no one is happier than Michael Francis. Full Story

Limited Florida Orchestra tickets are on sale now

Oct 14, 2020
The Florida Orchestra’s highly anticipated return to the stage happens in just a few weeks, when their season kicks off Oct. 31 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, conducted by music director Michael Francis. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra is back: Here’s the revised fall season

Sep 23, 2020
A robust lineup of smaller concerts returns to the stage beginning Oct. 31. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra unveils upcoming socially-distanced season

Sep 22, 2020
The Florida’s Orchestra’s music director Michael Francis has been in Germany for the past couple of months, conducting his “other group,” the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. Full Story

Staying in tune: Music and the pandemic

Sep 15, 2020
The performing arts, which by definition require a crowd of people in a single space, took a major hit from the pandemic. Full Story

Michelle Painter – TFO Free Violin Lessons

Sep 15, 2020
Michelle Painter, The Florida Orchestra violin teacher, joined AM Tampa Bay to discuss how you can get free violin lessons for your kids. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra announces changes to their fall season

Aug 13, 2020
The season won’t start until October, performances will be shorter and they will offer livestreams of select Masterworks concerts. Full Story

Benefits of Music Education

Jul 06, 2020
Michelle Painter, TFO’s Prodigy coordinator and violin instructor, talks about the benefits of music education and free virtual violin lessons available. Full Story

Learn to play the violin for free this summer

Jul 02, 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic has not stopped The Florida Orchestra. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra is planning its eventual return

Jun 30, 2020
“What we’re doing right now,” says Florida Orchestra CEO Mark Cantrell, “is we’re trying to do a giant jigsaw puzzle while water skiing.” Full Story

Tampa violin teacher coaches student from hundreds of miles away

Jun 25, 2020
Alanis Trejo had to make an emergency trip to Mexico. Her instructor started coaching violin from Tampa. It’s created a special playing opportunity for the family. Full Story

Florida Orchestra providing free virtual violin lessons to children

Jun 17, 2020
The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has partnered with the University Area CDC’s Prodigy Cultural Arts Program and is offering free virtual violin lessons. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra Shares Virtual Concerts

May 08, 2020
Inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, The Florida Orchestra and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay brought together about 50 musicians for a virtual performance of the 19th century anthem Daughters of Freedom. Full Story

The Music Isn’t Stopping For The Florida Orchestra

May 07, 2020
Francis, TFO’s music director, shared his thoughts with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor during a Facebook Live interview last week. Full Story

How does he do it? Daniel Black on those Florida Orchestra videos

Apr 30, 2020
Our choice for TFO MVP – The Florida Orchestra’s Most Valuable Player – is associate conductor Daniel Black. Full Story

Florida Orchestra cancels season due to coronavirus

Apr 20, 2020
Performances around Tampa Bay had already been shut down into May. Full Story

How TFO Is Keeping Music Going During COVID-19 Outbreak

Apr 20, 2020
Michael Francis, Music director of The Florida Orchestra, joined AM Tampa Bay to discuss what The Florida Orchestra is doing to keep the music going during the COVID-19 outbreak. Full Story

43 Florida Orchestra musicians unite for virtual performance

Apr 17, 2020
Recording from their homes, musicians recreated a symphony-sized snippet of Tchaikovsky. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra says ‘Thanks’ and more

Apr 17, 2020
The Florida Orchestra’s music director, Michael Francis, appeared in a wide-ranging Catalyst Sessions interview earlier this week. During a discussion of the organization’s new TFO At Home initiative, he described “a lot of content from us really trying to make sure people will feel very connected.” Full Story

‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Michael Francis of The Florida Orchestra

Apr 15, 2020
If there’s one positive takeaway from the enormity of all the Covid-caused cancellations, Michael Francis said on Tuesday’s edition of The Catalyst Sessions, it might be the end of that old “Are the arts really necessary?” argument. Full Story

Florida Orchestra extends canceled shows through May 10

Apr 03, 2020
There remains some hope the orchestra could close out the 2019-20 season. Full Story

‘Believe in the pencil’: At the Florida Orchestra, the music’s in the margins

Mar 23, 2020
How does an orchestra make a masterwork its own? Thousands of tiny, hidden, hand-drawn markings. Full Story

A Season of Highs, a Sudden Silence – and Reflection on the Power of Music

Mar 18, 2020
The viral pandemic gripping our planet has put much of humanity in a lockdown mode, changing how we socialize, travel, dine and earn a living. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra, moving forward: ‘All options are on the table’

Mar 17, 2020
“The amount of healing an orchestra can help the community do is tremendous,” he believes. Full Story

Florida Orchestra suspends performances into April due to coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020
The orchestra is offering ticket exchanges and gift certificates, but for now, no refunds. Full Story

Sunday afternoon at the Florida Orchestra brings time together

Mar 11, 2020
The Florida Orchestra, however, is tough to beat for beautiful accuracy, live excitement, and life-long training on full display. Full Story

Florida Orchestra’s new season: A spate of super-sized symphonies

Feb 27, 2020
Salutes to ‘Star Wars’ and hip-hop dance will pack in crowds, but for the second straight year, nothing will pack the stage like Beethoven. Full Story

St. Pete to the Super Bowl: Meet Nicole Stott, Tampa Bay’s astronaut

Feb 21, 2020
Maybe you saw the Clearwater native in an ad for Olay. Next up, she works with the Florida Orchestra. Full Story

PJ Library partners with The Florida Orchestra for family-friendly event

Feb 07, 2020
A full house of children and adults joined The Florida Orchestra at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art on Sunday, Feb. 2. Full Story

Bernadette Peters brings Broadway razzle-dazzle to Florida Orchestra gala

Feb 02, 2020
The Tony-winning actress delivered a whole lot of Sondheim to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Full Story

Bernadette Peters talks singing Sondheim before Florida Orchestra gala

Jan 23, 2020
The two-time Tony-winning Broadway and film star headlines Saturday’s event in St. Petersburg. Full Story

Music, dance and images: The Florida Orchestra collaborates

Jan 15, 2020
The buzz is beginning to build for Art of the Stage: From Picasso to Hockney, the exhibition – and ambitious performance series – that kicks off 2020 at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg Jan. 25. Full Story

Plan Your Midday Escape To The Florida Orchestra

Jan 06, 2020
Start your new year with a guilty pleasure—a midday getaway to The Florida Orchestra. Full Story

Tampa Bay’s best stage shows of 2019: More than just ‘Hamilton’

Dec 23, 2019
How far into this best-of list can we get without bringing up Hamilton? Full Story

A new anthem: Florida Orchestra’s Michael Francis becomes American citizen

Dec 12, 2019
The conductor, who grew up British, has been performing in the U.S. since he was 16. Full Story

Yankees throw holiday concerts for children across Tampa Bay

Dec 12, 2019
Long-time host and retired news anchor John Wilson passed the torch this year to a new emcee, his son Mark Wilson. Full Story

Students get into the spirit of the season during annual Steinbrenner Christmas concert

Dec 11, 2019
CLEARWATER, Fla. – A packed audience of grade-school kids were treated to a live concert performance during the most festive time of the year thanks to the annual Steinbrenner Christmas concert. Full Story

Modern Notebook Interview: Vivian Fung

Nov 13, 2019
Vivian Fung is a JUNO-award winning composer who NPR has called “one of today’s most eclectic composers.” Her piece Fanfare will be performed by the Florida Orchestra their Winter Dreams concert. Full Story

Eric Whitacre takes TFO, Chorale into Hubble’s ‘Deep Field’

Nov 08, 2019
In a Straz Center dressing room, Eric Whitacre is talking about his choral work Lux Aurumque, commissioned by the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in 2000, and first performed here. Full Story

Eric Whitacre To Lead Florida Orchestra With ‘Deep Field,’ Hubble Images

Nov 06, 2019
Composer Eric Whitacre said one of his guiding principles is for people to feel a part of something larger than themselves. Full Story

Re-interpreting ‘Don Quixote’ with Strauss, Strik, Francis and TFO

Oct 09, 2019
Last month, The Florida Orchestra trumpeted the news that French-born painter Geff Strik had been named Visual Artist-In-Residence. Full Story

What is Tampa Bay? Florida Orchestra’s season opener seeks an answer

Sep 28, 2019
Friday’s opening night portrayed Tampa as a melting pot, delivering diverse pieces pulled from around the world. | Concert review Full Story

Broadway star Bernadette Peters booked for Florida Orchestra gala

Sep 27, 2019
Peters follows the likes of Sting and Seal playing with the orchestra. Full Story

5 questions for Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra

Sep 19, 2019
The music director is entering his fifth year with the orchestra, which has a Beethoven-heavy season opening Sept. 27 in Tampa. Full Story

Florida Orchestra names St. Petersburg painter first-ever ‘visual artist-in-residence’

Sep 13, 2019
The orchestra’s new partnership with Geff Strik launches in October with ‘Don Quixote.’ Full Story

Fall Arts Preview: The Florida Orchestra is bingeing on Beethoven, and here’s why

Sep 06, 2019
Happy birthday to Ludwig. Here’s how to celebrate and reflect on his life and work. Full Story

Single tickets for new Florida Orchestra season on sale Monday

Aug 09, 2019
When the Florida Orchestra’s 52nd season was announced, back in February, there were still many months of performances left to go in the 51st. It was all TFO, all the time. Full Story

Program helps students develop through music and art

Jul 30, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) – A youth program through the Community Development Corporation and Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation is teaching kids the foundations of music. Full Story

Young Musicians Sharpen Their Skills in Cultural Arts Program

Jul 24, 2019
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A lot of work goes into learning a new instrument. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra Does Big, Bold Beethoven

Jun 05, 2019
When The Florida Orchestra revs up in the fall, its Masterworks series will be powered by Ludwig van Beethoven, the greatest composer in classical music. Seem like an exaggeration? Not really. Full Story

It’s the last weekend to catch the Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay

May 22, 2019
You’re gonna want to take some time to see the Florida Orchestra before it goes on break for the summer. Full Story

WSMR’s Florida Orchestra Masterwork Includes USF Professor’s Original Piece

May 09, 2019
Earlier this year, the Florida Orchestra debuted a piece written by a University of South Florida music compositition professor. Full Story

Explosive orchestral percussion: Your weekend arts forecast

May 03, 2019
The Florida Orchestra’s Saturday concert at the Mahaffey Theater features a guest soloist whose reputation precedes him; indeed, in the field of contemporary classical music, the Scottish percussionist Colin Currie is pretty much a rock star. Full Story

Executive profile: Mark Cantrell of The Florida Orchestra

Apr 03, 2019
Six weeks into his new job as President and CEO of The Florida Orchestra, Mark Cantrell already has very clear ideas on how to move things forward. Full Story

Fresh New Work Spotlights Florida Orchestra Violinist

Apr 03, 2019
If a thoroughly modern orchestra wants to make its mark beyond dusting off the busts of Beethoven and Brahms, it needs to perform thoroughly modern music to reflect our own time. Full Story

Your weekend arts forecast: A masterwork and collaboration

Mar 28, 2019
It’s a good thing that Geff Strik hit it off with Michael Francis, the Florida Orchestra’s music director and principal conductor, when the two were brought together for a lunch meeting following a Coffee Concert at the Mahaffey Theater last fall. Full Story

A poem, a painter, a ‘transfigured’ performance — and it all came together over coffee

Mar 22, 2019
The Florida Orchestra’s Masterworks performance of Schoenberg’s ‘Verklarte Nacht’ will showcase local art in a unique way Full Story

BWW Review: BROADWAY TONIGHT at Florida Orchestra

Mar 21, 2019
If a Tony Award was given for Best Broadway Tribute By An Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra would have garnered several with their Broadway Tonight Broadway-musical-themed concert. Full Story

Florida Orchestra announces 2019-2020 season

Feb 27, 2019
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, the Florida Orchestra will welcome 49-year-old American composer and conductor Eric Whitacre for a concert spotlighting his Deep Field: A Cosmic Experience. Full Story

Florida Orchestra’s new season lineup: Batman, Bond and a whole lot of Beethoven

Feb 27, 2019
You can sum up the Florida Orchestra’s upcoming 52nd season in four notes: Bum-bum-bum BUMMMMMM! Full Story

Florida Orchestra returns to SFSC

Feb 14, 2019
The Florida Orchestra returns to the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College (SFSC) in Avon Park for a romantic trip through the stars for Valentine’s Day. Full Story

Florida Orchestra To Premiere USF Professor’s Original Piece

Feb 14, 2019
A  University of South Florida music composition professor’s latest work is getting a high-profile debut this week at the hands of the Florida Orchestra. Full Story

Classical music, outside of the concert hall

Feb 11, 2019
You say you want a revolution? Well, you know … there’s one happening downtown. Full Story

Seal literally embraces Florida Orchestra fans at Mahaffey Theater gala

Feb 11, 2019
Seal looked into audience at Mahaffey Theater on Saturday night, and felt a little unprepared for the occasion. Full Story

Review: Seal, Florida Orchestra serve up symphonic synergy in St. Petersburg

Feb 10, 2019
It happened during My Funny Valentine, the moment when Seal and the Florida Orchestra became one. Full Story

Is ‘Kiss From a Rose’ a modern standard?

Jan 30, 2019
When he arrives in Florida this week, Seal hopes to hit the courts. Full Story

Inaugural Celebration of the Arts to focus on Shakespeare

Jan 30, 2019
Many of St. Petersburg’s arts institutions and organizations – just about all of them, in fact – will be acknowledging the Bard of Avon, in some fashion, during the month of February. Full Story

Here’s where furloughed workers can get freebies and help in Tampa Bay

Jan 17, 2019
Both the Florida Orchestra and Ruth Eckerd Hall are offering free tickets to shows this week for furloughed government employees. Full Story

Florida Orchestra offering free tickets to furloughed government employees

Jan 17, 2019
In the early 1820s, Franz Schubert could sense that his years were numbered, so he began a creative period that saw him write several pieces, including his Symphony No. 9 (Schubert died in in 1828; the official diagnosis was typhoid fever, but some are suspicious). Full Story

CREATEThe art of conductivity: Maestro Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra

Jan 15, 2019
Suave, erudite and comfortable in a tuxedo, native Londoner Michael Francis could very well  be Tampa Bay’s James Bond  – if, that is, 007 had wavy red hair, a baby face and an overwhelming obsession with symphonic music. Full Story

An Intimate Evening with Seal – The Florida Orchestra

Jan 11, 2019
When four-time Grammy winner Seal performs with The Florida Orchestra, it will be more than an extraordinary concert. It’s a banner of support for the orchestra that has been a part of Tampa Bay for 50 years. Full Story

Musician earns a place right beside the woman who taught her to play

Jan 04, 2019
The Florida Orchestra now employs a 23-year-old from Clearwater and her 67-year-old former teacher. Full Story

Florida Orchestra Invites Tampa Bay To Sing Out

Jan 03, 2019
Perhaps you sing in the shower or in your car. This February, the Florida Orchestra is hoping everyone in the Tampa Bay region will be part of singing together in early February. Full Story

Florida Orchestra names Mark Cantrell its new president and CEO

Dec 19, 2018
The longtime musician and orchestra manager succeeds Michael Pastreich. Passions include sled dog racing and flying planes. Full Story

Florida Orchestra names Mark Cantrell president and CEO

Dec 19, 2018
The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has named Mark Cantrell as its new president and CEO. The current CEO of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will join TFO on Valentine’s Day and is tasked with leading the state’s premier orchestra into its next 50 years. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra announces new CEO

Dec 19, 2018
Mark Cantrell, currently the CEO of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, has been named the new President and CEO of the Florida Orchestra, effective Feb. 14. Full Story

Florida Orchestra, Prodigy gain added dollars for violin lessons

Dec 13, 2018
The Hillsborough County Commission recently approved an additional $100,000 to extend and expand the music lessons Full Story

Florida Orchestra Music Director Takes On Additional Conducting Job in Germany

Dec 13, 2018
Music Director Michael Francis will remain at the helm of the Florida Orchestra, as he recently signed a contract extension that runs until 2024. Full Story

Feels so good: Jeff Tyzik conducts Florida Orchestra holiday concerts this week

Dec 10, 2018
Armed with a satchel full of talent and ambition, and a Master’s from the Eastman School of Music, Jeff Tyzik launched a career in the mid ‘70s that would take him from one musical pinnacle to another. Full Story

Violinist Esther Yoo dazzles with Florida Orchestra in Mendelssohn concerto

Nov 17, 2018
TAMPA — Not a ton of people have heard of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony, the title piece in this weekend’s Florida Orchestra concert series. Full Story

At 24, violinist Esther Yoo is already making a mark in the music world

Nov 16, 2018
TAMPA — Esther Yoo should be tired. The night before, she was playing in London’s Cadogan Hall. Full Story

Florida Orchestra, Holocaust Museum collaborate in a stirring A Child of Our Time

Nov 10, 2018
TAMPA — Eighty years ago this weekend, Nazi rioters unleashed a wave of antisemitic violence and rage. Whipped up by the propaganda minister and aided by the Gestapo, they killed scores of citizens, burned hundreds of synagogues, and vandalized or destroyed more than 7,500 Jewish-owned businesses. Full Story

A Child of Our Time

Nov 10, 2018
The Florida Orchestra’s most recent Masterworks Concert combined Sir Michael Tippett’s cantata A Child of Our Time with an orchestral suite, with vocals from George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Full Story

Florida Orchestra re-enacts 17th-century concert performance of Bach, Vivaldi

Oct 28, 2018
TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra hosts a throwback party this weekend with a baroque theme. Full Story

Seal will join Florida Orchestra at St. Petersburg gala concert on February 9

Oct 19, 2018
Last year saw Sting join the Florida Orchestra for a gala concert that raised $1.5 million for the organization, and on Tuesday, the orchestra announced that another Grammy-winner, Seal, would join it (along with music director Michael Francis) for its upcoming 2019 gala on February 9. Full Story

Singer Seal to headline February’s Florida Orchestra gala

Oct 18, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra has landed Seal, a four-time Grammy winner, to headline its fund-raising gala at the Mahaffey Theater Feb. 9. Full Story

Florida Orchestra combines Pride celebration with Bernstein’s Broadway concert

Oct 02, 2018
The Florida Orchestra has added a shoutout to the Tampa Bay area’s LGBTQ community as part of this weekend’s concert series, Bernstein’s Broadway. Full Story

Florida Orchestra opens season with a powerful Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

Oct 01, 2018
TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra season got off to a strong start Friday with Ludwig van Beethoven’s most famous work, the broodingly triumphant Symphony No. 5. Full Story

Florida Orchestra extends contract of music director Michael Francis an additional three years

Sep 28, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — With the Florida Orchestra on stage behind him, Michael Francis was deep into a lecture Thursday about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 when an alert went off on someone’s phone. Full Story

Photos of TFO’s brass ensemble at Tampa International Airport

Sep 25, 2018
The Florida Orchestra’s pop-up concert weekend kicked off on Friday with a handful of shows including this one at Tampa International Airport where a brass ensemble entertained travelers. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra to launch new season

Sep 21, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG – Riddle me this: What do Ludwig van Beethoven, William Shakespeare and Walt Disney have in common? Full Story

Florida Orchestra conducts first Pride Weekend

Sep 20, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG | The Florida Orchestra (TFO) will hold its inaugural Pride Weekend across two performing arts centers Oct. 5-6. Full Story

In a new season, Florida Orchestra expands reach, new top soloists

Sep 05, 2018
The Florida Orchestra has prepared a 51st season with a wide range of grand masters and newer work, an increased visibility for minorities and women and more collaborations with museums and other artistic institutions. Full Story

Orchestra to blitz area with pop-ups

Aug 30, 2018
The Florida Orchestra opens its 51st season Sept. 28 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. But you might see them around a week before that. Full Story

Florida Orchestra adds ‘Home Alone’ movie to Christmas concert lineup

Aug 07, 2018
The Home Alone series of movies recalls hits such asHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Jingle Bell Rock, but Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ charming score has the lilting nostalgic tone that makes it a Christmas classic. And now the Florida Orchestra plans to make it an event. Full Story

Florida Orchestra names Daniel Black as new assistant conductor

Aug 03, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra has hired conductor Daniel Black to share an increased workload in community concerts and other special programs. Full Story

Thanks to grant, would-be musicians get hands-on opportunity

Aug 02, 2018
At the start, it wasn’t like listening to a symphony. Young hands moved bows over their violins and out came high-pitched screeching. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra’s Pastreich leaves his legacy through community

Aug 02, 2018
In July, Michael Pasteich announced his plan to step down as the executive director of The Florida Orchestra after 11 years of leadership that sparked immense growth in the organization Pastreich met in dire straits. Full Story

Florida Orchestra CEO steps down

Jul 24, 2018
The Florida Orchestra President & CEO Michael Pastreich, who has helped the orchestra boost its revenue, is stepping down after more than a decade, the orchestra announced Monday. Full Story

Florida Orchestra president Michael Pastreich steps down after 11 years

Jul 24, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — Michael Pastreich, the longest-serving president and CEO of the Florida Orchestra in its 50-year history, is resigning after 11 years leading the orchestra. Full Story

Michael Pastreich, The Florida Orchestra’s longest-serving CEO, had stepped down

Jul 24, 2018
After nearly 11 years of service, The Florida Orchestra‘s (TFO) longest-serving CEO is stepping down. Full Story

Florida Orchestra president Pastreich stepping down after record year

Jul 24, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Florida Orchestra President & CEO, Michael Pastreich, is stepping down after more than a decade of growth. Full Story

St Pete nonprofits collaborate to inspire growth

Jul 20, 2018
Community leaders have long encouraged nonprofit collaboration. The cooperation can take many forms, from programmatic alignment to interdependent service development. Full Story

Seasons in the Symphony

Jul 17, 2018
Symphony orchestras don’t grow by chance. Their presence in a community is indicative of thoughtful management, patron and donor support, as well as the ability to attract and maintain quality musicians. Full Story

Play encouraged at Florida Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo

Jul 17, 2018
ZEPHYRHILLS — Enticing kids to become avid page turners is part of the Pasco County’s “Libraries Rock” summer reading program. There’s always a fun element to bring them in, that this year comes with a musical theme. Full Story

Florida Orchestra agrees to pay musicians more, explores summer concerts

May 31, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — First, the good news for Florida Orchestra musicians — a 12-percent raise. Full Story

Moved by the Music

May 25, 2018
Noah stands at the end of the Florida Orchestra performance and follows the other kids up to the podium. Full Story

Editorial: A sweet note for the Florida Orchestra’s violin program for at-risk kids

May 22, 2018
This is music to the ears. Members of the Florida Orchestra will introduce at-risk students to the violin this summer at some Hillsborough recreation centers. For free. Full Story

Florida Orchestra closes 50th masterworks season with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

May 20, 2018
TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra wraps up its final masterworks concert of the season with a masterfully complex Johannes Brahms piano concerto and Ludwig van Beethoven’s warmly accessible Symphony No. 6, commonly known as the “Pastoral.” Full Story

Florida Orchestra to offer violin lessons for at-risk Tampa youth

May 17, 2018
TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra will begin tutoring at-risk children free of charge, thanks to a Hillsborough County grant. Full Story

Florida Orchestra strikes powerful chord with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, violinist James Ehnes

May 06, 2018
TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra’s latest masterworks concert joins two figures who by all rights should be household names, written by one for the other. Full Story

The Holocaust connection that makes the Florida Orchestra’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ concert special

Apr 19, 2018
The Florida Orchestra puts another exclamation point on its 50th season with Verdi’s Requiem, this weekend’s concert series, a major presentation of an iconic work. Full Story

3 ways Verdi’s Requiem will be heavenly with The Florida Orchestra

Apr 12, 2018
For the first time in nearly 10 years, The Florida Orchestra will perform Verdi’s sublime Requiem, featuring Music Director Michael Francis and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, on April 20-22 as part of TFO’s 50th anniversary season. Here are three reasons it will be a night of pure heaven in the concert hall. Full Story

As Florida dramatically slashes arts funding, theaters and museums scramble

Apr 09, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — The state of Florida and its arts programs have a complicated relationship. Full Story

Orchestra goes for a festive, intimate evening featuring cellist Lynn Harrell

Mar 24, 2018
TAMPA — This weekend’s round of concerts by the Florida Orchestra departs from the usual format. The concert, which opened Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, does not feature a full orchestra. Full Story

Five things that make Lynn Harrell the most interesting world-class cellist

Mar 23, 2018
Over drinks, Lynn Harrell could keep a person of even average curiosity entertained. The cellist and two-time Grammy winner can regale about his travels, drop a few of the household names he’s played with, drop the Pope’s name. Full Story

Demanding, respected Irwin Hoffman, first conductor of Florida Orchestra, dies at 93

Mar 22, 2018
Orchestra musicians respected and feared Irwin Hoffman, the founding conductor of what is now the Florida Orchestra. Full Story

Florida Orchestra Celebrates 50th With A Premiere

Feb 28, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Florida Orchestra celebrated its 50th anniversary the weekend of Feb. 23 with a Florida-themed world premiere. For the occasion, music director Michael Francis set his sights on homegrown talent, commissioning Triptych by Tampa native  Michael Ippolito. Full Story

Orchestra explores spirit of Florida and the U.S. with ‘Triptych’ and ‘New World’ Symphony

Feb 24, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — One of the more important programs in the Florida Orchestra’s season combined Antonin Dvorak’s best known symphony with the debut of a major commission. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

Feb 23, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — The composer sat in semi-darkness, his hand drifting like a slow pendulum at his side. On the Mahaffey Theater stage, the violins led a creaking and mysterious journey through a cypress swamp, the inspiration for the first movement. Full Story

Florida Native’s ‘Triptych’ An Ode To The State

Feb 21, 2018
Composer Michael Ippolito’s early life in Florida was filled with music, in schools like Brandon’s McLane Middle School. He says he was a little bit ahead of his classmates in music class and grew bored. That’s when a teacher suggested he jot down the music in his head. Full Story

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Feb 17, 2018
TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Full Story

Review: The Florida Orchestra unites Trekkies and Star Wars fans in a concert of nerdgasmic proportions

Feb 10, 2018
Whether you consider yourself a Sith Lord or a Vulcan, you can call The Florida Orchestra your master this weekend. Full Story

Florida Orchestra mixes it up, collaborates with community in 2018-19 season

Feb 08, 2018
Themes are useful sometimes. Right now, the Florida Orchestra is still enjoying the heart of its 50th anniversary season, which has been big and loud and celebratory. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra debuts a brand-new work!

Feb 05, 2018
Tampa native Michael Ippolito was commissioned to write a major work for The Florida Orchestra’s 50th anniversary. A graduate of Brandon High School, he grew up listening to The Florida Orchestra. Full Story

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Jan 20, 2018
TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this. Full Story

Jahja Ling and his pianist wife, Jessie Chang, delight with Sibelius and Beethoven

Jan 06, 2018
TAMPA — With a genial wave and a smile, the Florida Orchestra’s second music director greeted a Tampa Bay audience, the kind he used to see over 14 seasons. Full Story

A figure of calm encouragement, Jahja Ling returns to conduct the Florida Orchestra

Jan 02, 2018
Jahja Ling was both a sideline coach and cheerleader for musicians of the Florida Orchestra, a man who would wring out every last ampere of dedication, then recharge their batteries with praise. Full Story

Best of 2017: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, Aaron Carter top Tampa Bay’s best concerts

Dec 29, 2017
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert (Sept. 30, Straz Center): I’m a Harry Potter fan to the farthest extent (yes, I have a Hogwarts house robe and multiple wands), so I was going to this concert in September no matter what it entailed. Full Story

Every little thing they do is magic

Dec 15, 2017
All of these musicians live their daily lives in the Tampa Bay area pumping gas, buying groceries and mowing lawns, and then those same hands, 120 or so of them, come together to create music that moves us to other times and other places. Full Story

Sting rocks the house with old and new hits in Florida Orchestra gala

Dec 10, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG — In some ways, the Florida Orchestra’s gala with Sting looked like other concerts of a mega-star. Most of the fans who packed the Mahaffey Theater bought their tickets the day they went on sale. They cheered and sang along at the opening strains of the singer-songwriter’s instantly recognizable hits. Full Story

Concert Review: Sting and The Florida Orchestra rock the Mahaffey

Dec 10, 2017
Man, can that Sting sing — and the orchestra finds new dimension in his songs. Full Story

Sting performs with the Florida Orchestra for 50th Anniversary Gala

Dec 10, 2017
Sting was the guest and performer of honor for the Florida Orchestra’s fundraising gala Saturday in St. Pete. Sting performed some of his notable songs; Englishman in New York, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic and Roxanne. Full Story

Orchestra delivers a stirring Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2

Dec 02, 2017
Under the baton of Stuart Malina, the orchestra plays the piece with an almost total unanimity, the kind that only comes when musicians appear to know the score by heart. Full Story

Our music critics wonder, how will Sting mesh with the Florida Orchestra?

Nov 30, 2017
I was working construction the year Roxanne peaked on the Billboard charts and was playing all the time. With some of the more monotonous jobs, such as grading slabs, the radio is an important part of getting through it. Full Story

Florida Orchestra blazes through Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Oct 28, 2017
TAMPA — Even people who aren’t music fans have heard of the 1812 Overture. Tchaikovsky’s booming showpiece lives on a mezzanine level of the mass mind, somewhere between Beethoven’s fifth symphony and Chopin’s Études. Full Story

World Premiere At The Florida Orchestra This Weekend

Oct 27, 2017
Five world premieres will mark The Florida Orchestra’s five decades of music-making in the Tampa Bay community. Full Story

Students get an opportunity to make music with Florida Orchestra

Oct 26, 2017
WESLEY CHAPEL — The excitement was palpable as students hopped off their school buses and streamed into the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. Full Story

This is the most heroic triangle solo of all time

Oct 19, 2017
The Florida Orchestra recreated a hilarious triangle solo stunt from a (slightly weird) TV insurance advert – and it went down an absolute storm. Full Story

Percussionist rocks out with a blazing triangle solo during Florida Orchestra performance

Oct 18, 2017
Oh, the poor triangle. It’s the orchestra equivalent of a rock band’s tamborine, and such easy fodder for jokes. Full Story

Fortune smiles on Florida Orchestra’s 50th season opening

Oct 09, 2017
TAMPA — A tympanist smashes a pair of mallets onto a drumhead, and the chorus erupts. O Fortuna! Full Story

The Florida Orchestra is about to sound a whole lot better at the Mahaffey

Oct 04, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG — In total silence, one of the world’s foremost acousticians bent over a sound board and slid a button forward. Full Story

Orchestra to play along for second chapter of Harry Potter film series

Oct 03, 2017
Coming off a weekend when muggles snapped up enough tickets for four shows of live orchestra music played alongside a showing of the first Harry Potter film, the Florida Orchestra announced Monday that the second film in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will get also the live score treatment. Full Story

Here’s what the Florida Orchestra will perform for its 50th anniversary season

Sep 28, 2017
As the Florida Orchestra gears up for its golden anniversary in the Tampa Bay area, we asked music director Michael Francis to share his thoughts on the classical lineup. Full Story

Florida Orchestra hits the half-century mark on a triumphant note

Sep 28, 2017
The Florida Orchestra began 50 years ago with a mixture of nervousness and pride, dreams of artistic excellence and an accompanying surge for the arts on both sides of Tampa Bay. Full Story

Broomsticks and brass: The Florida Orchestra takes a trip to Hogwarts

Sep 27, 2017
CL Tampa talks to conductor John Jesensky about quidditch, John Williams and more. Full Story

What to expect from the Florida Orchestra’s ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ show

Sep 26, 2017
With just a few short tings from the celesta, a small piano-style instrument, and you’re instantly transported to Harry Potter’s wizarding world. Full Story

‘Harry Potter’ takes on entire Florida Orchestra in concert

Sep 25, 2017
It can be a daunting task to conduct an orchestra that’s providing accompaniment for a film. For the most part, the conductor has to keep the timing perfect, down to the split-second, so that the music syncs up with the film the way it’s meant to. Full Story

Florida Orchestra lands rock star Sting for its 50th anniversary gala

Aug 04, 2017
The Florida Orchestra has landed a real rock star. The orchestra will celebrate its 50th anniversary fundraising gala with a performance from Sting, one of popular music’s biggest icons, the orchestra announced Thursday. Full Story

Sting w/ The Florida Orchestra — here’s how to get tickets to the Dec. 9 show

Aug 04, 2017
TFO members get a crack on Sept. 25; sales to general public start on Oct. 2 Full Story

Florida Orchestra lands rock star Sting for its 50th anniversary gala

Aug 03, 2017
The Florida Orchestra will celebrate its 50th anniversary fundraising gala with Sting, one of popular music’s biggest icons, the orchestra announced Thursday. Full Story

Conductor thinks they’ll play ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ but orchestra has hilarious prank planned

Jul 05, 2017
The Florida Orchestra decided to prank their music conductor and director Michael Francis during a rehearsal of the United States of America’s national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. Full Story

Florida Orchestra and Tampa Bay Master Chorale scrap search for a joint conductor

Jul 05, 2017
After a yearlong effort, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Florida Orchestra have abandoned their search for a conductor capable of leading both groups. Full Story

Orchestra Members Confuse British Conductor When They Play His National Anthem

Jun 12, 2017
The best kind of pranks are the ones that make everyone involved smile, even the one who was tricked! Full Story

Governor veto of $500,000 strikes a sour note for Florida Orchestra

Jun 05, 2017
The Florida Orchestra got an unwelcome surprise late Friday when Gov. Rick Scott ruled out $500,000 in funds to help pay for a new outreach program. Full Story

Florida Orchestra season ends on a triumphant note with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

May 22, 2017
TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra ends its 49th season with a complete set of three qualitatively different pieces. Full Story

After 44 years, principal clarinetist Brian Moorhead retires from Florida Orchestra

May 19, 2017
TAMPA — He’s had the same dream lately. Brian Moorhead is waiting for a bus carrying fellow musicians of the Florida Orchestra. Full Story

A World of Impact: An Interview with Florida Orchestra Director Michael Francis

May 16, 2017
Florida Orchestra Director Michael Francis has grabbed ahold of his duties as a Tampa Bay cultural leader with the same fervor he waves his conductor baton. Full Story

St. Petersburg street will also be co-named Florida Orchestra Way

May 05, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG — In a civic hat tip to the Florida Orchestra, the City Council on Thursday voted to amend street signs for a part of downtown First Street. Full Story

Florida Orchestra cancels fireworks, free concert still on

May 04, 2017
TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra has canceled a planned fireworks display Sunday at its free at its Pops in the Park concert, the result of a burn ban issued by Hillsborough County. Full Story

Review: Florida Orchestra pays tribute to young composers in breakout works

May 01, 2017
TAMPA — One of the most engaging moments in The B-Sides, a remarkable composition by Mason Bates for orchestra and electronica performed by the Florida Orchestra this weekend, comes through the sandpaper voice of astronaut Edward White, the first American to step out of a capsule and into space. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on September 30

Apr 24, 2017
Hit play on “Hedwig’s Theme” below before you start reading this post — it’ll be more fun, we swear. Full Story

Harry Potter Film Concert Series coming to Tampa

Apr 24, 2017
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WFLA) – Harry Potter fans in the Tampa Bay area will soon get a chance to experience the magic in a brand new way when the Harry Potter Film Concert Series makes a stop in the area. Full Story

‘Harry Potter,’ ‘La La Land’ orchestral concerts coming to Tampa Bay

Apr 24, 2017
The Florida Orchestra will bring the music of Harry Potter to life with a one-night performance of John Williams‘ score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone… Full Story

Florida Orchestra concert lets lesser-known works shine

Apr 03, 2017
TAMPA — This weekend’s Florida Orchestra concert takes a different path, showcasing less celebrated works by Maurice Ravel, Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Full Story

Orchestra coming to Citrus

Apr 03, 2017
For years, The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has played mainly at venues in Tampa Bay — the Straz Center in Tampa, the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, or Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Full Story

Beautiful Music As FL Orchestra Plays USF Students’ Original Compositions

Mar 21, 2017
The Florida Orchestra’s 2016-17 season wraps up May 19-21 with a trio of concerts featuring works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sclafani. Full Story

Florida Orchestra composes a 50th anniversary season of celebration

Mar 15, 2017
The Florida Orchestra has been planning its 50th anniversary season all year and the party is on. Full Story

Master Class: What does an orchestra conductor do?

Mar 08, 2017
TAMPA – The young man lifted his hands, one of which held a baton, and brought them down. Full Story

Orchestra goes interdisciplinary with the ‘Dali Experience’

Mar 06, 2017
TAMPA — Since taking over as music director in 2015, Michael Francis has articulated a strong interest in expanding the reach of the Florida Orchestra, geographically and culturally. Full Story

USF, The Florida Orchestra Partner to Give Student-Composers Invaluable Career Preparation Opportunity

Feb 20, 2017
Members of The Florida Orchestra recently performed five student compositions. One of the works will be premiered during the orchestra’s Masterworks Series in May. Full Story

Calm of Debussy and Duruflé surrounds the storm of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2

Feb 20, 2017
TAMPA — The latest offering by the Florida Orchestra begins with dewdrops and ends on a whisper. Full Story

Itzhak Perlman thrills crowd at Florida Orchestra gala

Feb 06, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG — Itzhak Perlman wowed a packed Mahaffey Theater crowd with sweet renderings of film scores, delivered as only he can for a variety of reasons. Full Story

Florida Orchestra’s David Bowie tribute evokes awe, nostalgia for singer Tony Vincent

Jan 31, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG — Tony Vincent bought David Bowie’s Blackstar album the day it was released. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra kicks off happy hour concert series on February 2

Jan 30, 2017
For better or worse, many of us have a cocktail or three to help us get through uncomfortable situations, and if you’ve ever been intimidated by the orchestra, then this could be your chance to put that practice to use. Full Story

Free Drinks, Music and More at New Happy Hour Concerts

Jan 27, 2017
The work day is done, would you rather sit in your car in rush hour traffic, or relax at a HAPPY HOUR concert at the Straz in downtown Tampa? Full Story

Florida Orchestra – February Events

Jan 27, 2017
Are you tired of rush hour traffic in Tampa? Let the music move you instead. Join the Florida Orchestra for its brand new Happy Hour Concerts. Full Story

The Florida Orchestra brings Masterworks concerts

Jan 27, 2017
AVON PARK — The Florida Orchestra usually performs in St. Petersburg but its first-ever residency program brought the orchestra to perform at the Alan Jay Wildstein Performing Arts Center at South Florida State College. Full Story

Florida Orchestra principal oboe John Upton takes the lead in Mozart concerto

Jan 20, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG — John Upton wondered if Michael Francis would remember him. The young oboist and the music director of the Florida Orchestra had met just a few months earlier. Full Story

Editorial: The Florida Orchestra reaches out

Jan 06, 2017
Thanks to a state grant, the Florida Orchestra is embarking on new outreach efforts that will extend its reach across the state and bring its music to underserved audiences. Full Story

With new grants, Florida Orchestra is increasing its presence around the state

Jan 05, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra will take on an expanded presence throughout Florida, thanks to new funding that will send musicians to cities around the state. Full Story

‘Fantastic’ Florida Orchestra opens residency in Daytona

Jan 05, 2017
The Florida Orchestra is on a mission to make symphony concerts accessible to everyone, not just people of means. The reason is simple: “When people come who haven’t been before, they leave transformed,” said Michael Francis, the state orchestra’s music director. Full Story

Florida Orchestra concertmaster Jeffrey Multer shines as soloist

Dec 05, 2016
TAMPA — Every year, some of the world’s best violinists play on our stages. This year, young sensations Simone Porter and Benjamin Beilman wowed Florida Orchestra audiences. Full Story

Florida Orchestra connects sea-themed works, old and new

Nov 12, 2016
The Florida Orchestra has paid tribute to the big guns of music, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony so far this year, with Mahler and Tchaikovsky yet to come. Full Story

Daughter’s words live on in composition, ‘The Work at Hand’

Nov 10, 2016
The piece inspired the concert, The Work at Hand, by American composer Jake Heggie, grew out of an unpublished poem about cancer. Its author, Laura Morefield, died at 50 in 2011, of colon cancer. Full Story

Review: Violinist Benjamin Beilman electrifies at Florida Orchestra concert

Nov 10, 2016
A young violinist got the crowd leaping to its feet, and the Florida Orchestra celebrated three innovative composers on Friday with Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony. Full Story

Jeremy Denk dazzles, orchestra adapts to late program change

Oct 22, 2016
TAMPA — One of the world’s foremost pianists performed brilliantly Friday with the Florida Orchestra. Full Story

Pianist Jeremy Denk changes Florida Orchestra program a week before concert

Oct 18, 2016
Jeremy Denk Plays Ravel, a Florida Orchestra concert, was to open this weekend at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Full Story

Florida Orchestra’s opens season in smashing form with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Oct 01, 2016
TAMPA — Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 has become so ingrained in music, it is easy to imagine it was always there somehow. Full Story

At the busiest time, 30 minutes of pleasure

Sep 22, 2016
TAMPA — Everywhere else, the evening rush hour was dragging everything living and breathing gradually under foot. Full Story

Florida Orchestra season lineup features world-class talent, a mix of classics and new work

Sep 22, 2016
As a conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Michael Francis spends time on the details. He is the border collie nipping at the herd, the proofreader who preserves accuracy to the text, the timekeeper. Full Story

Orchestra Hits The Road For Community Concerts

Sep 06, 2016
Classical music to some people conjures up images of large music ensembles in ornate concerts halls. The Florida Orchestra is trying to change that perception by performing in the community. Full Story

Florida Orchestra presents free concerts in September, beyond

Sep 06, 2016
If catching the Florida Orchestra soon is on your priority list but can’t quite grab the top spot, the orchestra has just made your life easier. Full Story

Florida Orchestra announces ‘Legend of Zelda’ symphony at the Mahaffey

Aug 01, 2016
The one-night-only performance comes to St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater on Dec. 16 featuring orchestral versions of music from the popular Nintendo franchise timed to high-definition Zelda video on a big screen. Full Story

Florida Orchestra takes on Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ with passion and purpose

May 02, 2016
It is a reverent and serious interpretation with which I can find no fault. Full Story

Sing Out! Tampa Bay

Apr 26, 2016
You do it in the shower. You do it in the car. You might as well do it on the stage. The Florida Orchestra is making room on theirs… Full Story

Novice meets classical for community-based sing-along concert Sing Out! Tampa Bay

Apr 25, 2016
Performers practice during the rehearsal for Sing Out! Tampa Bay at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg… Full Story

Review: Debussy’s Prelude showcases the deep talent of the Florida Orchestra

Apr 18, 2016
In a concert without a visiting guest star, it was a demonstration of just how deeply talented our local band is. Full Story

Florida Orchestra presents Golden Baton Award

Apr 14, 2016
Dr. Robert H. Wharton Jr. fell in love with classical music as a child when his father brought records home to play for the family. Full Story

Violinist Perlman set for Florida Orchestra gala in February

Apr 08, 2016
Renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman is coming to St. Petersburg next year to perform with The Florida Orchestra during its third annual fund-raising gala. Full Story

Itzhak Perlman will join the Florida Orchestra for 2017 gala

Apr 06, 2016
In a major coup, the Florida Orchestra has landed Itzhak Perlman for its 2017 fundraising gala. Full Story

Review: Florida Orchestra and Simone Porter thrill with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Apr 02, 2016
The audience enthusiastically and unanimously leapt to its feet at the end. Full Story

Violinist Simone Porter, a teenage superstar, to lead Florida Orchestra this weekend

Mar 29, 2016
Simone Porter stood near the edge of an elegant proscenium stage in Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, and tried not to think about the 2,500 people in the seats. Full Story

Violinist Simone Porter

Mar 29, 2016
The Los Angeles Times, after referring to her as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” Full Story

Florida Orchestra to visit Avon Park

Mar 24, 2016
The largest orchestra in Florida recently announced it plans to visit Avon Park in early 2017 as part of its new state residency program. Full Story

Florida Orchestra to visit communities around state in first ‘residency’ outreach

Mar 21, 2016
For the first time, the Florida Orchestra will go on the road with a new program of community residencies across Florida, the orchestra announced Monday. Full Story

Florida Orchestra Pros Encourage The Next Generation Of Classical Musicians

Mar 01, 2016
To borrow from the old adage about getting to Carnegie Hall, it takes a lot of practice to be a great classical musician. Full Story

Florida Orchestra’s ‘Ravel & Brahms’ shows how composers overcame writer’s block

Feb 29, 2016
Maurice Ravel started a composition in 1913. When World War I broke out, he fled Paris, leaving the musical sketches on his desk. Full Story

Acrobats fly, Bowie is remembered in Florida Orchestra’s 2016-17 season

Feb 12, 2016
An energized Florida Orchestra will increase its number of concerts starting in the fall while retaining a mix of classical and pops, including tributes to David Bowie… Full Story

When Whitney Hit the High Note

Feb 09, 2016
Team Houston and the Florida Orchestra — under the direction of Chinese conductor Jahja Ling — not only increased the national anthem’s level of technical difficulty, they amplified its soul. Full Story

Pianist trills, ‘lion’s roar’ surprises at ‘Mozart & More’

Jan 23, 2016
Several Florida Orchestra concerts this year have offered contrasting works that together make a point. Full Story

Florida Orchestra makes music from donkey jawbones and beer kegs

Jan 20, 2016
The foliage obscured any address at the home of Kurt Grissom in Old Southeast, where the rehearsal was to take place. Full Story

There’s a point in every Ferris wheel ride, just past the zenith, when the carriage swings out and your stomach lifts

Jan 14, 2016
From a visual standpoint, the Mahaffey Theater is a palace for staging musical performances, Florida Orchestra President Michael Pastreich says. Full Story

Cellist Maximilian Hornung shines as Florida Orchestra celebrates the waltz

Jan 14, 2016
There’s a point in every Ferris wheel ride, just past the zenith, when the carriage swings out and your stomach lifts… Full Story

Tampa Bay’s best concerts of 2015

Jan 14, 2016
I love how fancy it makes me sound to say that my favorite concert of the year was the debut of Michael Francis as music director of the Florida Orchestra… Full Story

A-Rod looking to build on ‘Cinderella-type season’

Jan 14, 2016
A-Rod was under a different spotlight Tuesday, taking center stage to recite “The Night Before Christmas.” Full Story

The Florida Orchestra returns with a brand new season of timeless music

Sep 29, 2015
Watch the video at wtsp.com! Full Story

A Brit embracing Americana, Michael Francis takes over Florida Orchestra

Sep 29, 2015
The new maestro of the Florida Orchestra walks into his empty office, sets down his briefcase and gestures to the empty bookshelves lining one wall… Full Story

Busy prelude: Florida Orchestra hires 4 musicians, squares books, rolls out new logo

Sep 29, 2015
ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra is entering a new season with four new musicians, hand-picked from across the country… Full Story

Archive

June 24, 2015: Brandon sculptor honors Florida Orchestra retirees
June 17, 2015: Violinist puts down her bow after 50 years
May 27, 2015: As its last original musician retires, TFO looks to new beginnings
May 21, 2015: TFO lands singer Michael Feinstein for January gala concert
May 2, 2015: ‘Rock star’ bassoonist adds cheery tone to TFO performance
Apr 18, 2015: Florida Orchestra presents diverse set at latest concert
Mar 21, 2015: Florida Orchestra gets inside a child’s mind with Mahler
Mar 13, 2015: TFO Shares Music and Magic with Patients at All Children’s Hospital
Mar 13, 2015: TFO performs rooftop concert at All Children’s Hospital
Feb 28, 2015: Young talent leads Florida Orchestra through Ades, Brahms, Mozart
Feb 27, 2015: Florida Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo lets kids play with music 
Feb 21, 2015: Florida Orchestra presents a joyful, sparkling night of Beethoven
Feb 8, 2015: Florida Orchestra 2015-16 season is a journey through America
Feb 8, 2015: Florida Orchestra announces 2015-16 season
Feb 4, 2015: TFO to give season preview concert at International Plaza
Feb 1, 2015: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma stuns at sold-out Florida Orchestra gala
Jan 28, 2015: Radiohead mashed with Brahms: Not as weird as you think
Jan 28, 2015: Steve Hackman talks ‘Brahms v. Radiohead’ 
Jan 21, 2015: TFO members recall unexpected moments with Yo-Yo Ma
Dec 18, 2014: Florida Orchestra to serenade the sick with free Moffitt concert 
Dec 12, 2014: Florida Orchestra releases first holiday album on its own label
Dec 11, 2014: Incoming TFO conductor Michael Francis welcomes a daughter
Dec 9, 2014: Florida Orchestra releases first holiday CD
Dec 8, 2014: Philanthropist Ray Murray, who gave millions to Tampa Bay causes, dies 
Dec 6, 2014: Review: The Florida Orchestra delivers graceful world music 
Dec 2014: MA 30 Professionals of the Year Profiles in Courage 
Dec 2, 2014: Joan Steinbrenner, Yankees bring Christmas cheer & arts to children 
Nov 25, 2014: To infinity and beyond: Florida Orchestra takes on Pixar catalog 
Nov 11, 2014: From monks to music, your guide to ‘Carmina Burana’ 
Nov 8, 2014: Review: Ben Folds, TFO magically meld classical and pop at the Straz  
Nov 8, 2014: Concert review: The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience at the Straz Center 
Nov 3, 2014: Ben Folds brings signature sounds to the Florida Orchestra 
Oct 25, 2014: Review: New Florida Orchestra conductor Michael Francis wows crowd 
Oct 24, 2014: Florida Orchestra’s new maestro ready for debut 
Oct 22, 2014: Q&A With The Florida Orchestra Music Director On Elgar 
Oct 21, 2014: Florida Orchestra’s Michael Francis talks making music and a home 
Oct 16, 2014: Top Florida Orchestra leader leaves for new role 
Oct 11, 2014: Florida Orchestra goes confidently into new season 
Oct 10, 2014: Florida Orchestra to balance new season with heavy and light fare 
Oct 2, 2014: Florida Orchestra opens a season of renewal