Pre-Concert Conversations

For now, there will be no Pre-concert Conversations live in the concert hall. However, Maestro Michael Francis has recorded video versions of his popular talk, straight from the Mahaffey Theater stage.

Dan Black and The (TFO) Brass Cats

No flux capacitor needed! Just trombonist Ross Holcombe, who arranged the Back to the Future theme for brass. And find out why he may have piccolo envy this weekend.

From Telemann to Mozart

There’s so much that sets Baroque music apart. Specialist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell and General Manager Edward Parsons talk about what to watch and listen for at this weekend’s concerts, which contain some real blockbusters from their time period.

Mozart’s Horn Concerto

What’s a Mannheim rocket? And why did Mozart leave little notes to the soloist in his horn concerto? Resident Conductor Daniel Black and General Manager Edward Parsons tell all about this weekend’s Soundwaves concert, Mozart’s Horn Concerto.

Beethoven's Symphony No. 4

Key in on moments of brilliance in Beethoven’s joyful Symphony No. 4 and find out why Ravel’s Piano Concerto sounds a bit like Mozart combined with Gershwin. Join Music Director Michael Francis and General Manager Edward Parsons in this online Pre-Concert Conversation.

The Intimate Mahler: Symphony No. 4

A special Soundwaves concert distills the essence of Mahler’s intimate Fourth Symphony in a version for just 14 players. Join Music Director Michael Francis and General Manager Edward Parsons.

Rachmaninoff on Paganini

Music Director Michael Francis and General Manager Ed Parsons talk about this weekend’s concert, which features Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, pianist Natasha Paremski on Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Ravel’s Mother Goose Ballet.

Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony

Go deeper into the power of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony and the poetry of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in this Pre-concert Conversation video. TFO musicians perform excerpts, with key insight from Michael Francis and Ed Parsons.

A Noble Pairing

Michael Francis and Ed Parsons tell the story of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, which uses lively and virtuosic music to poke fun at the noble class. Double the fun with two versions, by Lully and Strauss, in this weekend’s Soundwaves concert, A Noble Pairing.

Tchaikovsky & Vivaldi for Strings

Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer sits down with General Manager Ed Parsons to talk about the pieces on our program, Tchaikovsky & Vivaldi for Strings.

American Heroes

The American Heroes concert is full of great fanfare. Music Director Michael Francis and General Manager Ed Parsons take you through the pieces with musical examples.

Come inside John Shaw’s studio for a tour of the unusual instruments you’ll hear in the Schwantner Percussion Concerto, part of the American Heroes concert.

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40

Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina and General Manager Ed Parsons discuss this weekend’s program, which includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and his Concerto for Flute and Harp featuring TFO’s Clay Ellerbroek and Anna Kate Mackle.

Brass with a Beat

Resident Conductor Daniel Black and General Manager Ed Parsons go online for our popular Pre-Concert Conversation to talk about this weekend’s Soundwaves concert.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

Learn to listen deeper to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Jessie Montgomery’s Strum and Zoltan Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta.

Legends from the Americas

Get to know our fun new Soundwaves concerts. Maestro Michael Francis takes you through Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Joplin’s The Entertainer, and Piazzolla’s Serie del angel with a special message from Principal Bassoon Joshua Baker.