When the pandemic took hold in mid-March, The Florida Orchestra vowed to keep the music going, even without concerts.
Wow, did we ever.
As of this week, we have posted more than 100 free videos on YouTube and our TFO at Home series on our website – more than any other orchestra, we believe – thanks to our creative musicians, Music Director Michael Francis, Associate Conductor Daniel Black and tireless staff. Many of these videos were created by our teaching artists to help kids practice and learn virtually at home.
On YouTube alone, people viewed our videos more than 600,000 times from March 21-May 28. Over the same period on Facebook, we posted 50 videos with 103,244 views, in addition to sharing even more videos from musicians’ personal accounts.
The response has been truly moving, including this for our virtual orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 (finale):
“The performance brought tears to my eyes, and it gives me hope that all of our orchestras will be playing together again and bringing back the joy of live music to audiences all over the world. Thank you, and please pass my thanks to those involved in making this uplifting performance!” – Kathy
We’re not done yet. Look for our Inside the Music Online series with Maestro Francis and more, starting this week. In the meantime, here are highlights of what you’ll find in our TFO at Home series.
As a gift to our community, TFO musicians are playing straight from their homes to yours.
TFO launches this new series that goes deeper into Beethoven as we celebrate 250 years of his immense influence on our music and world.
TFO’s Teaching Artists offer tips on practicing and techniques for strings teachers and students stuck at home.