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WSMR Broadcasts

We can still listen to The Florida Orchestra together, even when we can’t sit in the same concert hall. You don’t even have to leave your couch. TFO will share live recordings of select Masterworks concerts for free on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 FM radio and online at, thanks to our partnership with the station. Future broadcasts as well as links to rebroadcasts and special pre-concert conversations by Music Director Michael Francis can be found below.

Broadcasts & Pre-concert Conversations

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4

Air date June 11, 7 pm
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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Original air date June 4

In this mini pre-concert conversation video, Music Director Michael Francis is your guide on a journey from darkness to light, starting with the work that shocked the world: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The broadcast finishes in a blaze of glory and optimism with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Original air date May 28

Violinist Simone Lamsma talks about what it’s like to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto: “It possesses an energy that grabs you and moves you,” she says — especially the second movement, which she calls the “emotional heart” of the concerto. Plus, insight from guest conductor Christoph König on his Florida experience.

Deep Field: A Cosmic Experience

Original air date May 21

What keeps superstar composer Eric Whitacre busy while quarantined? In this video, he chats from his Los Angeles’ home about his upcoming project and reflects on conducting The Florida Orchestra and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, which holds a special place in his heart.

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3

Original air date May 14

Pianist Joyce Yang gives a jaw-dropping demonstration of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in this preview video of this week’s WSMR broadcast. Michael Francis also gives a listening guide to this moving concert, which includes two mini masterpieces: Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.

American Masters featuring Rascher Saxophone Quartet

Original air date May 7

From his home, Stuart Malina tells how he chose the American Masters for the TFO concert airing Thursday on WSMR. Features the Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Bernstein’s sparkling Candide Overture and more.

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

Original air date Apr 30

Guest pianist Gilles Vonsattel sits at the piano to take you through the power of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Michael Francis tells the bizarre and fascinating tales of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Golden Cockerel and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella (Ballet in One Act).

Mozart & Tchaikovsky

Original air date Apr 23

Natalie Hoe plays parts of Mozart’s only Clarinet Concerto and Michael Francis takes you inside Tchaikovsky’s heartrending Symphony No. 6 in this mini pre-concert conversation video.

The broadcasts also are made possible by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Jay’s Fabric Center. Special thank you to the Florida Orchestra Musicians Association and to the American Federation of Musicians Local 427-721 for making these recordings possible.

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