Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic

Our Mission

The Friends is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra of Orlando, Florida by:

Next Meeting

General Membership - Friends meeting January 18, 2017 at 4PM at the Plaza Live. As always reservations are required. Please visit our Meetings page to RSVP.

Board of Directors - Thursday February 16, 2017, 3:30PM.

Up-Coming Events

Ten fundraising events have been planned for this year. The next couple of events are described below. Please visit our Fabulous Fundraisers events page for details on all of our events and to register.

Behind the Curtain: Elixir of Love
Hosted by Kathy and Steve Miller, Winter Park
Saturday, January 28, 2017: 7 – 10 PM

This opera informance will provide a glimpse into Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy presented by Maestro Eric Jacobsen and director Mary Birnbaum. $130 per person; $100 for Friends members. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

Rimma at Sunset
Hosted by Janice Gruber and Paulette Stewart Johnson
Mount Dora Yacht Club

Saturday, March 11, 2017: 4 – 7:30 PM

Stunning views will provide the backdrop for Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, playing a sampling of the great Russian Masters. Janice Gruber and Paulette Stewart Johnson are hosting this fabulous event in lovely Mount Dora, complete with champagne, wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres. $130 per person; $100 for Friends members. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

Friends Music Academy
The Sounds of Music 2016-2017
December 5, 2016; January 9, 2017; March 6, 2017; and April 17, 2017

A four-part music elightening, educational and very fun music appreciation series for the 2016-2017 season featuring:

  • Monday, December 5: Russian Masters and a Salute to John Adams featuring Music Director Eric Jacobsen;
  • Monday, January 9: Pulling Some Strings! with Maestro Eric Jacobsen, Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Alexander Stevens, Mauricio Cespedes Rivera and Don Michael Hill;
  • Monday, March 6, The History of Symphonic Choral Works with Dr. David Brunner;
  • Monday, April 17: The Mystery of the Harp with Rosalind Beck.

All classes will be held at the Plaza Live. Meet and Greet with light snacks and drinks starts at 4:30PM with the program beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Pictures from Previous Events

Pictures from some of our previous events (for both this and previous years) are available for viewing on our Facebook page.

NOTE: You need not be a member of Facebook to view the pictures. Just click the link and start browsing!

Links to Related Web Sites

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Link to Orlando Philharmonic


Friends Facebook page

Link to the Friends Facebook page


Plaza Live!

Link to Plaza Live

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