The Friends is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra of Orlando, Florida by:
- Promoting community awareness and appreciation of the Orchestra through social, cultural and educational events and programs directed towards current as well as the next generation of symphonic music patrons.
- Contributing to the financial strength of the Orchestra.
- Providing volunteer support to the Orchestra's management and staff.
General Membership - Friends Meeting - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:00PM. Please see the Meetings page to make your reservation.
Board of Directors - Monday September 14, 2015, 3:30PM at the Orchestra offices.
If you are looking to renew your membership online (or to print out a blank form) just click here to be directed to the proper page.
Plaza 'Live' Construction Progress Pictures
Pictures and descriptions of the construction progress at the Plaza 'Live" are available on our FaceBook page. Click here to go right to them. You need not be a member of Facebook to view the pictures. Just click the link and start browsing!
Eight 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.
The Hot Sardines!
Please join us at the Friends Martini Bar (wine and beer also) to celebrate the opening of the POPS season with the HOT SARDINES at UCF Center for Emerging Media, just across from the Bob Carr Theatre. George Schram will introduce us to these inspiring jazz artists. $45 per person; $35 for Friends members. Concert tickets sold separately. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.
The Maestro's Debut!
Music abounds as you personally welcome the Orchestra’s great new Music Director, Eric Jacobsen, to town. Eric will be joined by world-renowned concert pianist Joyce Yang. This elegant gala event will take place at the MEZZ and will include cocktails, sit-down dinner, performances, and a prelude to Eric’s first official appearance in Orlando. $165 per person; $140 for Friends members. We are most grateful to our sponsors for this event, Michael Elsberry and Sally Blackmun and David and Judy Albertson. Black tie optional. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.
Friends Music Academy
A four-part music appreciation series this coming season features the following: Tuesday, December 1, featuring Maestro Eric Jacobsen on Maurice Ravel; Monday, February 1: The History of the Concerto by Mauricio Cespedes Rivero and Diane Bishop; Monday, March 7, Percussion World with Carl Rendek and John Patton and Mark Goldberg; Monday, April 11: The Great American Songbook: The Voice as an Instrument, a session led by Davis Gaines. $165 per person; $135 for Friends members. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.
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!