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 - "Learn from the Librarian" October 24, 2017 at the Plaza Live. As always reservations are required. Please visit our Meetings page to RSVP.

Board of Directors - TBD

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.

Prelude to Beethoven and Mozart
Hosted by John and Lee Benz, Winter Park
Thursday, November 16, 2017: 7 - 10PM

John and Lee Benz open their spectacular home for a special presentation by Susan Cohn Lackman who will draw contrasts between Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38. Ms. Lackman is an American composer of contemporary classical music and professor of music theory and composition at Rollins College. She has traveled the world, absorbing music and art from many cultures. She holds a B.Mus.Ed. degree from Temple University, an M.A. from The American University, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, as well as holding an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School at Rollings. We are sure you will enjoy this unique educational experience in the elegance of the Benz home. Cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres. $125 per person; $120 for Friends members. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

Holiday Tea at the Plaza
Plaza Live
Saturday, December 2, 2017: 3PM

Join us for an old-fashioned high tea in the Palm Garden at the Plaza (with Eloise no doubt peeking about). The lilting strings of the harp will greet you. Tables will be set with vintage china. Ms. Bonnie Hansen, Vintage Historian, will present “Gibson Girl Mother and Flapper Daughter, the First Generation Gap.” This wonderful program appeals to several generations so gather your daughters, grandchildren and friends and enjoy this unique presentation. Bonnie will be showcasing vintage artifacts with her talk. If you would like to style your own table of 8 with your own tea settings, please contact Donna Hoffman at 617-538-1144 or send her an email. This lovely start to the holiday season is perfect for sharing with others. Tea, scones, champagne and more, plus a little holiday shopping, await you. $60 per person; $50 for Friends members. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

Carnival of the Animals
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Saturday, January 27, 2018: 3 – 5 PM

Arrive early and enjoy complimentary admission to the Zoo as part of your Friends reservation for this event. There will be refreshments followed by a musical performance led by Mark Fischer. Individual/Family*: $60/100; Friends members: $50/$90. Non-alcoholic beverages included; cash bar for beer and wine. Rain or shine. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

* Family includes 2 adults and up to 4 children under 18.

Pictures from Previous Events

Pictures from some of our previous events are available for viewing on our Facebook page.

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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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