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 Annual Holiday Luncheon and White Elephant Swap - Wednesday December 2, 2015, 3:00PM. Please see the Meetings page to make your reservation.
Board of Directors - Tuesday November 10, 2015, 3:30PM. Place TBA.
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.
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 with Rimma Bergeron-Langlois and Diane Bishop; Monday, March 7, Percussion World with Carl Rendek and John Patton; Monday, April 11th: The Art of Singing: The Voice as an Instrument, a session led by Davis Gaines. $165 per person; $135 for Friends members.
New Year's Eve with Friends
Open to Friends members and guests. Details TBA.
Brahms and Beyond!
The charming and talented JoAnn Falletta returns to Orlando. JoAnn has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation.” She will be accompanied by Michael Ludwig on violin at Galen Miller’s beautiful Lake Butler home. Cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres $130 per person; $100 for Friends. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.
The Magic and Mystery of "Eroica!"
Maestro Jacobsen discusses Beethoven’s mysterious symphony No. 3, composed in the Napoleonic era. John and Lee Benz again open their unique and welcoming home to host this exciting evening. Cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres $130 per person; $100 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!