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 - January 23, 2018, 4PM; Plaza Live. As always reservations are required. Please visit our Meetings page to RSVP.

Board of Directors - February 16, 2018 3:30PM at the Plaza Live.

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.

Friends Music Academy
Sounds of Music 2018
January 8, 2018; February 13, 2018; March 26, 2018; April 23, 2018

A 4-part program providing opportunities for adults to learn about various aspects of music and enhance their appreciation of our orchestra featuring:

  • Monday, January 8, 2018: A Historical Review of Women Composers - Former Orlando Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung will discuss and share the music of noteworthy women composers including Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Fanny Mendelssohn, whose Notturno in G minor will be performed at the January 15th Focus concert. Dr. Sung will also talk about her 25th Anniversary commissioned work being premiered at the January 20th Philharmonic Classics concert
  • Tuesday February 13, 2018: Leonard Bernstein: An American Musical Legend - We are thrilled that Maestro Jacobsen will present this class focused on Bernstein’s place in history, his life story, and his variety of compositions covering opera, ballet, musical theater, and symphonic and chamber works. Learn why Leonard Bernstein has been called “a Renaissance man of the 20th century: composer, conductor, educator, performer, and public personality in nearly equal parts, none of which he was willing to give up for the others.” This class will be a timely preparation for the February 17th Classics performance of Overture to West Side Story and Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety”.
  • Monday, March 26, 2018: Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 8 and No. 9 - Widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, Beethoven’s nine symphonies are highly individual, each with its own intrinsic personality. This will be demonstrated through a discussion of Symphonies No. 8 and No. 9 led by Maestro Chris Confessore, Music Director of the Brevard Symphony, Resident Conductor of the Alabama Symphony, and frequent Philharmonic guest conductor. Both symphonies are included in the Philharmonic’s 25th Anniversary season -- how do they contrast and compare? Why is one called humorous and the other mysterious? Maestro Confessore will also share what was happening in the composer’s life when each was composed and address the influence of Beethoven’s works on fellow composers.
  • Monday, April 23: The World of Guitars - Violinist and guitarist Dan Flick and friends will share the discussion of this unique instrument whose name comes from “tar”, the ancient Sanskrit word for "string". They will cover topics such as the history of the guitar, the types of guitars – including mandolin, banjo, and ukulele, the different genres of music written for the guitar, and the cultural presence of the guitar around the world. We will also be treated to performances of pieces that demonstrate the genre and cultural differences of this popular instrument

All classes are held at the Plaza Live and begin at 5 PM, preceded by refreshments at 4:30 PM. $165 per person; $135 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: 2:30PM – 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.

Valentines and Bernstein
Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
Sunday, February 11, 2018: 3 – 7 PM

Bring your sweetie or BFF to the stunning Lake Nona Country Club for an elegant afternoon of refreshments and music. $150 per person; $125 per person or $200 for two Friends. Sponsored in part by Diane and Robert Smedley. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

Pictures from Previous Events

Pictures from some of our previous events 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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