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 - November 2, 2016 at 4PM at the Plaza Live. As always reservations are required. Please visit our Meetings page to RSVP.

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.

The ABC’s of Music
Plaza Live
Monday, November 7, 2017: 4:30 -7 PM

Join us to discover some of the inner workings of music and have your burning questions answered. Ms. Jamie Strefeler, Principal Oboe performer of the OPO, will share her insights, and there will be plenty of Q&A time. Refreshments will be served at 4:30 PM, followed by class at 5 PM. $35 per person; $30 for Friends. 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.

The class is limited to 100 students. The cost is $165 per person, $135 for Friends members. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

For The Birds
Venue on the Lake, Maitland
Sunday, January 15, 2017: 4 – 7 PM

This delightful tribute to our winged friends features arranger and master violinist Colin Jacobsen joined by Maestro Eric Jacobsen to highlight this beautiful music. The wonderful birds of the Audubon Birds of Prey Center will be on hand to add to our experience. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by the lake, sponsored in part by Scott and Elaine Taylor. $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!

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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