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 and Board - We invite you to return to this page later this summer to view the meeting schedule for the 2016-2017 season.

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.

Season Opening Gala: An Evening of Russian Romance
Plaza Live
Thursday, September 29, 2016: 6:30PM

Celebrate the Opening of the Orlando Philharmonic’s 24th season which will feature music of Russian Masters. This gala evening includes cocktails, a wonderful sit-down dinner and the music of Maestro Eric Jacobsen and world-renowned violinist Steven Copes. Price: $140 per person; $120 for Friends members. Black tie optional. Please go to the Fabulous Fundraisers page to sign up.

A Taste of Candide
Location to be Announced
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: 12 - 2 PM

A French-themed luncheon buffet and educational program presented under the auspices of Dr. Mary Palmer. French historian, University of Georgia Dr. Jennifer Palmer will illuminate the writing of the lives and times revealed in this music. Maestro Jacobsen and several cast members will be joining us. $65 per person; $55 for Friends members. 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 appreciation series for the 2016-2017 season features the following:

  • 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.

The class is limited to 100 students. Friends have until September 1, 2016 to register before the class is offered to the public. The cost is $135 for members of the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic. 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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