Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic

Upcoming Events

We are currently busy planning our events for the coming 2017-2018 season. Information concerning all of our events planned for the 2017-18 season will be added later this summer.

You may, however, already register for our first event, the Opening Celebration.

You can make reservations for Friends' events in three ways:

  1. Order and Pay On-line - Click the appropriate "Friends" or "Non-Friends" button to add your choice to your shopping cart. Once you are done adding items to your shopping cart click the "Go to Payments" button on the shopping cart page to be directed to the PayPal site where you can either use a PayPal account or any valid credit card for payment. You can access your shopping cart at any time by clicking the "Review Cart" button on the right side of this page.
  2. Order and Pay By Phone - Call the office at 407-896-6700 x236.
  3. Order and Pay By Mail - Use your browser's File, Print menu command to print this page. It will result in a simple order form you can fill out and mail with your check to: Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic, 425 N Bumby Ave, Orlando FL 32803.

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Events Mail-In Order Form

Fill in the number of attendees for the desired events, calculate your total payment and send this form along with your check to:

   Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
   425 N Bumby Ave
   Orlando, FL 32803

Galas and Parties

A Wonderful Way to Celebrate!

Season Opening Celebration: Silver Jubilee
Thursday, September 28, 2017: 6:30PM

Please join us for the Friends Silver Jubilee, celebrating the opening of the Orlando Philharmonic’s 25th anniversary season. This will be a stunning event at the Mezz in Thornton Park. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, music and storytelling as we mix and mingle with 25-year musicians. Black tie optional. $175 per person; $140 for Friends members.

Sponsor tables for 8 are available at $1,500 each by calling 407-896-6700, ext. 0.

$140 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $175 for non-Members

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2016-17 Season Events

We hope that you were able to join us for our 2016-17 season fabulous fundraisers which are shown below. The money raised at these, and all of our events, go to the operation of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic.

You can see photographs taken at many of our events on our Facebook page.

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.

A Taste of Candide
Maison & Jardin
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: 12 - 2 PM

A French-themed luncheon and educational program featuring French historian, University of Georgia Dr. Jennifer Palmer, who 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.

Oktoberfest at Ten10 Brewery
Ten10 Brewing Company
Monday, October 24, 2016: 6PM

Come raise a glass and have a snack with OPO musicians and friends at Ten10 Brewery on Virginia. Prosit! $30 per person; $25 for Friends; $15 for OPO musicians.

The ABC’s of Music
Plaza Live
Monday, November 7, 2016: 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.

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.

Behind the Curtain: Elixir of Love
Hosted by Kathy and Steve Miller, Winter Park
Saturday, January 28, 2017: 7 – 10 PM

This opera informance will provide a glimpse into Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy presented by Maestro Eric Jacobsen and director Mary Birnbaum. $130 per person; $100 for Friends members.

Creating an Opera
Plaza Live
Wednesday, February 15, 2017: 12 Noon

An informative luncheon featuring Dr. Stella Sung speaking on “Creating an Opera”. Dr. Sung is a Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida, the Director of UCF-Create and former composer in residence with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra and the Dayton (Ohio) Performing Arts Alliance. She is recognized as a national and international composer. Dr. Sung will tell us about creating two new operas she has written, “The Red Silk Thread” and “The Book Collector.” $85 per person; $70 for Friends members; $25 for OPO musicians.

Rimma at Sunset
Hosted by Janice Gruber and Paulette Stewart Johnson
Mount Dora Yacht Club

Saturday, March 11, 2017: 4 – 7:30 PM

Stunning views will provide the backdrop for Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, playing a sampling of the great Russian Masters. Janice Gruber and Paulette Stewart Johnson are hosting this fabulous event in lovely Mount Dora, complete with champagne, wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres. $130 per person; $100 for Friends members.

Up, Up and Away
Hosted by Shelly and Todd Morgan, Longwood
Thursday, April 13, 2017: 7 – 10 PM

A preview of The Final Frontier concert and a look at space travel through music together with costume displays. Join in the adventure with cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres $130 per person; $100 for Friends members.

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. For questions about this series, please email or call her at (407) 240-5676.

The class is limited to 100 students. The cost is $165 per person, $135 for Friends members.

December 5th, 2016 (Monday): Russian Masters and a Salute to John Adams Music Director Eric Jacobsen will discuss and share the music of amazing Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich, among others. He will also introduce John Adams, one of the most acclaimed living composers of our time, in celebration of his 70th birthday. All of these composers are featured throughout the year with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. You won’t want to miss this exciting introduction to the 2016/2017 season.

January 9th, 2017 (Monday): Pulling Some Strings! We are thrilled that Maestro Jacobsen will present a class about the string family of instruments. A famous cellist in his own right who plays in YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Maestro Jacobsen has special insight into the world of strings. Along with Rimma Bergeron Langlois, Concertmaster; Alexander Stevens, Principal Second Violin; Mauricio Cespedes Rivera, Principal Viola; and Don Michael Hill, Principal Bass, Eric will share the history of these instruments and their role in the orchestra today. You will also really enjoy the spectacular musical part of this class!

March 6th, 2017 (Monday): The History of Symphonic Choral Works What is a symphonic choral work? Which “voices” participate? This form of music began in the medieval period, but continued to develop throughout the baroque, classical, romantic and modern times. Dr. David Brunner, Director of Choral Activities and a Professor at the University of Central Florida, has worked frequently with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and we are delighted that he will provide us with an overview of this glorious music, highlighting some of the most famous choral works ever! You won’t want to miss this fascinating presentation!

April 17th, 2017 (Monday): The Mystery of the Harp Rosalind Beck, Principal Harp of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead this exciting session about the harp. Ms. Beck will review the history of the harp, how it is played, and will share other fascinating “inside” information about this beautiful instrument. Colleen Blagov, Principal Flute, will join her for the musical portion of this class playing lovely duets. What a grand finale to this year’s music appreciation series!

Rock-n-Roll with Jeans and Jewels Season Wrap-up Party
Plaza Live
Saturday, June 3, 2017: 7 - 11 PM

Hey all you Chickie babies and Cool cats. You are hip to a nifty new sound, so put on your best threads, lose the squares, and get ready to head to fat city for the biggest bash of the weekend. Let's get cranked and have a blast!
Or, in other words,
Join the Friends for an exciting Fabulous Fifties party as our 24th season comes to an end. Everything’s included - dancing to a live band, buffet dinner, drinks, silent auction and raffle.$90 per person; $70 for Friends. Sponsor Tables at $700; 8 tickets, advance and event recognition

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