Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic
 
 

Upcoming Events

One of the ways by which the Friends raise money for the Orchestra is to host events throughout the year. The events include Galas and Parties, the Up Close and Personal series, and the Friends Music Academy. Events are open to all and all proceeds benefit the Orchestra.

You can make reservations for Friends' events in two 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 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
   c/o Bill Hoffman
   3168 Whisper Wind Dr
   Saint Cloud, Fl 34771

Party Like a Pirate
John & Lee Benz Home
Saturday, October 20, 2018: 7:00PM

Prepare to Shiver Ye Timbers when Pirates gather at the amazingly decorated home of John and Lee Benz of Winter Park for an eerie evening of blood curdling fun. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, and a pint or two. Come as your favorite buccaneer characters. $95 per person; $75 for Friends members; $35 for OPO musicians. Please reserve no later than October 15.

$75 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $95 for non-Members  $35 for OPO Musician 

_____ Friends Members @ $75/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $95/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

A Heavenly Evening
Steve Goldman Home
Friday, November 2, 2018: 7:00PM

Steve Goldman hosts the evening at his magnificent glass house, a spectacular place to see the sky and admire works of art by Chihuly and others. Music Director Eric Jacobsen will lead this informance about Holst's The Planets. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served under the stars. $130 per person; $100 for Friends.

$100 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $130 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $100/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $130/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

A Victorian Holiday Tea
The Plaza Live
Saturday, December 8, 2018: 3PM

Celebrate the holiday season with a beautifully served Victorian tea, featuring The Dickens Carolers and an extraordinary one-man “A Christmas Carol” performance by Southern Winds. The Friends Boutique will be open for your pre-holiday shopping pleasure. Ladies are encouraged to wear hats. Bring family and friends. Entertainment sponsored by Lee Benz and Sandra McCourt. Seating is limited; please reserve early. Group arrangements may be made by contacting Claudia Breese at tcbreese@gmail.com. $65 per person; $55 for Friends

$55 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $65 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $55/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $65/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

The Art of the Tango: Buenos Aires Magic
The Plaza Live
Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 6:30PM

Imagine the Plaza Live transformed into an Argentine milongo, a tango dance event of passion and romance. An event sponsored by Sue and Larry Costin, Alberto and Selena Hoyos will tell the story of the tango through their exquisite dance techniques. Dress in costume if you wish. This festive and unique evening is not to be missed. $150 per person; $125 Friends members. Sponsor tables of 8 available at $1,100. Space is limited so please make reservations as early as possible but no later than January 2.

$125 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $150 for non-Members $1,100 Sponsor Table

_____ Friends Members @ $125/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $150/person = $ _______
_____ Table Sponsor @ $1,100/table of 8 = $ _______
Total = $ _______

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party
David Schillhammer & John Starks Home
Tuesday, March 5, 2019: 6:30PM

Hosted by David Schillhammer and John Starks, enjoy jazz and wonderful New Orleans cuisine, King cakes, and more. David and John reprise their many wonderful Mardi Gras celebrations in their charming downtown home. Masquerade in your favorite costume and join the parade; an abundance of beads will be provided. $100 per person; $85 for Friends members.

$85 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $100 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $85/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $100/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

Focus at the Plaza Live
The Plaza Live
Monday, April 8, 2019: 4:45PM

Mix and mingle with featured artist Bob Carpenter and Resident Composer Angelica Negron at this pre-concert reception immediately preceding Mendelssohn’s Italian Focus performance. Wine, beer, and light refreshments included; concert tickets sold separately. $55 per person; $45 for Friends members.

$45 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $55 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $45/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $55/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

April in Paris
Barry & Becky Watson Home
Wednesday, April 24, 2019: 7:00PM

This up close and personal evening is designed to enhance your appreciation of the French Soirée concert on the following Saturday. Barry and Becky Watson host this elegant event in their lovely Lake Ivanhoe home, with program highlights by the University of Central Florida Chorus. $125 per person; $100 for Friends members.

$100 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $125 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $100/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $125/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

Season Wrap-up Party at the Plaza
The Plaza Live
Saturday, June 1, 2019: 6:30PM

Plan now to celebrate a wonderful 26th season at the Friends year-end shindig known by many as Jeans and Jewels. Join the Friends in this traditional fun-filled wrap-up party which includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, and silent auction. $95 per person; $75 for Friends.

$75 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $95 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $75/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $95/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

 


Friends Music Academy

Opportunities for Adults to Learn About Various Aspects of Music and Enhance Their Appreciation of Our Orchestra!

Friends Music Academy
Sounds of Music Season 9
The Plaza Live

January 21, 2019; February 11, 2019; March 19, 2019; April 22, 2019

A 4-part program providing opportunities for adults to learn about various aspects of music and enhance their appreciation of our orchestra! All classes are held at the Plaza Live and begin at 5 PM, preceded by refreshments at 4:30 PM. $175 per person; $135 for Friends members.

  • Monday January 21, 2019 - A conversation with the Maestro: Have you ever wished to ask the Maestro questions about his role as music director and involvement with musicians? During this session, Maestro Jacobsen will be available to answer your most pressing questions. How the 2018-19 season was constructed? How were the mostly unknown (to us) composers chosen? How were the mostly unknown (to us) guest artists and their repertoire chosen? Attendees will be asked to submit their questions ahead of time to help organize the session.
  • Monday - February 11, 2019 - Meet Angelica Negron, our Composer-in-Residence: This session is a wonderful opportunity to get to know Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón who writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Angelica is also a Teaching Artist for the NY Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program which assumes that all children — whether or not they can play an instrument — have the capacity to express musical ideas. She will discuss her work with our Phil and the Central Florida community during this season.
  • Tuesday March 19, 2019 - Batons for All!: Back by popular demand, Maestro Christopher Confessore will bring us into the conductor’s world. Music on the sheet is fine, and having great musicians helps, but it takes a good conductor to make a piece come alive. How do conductors make a piece their own when the notes are unchangeable? This session will be very interactive as Christopher helps us understand how conductors prepare themselves and their musicians. And everyone will have a chance to conduct!
  • Monday April 22, 2019 - Behold the Flute!: Principal Flute Colleen Blagov will lead this entertaining session on the versatile musical instrument which is one of the oldest made by man! Colleen will discuss topics such as the history of the flute, the types of flutes in the modern flute family, and the different genres of music written for the flute. We will be treated to performances by Colleen and accompanist Keiko Andrews that demonstrate the genre and cultural differences of this popular instrument.
$135 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $175 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $135/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $175/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______


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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