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

Abbey Road - 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 featuring the music of the Beatles and others plus 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

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Save The Date!
Season Opening Celebration - On The Road to Steinmetz Hall
The Grand Bohemian Hotel
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 season at the Grand Bohemian Hotel with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a lovely sit-down dinner. Details later this summer.


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

Earlier Events This Season

In addition to the events listed above we also sponsored a number of other events earlier this season. We hope that you were able to join us for our earlier 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 Celebration: Ciao Italia
The Plaza Live
Thursday, September 27, 2018: 6:30PM

Let the Music Begin!  Join the Friends to welcome in the Orlando Philharmonic’s 26th season. Music Director Eric Jacobsen and Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois will present a preview of I Pini di Roma; they will be joined by soprano Maria Laetitia. Enjoy cocktails, hors, d’oeuvres, music, and a lovely sit-down dinner while greeting old friends and new. $140 per person; $120 for Friends members; $50 for OPO musicians. Sponsor tables of eight are available for $1,100

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.

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; $45 for OPO Musicians.

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 $65 per person; $55 for Friends

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 milonga, a tango dance event of passion and romance. This unique cultural event is sponsored by the Sue and Larry Costin. Duo Sole featuring Violinist Alex Stevens and Violist Mauricio Cespedes Rivero will be on hand to provide beautiful music, and professional tango dancers will tell the story of the tango through exquisite dance techniques. Dress in costume if you wish. This exciting evening is not to be missed. Your reservation includes beverages, endless empanadas and tapas. $150 per person; $125 Friends members. Sponsor tables of 8 available at $1,100. Space is limited so please make your reservations before Jan. 5. Special group arrangements may be made by contacting Donna Hoffman at or call 617-538-1144.

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.

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.

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

Buon Appetito! Join us for a culinary Taste of Italy pre-concert reception prior to the focus performance of Mendelssohn's Italian. Dine on traditional Italian favorites and enjoy beer and delizioso wine spritzers while you mix and mingle with featured artist Bob Carpenter and Resident Composer Angélica Negrón. $55 per person; $45 for Friends members.

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.

$5 for Friends members 

Links to Related Web Sites

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

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Friends Facebook page

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