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 or credit card information to: Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic, Attn: Events, 3168 Whisper Wind Dr, Saint Cloud, FL 34771. Please note that your order and payment must be received at least 5 days before the event.

Call our treasurer, Duncan DeWahl, if you must cancel your attendance to an event. Please note that since guest counts are guaranteed to the caterer 5 days prior to the event, cancellations made 5 days or less prior to the event cannot be refunded.

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If you can't make an event but would like make a tax deductible cash contribution to the Friends then click here.

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 or credit card information to:

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   3168 Whisper Wind Dr
   Saint Cloud, FL 34771

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Encore at Lake Nona
Lake Nona Country Club
Sunday, Apr 5, 2020: 3PM


Well-known jazz pianist and jazz professor at UCF Per Danielsson and his wife, saxophonist Tamara Danielsson, will appear at the Lake Nona Country Club on Sunday afternoon, April 5. Please join us for this special performance of soft jazz in the beautifully situated Lake Nona Club house, There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, and delicious hors d'oeuvres and cocktails are included. The Lake Nona Country Club is located less than 40 minutes from Winter Park and is easily reached from SR 417 via the Dowden Road/Innovation Way exit #24. We look forward to seeing you there.

A Funky Garden Party
Kathy and Jeff Thomas Home
Sunday, May 17, 2020: 3:30PM


This wonderful event is hosted by Jeff and Kathy Thomas in their welcoming (and eclectic) home in Davenport. Enjoy Jeff's home cooking and other tantalizing goodies and a special gift for everyone who attends.Casual attire and flat shoes recommended. $75 per person.

Season Wrap Up Celebration - Aloha
The Plaza Live
Saturday, Jun 6, 2020: 6:30 PM


Plan now to celebrate a wonderful 27th 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.


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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.

Musical Couples - Session 1
The Plaza Live
Sunday, July 21, 2019: 3:30PM

The Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic is presenting “Musical Couples”, a summer afternoon recital with couples from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Session 1 features Kathy (French Horn) and Jeff Thomas (Trombone) and piano accompaniment. The program will consist of solo pieces, with accompaniment, from the French horn and trombone repertoire as well as selected duets. Champagne and light refreshments start at 3:30PM followed by the 30-45 minute music set. $55 per person.

Musical Couples - Session 2
The Plaza Live
Sunday, August 25, 2019: 3:30PM

The Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic is presenting “Musical Couples”, a summer afternoon recital with couples from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Session 2 features Rimma (violin) and Gabriel (Basoon) Bergeron-Langlois and piano accompaniment. Champagne and light refreshments start at 3:30PM with the musical set beginning around 4PM. $55 per person.

Season Opening Celebration - On The Road to Steinmetz Hall
The Grand Bohemian Hotel
Wednesday, September 25, 2019: 6:30PM

Celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 season at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served in the rooftop pool lounge overlooking Steinmetz Hall, followed by a sit-down dinner in the ballroom. Our program will feature Music Director Eric Jacobsen and OPO musicians. $200 per person; $175 for Friends members; $80 for OPO musicians; sponsor tables available at $1,750. Valet parking for 1 car is included.

Focus at the Plaza Live - Prelude to Bach & Beyond
The Plaza Live
Monday, November 25, 2019: 5PM

Enjoy drinks and refreshments with Eric Jacobsen and featured musicians, Rimma Bergeron-Langlois and harpist Bridget Kibbey at this pre-concert reception immediately preceding the concert. Wine , beer and light refreshments included; concert tickets sold separately. $65 per person; $55 for Friends members.

Holiday Tea in the Garden
The Plaza Live
Saturday, Dec 7, 2019: 4 PM

Join us for this floral themed holiday event served on elegant china. Fine art, tea, scones, petit sandwiches and champagne will tempt your appetite, and the Friends Boutique will be open for your shopping pleasure. Do wear a wonderful hat if you wish. $75 per person; $65 for Friends members; $40 for children 12 and under.

Friends Music Academy
Sounds of Music Season 10
The Plaza Live

January 6, 2020; February 3, 2020; March 2, 2020; April 13, 2020

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 6, 2020 - Those Exotic Percussion Instruments: Have you ever wondered what really goes on in the back of the orchestra? OPO Principal Timpanist Carl Rendek and percussionist Mark Goldberg and principal percussionist John Patton introduce us to the intriguing world of percussion with some historical references, interesting instruments that you may never have heard of, and percussion ensemble music to put it all together.
  • Monday - February 3, 2020 - The Incomparable Dr. Mary Palmer interviewed by David Schillhammer:Dr. Mary Palmer, an internationally recognized expert in arts education, is President of the OPO Board and is Professor Emerita at UCF, having served as Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education and Dean of the College of Education. She currently works with schools throughout the country to assist them in developing arts integration programs to enhance student success and create vibrant schools. Mary will share some of the current research on how music affects brain development, the impact of music on children, what is currently happening in music education, and what we can do to ensure that music becomes an integral and ongoing part of our children’s lives.
  • Monday March 2, 2020 - Nikolay Blagov, OPO’s Virtuoso Clarinetist: The clarinet is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments in the orchestra, and Nikolay Blagov is the extraordinary artist who makes it sing. From an instrument of just a few keys to the modern instrument of today, hear how it developed as we listen to the music written for it, discover some unusual sounds and techniques (How does one do that glissando in Rhapsody in Blue?), and enjoy musicianship at its best.
  • Monday April 13, 2020 - Do You Hear What I Hear: The Art of Listening: Our enjoyment of music is greatly influenced by how we listen. Jeff Thomas, Principal Trombonist of the OPO, will guide us in recognizing the musical elements that create our connection to the music and influence how we react to what we hear. Discover the fascinating reasons music sounds Romantic, where John Williams found the inspiration for Star Wars, or what Aaron Copland was really thinking of when he wrote Appalachian Spring (hint: It wasn’t mountains).

On the Road at Casa Feliz
Casa Feliz
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 6:30 PM

An informance to give us a peek into the music of the Havana Nights Pops concert. Guests will enjoy an array of music from Special Guest Gabriel Preisser who will be on hand to give us a glimpse into this exciting music. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. $125 per person, $100 for Friends members.

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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