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
   425 N Bumby Ave
   Orlando, FL 32803

Old Blue Eyes at the Plaza Live
Plaza Live
Sunday, March 4, 2018: 4PM

Please join us for a trip down memory lane with the music of Frank Sinatra and friends featuring Albert George Schram. Refreshments and cash bar. $60 per person; $50 for Friends

$50 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $60 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $50/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $60/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

An Exceptional Evening at the Enzian
The Enzian Theater
Wednesday, March 28, 2018: 5PM

Travel along the Silk Road with Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man and familiar faces in a private showing of The Music of Strangers. The Jacobsen brothers and others will take us on a wonderful trip through many musical cultures. This event is hosted by David Schillhammer at the Enzian and sponsored by Bryce West. Enjoy refreshments before and during the show followed by a Q&A session led by David and Eric Jacobsen. $150 per person; $125 for Friends members.

$125 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $150 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $125/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $150/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

Sunday Cabaret
Plaza Live
Sunday, April 15, 2018: 3PM

Enjoy an afternoon filled with song featuring Jackie Jones and OPO musicians. Sponsored in part by Todd and Shelly Morgan. Refreshments and cash bar. $60 per person; $50 for Friends.

$50 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $60 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $50/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $60/person = $ _______
Total = $ _______

Jeans and Jewels Goes West
Plaza Live
Saturday, June 2, 2018: 7 - 11 PM

Join the Friends in this traditional, fun-filled season wrap-up party. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and silent auction. Costumes encouraged. $90 per person; $70 for Friends.

$70 for Friends members  Charge to credit card or PayPal  $90 for non-Members

_____ Friends Members @ $70/person = $ _______
_____ Non-Members @ $90/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 2018
January 8, 2018; February 13, 2018; March 26, 2018; April 23, 2018

A 4-part program providing opportunities for adults to learn about various aspects of music and enhance their appreciation of our orchestra featuring:

  • Tuesday February 13, 2018: Leonard Bernstein: An American Musical Legend - We are thrilled that Maestro Jacobsen will present this class focused on Bernstein’s place in history, his life story, and his variety of compositions covering opera, ballet, musical theater, and symphonic and chamber works. Learn why Leonard Bernstein has been called “a Renaissance man of the 20th century: composer, conductor, educator, performer, and public personality in nearly equal parts, none of which he was willing to give up for the others.” This class will be a timely preparation for the February 17th Classics performance of Overture to West Side Story and Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety”.
  • Monday, March 26, 2018: Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 8 and No. 9 - Widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, Beethoven’s nine symphonies are highly individual, each with its own intrinsic personality. This will be demonstrated through a discussion of Symphonies No. 8 and No. 9 led by Maestro Chris Confessore, Music Director of the Brevard Symphony, Resident Conductor of the Alabama Symphony, and frequent Philharmonic guest conductor. Both symphonies are included in the Philharmonic’s 25th Anniversary season -- how do they contrast and compare? Why is one called humorous and the other mysterious? Maestro Confessore will also share what was happening in the composer’s life when each was composed and address the influence of Beethoven’s works on fellow composers.
  • Monday, April 23: The World of Guitars - Violinist and guitarist Dan Flick and friends will share the discussion of this unique instrument whose name comes from “tar”, the ancient Sanskrit word for "string". They will cover topics such as the history of the guitar, the types of guitars – including mandolin, banjo, and ukulele, the different genres of music written for the guitar, and the cultural presence of the guitar around the world. We will also be treated to performances of pieces that demonstrate the genre and cultural differences of this popular instrument

All classes are held at the Plaza Live and begin at 5 PM, preceded by refreshments at 4:30 PM. $165 per person; $135 for Friends members.

Reservations for the Music Academy are closed


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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.

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.

Prelude to Beethoven and Mozart
Hosted by John and Lee Benz, Winter Park
Thursday, November 16, 2017: 7 - 10PM

John and Lee Benz open their spectacular home for a special presentation by Susan Cohn Lackman who will draw contrasts between Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38. Ms. Lackman is an American composer of contemporary classical music and professor of music theory and composition at Rollins College. She has traveled the world, absorbing music and art from many cultures. She holds a B.Mus.Ed. degree from Temple University, an M.A. from The American University, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, as well as holding an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School at Rollings. We are sure you will enjoy this unique educational experience in the elegance of the Benz home. Cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres. $125 per person; $100 for Friends members.

Holiday Tea at the Plaza
Plaza Live
Saturday, December 2, 2017: 3PM

Join us for an old-fashioned high tea in the Palm Garden at the Plaza (with Eloise no doubt peeking about). The lilting strings of the harp will greet you. Tables will be set with vintage china. Ms. Bonnie Hansen, Vintage Historian, will present “Gibson Girl Mother and Flapper Daughter, the First Generation Gap.” This wonderful program appeals to several generations so gather your daughters, grandchildren and friends and enjoy this unique presentation. Bonnie will be showcasing vintage artifacts with her talk. If you would like to style your own table of 8 with your own tea settings, please contact Donna Hoffman at 617-538-1144 or send her an email. This lovely start to the holiday season is perfect for sharing with others. Tea, scones, champagne and more, plus a little holiday shopping, await you. $60 per person; $50 for Friends members.

Carnival of the Animals
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Saturday, January 27, 2018: 2:30PM – 5 PM

Arrive early and enjoy complimentary admission to the Zoo as part of your Friends reservation for this event. There will be refreshments followed by a musical performance led by Mark Fischer. Individual/Family*: $60/100; Friends members: $50/$90. Non-alcoholic beverages included; cash bar for beer and wine. Rain or shine.

* Family includes 2 adults and up to 4 children under 18.

Valentines and Bernstein
Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
Sunday, February 11, 2018: 3 – 6 PM

Bring your sweetie or BFF to the stunning Lake Nona Country Club for an elegant afternoon of refreshments and music. Sergei Kossenko, one our favorite pianist, will entertain us with stories about, and music of, Leonard Bernstein. Sergei will also be accompanied by vocalist Alexandra Vargas. $150 per person; $125 per Friends member or $200 for Friends member plus guest. Sponsored in part by Diane and Robert Smedley.

Links to Related Web Sites

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

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Friends Facebook page

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