Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic
 
 

Membership Renewal

If you are looking to renew your membership online (or to print out a blank form) just click here to be directed to the proper page.

Our Mission

The Friends is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra of Orlando, Florida by:

Next Meeting

General Membership - Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 3:30PM at the Plaza Live. Please visit our Meetings page to RSVP by September 7.

Board of Directors - August 17, 2022, 1:30PM at The Plaza Live.

Up-Coming Events

We are currently busy planning our events for the coming 2022-2023 season. Information concerning all of our events planned for the coming season will be added as they are finalized.

Our first three events are shown below. Please visit our Fabulous Fundraisers events page for details on all of our events and to register.

Season Opening Celebration - Puttin' on the Glitz
The Plaza Live
Tuesday, September 27, 2022: 7PM

The new season is here, join us for the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic’s festive opening dinner at the Plaza Live, celebrating our 30th anniversary! Put on your diamonds and pearls and little black dress (or coat & tie as appropriate), as we’ll be Puttin' on the Glitz with music by Eric Jacobson and accompanying philharmonic musicians. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 7:00PM, a champagne toast to celebrate the three-decade milestone and dinner will be served at 7:30PM. Arthur’s will be catering a sumptuous meal of Honey Rosemary Chicken or a vegetarian Mediterranean Stuffed Portabella. Sign up soon for this joyful occasion! Be a part of the revelry for $185 per person.

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Reservations must be made on or before September 13, 2022.

Luncheon with Dr. Jennifer Palmer & Eric Jacobsen
The Plaza Live
Thusday, October 13, 2022: 11:30AM

Join us for a luncheon on October 13, 2022, to meet the little-known 18th century composer known as “The Black Mozart”. Our own Maestro Eric Jacobsen and Dr. Jennifer Palmer, an historian of Early Modern France, the Atlantic World, and the Caribbean, will introduce us to the fascinating life and work of Sir Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799.) Who was this man? Born a slave, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a prolific 18th century composer who was also a master fencer, violin virtuoso, composer in Marie Antoinette’s court and even was her piano teacher. Only recently has his music emerged on stages across the world!

Dr. Palmer’s expertise about Europe, the Atlantic world, women and gender, race, and pirates will provide insight into the backdrop of the times of Joseph Bologne, showing interconnections among race, gender, colonialism, and the plantation system in the early modern period. She will put into context how Joseph Bologne, the mixed-race son of a landowner, fit into society, and how the culture of the times influenced the composing arts. Eric Jacobson, the Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, will highlight the impact of this man on the music world, and share insights into his works to be performed by the Orlando Philharmonic this season.

The catered luncheon (vegetarian option included) begins at 11:30 at the Plaza Live! The cost per person is $65 for members of the Friends, $75 for others. Reservations must be made on or before October 12, 2022. As a special treat, your ticket comes with an invitation to Steinmetz Hall to watch the afternoon OPO rehearsal of the Orli Shaham Plays Mozart program, which includes three excerpts from Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ L’amant anonyme.

Please visit our Fabulous Fundraisers events page to sign up.

Nestor Torres at Casa Feliz
Casa Feliz
Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 7PM

Nestor Torres, a musical prodigy Latin Jazz flutist, left his native Puerto Rico to study at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He became a part of the Latin music scene in Miami with his first major-label album released in 1989. After a life-threatening accident in 1990, he not only continued with his musical career but also took part in a musical documentary for Cuban-born bassist Cachao and debuted as a vocalist. This artistry was recognized in 2001 when he won a Latin Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Join us at Casa Feliz for a spectacular performance by Nester Torres with wine, catered appetizers from Arthur’s and jazz, jazz, jazz! Cost per person: $115 for Friends members, $125 for others.

Please visit our Fabulous Fundraisers events page to sign up.

 

Pictures from Previous Events

Pictures from some of our previous events are available for viewing here.

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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