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Our normally sedate music lovers cut loose at the Speakeasy! See the costumes — recognize people you know?  Music,food, dancing — a good time was had by all.

At the Charlene A. Gordon Theater

The event was an elegant evening at Charlene A. Gordon Theater at the University of Tampa. Guest speaker was Ignacio Barron Viela, new CEO of the Florida Orchestra; and Natalie Yu, Second Assistant Concertmaster, performed several beautiful compositions. This theater is an acoustical gem in The Ferman Center for The Arts at UT. The Center […]

Tampa Friends TFO at Canterbury Tower

Laura Smith, cellist with The Florida Orchestra, performed for residents at Canterbury Tower recently as a service of Tampa Friends TFO’s Community Engagement program. Ms. Smith played several pieces, talked about her instrument and answered questions from the audience. Two lucky attendees received a voucher for a free concert. Wine, punch and cake were served. […]

Tune Up Party 2023

What a Beautiful Evening! Our Tune-Up party was a truly elegant event. Many thanks to Carl and Lyda Lindell for hosting us in their art-filled home. A string quartet of Florida Orchestra musicians played a delightful concert. The 80 attendees enjoyed gourmet food prepared by the talented members of our Social Committee. Susana Weymouth, TFO […]

Joe Beverly at Unisen Senior Living Community

Joe Beverly, who plays clarinet and bass clarinet with The Florida Orchestra,  performed and answered questions at Unisen Senior Living Community in Tampa recently. Many audience members were retired musicians or are music aficionados and asked very specific questions. In addition to various versions of clarinet, he also plays the saxophone and guitar. He received […]

TFO Instrument Petting Zoo

The Florida Orchestra held an Instrument Petting Zoo as part of the New Tampa Performing Arts Fall Festival. Five members of Tampa Friends of the Florida Orchestra were on hand to help over 150 youngsters try out violins, cellos, cymbals, a snare drum, and other percussion instruments. Lois and Peter Ancona, Barb Izzi, Joan Gutierrez, […]

Volunteer Presidents Meet With New CFO

Less than three weeks after coming on board, TFO’s new President and CEO Ignacio Barron Viela hosted the presidents of all three volunteer support groups to discuss plans for the coming season.  Ken Kwo, TFO Administrative Assistant and Guild Liaison was also in attendance. On behalf of Tampa Friends of the Florida Orchestra, Jane Strom talked about how social and […]

Ross Holcombe Plays for Active Adults at JCC

Tampa Friends of The Florida Orchestra and representatives of The Florida Orchestra Presented a program to the Active Adults group at the Shanna and Bryan Glazer JCC recently. The guest speakers were introduced by Jeffrey Berger, President of Tampa’s JCC & Federation. Ross Holcombe, Associate Principal Trombone, played and talked about his instrument and took […]

Ignacio Barrón Viela Named President and CEO

The Florida Orchestra has named Ignacio Barrón Viela as its new president and CEO, the orchestra announced today. He brings global experience to lead the state’s largest professional orchestra in a new era of growth in Tampa Bay, joining TFO in August. Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Barrón Viela is a classically trained cellist who has […]