The Florida Orchestra

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FAQ

Where can I buy tickets?
What are your ticket prices?
Why can't I purchase tickets online for this weekend's concert?
What are the advantages to being a subscriber? 
I am a subscriber. How do I use my flexible ticket exchange privilege?
Can I receive a group discount rate if I'm bringing people to a performance?
Does The Florida Orchestra offer discounts for students and teachers?
Where does The Florida Orchestra perform?
When does TFO perform?
What type of music does this orchestra perform?
What is the difference between Masterworks concerts and Pops concerts?
What should I wear to an orchestra performance?
What if I arrive late?
When should I clap?
Can I bring my children?
How large is the organization?
Who are the TFO musicians?
What’s the status of your music director search?
Why do you need fundraising to cover 2/3 of your budget?
Has TFO recorded any CDs?
How can I learn more about The Florida Orchestra?


 

Where can I buy tickets?
Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased online, by phone or in person at The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center located at 244 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL. Single tickets may also be purchased at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, and Ruth Eckerd Hall.

What are your ticket prices?
As a result of our Accessibility Initiative, ticket prices for all Masterworks and Pops concerts have been reduced to $15, $30 & $45 – with half of the inventory priced $30 or less. TFO also offers drastically reduced ticket prices for students, teachers and military. Coffee prices range from $24 to $42, Rock prices range from $35 to $75, and Specials prices vary based on programming. Outdoor Park concerts and educational Youth concerts are provided free of charge.

Why can't I purchase tickets online for this weekend's concert?
The day of the concert, tickets are only available on www.floridaorchestra.org for a limited period. If tickets are no longer available on The Florida Orchestra's website, please contact the venues directly to purchase tickets. Click here for a list of the venues.

What are the advantages to being a subscriber?
Subscribers enjoy many benefits, including lower ticket prices than single ticket buyers, reserved seating, free friend vouchers to invite someone to a concert, advance notice of special concerts, a monthly newsletter, and ticket exchange privileges.

I am a subscriber. How do I use my flexible ticket exchange privilege?
As a subscriber, free flexible ticket exchanges allow you to switch tickets for any other series concert presented solely by The Florida Orchestra. Simply exchange your tickets before the concert you are not attending, no later than Thursday for weekend concerts. The Florida Orchestra must be in receipt of original tickets before new tickets are issued. Exchanges may be made in person at The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center, by mail or by fax. Some restrictions apply.

Can I receive a group discount rate if I'm bringing people to a performance?
Yes, you can! Groups of 10 or more enjoy personalized customer service, a waiver of service charges and facility fees, plus one complimentary ticket with every 20 purchased. Groups may purchase a block of tickets to an individual concert or to a series, including pro-rated series packages once the season begins. Contact William Abbey at 727.362.5443 or wabbey@floridaorchestra.org.

Does The Florida Orchestra offer discounts for students and teachers?
Full-time students, teachers and education staff may purchase tickets for $10 each subject to availability, beginning two weeks prior to the concert (two tickets per valid ID). Some restrictions apply. Click here for more information.

Where does The Florida Orchestra perform?
We play the bay! The orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts-Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Click here for maps and directions.

When does TFO perform?
Our annual season schedule runs from October through May. Our first season began in 1968. We have a variety of performance times including weekend evenings and weekday matinees.

What type of music does this orchestra perform?
We perform a wide variety of music to satisfy a diversity of musical tastes through more than 100 concerts annually. It includes a diverse offering of baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary symphonic and choral works, as well as popular music covering Broadway, Latin, dance, film, rock, video games, blues, jazz, swing, love songs and more. While the Masterworks repertoire is the core of what we do, we present diverse programs designed to appeal to as many people in our community as possible.

What is the difference between Masterworks concerts and Pops concerts?
The 14-concert Masterworks evening series features nationally and internationally recognized guest artists and conductors performing a diverse offering of symphonic and choral works spanning baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary composers. The orchestra’s 9-concert evening Pops series offers a broad spectrum of fun and familiar popular music, including Broadway, jazz, film music, rock, holiday tunes, Celtic, big band, Latin, tin-pan alley and more. 

What should I wear to an orchestra performance?
Contrary to what many people think, formal attire, such as tuxedos and evening gowns, is not required at orchestra concerts. Our audience usually dresses in business casual attire.

What if I arrive late?
Concerts begin promptly at the scheduled time, and latecomers will be seated at a natural break in the music. If you must leave the hall during the performance, please do so quietly.

When should I clap?
Generally, it is considered proper concert etiquette to clap only after a piece is complete. For example, if a piece has four movements, it is appropriate to clap after the last movement. You can look at your program book to find out how many movements a piece has. Usually, there is a 15- to 30-second pause in between movements. If you are still uncertain, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to clap before applauding.

Can I bring my children?
Yes, you may bring your children; however, kids five and younger are discouraged from attending our regular subscription concerts. Our Pops in the Parks concerts and some of our special concerts are perfect for young children.

How large is the organization?
TFO has 66 professional musicians hired through national and international auditions. TFO also has 23 fulltime staff. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization and one of over 300 professional orchestras in the United States.

Who are the TFO musicians?
They are an internationally trained group of professionals. The scope of musical training among them includes Juilliard, Central Conservatory of Beijing, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern, Kiev Conservatory in the Ukraine, Bela Bartok Conservatory (Budapest), Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University, and Conservatorio di Musica di Santa Cecilia (Rome), among others. TFO’s concertmaster is Jeffrey Multer. Many of our current musicians have been a part of this orchestra for over 40 years.

What’s the status of your music director search?
The Florida Orchestra is pleased to announce Michael Francis as its new music director starting with the 2015/2016 season and serving as music director designate for the upcoming 2014/2015 season. Although his primary role is with the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, he will also conduct one concert each season on the Raymond James Pops and the morning Coffee Concert series. This reflects Michael Francis’ personal desire to be fully-integrated artistically with the orchestra and the organization.

Why do you need fundraising to cover 2/3s of your budget?
Symphony orchestras are a living art form requiring a large ensemble of musicians. Contributions are not given to the orchestra – they’re instead given THROUGH the orchestra, to the communities we serve through our music. Ticket prices would be out-of-reach if we charged what it takes to cover the expense to produce and present this artistic product. TFO follows the industry norm of contributed revenue as a percentage of the total budget.

Has TFO recorded any CDs?
The Florida Orchestra has released six recordings since 1979. In 2012, the first major label recording was released on Naxos featuring the music of Frederick Delius. This CD, also featuring the voices of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, hit number one on the classical charts of Billboard, Amazon and iTunes. In December 2013, TFO recorded the Holiday Pops concerts; a CD release is expected in the fall of 2014.

How can I learn more about The Florida Orchestra?
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