Welcome to the new TFO Blog

Let’s get the most obvious question out of the way: Why start a blog? Because we think there’s a lot you’d like to know about your Florida Orchestra, especially as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. There is an insane amount going on this season!

Our goal is to provide a steady beat of stories you can’t get anywhere else, including news, peeks backstage, musician profiles, concert previews, TFO history, videos, photo galleries and much more.

Here’s a little of what you can expect: What’s the deal with Sting tickets? Who is the new principal clarinet sitting where Brian Moorhead did for 40 years? How do 2,000 doughnuts get to the Coffee concerts? What the heck is Carmina Burana?

An orchestra is about so much more than a concert on stage. The more you know about the musicians, the music, and how it all fits into the Tampa Bay community, the more you’ll enjoy the concert. We hope this blog will help make your concert experience amazing every single time.

We also want to hear from you. On the left, you’ll see “Tell us your story.” Please do! This 50th anniversary celebration would be meaningless without you. We want to collect as many memorable moments from the past 50 years as possible and share them.

For now, the easiest way to find the blog is on FloridaOrchestra.org under Plan Your Experience. Soon we’ll give you more information on how to subscribe to the blog so you can easily follow it.

Like so many things at the orchestra, the blog is a team effort. We are lucky to have freelance writer Kurt Loft, formerly a critic at the Tampa Tribune for 27 years, join us as a regular contributor. We also totally expect the blog to evolve as it gets going, and we value your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments below or send us a message using this form.

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