Bucket Brigade at Pops in the Park!

The Florida Orchestra’s annual free Pops in the Park Concertis set for Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday evening, October 19, 2019.

            During intermission at the Pops in the Park event, the Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Petersburg, traditionally forms what is informally known as the “Bucket Brigade.”  Volunteer Guild members stroll through the park collecting donations from concertgoers. When the buckets are tallied, the amount that goes directly to the Orchestra is impressive! BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR  BRIGADE! After working through intermission and delivering your bucket of donations to Orchestra Guild “headquarters,” you can return to your chair or blanket and enjoy the rest of the free concert. 

            Watch for more information on how to sign up to be a Brigade volunteer. And SAVE THE DATE—Saturday, October 19, 2019—a glorious evening of music performed by our fabulous Florida Orchestra!

2019 Golden Baton Award Dinner

On February 27, Thomas and Barbara Farquhar received the Florida Orchestra Guild’s 2019 Golden Baton Award. The presentation took place at the Renaissance Vinoy Sunset Ballroom in St. Petersburg. The Farquhars join a long list of distinguished recipients who have been honored for exceptional service to and support for The Florida Orchestra.  2019 is the 52nd year the award has been given.

Peggy Grom, St. Petersburg Orchestra Guild President, welcomed guests to the evening celebration. Event Co-Chairs were Sheila Tempelmann and Sara Galiger. Guest and Coffee Concert Conductor Stuart Malina and Clay Ellerbroek, the Orchestra’s Principal Flute, were among the many guests paying tribute to the Farquhars. Ellerbroek played solo pieces by Debussy and Bach in the Farquhars’ honor.