Ode to Understanding | Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT

Once Again, Rain Will Not Stop the TSO!
TSO Jazz Concert Moved to The Moon!
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015 AT 8:00PM - DOORS OPEN AT 7:00PM

The national weather service predicts a high likelihood of rain for the time-frame during the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Jazz concert, "TSO Jazz!" at Cascades Park. In consideration for your comfort, the event planners and the Tallahassee Symphony organization have elected to move the event indoors. Details of the venue change are as follows:
New Venue: The Moon
1105 E Lafayette St
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Concert Time: The concert will remain at 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
Children's Activities event has been cancelled.
Ticket Information: SAVE YOUR APPETITE!
We will still have low-country boil boxes available for $10, provided by Madison Social. These include crawfish, sausage and potatoes and can be shared. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase at a full bar at the Moon.
Thank you so much!

Night At The Oscars will now be held at Ruby Diamond on October 6, 2017 at 8:00pm

Hurricane Irma impacts "Night At The Oscars"

Hurricane Irma impacts on our area disrupted our ability to use Ruby Diamond for the originally scheduled date and forced the TSO to reschedule our "Night At The Oscars" event.

Patrons holding tickets for the original date (September 15, 2017) may use their same ticket for the October 6 performance.

If you have a ticket for the September 15th date and are unable to attend the October 6 performance, please contact our office at 850.224.0461 for assistance.

Thank you for your patronage and patience!
If you don't have your seat yet, tickets are available and can be purchased by using our links below, or clicking here!
Amanda Stringer, CEO, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

Auditions for the TSO location change

The location for this Saturday's TSO Auditions has been changed to the "Early Music Room HMU229." Audition times and content remain unchanged.

Ode to Understanding

To watch the performance that occurred on March 31, 2019, click here.

Opening Hearts and Creating Dialogue

Presented by Leon County Government, the “Ode to Understanding” project brought together the forces of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, The Village Square, the Florida A&M Concert Choir, and the Morehouse College Glee Club to create a profound community event that will open hearts and inspire civil discourse. 

The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Leon County Government and The Village Square, presented a stunning concert that featured a powerful new musical composition by Joel Thompson titled Seven Last Words of the Unarmed. Written for male chorus and orchestra, the work’s seven movements quote utterances from unarmed black men before they were killed. The movements are as follows:

  • “Why do you have your guns out?” – Kenneth Chamberlain, 66
  • “What are you following me for?” – Trayvon Martin, 16
  • “Mom, I’m going to college.” – Amadou Diallo, 23
  • “I don’t have a gun. Stop shooting.” – Michael Brown, 18
  • “You shot me! You shot me!” – Oscar Grant, 22
  • “It’s not real.” – John Crawford, 22
  • “I can’t breathe.” – Eric Garner, 43

The concert’s second half presented Beethoven’s beloved 9th Symphony, the ultimate expression of humanity, brotherhood, bonding, and equality. Beethoven’s 9th is a life-affirming masterpiece whose joyful message has inspired millions of people worldwide since its premiere in 1824.

The TSO partnered with the Atlanta-based Morehouse College Glee Club and the Concert Choir of Florida A&M University for the performance. The TSO also enlisted community singers to participate in the performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, underscoring the power of community to transcend division.

Community Conversation

Following the first half of the concert, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil led a conversation with composer Joel Thompson and TSO Board Members Byron Greene and Patrick Slevin. Sheriff McNeil to interview these stakeholders about Thompson’s piece of music, the TSO’s decision to program it, and how shared artistic experiences impact the community as a whole. 

At the conclusion of the concert, the audience and the performers were invited to break bread and talk with each other in order to seek to understand the complex issues raised by these human tragedies.