Program Notes | Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra


Once Again, Rain Will Not Stop the TSO!
TSO Jazz Concert Moved to The Moon!

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.

Program Notes

There are several resources available for reading about our Classics Concerts program events.

In addition to the printed program you receive as you enter the hall, you can also view an online version here. Or if it is more convenient, you can download a copy to your computer to read or print.

TSO Program Notes, when available, are found via a link found on each concert’s dedicated page and are written by Dr. Ruth Ruggles Akers. For future concerts, click here and then choose one of the upcoming concerts.

The TSO’s own Dr. Ruth Ruggles Akers writes our program notes each season.  Dr. Akers is on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Music and is actively involved in many other organizations throughout Tallahassee.


Ruth Ruggles Akers is loving “semi-retirement,” which involves teaching several music history and literature classes each semester at Florida State, enjoying all the various FSU sports seasons, writing the TSO program notes every year, and escaping to the beach whenever she can.  In the past she has taught at Palm Beach State College, Florida Atlantic University, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Palm Beach, and for her fellow OLLI members here in Tallahassee.

Ruth and husband Les, president of Legacy Toyota, support many of the cultural offerings in our capital city.   Ruth has served on the boards of not only TSO, but also The Artist Series and Opening Nights (Seven Days), and Les has been a member of the University Musical Associates Board.

The Akers recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with their three grown children and one wonderful son-in-law.  They currently share their home with a 17-pound cat and a rescue beagle with ADHD (as well as assorted football fans during the Fall).