The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is located in Orlando, Florida, bringing together the talented youth of the area in concert performances in the open-air. Guests come from all over, not just the families of the performers, to enjoy world-class performances by very young and talented performers.
The orchestra begins its concert season in October, running straight through until the end of May. Performances include concerto finalists, full orchestral shows, holiday and charity concerts and a season finale.
Visitors who attend the orchestra's performances sit on the grass, overlooking the stage, bringing a blanket and/or a deck chair for comfort. Many bring along their picnic baskets with wine and snacks, even sometimes dinner. Not only does the orchestra play traditional classical pieces, but even ones that have been newly composed, even their own. Special appearances add to the appeal, as does the sponsorship provided through local radio.
The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra not only provides concerts for a nominal fee, but quite often has free concerts. Some are performed at local theaters and others within churches. However, the majority of what they do is to raise money for charity, including major charitable organizations. Most importantly, their concerts are appealing to many classical music lovers, as well as the numerous visitors that arrive from abroad.