The Florida Orchestra is off to the races for its first-ever concert at Sebring International Raceway in March as part of TFO’s state residency program. The free performance kicks off the 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida race week.
The speed-themed concert will be in the racetrack Midway on Saturday, March 11, at 4:30 p.m., with music from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, William Tell Overture, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Flight of the Bumblebee, all conducted by Music Director Michael Francis.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m., and the audience is encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs. “Sports car racing often links to the ‘wine and cheese crowd,’ so we encourage everyone to bring a picnic basket and spread out on the lawn to kick off the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida,” said Wayne Estes, president and general manager of the raceway. “Presenting a Florida Orchestra concert here at Sebring will launch this historic event in a brand new way: a free concert on the lawn and everyone is invited.”
The Florida Orchestra is partnering with the raceway as part of its first-ever state residency program, which includes more than 10 events in three counties: Highlands, Volusia and Alachua.
“Sebring International Raceway has been an amazing and supportive partner among many we have found in Highlands County,” said TFO Community Engagement Director Erin Horan. “We are so thrilled to be able to kick off Sebring's 65th 12 Hour Race with a program inspired by speed and endurance that we really think the community will enjoy.”