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ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Florida Orchestra (TFO) will be performing the North American premiere of rePLAY – Symphony of Heroes with the orchestra performing “heroic themes” from a host of popular video games with movie screens displaying state-of-the-art game visuals. The concert is on Saturday, April 19, at 8pm at the Duke Energy Center, Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Amy Andersson conducts.
“rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes,” which had its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House in Australia in early March, is the successor to one of the most acclaimed concerts to ever hit the stage, “Play! A Video Game Symphony.” This new concert celebrates the artistic side of video games with dazzling lighting and big-screen game images with the orchestra performing music depicting memorable moments from such popular and beloved video games as Journey, The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, Final Fantasy, God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock, Portal 2 and more.
Tickets for reserved seats are $35 and $45, with a limited number of VIP Experience seats at $100, and are available online at http://www.floridaorchestra.org/, by phone at 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286, and at The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center located in the St. Petersburg College Building at 244 2nd Avenue North (main floor) in downtown St. Petersburg. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Tickets are also available in advance at the Mahaffey Theater.
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Amy Andersson, guest conductor
At home in both the operatic and symphonic repertoires, Amy Andersson has conducted throughout Europe and in the US. She has led opera productions in Germany at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, National Theater of Mannheim, Stadttheater Aachen, Weikersheim Opera Festival, Rheinsberg Chamber Opera and in the US at the Colorado Light Opera. She has made concert appearances in Germany with the the Niederrheinische Symphoniker, LOH Orchestra Sonderhausen, Berliner Symphoniker, Giessen Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, (Denmark), Macedonian Philharmonic, (Skopje), Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, Les Musicales du Trophee, (France), and the Colorado Music Festival (US).
Andersson is dedicated to working with young musicians and has held the posts of Professor of Conducting at the esteemed Berlin Hochschule der Kunste (Berlin University of Arts) and Music Director of the CPE Bach Gymnasium Orchestra (CPE Bach High School Music Academy, Berlin). Committed to nurturing the careers of rising, young opera singers, she led three seasons at the Weikersheim Opera Festival (Germany), which featured international casts and acclaimed youth orchestras with each production. She conducted productions of La Boheme, Carmen and La Traviata with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundes Jugend Orchestra and the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, JONDE.
Andersson received her BMA from the University of Michigan, and following graduate studies at Indiana University, received a MM in conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York. She was awarded a conducting Fellowship to the Aspen Music School and her teachers have included Paul Vermel, Gustav Meier, Murray Sidlin, David Zinman, and the late Yakov Kreizberg.
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Now in its 46th year, The Florida Orchestra performs a wide range of live symphonic concerts throughout the Tampa Bay area. The concert season runs October through May each year and consists of special concerts as well as a variety of concert series, including Masterworks, Pops, Rock and matinee concerts featuring music that enriches and inspires thousands of residents, young and old. Most weekends, performances take place at the Straz Center for the Arts in Tampa on Fridays, the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Saturdays, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Sundays. In addition, the orchestra performs free Pops in the Park Concerts in fall and spring in Tampa and St. Petersburg, and hosts educational Youth Concerts for students in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.