The Florida Orchestra: This Octpber Music Director Michael Francis’ Debut with TFO, Led Zeppelin, Free Parks Concerts & More

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Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Opening Night!
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3

Michael Francis, conductor
Valentina Lisitsa, guest pianist

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Copland: Symphony No. 3

The Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series opens with new Music Director Michael Francis leading The Florida Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring pianist Valentina Lisitsa. The program also includes Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, hailed by many as the “Great American Symphony,” with its musical climax being the theme from Copland’s own Fanfare for the Common Man as a statement on the country’s post-war optimism.

Arrive early to hear musical guests share inside stories about the music and the composers for all Masterworks concerts. Pre-concert conversations begin one hour before curtain time in the concert hall.

Fri, Oct 2, 8 pm, Straz Center
Sat, Oct 3, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, Oct 4, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets: $15, $30, $45

Sponsor: Dr. Robert Wharton
Radio Sponsor: 970 WFLA


Raymond James Pops
A Night at the Oscars

Michael Francis, conductor & host

Get the red carpet treatment with your charming host, Michael Francis, along with award-winning music from The Godfather, Rocky, The Lord of the Rings, and much more.

Join Music Director Michael Francis for an audience talk-back immediately following the concert.

Fri, Oct 9, 8 pm, Straz Center
Sat, Oct 10, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, Oct 11, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets: $15, $30, $45

Sponsor: McKibbon Hotels
Radio sponsor: 105.5 WDUV


Rock Concert
The Music of Led Zeppelin

Brent Havens, conductor
Randy Jackson, vocals

All you really need to know: Stairway to Heaven performed by The Florida Orchestra with a full rock band. Heaven indeed. But you’ll also get Kashmir, Black Dog, All of My Love and more for a classic tribute.

Fri, Oct 16, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater

Tickets: $35, $55, $75

Sponsor: Craig Sher
Radio Sponsor: 98 Rock


Free Pops in the Parks Concerts

Picnic under the stars with your Florida Orchestra offering a fun mix of familiar symphonic and pop favorites. Be sure to bring plenty of canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive! Collection points will be available throughout the park.

For the Vinoy Park concert, pre-concert community activities begin at 4 pm. In addition, there will be vendors from Saturday Morning Market, Keep St. Pete Local, and Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Ashley for the Arts.

Sat, Oct 17, 7 pm, Vinoy Park
Sun Oct 18, 7 pm, River Tower Park

Sponsors: Ashley Furniture Homestore, Helen Torres Foundation, Irene Rubenstein, JJ and the Z, Fidelity National Title, City of Tampa, City of St. Petersburg
Media Sponsors: Tampa Bay Times, 105.5 WDUV


Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Lara St. John, violin & leader

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2
Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

From the baroque tradition of the violin soloist conducting the orchestra as “leader,” violinist Lara St. John is the soloist and “leader” in a program of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Piazzolla’s tango-infused The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Arrive early to hear musical guests share inside stories about the music and the composers for all Masterworks concerts. Pre-concert conversations begin one hour before curtain time in the concert hall.

Fri, Oct 23, 8 pm, Straz Center
Sat, Oct 24, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, Oct 25, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets: $15, $30, $45

Radio Sponsor: 970 WFLA


Coffee Concert
Our American Music

Stuart Malina, conductor

Williams: Liberty Fanfare
Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
Loewe: Selections from My Fair Lady

Selections of best-loved music are served up with complimentary coffee and doughnuts and lively insights by Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina. Join us for the pre-concert conversations at 10 am.

Thu, Oct 29, 11 am, Mahaffey Theater

Tickets: $24, $29, $34, $42


Raymond James Pops
Halloween Pops on Broadway

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Lisa Vroman, vocalist
Doug LaBrecque, vocalist

So many treats — The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde, Sweeney Todd, Cats, and Beauty and the Beast – for a bewitching night of music.

Fri, Oct 30, 8 pm, Straz Center
Sat, Oct 31, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, Nov 1, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets: $15, $30, $45

Radio Sponsor: 105.5 WDUV


Family Concerts
Alice in Wonderland

These engaging and interactive chamber music concerts introduce young children (preK-2nd grade) to classical music with a Florida Orchestra ensemble. Partnering with community organizations, TFO Family Concerts help develop focus, creativity and critical thinking skills. They’re also just plain fun! Before each concert, Musical Playtime offers kids and their families the opportunity to play everything from violins to trombones at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Arts and crafts, movement activities, and a book corner also capture imaginations, preparing kids for the theme of the concert.

Sat, Oct 31, 10 am and 11:30 am
Dunedin Fine Art Center


Sat, Nov 7, 10 am and 11:30 am
HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Building


Sat, Nov 21, 10 am and 11:30 am
Dali Museum, Raymond James Community Room

Tickets: $5

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