The orchestra fires up the evening with popular symphonic works infused with infectious Latin rhythms by Piazzolla, Lecuona, de Falla and others…followed by the high-energy blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisations of the Mambo Kings performing such hits as Tres Lindas Cubanas, Blue Mambo a la Turk, Oye Cómo Va, El Cumbachero and other sizzling sounds.
Fri, Oct 31, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall Sat, Nov 1, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Nov 2, 7:30 pm Ruth Eckerd Hall
Multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter, indie-rocker and celebrity judge on NBC’s The Sing Off, Ben Folds will join the orchestra to perform such hits as Effington, Jesusland, Steven’s Last Night in Town, The Luckiest, Not the Same, Narcolepsy, Smoke, Landed, Rockin’ the Suburbs and Brick, among many more. He is also the soloist in his new piano concerto, which critics have hailed for its imaginative mix of “jazz, boogie-woogie, European baroque and Gershwin-esque, Hollywood sumptuousness.”
Fri, Nov 7, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
With recorded narration by Meryl Streep and music by South African composer Grant McLachlan, The Florida Orchestra will perform the eloquent and lyrical soundtrack to accompany the film Ocean Voyagers, documenting the relationship and five-year journey of a precocious baby humpback whale and his enormous 40-ton mother as they travel seemingly boundless oceans together. The concert also features the TFO premiere of Mason Bates’ Alternative Energy providing an amazing trip through time from rustic fiddle tunes to digital techno beats and beyond.
This performance is a collaboration of filmmaker Feodor Pitcairn, composer Grant McLachlan, the Blue Ocean Film Festival and The Florida Orchestra.
Sat, Nov 8, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Have you ever wondered what makes a sound? Why are some high and some low? What is a vibration? Come find out with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and musicians of The Florida Orchestra! Join us for “Musical Playtime” starting 45 minutes prior to the concert. Activities will include an instrument petting zoo, musical games, stories and other learning opportunities.
Tickets are $5 per person and are available at The Florida Orchestra ticket center in advance or at the door of the given venue, pending availability. Due to limited capacity of 200 or fewer, it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Parking is not included with the ticket price.
Nov 8, 10 am & 11:45 am
Mahaffey Theater Atrium, St. Petersburg
SCHUBERT:Rosamunde Overture, D. 644 DEBUSSY: Nocturnes ORFF:Carmina Burana
The evening starts with Schubert’s dramatic and spirited overture and then transitions into Debussy’s world of fantastic sounds and swirling, vibrant orchestral colors. Orff provides an almost pagan musical potion of soaring vocal solos, frenzied choral passages and pulsating percussive orchestration.
Fri, Nov 14, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall Sat, Nov 15, 2 pm – Matinee Added Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sat, Nov 15, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Nov 16, 7:30 pm Ruth Eckerd Hall
Featuring percussionists from the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba as part of our ongoing cultural exchange; a program of works showcasing brass, winds and percussion
DUKAS: La Peri Fanfare DVORAK: Serenade in D minor, Op. 44 MOZART: Serenade No. 11 in E-fl at Major, K. 375
Stuart Malina conducts this morning concert featuring a program of works that showcases brass, winds and percussion, including Dukas’ La Peri Fanfare, Dvorak’s Serenade in D minor, Op. 44 and Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be served.
Thu, Nov 20, 11 am Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater
The multi-talented GRAMMY Award winner Matt Catingub invites you to a swinging night of big band tunes made famous by Las Vegas’ Rat Pack…Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Singer Anita Hall performs such favorites as What Kind of Fool Am I, Everybody Loves Somebody, That’s Amore, Standing on the Corner, and I’ve Got the World on a String, among others.
Fri, Nov 21, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall Sat, Nov 22, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Nov 23, 7:30 pm Ruth Eckerd Hall
Experience the joy of Pixar’s most beloved characters and memorable scores with beautiful orchestral accompaniment. Featuring clips from 14 of Pixar’s animated films, including music from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, WALL-E, Toy Story 2, Cars, UP, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Cars 2, Brave, Toy Story 3 and Monsters University, watch stunning HD, widescreen images while The Florida Orchestra performs the music live.