The Florida Orchestra Rhapsody in Blue, Red Hot Blues, & Brahms: A German Requiem

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Coffee Concert
Rhapsody in Blue

Michael Francis, conductor
Stuart Malina, piano

Satie: Parade
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
Milhaud: La Création du monde
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

A rare treat: Michael Francis conducts while Stuart Malina is the soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Also Satie’s Parade, Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On The Town and Milhaud’s La Création du monde. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts, too!

Wed, Mar 2, 11 am, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Thu, Mar 3, 11 am, Mahaffey Theater

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

Sponsor: Holland America

Raymond James Pops
Red Hot Blues

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Dee Daniels, vocalist
Byron Stripling, trumpet
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Bobby Floyd, keyboards

Sultry Tampa Bay nights heat up with the music of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Count Basie. A lineup of jazz and blues greats show their stuff with St. Louis Blues, Night Train and Movin’ on Up.

Fri, Mar 4, 8 pm, Straz Center
Sat, Mar 5, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, Mar 6, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

$15, $30, $45

Radio sponsor: WDUV

Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Brahms: A German Requiem

Michael Francis, conductor
Jeffrey Stephenson, English horn
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
James Bass, music and artistic director

MacMillan: The World’s Ransoming
Brahms: A German Requiem

Michael Francis conducts the orchestra and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in Brahms’ A German Requiem, a monumental musical affirmation of life and humanity. The concert also includes the TFO premiere of The World’s Ransoming by Scottish composer James MacMillan, who has been hailed by The Times in London as “the most powerful voice in British music today.” TFO English horn Jeffrey Stephenson is the soloist for this concertante work for English horn and orchestra relating to Easter Week and its compelling depiction of the crucifixion.

Sat, Mar 12, 8 pm, Pasadena Community Church
Sun, Mar 13, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Listen deeper in a concert that features only the German Requiem, with insight from Michael Francis. Part of “Inside the Music.” Each “Inside” concert starts with insights and musical examples, followed by a performance of the full work. Tickets available at Idlewild Baptist Church or at the door for $15.
Fri, Mar 11, 8 pm, Idlewild Baptist Church.

Radio Sponsor: 970 WFLA

Coffee Concert
Listen and Laugh

Stuart Malina, conductor

Anderson: The Typewriter
L. Mozart: “Toy” Symphony
Strauss, Jr.: Champagne Polka
Schickele: The Unbegun Symphony

What? Did someone say classical music can be stuffy? Not today. Stuart Malina serves up these classically fun works with complimentary coffee, doughnuts and a delightful sense of humor: Anderson’s The Typewriter, L. Mozart’s “Toy” Symphony, Schickele’s The Unbegun Symphony and more.

Thu, Mar 24, 11 am, Mahaffey Theater

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

Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 96, “The Miracle”
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

Stunning teen violinist Simone Porter makes her TFO debut with Mendelssohn’s highly popular Violin Concerto. Also: Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, “The Miracle,” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9. Josep Caballé- Domenech conducts.

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, Apr 1, 8 pm, Straz Center
Sat, Apr 2, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, Apr 3, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

$15, $30, $45

Sponsor: Dr. Gordon Gilbert
Radio Sponsor: 970 WFLA

The Florida Orchestra has announced the 2016/2017 season, Michael Francis’ second as music director, featuring Beethoven, a David Bowie tribute, and acrobats! Concert information is now available for the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, Coffee Concerts, and Rock Concerts.

For a complete list of subscription packages, including series breakouts and pricing, click here.

Single tickets go on sale in August.


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