ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Violin superstar Itzhak Perlman will sweep you away to the silver screen at The Florida Orchestra’s Third Annual Fundraising Gala concert on Saturday, February 4, 2017, under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis.
In a rare opportunity to see Perlman perform with a full orchestra, he will play some of his favorite movie music, including the Theme from Schindler’s List – which he performed for the Academy Award-winning film – along with As Time Goes By from Casablanca, the love theme from Cinema Paradiso and more.
The extraordinary evening celebrates The Florida Orchestra and its supporters with a night of glamor. Gala packages include a pre-concert champagne reception with hors d’oeuvres and live music, valet parking, prime seats at the concert and a post-concert gourmet dinner with Perlman, Michael Francis and TFO musicians, all overlooking the waterfront at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
For information on sponsorships and gala package reservations, please call 727.362.5424 or email [email protected]. Concert tickets go on sale to TFO subscribers on September 26, 2016, and to the general public on November 7, for $50, $75, $100 and $150 – the same prices as last year. Concert tickets do not include reception or dinner.
All proceeds from the night support TFO’s excellence in the concert hall as well as its community programs, including hospital, education and youth concerts throughout Tampa Bay. This year’s gala concert with multiplatinum artist Michael Feinstein raised more than a half-million dollars.
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman is beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent. Among his numerous honors, Perlman is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honoree, as well as a 15-time Grammy and four-time Emmy winner. He has performed multiple times at the White House, including the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. He recently was awarded the 2016 Genesis Prize for exceptional contributions as a musician, teacher, advocate for people with special needs and dedication to Jewish values.
Perlman is the rare classical musician who is also a household name. He has entertained and enlightened millions of TV viewers on popular shows from Sesame Street to The Tonight Show, as well as numerous PBS programs including Live from Lincoln Center.
Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, he also has made numerous appearances as a conductor, speaker and educator. Over the past decade, Perlman has become more active in music education. Alongside his wife, Toby, his close involvement in the Perlman Music Program has been particularly rewarding, and he has taught full-time at the program each summer since its founding in 1993. Click for full bio.
Maestro Francis took over as music director of The Florida Orchestra in the fall of 2015 and instantly became a huge hit. Quickly establishing an international presence, the British conductor also is music director of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and a popular guest conductor around the nation and the globe. Click for a full bio.
The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is a non-profit, premier cultural and arts organization in the Tampa Bay area, dedicated to bringing music to all people. Under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis, it performs series of classical, popular, rock and morning coffee concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as free Pops in the Park concerts. Connecting to the community is a priority, with pre-concert talks, family and youth concerts and other educational activities. Kids get in free to classical Masterworks concerts with Classical Kids tickets.
To subscribe or buy individual concert tickets: 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286; floridaorchestra.org.
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.