Raymond James Pops:
Holiday Pops

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Have a jolly good time with the whole family at this popular Florida Orchestra tradition, filled with the joy of your favorite yuletide carols. William Waldrop conducts.

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Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Special Concerts:
Handel’s Messiah

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TFO and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay will perform Handel’s Messiah with its famous “Hallelujah” chorus at two large churches and the Mahaffey Theater.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:00pm – Idlewild Baptist Church

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Friday, December 22, 2017 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00pm – First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks





Special Concerts:
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets™ – In Concert

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The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:30pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:30pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)





Special Concerts:
Classical WSMR presents TFO featuring Jahja Ling

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Classical WSMR presents the return of former Music Director, Jahja Ling, leading The Florida Orchestra in an evening of music featuring Beethoven and Sibelius, in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets on sale at strazcenter.org and by phone at 813.229.STAR (7827) or in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office.

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Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Jahja Ling Conducts Beethoven

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Former longtime TFO Music Director Jahja Ling returns to conduct Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 — performed by his wife and noted Beethoven interpreter Jessie Chang — and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. 

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Coffee Concerts:
Musicians in the Spotlight

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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.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:00am – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:00am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Raymond James Pops:
Rodgers & Hammerstein

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Broadway star Lisa Vroman wraps up a few of our favorite things from Rodgers & Hammerstein including songs from The Sound of Music, The King and I, Oklahoma! and more. Stuart Malina conducts.

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Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Woodson Chamber Concert:
MLK Vigil Performance

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Spend a lovely afternoon amid art and music as TFO’s hit series of Sunday afternoon chamber concerts returns to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg for a second season.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 4:30pm – Woodson African American Museum





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Dvorak’s Cello Concerto

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Feel the joy and heartbreak of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto featuring Maximilian Hornung. Plus a rarely heard work: Janacek’s bold and brassy Sinfonietta. Michael Francis conducts.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





2017/2018 Season:
The Music of Star Wars™

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Michael Francis, The Florida Orchestra’s Music Director and renowned conductor, explores the iconic music of the Star Wars™ films. 

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:30am – Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg





Special Concerts:
Sing Out! Tampa Bay

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Get your favorite singing buddies together and join people from all corners of Tampa Bay to unite as one voice with The Florida Orchestra

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Special Concerts:
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY®

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On the heels of an international tour celebrating three decades of the FINAL FANTASY®  video game, Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY® brings your favorite characters to life. Arnie Roth conducts.

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Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Coffee Concerts:
Best of British

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Selections of best-loved music are served up with complimentary coffee and doughnuts and lively insights by Music Director Michael Francis. Join us for the pre-concert conversations at 10 am.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:00am – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11:00am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Special Concerts:
The Music of Pink Floyd

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Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall – two of the best-selling albums of all time – for a night of Pink Floyd’s classic hits..  Brent Havens conducts.

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Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Family Concerts:
From Rags to Mozart

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These interactive, casual chamber concerts introduce young children (preK-2nd grade) to classical music and help develop focus, creativity and critical thinking skills. They’re also just plain fun.

 

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Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00am – HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Building

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Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:15am – HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Building





Woodson Chamber Concert:
TFO French Horns in Concert

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Spend a lovely afternoon amid art and music as TFO’s hit series of Sunday afternoon chamber concerts returns to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg for a second season.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3:00pm – Woodson African American Museum





Raymond James Pops:
Music of Star Trek & Star Wars

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An intergalactic battle pits Trekkies against The Force for one stellar concert. With music from the Star Trek TV show and movies, along with Star Wars classics by John Williams, everybody wins. Michael Francis conducts.

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Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Romeo and Juliet & West Side Story

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An evening of killer love stories: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. “The best trumpeter on the planet” Håkan Hardenberger performs HK Gruber’s jazzy Aerial.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Dvorák’s The New World Symphony

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Michael Francis, conductor
Aldo López-Gavilán, Piano

Michael Ippolito: Title TBD (World Premiere)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, “From The New World”

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Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Coffee Concerts:
Center Stage

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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.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:00am – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)

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Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 11:00am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Raymond James Pops:
Hot Latin Nights with The Mambo Kings

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Jeff Tyzik teams up with The Mambo Kings for a night of Latin-inspired hits, with music by Piazzolla, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Santana’s Oye Como Va, and their own spicy Salsa stylings.

 

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Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Coffee Concerts:
Beethoven!

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

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 11:00am – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:00am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Woodson Chamber Concert:
Women in Music

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Spend a lovely afternoon amid art and music as TFO’s hit series of Sunday afternoon chamber concerts returns to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg for a second season.

 

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Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3:00pm – Woodson African American Museum





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
A Little Night Music

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Lynn Harrell, conductor and violoncello

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2
Bruch: Kol Nidrei
Schubert: Symphony No. 5

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Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:00pm – Palladium Theater, St Petersburg

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Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Coffee Concerts:
Latin Flair

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TFO’s principal pops conductor gets your morning moving with Latin music from Manuel de Falla, Astor Piazzolla and more.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:00am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Happy Hour Concerts:
Fiesta!

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The spirited mix of live symphonic music, free drinks and snacks, and a meet-and-greet with TFO musicians is Thursdays after work at the Straz Center in Tampa.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6:30pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)





Raymond James Pops:
R & B Legends with Michael Lynche

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American Idol star Michael Lynche joins forces with top pops arranger Jeff Tyzik for the music of James Brown, Otis Redding, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye.

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Friday, April 6, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Woodson Chamber Concert:
Program TBA

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Spend a lovely afternoon amid art and music as TFO’s hit series of Sunday afternoon chamber concerts returns to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg for a second season

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Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00pm – Woodson African American Museum





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26

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Elim Chan, conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26, “Coronation;”
Widmann: Con Brio
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Verdi’s Requiem

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Michael Francis, conductor
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
Doreen Rao, visiting artistic director

Verdi: Requiem

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Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Family Concerts:
From Rags to Mozart

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These interactive, casual chamber concerts introduce young children (preK-2nd grade) to classical music and help develop focus, creativity and critical thinking skills. They’re also just plain fun.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:15am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Coffee Concerts:
The Golden Age

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Send off TFO’s 50th season with music written by history’s greatest composers at age 50.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:00am – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Happy Hour Concerts:
50!

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A sendoff of TFO’s 50th season with music that stands the test of time, from Vivaldi’s “Goldfinch” Flute Concerto to John Williams’ Raiders March. Stuart Malina conducts. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)





Raymond James Pops:
Celebrate Broadway

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Join Broadway star Daniel Narducci and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for an evening of Broadway showstoppers from Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Camelot and more. Bob Bernhardt conducts.

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Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4

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Michael Francis, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

de Murga: Fanfare for Three Cities
Shchedrin:
Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, “Naughty Limericks”
James Newton Howard: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

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Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Special Concerts:
The Music of Prince

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The Florida Orchestra honors the eclectic and innovative spirit of the iconic superstar. Brent Havens conducts.

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Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





Family Concerts:
From Rags to Mozart

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These interactive, casual chamber concerts introduce young children (preK-2nd grade) to classical music and help develop focus, creativity and critical thinking skills. They’re also just plain fun.

 

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00am – SPC-Clearwater Arts Auditorium

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:15am – SPC-Clearwater Arts Auditorium





Park Concerts:
Free Pops in the Park

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You bring the date – or the whole family! – and we ’ll provide the lively symphonic music, for free. Don’t forget to pack an elaborate picnic, too. We’ll also collect canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:30pm – Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park





Special Concerts:
Inside the Music

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Learn to listen deeper as Michael Francis combines a talk with musical demos before a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:30pm – Palladium Theater, St Petersburg





Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

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Michael Francis, conductor
Javier Perianes, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

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Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)





Raymond James Pops:
Patriotic Salute

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In honor of Memorial Day, the orchestra salutes the American spirit, with music from America’s greatest popular composers, from John Philip Sousa to John Williams. Jeff Tyzik conducts.

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Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

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Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)





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