Michael Francis, conductor
Alain Lefèvre, piano
Wilt: Running on Rooftops*
Bartok: Dance Suite
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 4 (1926)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
“Every bit of it has such rhythmic drive and power. It’s just sort of this magnetic pulse.” That’s how Music Director Michael Francis describes Beethoven’s jubilant Symphony No. 7, which evokes the feeling of dance. It’s a fitting way to mark 50 years since the official merger of the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Tampa Philharmonic on Nov 2, 1967. Joining the celebration is French Canadian pianist Alain Lefevre, who makes his TFO debut on his specialty, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4. He’s one of the few pianists who performs the original 1926 version. The concert kicks off with Bartok’s Dance Suite, a collection of folk songs from around the world, “almost like the United Nations,” Francis says.
*The Florida Orchestra will premiere five short celebratory fanfares written by faculty composers from universities around the state for its Florida Fanfare Project. The debut works add a true Florida flair to TFO’s 50th anniversary celebration while supporting new music and showcasing the extraordinary talent in the state.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)