2013/2014 Season - Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Saturdays in St. Petersburg
Imperial – 14 concerts
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
Sat, Oct 12, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
The Master Chorale joins the orchestra in this performance of Stravinsky’s solemn and baroque-intoned Symphony of Psalms together with Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 9 with its life-affirming "Ode to Joy." Evan Rogister conducts.
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Sat, Nov 2, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Acclaimed as “a first-rate Mozartean” by The Chicago Tribune, Orli Shaham performs Mozart’s intensely dramatic, yet poetic and lyrical, Piano Concerto No. 20. The program includes Britten’s memorial to his parents and those lost in WWI, Sinfonia da Requiem, along with Richard Strauss’ commanding and powerful tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, well known as the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Michael Francis conducts.
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1
Sat, Nov 9, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Bestowed with numerous accolades, including “genius,” Stephen Hough returns to play Tchaikovsky’s rhapsodic Piano Concerto No. 1. The evening includes Rossini’s spirited Overture to La Gazza Ladra and Bartók’s tour de force Concerto for Orchestra showcasing the virtuosic talents in each section of the orchestra. Teddy Abrams conducts.
Elgar's Cello Concerto
Sat, Nov 23, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Principal Cellist James Connors plays Elgar’s noble and profoundly beautiful Cello Concerto on this program with Haydn’s Symphony No. 88, with its wonderful blend of lively and stately themes, and Dvorák’s sunny and idyllic Symphony No. 8. Mei-Ann Chen conducts.
Mahler's Symphony No. 1, "Titan"
Sat, Dec 7, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Mahler said, “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” And his Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” seems to call out and invite the listener to contemplate life’s many beauties as well as its heartbreaks. The concert also includes John Adams’ Chamber Symphony with its mix of wit, humor and rapid-fire challenging passages. Tito Muñoz conducts.
Sat, Jan 11, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Hailed for his “exquisite playing” by The New York Times, Irish pianist John O’Conor is the soloist in the powerfully dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3 in this all-Beethoven concert that opens with the Egmont Overture and concludes with the buoyant and charming Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale.” Marcelo Lehninger conducts.
Bartok & Brahms
Sat, Jan 25, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Called a “prodigious and aristocratic violinist” by The Plain Dealer, Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer performs Bartók’s vivacious and gypsy-intoned Violin Concerto No. 2. The evening also features Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Steven Stucky’s Radical Light with its wealth of moods and orchestral colors. Joana Carneiro conducts.More Details
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Sat, Feb 22, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Singled out for his “disarming elegance and charisma” as a performer by Le Monde de la Musique, Andrew von Oeyen performs Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in a concert with Michael Daugherty’s salute to Superman with his Red Cape Tango and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, evolving from moody and dark to its brilliant finale. Daniel Hege conducts.
Korngold's Violin Concerto
Sat, Mar 15, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Lauded by The Dallas Morning News as “a dazzling soloist,” Caroline Goulding plays Korngold’s film-theme-inspired and crowd-pleasing Violin Concerto. The program also includes Thomas Adès’ deliciously playful Dances from Powder Her Face and Prokofiev’s hymn to the human spirit, Symphony No. 5. Stuart Malina conducts.
Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 1
Sat, Mar 22, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Stefan Sanderling returns to conduct this concert featuring Markus Groh performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a virtual musical roller coaster ride of excitement...all on a night with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4 and a world premiere by Tampa Bay composer David Rogers.
Mozart, Diamond & Brahms
Sat, Apr 12, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
In an all-TFO premiere program, it’s a night with Mozart’s Symphony No. 28, Arnold Schoenberg’s orchestral arrangement of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, and David Diamond’s Symphony No. 4 with its lush flowing string themes, bold brass and sparkling woodwinds. Gerard Schwarz conducts.
Tan Dun's Water Concerto
Sat, Apr 26, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Principal Percussionist John Shaw promises to delight and enchant concertgoers with Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Water Concerto, which has been hailed by the critics as “hypnotic,” “other-worldly” and “playful and profound.” The concert also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, “Drum Roll,” and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. Rossen Milanov conducts.
Sat, May 17, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
Hailed as “a superior musician” by The New York Times, Cuban-American guitarist Manuel Barrueco performs Roberto Sierra’s Concierto Barroco with its lively mix of baroque and tropical musical elements...all in a night with Stravinsky’s Jeu de Cartes (A Game of Cards) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique. Cristian Macelaru conducts.
Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe
Sat, May 31, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater
The evening opens with Haydn’s buoyant Symphony No. 60, “Il Distrato.” This is followed by Toru Takemitsu’s dreamy soundscape Toward the Sea II, which is an apt prelude to Ravel’s dazzlingly lush symphonic palette of orchestral colors in the full ballet score of Daphnis et Chloé. Joshua Weilerstein conducts.