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Masterworks

2014/2015 Season - Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Fridays in Tampa
Discovery – 5 concerts
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Carmina Burana
Fri, Nov 14, 8pm, Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall

The evening starts with Schubert’s dramatic and spirited Rosamunde Overture and then transitions into Debussy’s world of fantastic sounds and swirling vibrant orchestral colors in Nocturnes. Orff’s Carmina Burana provides an almost pagan musical potion of soaring vocal soloists, frenzied choral passages and pulsating percussive orchestration. Danail Rachev conducts.

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New World Symphony
Fri, Dec 5, 8pm, Straz Center, Ferguson Hall

The evening opens with Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin. Strauss showcases the noble sound of the horn among wonderful melodies, flourishes and fanfares.  Dvorak’s landmark work interweaves a wealth of melodies saluting the New World and yet longing for his Czech homeland. Stuart Malina conducts.

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Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
Fri, Jan 16, 8pm, Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall

Armed with flare and panache, Jennifer Koh promises to set afire Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, followed by his beloved favorite, Symphony No. 4, overflowing with emotions and lush symphonic sounds. The program opens with Schoenberg’s Canto. Tito Muñoz conducts.

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Mahler's Symphony No. 4
Fri, Mar 20, 8pm, Straz Center, Ferguson Hall

The night begins with Strauss’ wonderfully intimate interplay of 13 wind instruments in Serenade for Winds, prior to Barber’s nostalgic Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with its recollections of idyllic childhood memories of simpler times in rural America. Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 shares a unique mood of joyous and lovely melodies throughout, featuring the soprano in the radiant finale. Cristian Macelaru conducts.

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Scheherazade
Fri, Apr 17, 8pm, Straz Center, Ferguson Hall

Jennifer Higdon’s lovely, mystical and ethereal memorial piece, blue cathedral, invites one to simply be with her music. Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 offers sparkling dance rhythms and forceful fugal passages as a frame around the meditative center piece of this concerto. The gorgeous violin theme of Scheherazade weaves in and out of this orchestral tale of a thousand and one nights. Mei-Ann Chen conducts.

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