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2014/2015 Season - Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Fridays in Tampa
Intermezzo – 10 concerts
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Beethoven & Rachmaninoff
Fri, Oct 10, 8pm, Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall

Adams’ Lollapalooza opens this concert with a sense of fun and playful rhythms. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 then brings together the piano and orchestra in a sonic tapestry of drama, passion and graceful crystalline melodies before the evening concludes with the lush themes of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Joshua Weilerstein conducts. 

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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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Romeo & Juliet
Fri, Jan 23, 8pm, Straz Center, Ferguson Hall

Barber evokes the spirit of the Baroque church organ in his Mutations from Bach for Brass and Timpani. Copland’s Piano Concerto captures a truly American musical atmosphere, full of exuberance punctuated with blues and jazz, while Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride Overture sets a Russian mood prior to Prokofiev’s sampling of the lush and passionate themes from Romeo and Juliet. Gerard Schwarz conducts.

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 4
Fri, Feb 20, 8pm, Straz Center, Ferguson Hall

Wagner’s overture offers a powerful distillation of music from Tannhäuser, a tale of redemption through love. Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 contrasts eloquently dramatic and sweetly lyrical lines with electrifying and virtuosic displays. Beethoven closes the evening with beautiful themes of his Symphony No. 4 evoking majesty, mystery, drama, serenity and joy. Perry So 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. Drenched in grand Ravelian colors, the simple waltz is transformed into a whirlwind of flamboyant orchestration in La Valse. Cristian Macelaru conducts.

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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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The Planets
Fri, May 1, 8pm, Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall

The concert opens with Barber’s The School for Scandal Overture, full of wit, spirit, brilliance and bravura. Mozart showcases the bassoon’s lyrical and playful qualities in his Bassoon Concerto, awash with sunny melodies. Holst’s popular The Planets is a powerful cosmic kaleidoscope of symphonic sounds portraying the many “moods” of the planets. Marcelo Lehninger conducts.

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Beethoven & Sibelius
Fri, May 29, 8pm, Straz Center, Ferguson Hall

Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide kicks off the concert with lively melodies, bursts of boundless energy and raucous rhythms prior to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, brimming with infectious joy and sprightly themes. The evening closes with an intriguing, evolving sonic soundscape reflecting Sibelius’ reverence for and love of nature in his Symphony No. 5. Larry Rachleff conducts.

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