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2014/2015 Season - Tampa Bay Times Masterworks
Fridays in Tampa
Ovation – 7 concerts
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Barber's Violin Concerto
Fri, Oct 24, 8pm, Straz Center, Ferguson Hall

Ives' Central Park in the Dark offers listeners a contemplative sound collage reflecting a nighttime walk in this famed New York City park in the early 1900s. Barber’s Violin Concerto soars with a glorious blend of melancholic and heart-tugging beauty, and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 fills the hall with sweeping grandeur and nobility, ending in a triumphant march. Michael Francis 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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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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Faure's Requiem
Sun, Feb 8, 7:30pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Dutilleux conjures up otherworldly sounds and haunting timbres in Métaboles, which is an apt prelude to Ravel’s Ma Mère L’Oye (Mother Goose) ballet with its stunning orchestral colors weaving together the worlds of childhood innocence and fairytale characters. Faure seems to defy the theme of death in his requiem, which is so full of life-affirming musical beauty. Michael Francis conducts.

Please note, the Straz Center is not available for this performance, and an alternate venue has been selected.

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Mozart & Brahms 
Fri, Feb 27, 8pm, Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall

Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin provides an engaging adaptation of this French Baroque composer’s delightful harpsichord studies. Violin virtuoso Karen Gomyo performs Mozart’s Turkish Concerto with its joyful exuberance and gypsy-like flair for showmanship. Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 closes the evening in this work of majesty, grandeur and monumental musical scope. Joshua Weilerstein 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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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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