Hello Tampa Bay, Melissa here. So, if you’re a fan of classical music, then you are in for a treat during these next couple of months here in the Tampa Bay area. The Florida Orchestra is having a lot of “noteable” musical events, and as always, you’re invited.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins opens the season up with Respighi’s larger-than-life Pines of Rome along with Beckel’s Toccata for Orchestra, Faure’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Liszt’s Les Préludes. There are 4 different shows for the Pines of Rome.

Here they are:

Thu, Oct 7, 8pm
Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel*
Fri, Oct 8, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall     
Sat, Oct 9, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater     
Sun, Oct 10, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets for these shows start at just $20.Please note that the tickets for the Wesley Chapel date must be purchased from the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. You can call 813-794-8772 for more about information about that show. Finally, because this is a Masterworks program, a pre-concert conversation will be offered, where guests can discuss the music and composers an hour before the show begins.

Next on the lineup we have the FREE Pops in the Park Concerts. Pack a picnic basket and head out to a free concert where you can enjoy beautiful music while sitting under the stars. The evening’s timeline is as follows:

OFFENBACH: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 6
DVORAK: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 8
CUSTER (arr): A Salute to the Big Bands
RODGERS: Selections from South Pacific
PUCCINI: “Quando m’en vo” (Musetta’s Waltz) –
from La Boheme – Jacqueline Shoda Iwasaki, soprano
VERDI:  “De’ miei bollenti spiriti” - from La Traviata – Ian O’Brien, tenor
WILLIAMS: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite:  IV. Harry’s Wondrous World
BIZET: Carmen Suite No. 1: Les Toredors
BIZET: “Parle-moi de ma mere” from Carmen
RODGERS (arr. Bennett): South Pacific Symphonic Scenario
ANDERSON: Fiddle Faddle
LOWDEN (arr.): Armed Forces Salute
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

These concerts in the park will take place on two evenings…
Fri, Oct 15, 7 pm
River Tower Park, Tampa
Sat, Oct 16, 7 pm
Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

The Vinoy Park performance will feature a pre-concert performance by young artists-finalists from VSA Florida Young Soloists Competition, who will be representing the State of Florida in the national competition in Washington, DC later this year.

Third on the list we have HAYDN’s: The Creation. This musical presentation is sure to inspire with angelic multi-voice themes and explosively choral passages. If you’re wondering the show times…

Fri, Oct 22, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall     
Sat, Oct 23, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater    
Sun, Oct 24, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets start at just $20 and again there will be a pre-concert conversation.

Now onto another concert.-Music, Mystery and Magic with Alastair Willis as conductor. And if you couldn’t guess my next move, here’s an overview of the show.

BACH/STOKOWSKI: Toccata, BWV 565, D minor
DUKAS: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
GOUNOD: Faust Ballet Music: VII. “Dance of the Phyrne”
HERMANN: Psycho Suite: Prelude
HERMANN: Vertigo Suite: Prelude & Nightmare
LIADOV: Baba Yaga, Op. 56
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: Baba Yaga
BERLIOZ: Symphony fantastique: March to the Scaffold
WILLIAMS: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone Suite: Harry’s Wonderous World
This concert will be on a Thurs, Oct 28, 11am, so guests are invited to enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts featuring Dukas's Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and Hermann's Psycho Suite. The concert will be at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater and tickets start at $24.

I’ve talked about quite a few concerts so far, but hold on tight because there are still a couple more I want to tell you guys about.

Raymond James Pops presents Time for Three featuring:

Edward Abrams, conductor
Zachary De Pue, violin
Nicolas Kendall, violin
Ranaan Meyer, double bass

Newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post describe Time for Three as a phenomenal show that incorporates the sounds of jazz, pop, bluegrass, gypsy tunes and classics all while giving you the feeling of fun. There will be 3 shows and again, tickets start at $20.

Fri, Oct 29, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall   
Sat, Oct 30, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater     
Sun, Oct 31, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall

Alright guys, this next one are the last concert I have to talk about today.

Masterworks presents: Mahler's Symphony No. 6 with Stefan Sanderling as conductor.

Mahler is known to provide the audience with music that has intense, dark moods. The symphony is invigorating, making the show a rewarding musical experience. You can check it out on these dates and places below, and you guessed it again, tickets start at $20!

Fri, Nov 5, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall   
Sat, Nov 6, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater    
Sun, Nov 7, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall  

Phew, that was a lot of info for you guys, but I know how much you love hearing about all the great things to do here in Tampa. If you need any more info about these concerts, feel free to visit the floridaorchestra.org and look back here for info about Tampa Bay area events from me and the gang!