Hey everyone!  Travis back with more great Tampa Bay area events.  We are bringing you everything that's happening with the Florida Orchestra in January.  So, let's get to it shall we:

January 8, 9 & 10: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6
Stefan Sanderling leads the orchestra in the TFO premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s glorious Symphony No. 6 on a program that includes Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and Death and Transfiguration.

Show times: Fri., Jan. 8 at 8 pm, David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts - Carol Morsani Hall; Sat., Jan. 9 at 8 pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater; Sun., Jan. 10 at 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall.  Tickets are: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67.

January 16: The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony
Following last season’s Pink Floyd tribute concert with TFO, conductor Brent Havens and rock vocalist Randy Jackson return to perform with The Florida Orchestra for a symphonic salute to Led Zeppelin’s ground-breaking fusion of rock, folk, blues, acoustic and eastern modalities with such hits as Whole Lotta Love, Ramble On, Kashmir and others.

Show time: Sat., Jan. 16 at 8 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall . Tickets are: $55, $75, $95.

January 21: Last Night of the Proms
Featuring Sullivan’s Overture to HMS Pinafore, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, and Ives Variations on America (God Save the Queen), Alastair Willis conducts the morning Coffee Concert, with complimentary coffee and donuts served before the performance.

Show time: Thurs., Jan. 21 at 11 am, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater.  Tickets are: $24, $29, $34, $42.

January 22, 23 & 24: Cirque de la Symphonie
Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie returns with a breathtaking variety of seemingly impossible acts by some of the world’s premiere cirque artists.  Among the performers featured are aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen.

These are some of the most accomplished veterans of Cirque du Soleil and artists from other exceptional cirque programs of international stature. The artists include world-record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, and some of the most original talent seen anywhere.  TFO accompanies these extraordinary performers in a far-reaching selection of everybody’s symphonic favorites.

Show times: Fri., Jan. 22 at 8 pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater; Sat., Jan. 23 at 8 pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater; Sun., Jan. 24, 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall.  Tickets are: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67.

January 29, 30 & 31: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1
In an all-Tchaikovsky program, Stefan Sanderling is joined by Russian-born pianist Mikhail Rudy in his TFO debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3, Polish. 

Among the various prizes and honors bestowed upon Rudy have been First Prize at the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris and the French government’s Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for Rudy’s accomplishments as a musician as well as for his quest for excellence in many areas of art and culture.

Show times: Fri., Jan. 29 at 8 pm, David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts – Ferguson Hall; Sat., Jan. 30 at 8 pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater; Sun., Jan. 31 at 7:30 pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall.  Tickets are: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67.

And there you have it.  Everything you need to know about the Florida Orchestra in January!  Of course, you can buy tickets to all performances by calling 800-662-7286 and online at www.floridaorchestra.org.

So, have fun!  And keep checking back here for more great things to do in Tampa Bay and other Tampa Bay entertainment options for the New Year!