May is packed full of musical entertainment performances from the Florida Orchestra, including a concert in the park and morning coffee concerts.
May 10: The Music of the Doors – Rock Series
Saluting the raw energy, edgy lyrics and often wild stage presence of this ground-breaking iconic group, the lead singer of the rock band Zebra, Randy Jackson, is the featured vocal soloist with The Florida Orchestra. It will be a sizzling tribute concert featuring 21 hits by The Doors, including Touch Me, Riders on the Storm, Roadhouse Blues and Light My Fire. Guest Conductor is Brent Havens.
Show time: Fri, May 10 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $35, $55, $75
May 12: Spring Pops in the Park
Pack a picnic basket and listen to a lively mix of familiar classics and popular favorites under the stars at this free concert. Music includes John Williams’ “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Henry Mancini’s film theme Moon River, music from Pirates of the Caribbean, selections from The Sound of Music, Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture and more.
Show time: Sun, May 12 at 7:30pm, River Tower Park, Tampa.
May 15: An Intimate Collaboration
The orchestra and The Studio@620’s “Intimate Collaboration” will feature musicians from The Florida Orchestra performing chamber works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. There will also be a discussion about “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7” and Liebermann’s “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra,” which are featured in the orchestra’s concerts on May 17, 18 and 19. This “Intimate Collaboration” is Wed, May 15, at 7pm at The Studio@620. Reservations are accepted by phone at 727-895-6620, as seating is limited. Suggested donation of $10 is payable at the door. The Studio@620 is at 620 First Ave. South, St. Petersburg 33701.
May 17, 18 and 19: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 – Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series
Principal Flute Clay Ellerbroek brings to life the joyous, playful and tuneful melodies of Liebermann’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in this concert with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Guest Conductor is Tito Muñoz. There will be a Pre-concert Conversation one hour prior to curtain.
Show times: Fri, May 17 at 8pm, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall; Sat, May 18 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater; Sun, May 19 at 7:30pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $15, $30, $45
May 24 and 25: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series
The concert opens with Messiaen’s symphonic meditation Le offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings), followed by the raw energy and breath-taking beauty of nature with the surging seas of sound in Debussy’s La Mer. The evening concludes with the pagan-intoned orchestral power of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Guest conductor is Tito Muñoz. There will be a Pre-concert Conversation one hour prior to curtain.
Show times: Fri, May 24 at 8pm, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall; Sat, May 25 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $15, $30, $45
Tickets are on sale at 800-662-7286 and online at www.floridaorchestra.org.