orchestraHey everyone.  Travis back with some great Tampa Bay Entertainment options for everyone.  The Florida Orchestra provides some awesome Tampa Bay area events, and we have all of their January events listed, so start marking your calendars. 

January 5 and 6: A Musical Tour: St. Petersburg, Russia - Featuring Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot/Tea for Two and Prokofiev's Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet, Alastair Willis conducts the morning Coffee Concert, with complimentary coffee and donuts served before the performance.

Show times: Wed, Jan 5 at 10am, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Thurs, Jan 6 at 11am, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater.  Tickets: $24, $29, $34, $42

January 7, 8 and 9: The One and Only Louis Armstrong - Revisit the magic and the music of the great Louis Armstrong with Byron Stripling, the star of the hit musical, Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend.  Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a charismatic soloist,” Stripling plays Sweet Georgia Brown, Honeysuckle Rose, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and more.

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

January 14, 15 and 16: Hello Dalí - Celebrate the new Salvador Dalí Museum with a dose of eccentricity and fun: Beethoven’s Consecration of the House, Heinz Karl Gruber’s Frankenstein!! A Pan-Demonium for Chansonnier & Ensemble, Darius Milhaud’s Le boef sur le toit, Debussy’s orchestration of Eric Satie’s Gymnopedies, and Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2.

Show times: Fri, Jan 14 at 8pm, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall; Sat, Jan 15 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater; Sun, Jan 16 at 7:30pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67.

January 21: The Music of Queen – A Rock Symphony - Following recent symphonic tributes to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, The Florida Orchestra now offers a tribute to “The Music of Queen.”   A note-perfect cast of seasoned rock artists join the orchestra with Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk taking on the famed Freddie Mercury vocals from the albums Classic Queen, A Night at the Opera, Sheer Heart Attack, News of the World, A Kind of Magic and many more.  Brent Havens conducts.

Show time: Fri, Jan 21, 8 pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater. Tickets:  $40, $50, $65; VIP Tickets:  $100 - includes Dress Circle seats, a pre-concert appetizer and cocktail reception, a post-concert gourmet dessert and coffee meet-and-greet with the musicians, and a commemorative souvenir merchandise package.  

January 28, 29 and 30: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto - Hailed by The Cleveland Plain Dealer as a “prodigious and aristocratic violinist,” concertmaster Jeffrey Multer performs Tchaikovsky’s rhapsodic Violin Concerto on this all-Tchaikovsky program featuring his Symphony No. 2, Little Russian, full of rich colors and spirited Ukrainian folk tunes.

Show times: Fri, Jan 28 at 8pm, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall; Sat, Jan 29 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater; Sun, Jan 30 at 7:30pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67.

Tickets to all performances can be purchased by calling 800-662-7286 and online at www.floridaorchestra.org. You'll want to get to at least a couple of these...have fun!