The Florida Orchestra: April Brings Brahms, Broadway and More

Jazz vocalist Hilary Kole is one of the vocalists on the Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 Pops concerts.

Hailed by England’s Manchester Evening News as “one of the greats,” internationally renowned conductor Günther Herbig returns to conduct The Florida Orchestra on the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series in a program featuring Principal Trumpet Robert Smith in Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. The program opens with Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 and finishes with Brahms’ mighty Symphony No. 4. These concerts are Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater respectively.

Enjoy complimentary coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the next Coffee Concert with Stuart Malina conducting a Broadway-themed program of selections from The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma and more.  Taking place in a relaxed setting with the conductor talking to the audience about the music, these concerts are Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

At the next Raymond James Pops concert, it’s a hit parade of best-loved songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen and Cole Porter, including such favorites as I’ve Got Rhythm, Our Love Is Here to Stay, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, The Man I Love, I’ve Got the World on a String, Old Black Magic, Too Darn Hot, It’s Delovely, Night and Day, I Get a Kick Out of You and many more.  Featuring vocalists Hilary Kole and Joel Malina, Stuart Malina conducts these concerts on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, in St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

At the next Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concert, pianist James Tocco performs the U.S. premiere of Eduard Franck’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with The Florida Orchestra. This premiere is made possible with the generosity of the heirs of the 19th century German composer, who are providing manuscripts of the work to produce the orchestral parts for these performances. Stefan Sanderling conducts this program, which also includes the prelude to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and overtures from Weber’s Oberon, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Lortzing’s Der Waffenschmied. These concerts are Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

The orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

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