By Kelly Smith
Life today is all about customization. You want it your way. Buying a Florida Orchestra subscription is no different. If you want to take advantage of the orchestra’s Compose Your Own series of at least three concerts for $25 each (see details below), here is a guide. The season starts October 2-4.
Hello Maestro: Get to know the orchestra’s dynamic new conductor Michael Francis by choosing any of the 10 concerts he is conducting. Pick from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff (see floridaorchestra.org for schedule).
Mom made you take piano lessons: So you might as well make the most of it. Consider these concerts with piano soloists: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Valentina Lisitsa, October 2-4); Mozart & More! (Gilles Vonsattel, January 22-24); Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 (Shai Wosner, February 19-20); and Ravel & Brahms (Javier Perianes, February 26-28).
Greatest hits: For all the music you know and love – and sing in the shower — try movie music at A Night at the Oscars (October 9-11), spend Halloween on Broadway (October 30-Nov. 1), fly away with a Sinatra celebration (November 20-22) and wrap yourself in your favorite yuletide tunes with Holiday Pops (December 11-13).