The winter concerts of the Tampa Bay Symphony, under music director and conductor Mark Sforzini, will feature Robert Smith, trumpet soloist, in Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto.
Also on the program, “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from Glière’s ballet, The Red Poppy, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique.”
Performances will be Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center, Tampa; Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N in downtown St. Petersburg; and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Arts Auditorium, St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater.
Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and free for students, who must show student ID if they are 18 or over. Open seating - no reservations.
The Tampa Bay Symphony has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to support member and audience development. As part of the grant project, TBS has launched a new series, “Symphonic Chats” to entertain and educate audience members about symphonic music. On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., Mark Sforzini will present an “up close and personal” Symphonic Chat at Opera Central, 2145 First Ave S, St. Petersburg. Robert Smith will play excerpts from the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto that he will perform with the orchestra in the February concerts. Maestro Sforzini will give highlights from the other works on the program and answer questions from the audience.
Tickets to the Symphonic Chat are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Call the Opera Central box office, 727-823-2040.
The Tampa Bay Symphony has more than 80 classically-trained volunteer players, many of them music teachers and others who have played professionally. Robert Smith, soloist in the February concerts, has been principal trumpet in the Florida Orchestra since 1994. Mark Sforzini, who is also a composer and was principal bassoonist with the Florida Orchestra for 15 seasons, continues as the executive and artistic director of St. Petersburg Opera.