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The Palladium presents is second annual Gala April 5, Harry Allen Quartet & Rebecca Kilgore: Some Like it Hot - The Music of Marilyn Monroe.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Palladium Kicks off a full April concert schedule with its second annual Gala: Some Like it Hot: The Music of Marilyn Monroe, Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.

April is a blockbuster month jam-packed with blues, classical, jazz and more, the Palladium’s first April concert, also its annual gala, comes direct from Feinstein’s at Lowes in New York City, when celebrated jazz vocalist Rebecca Kilgore and famed Harry Allen Quartet bring to Tampa Bay their SRO-show, Some Like it Hot: The Music of Marilyn Monroe.

Patrons may choose to attend only the concert, or support Palladium programming by purchasing the gala package. Drop by the box office at 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, call 822-3590, or visit for more information and tickets for shows or membership information.

Package tickets to the annual gala for $125 are available by calling Cory Adler-Leidersdorff at 341-7918. Gala Package Includes the pre-show party at 6:30 p.m., reserved concert seating and post-show dessert and coffee with the stars.

The music continues Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m. with Tony Sands’ It Was a Very Good Year, a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. Sands has been dazzling audiences throughout the United States with his silky, mesmerizing song styles of the “Chairman of the Board.”

Yekwon Sunwoo, winner of the Florida International Piano Competition, performs works by Bach, Schumann, Medtner, Scriabin, Shubert Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

Irish Singer/Songwriter Brendan Nolan appears in concert at the Side Door Cabaret Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. He’ll be appearing with Colin Farrell, who plays fiddle and Irish whistle. The show will be recorded for a live album.

Three great artists, one great evening. Nate Najar (guitar); John Lamb (bass), Kenny Drew, Jr. (piano) – salute the music of the great piano trios – Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay Blues Festival After Shows are set for Friday and Saturday, April 12-13.

Friday’s schedule includes Dave Fields, 10:15 p.m.; Janiva Magness, 11:30 p.m., and Lucky Peterson, 12:45 a.m.

Saturday’s schedule includes Marquise Knox, 10:15 p.m., Curtis Salgado, 11:30 p.m., Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, 12:45 a.m.

Tickets are available from Tampa Bay Bluesfest, call 895-6153.

Florida Orchestra Musicians Association presents Beethoven's Fifth Symphony Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven’s powerful Fifth Symphony is featured along with Verdi’s Overture to La Forza Del Destino.

Pianist Aaron Lehrian and bassoonist Brendon Sill, winners of FOMA's 2012 Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition, will perform movements from Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto and Rubenstein’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Concert benefits St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road presents David Benoit and Brian Culbertson Thursday, April 18.

Albert Castiglia comes to Side Door Blues, is Friday, April 19, 8 p.m. Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop and The Radiators, and former lead guitarist for Junior Wells, Castiglia is a rising star who is quickly becoming a favorite high-energy performer across the country. 

Leadership Conservatory Foundation presents Rhapsody on Fifth April 20, 7 p.m.

Classical and jazz pianist Mark Markham works featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts jazz and wind ensembles. Sponsored by Leadership Conservatory Foundation, the concert supports the Conservatory’s marching band at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ruth Eckerd on the Road presents R5, 6:30 p.m. Tickets available from Ruth Eckerd Hall, call 791-7400 or visit

Palladium Young Concert Artist Series presents violinist Noé Inui with pianist Vassilis Varvaresos performing works by Mozart, R. Strauss, Debussy, Stephan, Schubert April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Inui combines strength, energy, and virtuosity with sensitivity in his playing as an emerging international soloist and chamber musician. Varvaresos, hailed by the Washington Post as a “young master on the rise,” represented Greece on a two-week tour of China, on the occasion of the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games.

Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road presents Renaissance: Turn the Cards and Scherherazade and Other Stories Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m.

Performing both Turn the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories in their entirety. Joining Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford are keyboardist Rave Tesar, bassist/vocalist David J. Keyes, drummer/percussionist/vocalist Frank Pagano (Bruce Springsteen, Smashing Pumpkins, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow), and Jason Hart.

Tickets available from Ruth Eckerd Hall, call 791-7400 or visit

Other shows scheduled in April include Damon Fowler, Side Door Blues, April 26, 8 p.m., and the Florida West Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty, April 27, 5 p.m.

The final show is presented by Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association. Shelly Berg plays jazz piano April 28, 3 p.m.

Recently nominated for a Grammy, The All Music Guide says, "Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz."

Known for his collaborations with jazz vocalists, he has performed, recorded and arranged for Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Monica Mancini, Dionne Warwick, Tierney Sutton, Lorraine Feather and Carmen Bradford.
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