Featured vocalist Randy Jackson joins TFO for its tribute to the music of Pink Floyd Nov. 29 at the Mahaffey Theater.
The Florida Orchestra has scheduled a large selection of concerts for its 2013-14 season, which will feature performances in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
The season will include concerts from several different series, such as Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Duke Energy Morning Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, Rock Concerts and morning Coffee Concert series.
Single-ticket prices for Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Duke Energy Morning Masterworks and Raymond James Pops start at $15. Single-ticket prices for Morning Coffee Concerts start at $24. Single-ticket prices for Rock Concerts start at $35.
Tickets also may be purchased at The Florida Orchestra ticket center, found in the St. Petersburg College Building at 244 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The season opener will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; Saturday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg; and Sunday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
The Master Chorale will join the orchestra in this performance of Stravinsky’s solemn and baroque-intoned Symphony of Psalms together with Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 9 with its life-affirming "Ode to Joy." Evan Rogister will conduct.
The 2013-14 season will run from October through May with most of its 14 Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concerts and eight Raymond James Pops programs being performed at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Friday evenings, Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Saturday evenings, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Sunday evenings.
Also presented at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, the orchestra offers three additional series: three Rock Concerts on Friday evenings; three Duke Energy Morning Masterworks on Fridays; and eight morning Coffee Concerts on Thursdays. There also will be three morning Coffee Concerts at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesdays.
The Florida Orchestra has sold out many concerts in the past few years and has grown its attendance base by 27 percent since the 2008-09 season, contributed to in part by lowering its ticket prices significantly on the Masterworks and Pops series, which was initiated as part of an accessibility initiative in the 2011-12 season. Because of the community's interest in a variety of musical styles, the orchestra has also introduced a three-concert Rock Concert series, and in recent seasons has staged some special performances that have include classic films with live orchestra accompaniment and programs of video game music.
The 2013-14 Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series of 14 concerts will feature symphonic favorites from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and more.
“The upcoming season offers a wonderful array of symphonic and choral works, including such favorites as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and many other works that we know will provide extraordinary concert experiences to the Tampa Bay community,” said Thomas Farquhar in a press release. Farquhar is the TFO board chairman. “In addition, concertgoers will be treated to a select group of solo artists, including some of our orchestra’s principal musicians, along with some highly gifted guest conductors as we continue our search for the orchestra’s next music director.”
Following 10 seasons as The Florida Orchestra’s music director, Stefan Sanderling will be returning to lead the orchestra in a concert program as conductor emeritus and artistic adviser. Stuart Malina, TFO’s principal guest conductor, will also conduct a Masterworks program.
TFO has invited 12 guest conductors for this season’s Masterworks series. Five conductors will be making their TFO debuts, including music director of the Berkeley Symphony Joana Carneiro, chief conductor and artistic advisor to Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra Michael Francis, music director of the Wichita Symphony Daniel Hege, former kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Evan Rogister, music director of both the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta Mei-Ann Chen.
Returning conductors include assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Teddy Abrams, music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles and the assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Marcelo Lehninger, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra Cristian Macelaru, music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra Rossen Milanov, music director of the National Opera of Lorraine and the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy in France Tito Muñoz, former music director of the Seattle Symphony Gerard Schwarz, and assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Joshua Weilerstein.
Two piano soloists will make their TFO debuts. Irishman John O’Conor will perform in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. American Andrew von Oeyen will perform in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Returning pianists include American Orli Shaham in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K.466, British artist Stephen Hough in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and German pianist Markus Groh in Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1. American violinist Caroline Goulding will debut with TFO performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Cuban-American guitarist Manuel Barrueco returns to perform TFO’s premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Concierto Barroco. Additional string soloists include TFO principal cellist James Connors in Elgar’s Cello Concerto; TFO concertmaster Jeffrey Multer in Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2; and TFO principal harpist Anna Kate Mackle with principal flutist Clay Ellerbroek in TFO’S premiere of Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea II for alto flute, harp and string orchestra. TFO principal percussionist John Shaw will be the soloist in TFO’s premiere of Tan Dun’s Water Concerto.
Vocal soloists performing this season in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Choral, include soprano Katie van Kooten, mezzo soprano Nancy Maultsby and tenor Nathaniel Peake. The bass soloist is yet to be announced.
Following is the Masterworks Series lineup:
• Opening Night: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 – Oct. 11, 12 and 13 • Also Sprach Zarathustra –Nov. 1, 2 and 3 • Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 – Nov. 8, 9 and 10 • Elgar’s Cello Concerto – Nov. 22, 23 and 24 • Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Titan – Dec. 6, 7 and 8 • Bravo Beethoven! – Jan. 10, 11 and 12, 2014 • Bartok and Brahms – Jan. 24, 25 and 26, 2014 • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Feb. 21, 22 and 23, 2014 • Korngold’s Violin Concerto – March 14, 15 and 16, 2014 • Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1 - March 21, 22 and 23, 2014 • Mozart, Diamond and Brahms – April 11, 12 and 13, 2014 • Tan Dun’s Water Concerto – April 25, 26 and 27, 2014 • Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique - May 16, 17 and 18, 2014 • Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe – May 30 and 31, 2014
The 2013-14 Raymond James Pops series will be the first full season led by principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik, a prolific arranger with many of his works featured throughout the pops season.
“I'm thrilled with our pops lineup for next season,” Tyzik said in a press release. “We have an exciting mix of great music and guest artists. I'm looking forward to conducting TFO in my first season as your principal pops conductor.”
Tyzik will conduct five of the pops concerts. Conductors for the other three concerts include Stuart Malina, TFO principal guest conductor; Michael Krajewski, principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and Bob Bernhardt, music director emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and opera and principal pops conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.
The eight-concert symphonic pops series will cover a broad array of programs.
Cirque de la Symphonie will return with its troupe of jugglers, acrobats and aerial artists performing to popular symphonic favorites. Let’s Dance will feature dancers making their moves to the tango, waltz, blues, swing, 50s rock classics and more. Holiday Pops offers highlights from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, traditional carols and Yuletide tunes. Bond and Beyond spotlights Broadway songstress Debbie Gravitte in a concert of music from the films about James Bond, Inspector Clouseau, Austin Powers and other spies and gum shoes.
Following is the Pops Series lineup:
• Cirque de la Symphonie – Oct. 25, 26 and 27 • Let’s Dance – Nov. 15, 16 and 17 • Holiday Pops! – Dec. 13, 14 and 15 • Bond and Beyond – Jan. 17, 18 and 19, 2014 • A Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein – Feb. 14, 15 and 16, 2014 • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling – March 7, 8 and 9, 2014 • A Tribute to Benny Goodman – April 4, 5 and 6, 2014 • A Stars and Stripes Hit Parade – May 23, 24 and 25, 2014
The 2013-14 morning Coffee Concert series in St. Petersburg and in Clearwater will be presented under the direction of principal guest conductor Stuart Malina.
For the upcoming season, the orchestra is increasing the number of concerts from seven to eight on its highly popular and successful Coffee Concert series in St. Petersburg. This series of familiar symphonic favorites is presented at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. There also will be a three-concert Coffee Concert series at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.
Programming for the 2013-14 Coffee Concerts will cover musical highlights from symphonies, opera, Broadway, film and ballet. Program highlights include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Gershwin’s American in Paris.
Malina will conduct seven of the eight programs and James Feddeck will be the guest conductor on one program.
Following is the Coffee Concerts lineup:
• From Russia with Love – Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Mahaffey Theater • Music Around the World – Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Mahaffey Theater • Sounds of Celebration – Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Mahaffey Theater • Musicians in the Spotlight – Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Mahaffey Theater • Something Old, Something New – Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Ruth Eckerd Hall; and Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Mahaffey Theater • A Salute to Broadway – Wednesday, March 5, 10 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall; and Thursday, March 6, at the Mahaffey Theater • Theme & Variation – Wednesday, April 2, at Ruth Eckerd Hall; and Thursday, April 3, at the Mahaffey Theater• Earth, Wind, Fire & Water – Thursday, May 22, at the Mahaffey Theater
Rock Concert Series
Following the launch of a Rock Concert series during the 2012-13 season, TFO has announced that the 2013-14 season’s symphonic rock series will showcase the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Eagles.
All three concerts will be on Friday evenings at the Mahaffey Theater.
During the 2012-13 season, TFO presented symphonic rock tribute concerts to the music of Simon and Garfunkel, Michael Jackson and The Doors. In recent seasons, the orchestra has also presented a variety of successful symphonic rock concerts featuring Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, as well as tributes to the music of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Queen. The positive community response to those concerts encouraged the orchestra to add the Rock Concert series to varied concert menu to reach a wider audience and to better serve the broad musical interests of the Tampa Bay community.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Dark Side of the Moon,” TFO’s tribute to Pink Floyd will feature retina-dazzling rock concert lighting. The orchestra will join forces with a full rock band to perform such timeless hits as “Money,” “Learning to Fly” and “Comfortably Numb.” The featured vocalist for the concert will be Randy Jackson, the lead singer of the band Zebra. Arranger and conductor Brent Havens will be on the podium.
Following is the Rock Concert Series lineup:
• Classical Mystery Tour: The Music of the Beatles – Friday, Oct. 18 • The Music of Pink Floyd – Friday, Nov. 29 • The Music of the Eagles – Friday, May 9, 2014.