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ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Orchestra announces a package of three Family-Friendly Saturday Matinee concerts, which will include Cirque de la Symphonie (Oct 26), Holiday Pops (Dec 14) and rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes (Apr 19).

All three concerts take place on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center’s Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

TFO’s recent seasons’ accessibility initiatives have included offering lower ticket prices and a diversified array of orchestral music, both designed to appeal to a wider audience in the Tampa Bay area. In fact, the three-concert package price for this series is $75 per person, which is a significant savings off the single-ticket prices. The orchestra hopes this will appeal to families who want to introduce their children or grandchildren to the concert hall experience with live symphonic music.

Series tickets are available online at www.C­ompos­eYour­Own.c­om, by phone at 892.3337 or 1-800-662-7286, and at The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center in the St. Petersburg College Building, 244 Second Ave. N. (main floor) in downtown St. Petersburg. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cirque de la Symphonie - Saturday, Oct. 26

Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie returns with a breathtaking variety of seemingly impossible acts by some of the world’s premiere cirque artists. Among the performers featured are aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. These are some of the most accomplished veterans of Cirque du Soleil and artists from other exceptional cirque programs of international stature. The artists include world-record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, and some of the most original talent seen anywhere. The Florida Orchestra accompanies these extraordinary performers in a broad selection of symphonic favorites by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Rossini and others, along with music from John Williams’ film scores to Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hook and The Witches of Eastwick. TFO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra.

Holiday Pops - Saturday, Dec. 14

A family tradition for several seasons now is The Florida Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops, featuring the 150 voices of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. It’s a festive program of music inviting concertgoers to get into the spirit of the season with The Skater’s Overture, Silent Night, Ave Maria, Behold the Lights, Gesu Bambino, O’ Holy Night, Deck the Halls, Gospel Hallelujah, Silent Night, highlights from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer Rag, Wexford Carol, Christmas Reel and more. TFO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra and chorale.

rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes - Saturday, April 19, 2014

This concert is a must for all video game fans with its dazzling lighting, big-screen game images and The Florida Orchestra performing symphonic scores showcasing the “heroic themes” from Final Fantasy, Portal, Journey, The Legend of Zelda, Elder Scrolls, Halo, Metal Gear and many other popular video games. Experience an epic story told through the beautiful music and incredible art of games. Based on Joseph Campbell's monomyth, also known as the hero's journey, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes takes the audience through the highs and lows, the trials and the tribulations, the tense battles and the serene moments of that journey. For music lovers and video game lovers alike, rePLAY has something for everyone. Let these award-winning symphonic scores take you on a hero's journey unlike anything you've heard or seen before, bringing the art of games to life in an unforgettable experience. Conductor to be announced.
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