Tampa Bay Symphony music director and conductor, Mark Sforzini.
The Tampa Bay Symphony announces its 27th season, the second under its music director and conductor, Mark Sforzini.
The orchestra has more than 80 classically-trained volunteer players, many of them music teachers, and others who have played professionally.
Sforzini said, “I think it has the potential to be one of the finest community orchestras in the country.” 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.
Fall concerts will feature Fred Gratta as soloist in Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major. He has been a member of The Florida Orchestra since 1994 and is principal cellist in the Tampa Bay Symphony and for the St. Petersburg Opera Company.
The orchestra will also play the Overture to Ruy Blas by Mendelssohn and the Brahms Symphony No. 3. Concerts are scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m., in the Arts Auditorium on the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus at 2465 Drew St.; Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m., at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown St. Petersburg; and Sunday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m., in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
The Winter concerts will feature Robert Smith, trumpet soloist, in Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto. Also on the program, “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from Gliere’s ballet, The Red Poppy, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique.”
Performances will be Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m., in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa; Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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.
The Spring concerts in April and May will feature the Young Artist Competition winner(s) performing with the orchestra, which will also play Three Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla. Performances will be Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m., in Ferguson Hall, Straz Center, Tampa; Tuesday, April 29, 8 p.m., at the Palladium in downtown St. Petersburg; and Sunday, May 4, 4 p.m., in the Arts Auditorium on the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus.
One of the goals of the Tampa Bay Symphony is to encourage young people in classical music. For 27 years, the Young Artist Competition has awarded at least one scholarship and the opportunity to perform in the Spring concerts with the Tampa Bay Symphony.
Tickets are $20 at the door for adults and free for students. Students 18 and over must show student ID.