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Orchestra reveals holiday performances
Article published on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
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Tito Muñoz conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan" in performances scheduled Dec. 6-8.
The Florida Orchestra has a number of concerts on tap for December, including some of local audiences favorite classics. The upcoming schedule is as follows.

Masterworks series

Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan," conducted by Tito Tito Muñoz is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8.

Friday's show begins at 11 a.m., as part of the Duke Energy Morning Masterworks, at the Mahaffey Theater. Saturday's performance at the Mahaffey begins at 8 p.m. The orchestra travels to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Sunday for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

Mahler said, “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” And his Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” seems to call out and invite the listener to contemplate life’s many beauties as well as its heartbreaks. The concert also includes John Adams’ Chamber Symphony with its mix of wit, humor and rapid-fire challenging passages.

Tickets are $15, $30 and $45

Coffee Concerts

Sounds of Celebration, conducted by Stuart Malina, is Thursday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.

The performance includes:

• Tchaikovsky: Overture to The Nutcracker

• Hailstork: Three Spirituals for Orchestra

• Copland: Lincoln Portrait

• Anderson: Irish Suite: The Irish Washerwoman

• Copland: El Salón México

• Gould: American Salute

• Saint-Saens: Dance Macabre, Op. 40

• Sousa: Thunderer March

• Anderson: Sleigh Ride

Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be served before the performance.

Tickets are $24, $29, $34 and $42

Raymond James Pops

Holiday Pops!, conducted by Jeff Tyzik, with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and James Bass, music and artistic director, is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15.

Get in the spirit of the season with The Skater’s Overture, Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, Gesu Bambino, Deck the Halls, Carol of the Bells, Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rag, Gospel Hallelujah, Wexford Carol, Christmas Reel and more...all with the 150 voices of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Jeff Tyzik conducts.

Friday's performance begins at 8 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for Performing Arts. The orchestra travels to St. Petersburg and the Mahaffey Theater for two shows on Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The final show is on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Tickets and $15, $30 and $45.

For tickets or more information, visit floridaorchestra.org.
Article published on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
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