The Florida Orchestra finally opens its new season by asking Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa to join in the fun during three Bay performances of works by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (“Pines of Rome”), Rachmaninoff (“Piano Concerto No. 2”) and Beethoven (the very famous ‘Symphony No. 5,” except that TFO and Lisita will play all 35 minutes of the piece). Shows happen in Tampa (Friday at Straz Center), St. Petersburg (Saturday at Mahaffey Theater) and Clearwater (Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall). Free tickets for kids and teens are available in advance via floridaorchestra.org.
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