It’s the last weekend to catch the Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay

The group has several shows before summer break.

click to enlarge It’s the last weekend to catch the Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay
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You’re gonna want to take some time to see the Florida Orchestra before it goes on break for the summer.

One of the last (and least expensive) chances to see a performance is on Thursday, May 23 when Michael Francis pulls the veil back on the story and process behind Dmitri Shostakovich’s early 20th century Symphony No. 5, which was written at the peak of Stalinist purges when Russian citizens for relocated or killed. Francis’ talk ends with a performance of the full work, and admission is pay-what-you-can.

If you’re the type that likes to buy musicians drinks after shows, then there’s also an after-party at the Hollander Hotel, which is down the street from Hough Hall at St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater.

Another Russian, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, gets the attention of the orchestra this weekend during three performances of irresistible, emotional violin concerto, which is full of big, sweeping melodies and lush strings. Tampa’s Straz Center gets the first show, and shows are also happening on Saturday and Sunday in St. Petersburg (Mahaffey Theater) and Clearwater (Ruth Eckerd Hall), respectively.

Your last chance to see the Orchestra happens on Monday, May 27 when its Brass Quintet plays a show at Sundial in St. Petersburg.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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