Tonight in live music: Mozart's unfinished Requiem for the unfinished life of Jason Miller, Joshua James at Straz Center and more

Soloist, conductor and composer Jason Miller died in an automobile accident late last year.

click to enlarge Jason Miller (R) during a performance of Il Trovatore in October 2016. - St. Petesburg Opera Company
St. Petesburg Opera Company
Jason Miller (R) during a performance of Il Trovatore in October 2016.

An Unfinished Requiem for An Unfinished Life By all accounts, life was cut short for soloist, conductor and composer Jason Miller who died in an automobile accident late last year. The 36-year-old was a rising star in the Bay area’s classical/choral scene, and on Monday the combined choruses of St. Petersburg College and the chamber orchestra of the College’s faculty and friends will band together under Dr. Matt Caine for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The symbolism won’t be lost on classical buffs, but the uninitiated should know that Mozart never got to finish the piece since he, too, died in his mid-30s. “Mozart’s colleague, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, completed the unfinished Requiem,” it says in material previewing this show. “Similarly, as musicians and friends of Miller, we seek to continue the unfinished work of his life through this performance.” (Hough Hall at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Joshua James Nebraska has shaped Joshua James, and Americana fans with a soft spot for A-plus songwriting are i for a treat tonight when Joshua James brings an amazing voice to the intimate quarters of the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theater. Oh yeah, you might’ve heard his songs “Crash This Train” and “Coal War” on episodes of Sons of Anarchy. (Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


Pinellas Youth Orchestra (Murray Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Mean Of Man (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

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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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