The Florida Orchestra reveals its 2009-2010 season

The Florida Orchestra has divulged its 2009-2010 programming schedule. According to TFO Music Director and Conductor Stefan Sanderling, the selections are meant to provide locals with an uplifting experience — "something that symphonic music does so well," he wrote in his release — during a difficult time.

Among the Masterworks highlights are a personal favorite, Concerto No. 1, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay joins TFO for Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the chorale's women’s chorus is featured in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. Shostakovich and Bruckner were also mentioned as well as TFO's premiere of James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice conducted by MacMillan himself. To get the complete Masterworks schedule, click here.

TFO also announced the '09-'10 schedule for its eight-concert symphonic Raymond James Pops series, in which the orchestra is paired with a range of musical artists and offers up a smorgasborg of styles. This season, we saw TFO do Pink Floyd with a full band (pictured), perform a Halloween-themed "Musical Spooktacular" of haunting works and compositions from films like Batman, The Wizard of Oz and Creature from the Black Lagoon, and plenty else. Next season's highlights include a night of steel drum infused tunes from the Caribbean with Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra, a tribute to The Beatles with Classical Mystery Tour, the return of Cirque de la Symphonie featuring live performances by cirque artists, a "Tribute to Ray Charles" with vocalist Ellis Hall, and a symphonic tour-de-force of James Bond themes from four decades of 007 films. For a complete Pops schedule, click here.

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