Florida Orchestra has delighted ears across the Tampa Bay area for 44 seasons filled with time-tested masterworks and sprightly pops concerts. Created in the 1968 merger between the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Tampa Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra ties the two sides of the bay together into one musical tradition. The ensemble has continued its program of outreach ever since, which has recently included cultural exchange programs with Cuba, collaborations with local institutions, and the tradition of allowing one lucky child to sleep inside a tuba during each performance.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
As a local non-profit, the State Theatre has vivified the cultural landscape for nearly a century through applause-worthy performances and engaging community programs. Come February, Stomp will explode onto the stage with percussive rhythm and movement, and Glen Burtnik & Friends will honor John Lennon's 70th birthday by serenading a Fab Four-loving crowd with beloved hits such as “Strawberry Fields Forever” and lesser-known tunes such as "Tangerine Terrain Temporarily." Surrender your eardrums to the marching band musicality and show-stopping steppers of DrumLine Live, or treat a theater-craving youngster to the food-fueled metamorphosis of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a black-lit puppet presentation of a childhood classic.
Classical, opera, and popular orchestral compositions make up the repertoire of the Southwest Florida Symphony, which has made quality programming its mission since 1961. Aiming to make music accessible to all, the symphony visits schools, offers scholarships, books youth-friendly concerts, and provides a friendly First-Timer’s Guide for new audience members unfamiliar with the proper way of applauding.
The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is an approximately 80-member coterie of melodically-minded do-gooders, largely made up of volunteer musicians, who provide high-quality entertainment. Today’s deal gets you a best-available reserved seat to all five of the orchestra’s 2010–2011 Masterworks performances, which celebrate the accomplishments of some the world’s finest, most eccentric composers. The initial, October 5 concert kicks things off by traversing the fifth symphonies and concertos of such storied composers as Beethoven, Bach, and Tchaikovsky, whose Symphony no. 5, movement II revealed that Paul was dead and John was the walrus nearly a century before it became popular knowledge. Future concerts include Respighi’s Pines of Rome and symphonized Christmas music featuring a kinetic kick from members of Florida Dance Theatre.
Capping the season with this final concert, the North Port Symphony premieres Concerto for Guitar, a commissioned work from local composer Rex Willis. Soloist Thomas Koch, Willis's friend and colleague, mans the frets and draws forth the composer's playful blend of blues, Latin beats, and Copland-tinged sweep while a full orchestra backs him up.