Classical music boosts listeners’ brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get one adult ticket to see a concert performed by the Florida Orchestra (a $30 value). Students and teachers are admitted to all concerts for $10. Choose from the following concerts:
- “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, January 13, at 8 p.m. at David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Reserved seating will be in Section B.
- Saturday, January 14, at 8 p.m. at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Reserved seating will be in balcony Section B.
- “Music for Lovers.” Choose from the following shows:
- Friday, January 20, at 8 p.m. at David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Seating will be best available in the orchestra or mezzanine sections.
- Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m. at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Reserved seating will be in Section B.
- Sunday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Seating will be in seats 15–30 of Section B.<p>
Now in its 44th season, the Florida Orchestra has delighted ears across the Tampa Bay area with time-tested masterworks and sprightly pops concerts. Music director Stefan Sanderling will lead the orchestra through “Pictures at an Exhibition,” with three painting-inspired melodies, while Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano pays homage to three great works by Botticelli. Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler tells the story of the Reformation artist Matthias Grünewald as he struggles with his faith and the atrocities of the German Peasants’ Revolt. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition tickles eardrums with tone poems that recreate the experience of strolling through a gallery of the works of Russian artist Victor Hartmann or a long, relaxing bath in oil paint. A preshow talk starting an hour before curtain helps audience members gain a better grasp of the music, with facts about the composer, tips on what to listen for, and warnings about lycanthropic tubists in the event of a full moon.
Directed by New York Pops music director Steven Reineke, “Music for Lovers” regales showgoers with romance-evoking tunes from heartstring-strumming crooners including Barry White, Henry Mancini, and Cole Porter. Guest singers Mike Eldred and Betsy Wolfe will lend their lush vocals to the evenings’ melodies, gently caressing bass lines and enforcing no-beverage policies with glass-shattering soprano notes.
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.