Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Tampa Bay

August 19, 2012 2:00 PM

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There is no lack of musical diversity in the Tampa Bay area. From street musicians to world-renowned professionals, and from reggae to Rachmaninoff, the rich musical heritage of Tampa Bay is not to be missed. Tampa is home to dozens of classical soloists and ensembles with exciting performances planned for the fall season. Check out some of Tampa’s top performers and treat your ears to a musical vacation.

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Florida Orchestra presents “Beethoven to Bernstein”
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827

Date: October 12

The Florida Orchestra was in the national spotlight during the fall of 2011 when the five members of the wind quintet traveled to Cuba for an exchange of ideas, culture and incredible musical experiences. The Florida Orchestra continues to delight concert-goers right here in the Tampa Bay area, even while building on this new-found relationship with Cuba’s musicians. The “Beethoven to Bernstein” concert, conducted by Stefan Sanderling, features classical and jazz music side by side. Pianist Sara Davis Buechner will be soloing in Bernstein’s mind-warping Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety,” and will also perform the piano part in Schoenberg’s theatrical “Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte.” A variety of instrumental soloists will also be featured throughout the concert along with Beethoven’s thundering “Egmont Overture” and Hartmann’s Symphony No. 2 “Adagio.”

An Afternoon of Romantic Music
University of South Florida Music Recital Hall
4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-2311

Date: October 28

This recital, given by USF faculty members Kim McCormick, Amy Collins and Dolly Roberts, brings together the beautiful combination of flute, oboe and harp. This performance will feature works by Romantic-era composers including Berlioz, Chopin, Ibert and more. Come see what the teachers of the music school can do, proving not only their expertise but also their passion for classical music.

USF Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble presents Octubafest 2012
University of South Florida Concert Hall
4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-2311

Date: October 14

The USF Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Jay Hunsberger, will be performing alongside the USF Percussion Ensemble, directed by Robert McCormick. Featured works will include such classics as Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” as well a new composition for the unique pairing of tuba and percussion, featuring Jay Hunsberger as tuba soloist, composed by USF graduate Tim Beringer.

Tampa Bay Symphony presents “From the New World”
The Palladium Theater
253 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 882-3590

Date: November 13

The Tampa Bay Symphony, founded in 1986, has a clear mission: “To promote interest in classical music in the Tampa Bay area, to encourage and educate youth throughout Florida with a Young Artist Competition and by other means, to provide a venue for qualified volunteer musicians of all ages to perform challenging symphonic music, and to enhance and enrich the artistic and cultural life of our community.” For the past 26 years, the Tampa Bay Symphony has done just that, and still continues to do so today. The fall season playbill includes invigorating compositions by some of the most celebrated composers, including Morton Gould’s “Red Cavalry March” and the selections from Aaron Copland’s dazzling “Rodeo.” This concert will conclude with the mind-blowing Symphony No. 9 by Dvorak, more popularly known as the “New World Symphony.”

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The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay presents “Dona Nobis Pacem”
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827

Date: November 9-11

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay was founded in 1979 by Dr. Robert Summer and has been the Principal Chorus of The Florida Orchestra since 1989. Now under the direction of music and artistic director Dr. James K. Bass, this highly-selective, 150-voice volunteer choir includes vocalists from all across the entire Tampa Bay area. The Master Chorale has been recognized multiple times by arts critics from both the Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa Tribune for its incredible and uplifting performances, and no doubt will be again for bringing “Dona Nobis Pacem” to life.

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