Florida Orchestra combines Pride celebration with Bernstein’s Broadway concert

Michael Francis, shown rehearsing with the Florida Orchestra, conducts Bernstein's Broadway Oct. 5-6, 2018. (Times files)
Michael Francis, shown rehearsing with the Florida Orchestra, conducts Bernstein's Broadway Oct. 5-6, 2018. (Times files)
Published October 1
Updated October 1

The Florida Orchestra has added a shoutout to the Tampa Bay area's LGBTQ community as part of this weekend's concert series, Bernstein's Broadway.

Members of the Tampa Bay Pride Band will play in the lobby before concerts, and Come Out St. Pete and the Gay Men's Chorus of Tampa Bay will set up information tables. The festivity precedes National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.

"We're using the power of live music to celebrate and reflect all that makes Tampa Bay so wonderfully diverse and unique," said community engagement director Erin Horan.

The orchestra will play selections from compositions of Bernstein, who would have turned 100 in August, including Candide, On the Town and West Side Story. Music director Michael Francis conducts soprano Katrina Galka, tenor Matthew Grills and the orchestra.

Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $18-$48. (727) 892-3331. floridaorchestra.org.

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