Artist of the day: Enrique Perez Mesa
In a twist, today's Artist of the Day is a guy who's not from Tampa Bay. He's not even from this country.
Enrique Perez Mesa, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, will arrive in Tampa this week for a stint as a guest conductor for three concerts this weekend with the Florida Orchestra. Last fall, the orchestra sent a wind quintet to perform in Havana to inaugurate this cultural exchange, which will continue in November when Perez Mesa and the Cuban national symphony perform two concerts in the bay area.
“For me, it is an honor to be invited by this prestigious musical institution,” Perez Mesa said in a recent email, translated from Spanish. “It will be a pleasure to share music together in this cultural exchange.”
The Florida Orchestra will perform with Perez Mesa for three shows this weekend: Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets start at $15 ($10 for students/educators/military). Also, Perez Mesa will appear at Studio@620 on Wednesday for an evening of classical music and poetry. The event is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.