Artist of the day: The Florida Orchestra
Hey, why not? Last week, we spotlighted the Tampa Bay Symphony.
The Florida Orchestra was founded in 1968 as the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony. Under the direction of music director Stefan Sanderling, above, the 76-member (give or take) Orchestra performs more than 100 concerts each year in St. Petersburg (at the Mahaffey Theater, their home base), Tampa (the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) and Clearwater (Ruth Eckerd Hall).
The Orchestra kicked off its fall season this past weekend with an eclectic Latin-themed program, but they've got a full slate of interesting concerts lined up for fall, including a steel drum concert, music from James Bond and the documentary Blue Planet, and tributes to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Ray Charles. Next spring, Marvin Hamlisch will pop in to serve as a guest conductor.
This weekend, get a taste of culture for free with the Orchestra's popular "Pops in the Park" series:
Friday: 7 p.m. at River Tower Park, 401 E Bird St., Tampa (Sulphur Springs).
Saturday: 7 p.m. at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo by Ellen Folkman.