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String trio serenades airport crowd, soothing rush hour nerves

Florida Orchestra musicians (from left) Samantha Bennett, Fred Gratta and Alison Heydt entertain passersby at Tampa International Airport.

Photo by Andrew Meacham

Florida Orchestra musicians (from left) Samantha Bennett, Fred Gratta and Alison Heydt entertain passersby at Tampa International Airport.

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TAMPA -- Everywhere else, the evening rush hour was dragging everything living and breathing gradually under foot. 

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But between Airsides A and C on Wednesday, the shuttle walls cut off half of that ambient noise, and several dozen people lounging or standing there weren't making any.

They were all watching a trio from the Florida Orchestra play a half-hour concert, one of several "pop-up" performances musicians have been doing this week. Alison Heydt, Fred Gratta and Samantha Bennett played classical numbers and popular favorites, including Stranger in Paradise.

"It's very relaxing," said Charles Worth, 38, of Tampa, who with this two children was on his way to board a plane to Iowa when he heard the trio playing a variation of the Flower Duet, from the opera Lakme.

"It sounded like a wedding, and I like weddings," said Kathryn Worth, 5.

Onlookers watched performances in near silence. Visitors who had just wandered by listneed while surfing their phones. Richard Ksaizek, 62, and wife Marsha, 63, halted on their way to a plane as the trio played Beethoven's Ode to Joy.to take in the musical change of pace. Both found it soothing.

"And we need that right now," she said.

Orchestra musicians have scheduled these free pop-up concerts this week.

3 Daughters Brewing: Woodwind quintet, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.  

Green Bench Brewing Co.: Gypsy violin and bass duo. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. 1133 Baum Ave N, St. Petersburg.  

Hispanic Heritage Concert in the Park: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa.

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