The Florida Orchestra should be all warmed up for the return of music director Stefan Sanderling, left, in the season's first masterworks program this weekend. The orchestra musicians convened in early October and have been playing pops, coffee, parks and youth concerts, and now they get the chance to dig into the meat and potatoes of the repertoire. Concertmaster Jeff Multer is the soloist in the Berg Violin Concerto, a beguiling hybrid of modernism and romance, and the orchestra and singers will perform the first Bach cantata (No. 60) in its history. Sanderling, who has been guest conducting in Asia, anchors the program with Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday at Ferguson Hall of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $19-$65. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; www.floridaorchestra.org.