Violinist Karen Gomyo, pictured, and cellist Christian Poltera are the duo soloists in the Brahms Double Concerto, with guest conductor Joshua Weilerstein leading the Florida Orchestra in three performances this weekend.
Brahms wrote four concertos — the others are the violin concerto and the two piano concertos — and the one for violin and cello turned out to be his final orchestral work. The cello part is most prominent, and a chamber music approach tends to pay dividends. The orchestra and Weilerstein will also play Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.
For early birds, there's a concert at 10 a.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg — part of the Morning Masterworks Series. There also will be performances at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $15-$45, and $10 for students, educators and military. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic