You could call it an Austrian program: Works by Haydn, Mozart and Bruckner, composers who were born in Austria and eventually landed in Vienna, are all on the agenda, with Stefan Sanderling leading the Florida Orchestra. The Haydn is a rarity, the overture to one of his 15 surviving (and infrequently staged) operas, La fedeltà premiata. Pianist Cornelia Herrmann (above) is Austrian, too, born in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace. She is the soloist in his jaunty Piano Concerto No. 21, sometimes called the "Elvira Madigan concerto," after the 1967 Swedish film in which the slow movement is featured on the soundtrack. Bruckner's Third Symphony is one of the composer's most enjoyable early symphonies. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at Morsani Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $15, $30, $45; $10 for students, teachers and military. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free, 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org. Bonus: Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay, or PYT, is offering free tickets to the Friday night performance for anyone under 40 years old. Register online at pytampa.org. The Tampa concert is preceded by a PYT cocktail reception at 6 p.m. at the Tampa Museum of Art's SONO Cafe.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic