, Tampa Bay Symphony
The centerpiece of Mark Sforzini's first program as music director of the Tampa Bay Symphony is Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, From the New World, in three concerts: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Auditorium on the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew St.; 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; and 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. Sforzini, also artistic director of St. Petersburg Opera, will lead the community orchestra in other works, including dances from Copland's ballet score for Rodeo, Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches and Morton Gould's Red Cavalry March. $20 for adults, free for students with ID. Information: tampabaysymphony.org.
, 'Little Nemo in Slumberland'
Sarasota Opera has commissioned five youth operas since 1984, and the company continues its commendable effort to broaden the appeal of the art form with Little Nemo in Slumberland, which premieres this weekend. With a score by Daron Hagen and libretto by J.D. McClatchy, the two-act, 60-minute opera is based on Winsor McCay's early 20th century comic strip that chronicled a little boy's fantastic dreams. Conducted by Steven Osgood, with staging by Martha Collins, the opera has performances at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave. $15-$30. (941) 328-1300; sarasotaopera.org. Little Nemo: The Exhibition, with McCay drawings, tear sheets from the comic strip and artwork related to the opera production, runs through Dec. 12 at the Selby Gallery of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota.
, Mexican orchestra
The University of Tampa Music Department presents a free concert by the Symphony Orchestra of Guanajuato, Mexico, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Tampa, across Kennedy Boulevard from the school. Conductor-composer Juan Trigos will lead a performance of Latin American works, such as Moncayo's Sinfonietta, Chávez's Sinfonia India and Revueltas' Sensemayá. The program also includes Trigos' Triple Concerto for flute, clarinet and piano, featuring the German trio Luxa 21. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Luxa 21 gives a free concert of mostly contemporary music at UT's Sykes Chapel. (813) 253-6212; ut.edu/music.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic