There's a little bit of everything among highlights on the Tampa Bay classical music scene this weekend: A company of local musicians and actors in a Stravinsky classic of musical theater; a string quartet from Romania on its first U.S. tour; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in movie theaters.
John Bannon, principal timpanist of the Florida Orchestra, is also a conductor, and he is leading a chamber ensemble of players from the orchestra and Opera Tampa in L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale). The story is a morality tale about a soldier who makes a deal with the devil, set to Stravinsky's acerbic 1918 score of tango, ragtime and jazz. Cast members include Chris Rutherford, Giles Davies, Chase Adin and Amelia Son. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mainstage Theatre on the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College, E Palm Avenue and N 14th Street (Avenida Republica de Cuba). $5, $15. (813) 259-6490.
The Tiberius Quartet
The quartet, founded in 1994 in Cluj, Romania, is making its U.S. debut in a 14-concert tour from Florida to Indiana. The group plays Haydn (Op. 64, No. 5, Lark), middle Beethoven (Op. 59, No. 3, Rasoumovsky) and Shostakovich at the University of Tampa. A particular treat is the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, with the Tiberius joined by UT's Grigorios Zamparas on piano. The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sykes Chapel on the UT campus. Free. (813) 257-6100; ut.edu/music/concerts.
m LA Phil Live
The craze for live performance beamed into movie theaters continues with LA Phil Live, featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its charismatic young music director, Gustavo Dudamel, in an all-Mendelssohn program from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Janine Jansen, a tremendous Dutch violinist, is featured in the Violin Concerto. Also performed will be a pair of works inspired by Mendelssohn's 1829 trip to Scotland, the Hebrides Overture and Scottish Symphony. LA Phil Live shows Sunday at 5 p.m. in more than 430 U.S. movie theaters. Bay area theaters include Regency 20, Brandon; Woodland Square 20, Oldsmar; Park Place Stadium 16, Pinellas Park; Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20, Tampa; Hyde Park Cinebistro, Tampa; and Grove 16 Cinemas, Wesley Chapel. Information: fathomevents.com.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic