Mark Sforzini is a man of many musical hats. Onetime principal bassoon with the Florida Orchestra, artistic director and conductor of St. Petersburg Opera and composer (not to mention former Hula Hoop champion), he has his composer hat on at the University of Tampa, where he will conduct a faculty chamber group in several of his works, including Rhapsody for flute and bassoon, Voyage of Life (based on paintings by Thomas Cole), As Far as Angels Ken for soprano and chamber ensemble (with text from Paradise Lost by John Milton) and Frizzante for piano four hands. The concert is at 7:30 tonight at Plant Hall, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free.
Michael Stern conducts the first masterworks program of 2011-12 for the Sarasota Orchestra, with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 as the centerpiece. Also on the agenda are Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, with soloist Julian Schwarz. Stern is one of five guest conductors this season who are prospective successors to outgoing music director Leif Bjaland. The son of violinist Isaac Stern, the conductor used to live in Tampa when his first wife, Jeannette Bittar, was principal oboe with the Florida Orchestra. He is now in his seventh season as music director of the Kansas City Symphony. The Sarasota concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Van Wezel Hall. $29-$82. (941) 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.
At 19, Caroline Goulding is an up-and-coming violin soloist. Her debut album on the Telarc label was nominated for a 2010 Grammy. Now she inaugurates the Young Concert Artist Series at the Palladium, playing a recital with pianist Dina Vainshtein that includes sonatas by Mozart, Schumann and Enescu plus a pair of French pieces by Faure and Saint-Saens/Ysaye. They perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15 and $25 day of show. (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic