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3 music picks: 'Messiah,' Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, 'Seasonal Sparkle'


Handel's Messiah has a pair of performances this weekend. The Tampa Oratorio Singers, directed by Nancy Callahan-Hyer, presents the Christmas portion of the 270-year-old oratorio at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa. Freewill offering. (813) 247-3866; The Nature Coast Festival Singers holds a community sing of Messiah at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, New Port Richey. Donations benefit the Vets4Warriors program. To get information or to sign up to participate, call (352) 515-5335 or (352) 556-8549 or email

Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet

The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet — Rob Smith and Ken Brown, trumpets; Andrew Karr, French horn; Dwight Decker, trombone; and Bill Mickelsen, tuba — plays White Christmas, Joy to the World and other seasonal standbys at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $18, $22. (727) 942-5605;

'Seasonal Sparkle'

A snowy scene from La Boheme, part of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, dance numbers from The Nutcracker — all are featured in "Seasonal Sparkle," the second annual holiday production by St. Petersburg Opera. Soloists include Sara Peeples McNatt, Susie Hellman, Alok Kumar, Wade Thomas and Vanessa Rodriguez in performances with orchestra and chorus led by artistic director Mark Sforzini at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $21.50-$64.50. (727) 823-2040;

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

3 music picks: 'Messiah,' Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, 'Seasonal Sparkle' 12/12/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:30am]
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