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3 music picks: Pops in the Park, Bette Midler tribute and Phoenix Gayles


Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz leads the Florida Orchestra in one of its most popular events, the annual Pops (and picnic) in the Park at 7 p.m. Saturday in Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Works by John Williams and John Phillip Sousa; selections from The Music Man, A Chorus Line and Mission Impossible; and music by Duke Ellington are on the agenda. And then they do it all over again at 7 p.m. Sunday in River Tower Park, 401 E Bird St., Tampa. At Vinoy Park only, there's a pre-concert performance at 5:45 p.m. by finalists from the VSA Florida Young Soloists Competition; plus fireworks to wind up the evening. Concertgoers are invited to bring canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest. Free.


Michael Raabe and Sara DelBeato get together for another cabaret show, this time on "The Bette Set — A Musical Journey to MIDLER Earth!" Sure, they'll probably perform Friends, The Wind Beneath My Wings and From a Distance, but how about the Divine Miss M's version of Delta Dawn? The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. All proceeds go to benefit the Trevor Project (, which provides suicide prevention services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. (727) 498-5205;


To benefit New Century Opera, soprano Phoenix Gayles and pianist Constantine Grame, the company's artistic director, give a concert of arias, show tunes and more at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Gayles will be in New Century's staging of Gluck's Iphigenia in Aulis Dec. 7-9. $14, $16. (727) 942-5605;

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

3 music picks: Pops in the Park, Bette Midler tribute and Phoenix Gayles 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:30am]
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