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

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

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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.

m BETTE MIDLER TRIBUTE

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 (trevorproject.org), which provides suicide prevention services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. (727) 498-5205; freefalltheatre.com.

PHOENIX GAYLES

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; tarponarts.org.

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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