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3 picks for music in Tampa Bay: Florida Orchestra, Paul Orgel, Adam Brakel

Florida Orchestra

After a walk on the esoteric side, with last weekend's program of mostly Delius works, the Florida Orchestra returns to more conventional repertoire, Mussorgsky's ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition. Music director Stefan Sanderling has a theme for the concerts, with two more works related to the visual arts: Respighi's Trittico Botticelliano and Hindemith's Mathis der Maler. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday at Morsani Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $15, $30, $45. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.

Paul Orgel

Pianist Paul Orgel has a pair of recitals in the bay area this weekend, both with the same program: Schubert (Sonata No. 21), three works by Dvorak, Chopin (Barcarolle, Op. 60) and Carl Maria von Weber (Invitation to the Dance). Orgel, who played this program on a solo tour of China last October, is director of the Humanities Program Concert Series at St. Michael's College in Vermont. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, he plays at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 341-7984; spcollege.edu/spg/music/calendar.htm. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Orgel repeats the program at the 100-seat Barness Recital Hall in the Music Building on the USF campus in Tampa. $8-$15. (813) 974-2323; steinwaypianoseries.arts.usf.edu.

Adam Brakel

The concert series at Peace Memorial Church in downtown Clearwater continues with a recital by organist Adam Brakel, who will be playing works by Healey Willan, Cesar Franck, William Albright, Jeanne Demessieux and J.S. Bach on the church's Casavant pipe organ, which has four manuals and 63 ranks. Brakel, director of liturgy and music at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Hudson, has an extensive concert career that recently took him to Los Angeles and San Francisco for recitals. His concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave. An offering will be taken ($5 minimum suggested). (727) 446-3001; peacememorial.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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