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3 stage picks: Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Charlie Albright

Florida Orchestra

The Hummel Trumpet Concerto is one of two enduring classics for the instrument in the genre (Haydn's Trumpet Concerto is the other). Florida Orchestra principal trumpet Robert Smith is the soloist in the Hummel this weekend, with guest conductor Gunther Herbig. Also on the orchestra's program are two other pillars of the standard repertoire, Schubert's Symphony No. 6 and Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at Morsani Hall of the David A. Straz Jr. 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, with $10 tickets for students, educators and military. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286;


Choreographer Twyla Tharp's treatment of Frank Sinatra songs was on display in Come Fly Away, the touring dance musical that recently played Tampa. Now Sarasota Ballet is performing one of her earlier takes on the Chairman of the Board's catalog, Nine Sinatra Songs, staged by Shelly Washington, a dancer in the 1982 debut. The company also performs George Balanchine's Serenade to a Tchaikovsky score and Dominic Walsh's Bello, with a seven-dancer cast performing to Handel arias sung by countertenor Gerrod Pagenkopf. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Sarasota Opera House. $25-$85. (941) 359-0099, ext. 101;


Pianist Charlie Albright winds up the Young Concert Artist Series at the Palladium Theater with a recital. Schubert (Impromptus from Op. 90), Beethoven (Sonata No. 31) and Chopin (the Op. 25 Etudes) are on the agenda, along with Concert Arabesques from On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Adolf Schulz-Evler. Albright graduated last year from a joint program of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music, studying not just piano but also premed and economics. He plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Petersburg theater. $15, $25. (727) 822-3590;

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

3 stage picks: Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Charlie Albright 04/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:30am]
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