Pops in the Park
The Florida Orchestra and guest conductor Daniel Boico will range from John Williams (Superman march) to Tchaikovsky (Sleeping Beauty waltz) to Dvorak (Slavonic Dance) in a pair of free pops concerts this weekend, Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Sunday at Compton Park in New Tampa, both at 7 p.m. Concertgoers are invited to bring canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest for its food bank services. Fireworks follow the Vinoy Park concert. On Saturday, winners of the 2011 VSA Florida Young Soloist Competition, soprano Lyudmilla Fuentes, 15, from Central Florida Aerospace Academy, and pianist Victor Merriam, 17, from Clearwater High School, will give a performance at 5:45 p.m. at Vinoy Park before the orchestra takes the stage. Information: floridaorchestra.org.
Lang Lang live on Franz Liszt's 200th birthday
There's more classical music in movie theaters this weekend when pianist Lang Lang plays Liszt solo piano pieces plus his Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit conducting. The Chinese whiz kid pays homage to his piano hero at 8 p.m. Saturday at nearly 270 U.S. theaters, including Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar and Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20 in Tampa. The concert is rebroadcast at 7:30 p.m. Monday at these theaters and two others in the bay area. Information: fathomevents.com.
Robert Helps celebration
Robert Helps, who died 10 years ago, was a beloved composer, pianist and teacher at the University of South Florida. His music school faculty colleagues — Svetozar Ivanov, piano; Scott Kluksdahl, cello; Carolyn Stuart, violin; Dharshini Tambiah, piano — play a program of his solo piano and piano-strings chamber works at 4 p.m. Sunday at the school's concert hall. $8-$15. (813) 974-2323; arts.usf.edu. There are Helpsian events before and after Sunday's concert, and the musicians will repeat their program Nov. 3 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. Information: helpstenthanniversary.com.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic