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Florida Orchestra ticket plan makes you the composer

Single tickets to the Florida Orchestra's 2008-09 season go on sale Monday. Also on sale is the Compose Your Own series, which allows concertgoers to purchase any combination of six concerts from the 14-concert masterworks series and the eight-concert pops series to make a season package. This series includes a 10 percent discount off the single-ticket cost plus other benefits.

Some of the most high-profile concerts include Verdi's Requiem, Holst's The Planets, John Williams' film music, a Valentine's program led by Matt Catingub, and music director Stefan Sanderling conducting Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. Among the soloists are pianist Peter Rosel in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Jeff Multer in the Berg Violin Concerto, William Wolfram in John Corigliano's Piano Concerto and percussionist John Shaw in James MacMillan's Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. And for some offbeat programming there's the fiddle trio Time for Three, a Pink Floyd tribute and the orchestra performing the soundtrack under the big screen for a showing of The Wizard of Oz.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, online and at the orchestra office, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, and at box offices of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286;

Florida Orchestra ticket plan makes you the composer 08/20/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:43am]
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