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Florida Orchestra's season begins with a Latin beat

Manuel Barrueco

Manuel Barrueco

The Florida Orchestra opens its season with an eclectic Latin-themed program that features a singer, a guitarist and a bandoneon player, with music director Stefan Sanderling on the podium. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Hines, fresh off her performance as a Rhinemaiden in this past summer's Ring cycle at Seattle Opera, sings selections from de Falla's ballet El Amor Brujo (Love Bewitched). Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco and Argentine bandoneon player Daniel Binelli are the soloists in Piazzolla's Concerto for Guitar and Bandoneon (something like an accordion). The program also includes Marquez's Danzon No. 2 and Revueltas' La Noche de los Mayas (Night of the Mayas). Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at Morsani Hall of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

The casual fan's picks

As the Florida Orchestra flexes its bows for another season, there are several concerts that might catch your fancy — some classics, some totally unexpected. — Kelly Smith, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra (Oct. 31-Nov. 1): The likable (sometimes goofball) principal percussionist John Shaw and the guys go tropical.

Holiday Pops (Dec. 11-13): Holiday memory opportunity: They've been known to call adorable kids on stage to play sleigh bells during Sleigh Ride.

Music of Led Zeppelin (Jan. 16): Proof that these accomplished musicians can rock Shostakovich one week and Zeppelin the next, including Whole Lotta Love and Ramble On.

Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (Feb. 12 and 14): I'm a sucker for the four most famous notes in music, every time.

A Tribute to Ray Charles (Feb. 19-21): Georgia on My Mind. Do I need to go on?

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (March 5-7): The Web site says the orchestra will accompany George Gershwin playing Rhapsody in Blue via a piano roll performance from the 1920s. How cool is that?

The New World Symphony by Dvorak (April 30-May 2): My 9-year-old daughter loves this energetic work so much it's on her iPod. So what if she first heard it in a Barbie movie. A live performance can undo that damage.

Classic James Bond (May 21-23): Hits from Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, Casino Royale and Live and Let Die should leave you not shaken, but stirred.

Florida Orchestra's season begins with a Latin beat 10/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 12, 2009 4:55pm]

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