German pianist Peter Rosel, left, is the guest soloist with the Florida Orchestra, featured in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rosel last appeared with the orchestra in 2007, when he played all five of the Beethoven piano concertos over two days to great acclaim. "The finest pianist you have most likely never heard of,'' wrote Al Cohen in his rave review for the St. Petersburg Times.
Rosel goes back a long way with Stefan Sanderling, who is on the podium this weekend, having performed frequently with him as well as the music director's conductor father, Kurt Sanderling, in Europe. The program also includes a suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (not the familiar Ravel arrangement but one by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy).
Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday in Ferguson Hall of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $19-$65. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic