Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Three music picks: 'Three Men and a Baby . . . Grand,' Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony

'THREE MEN AND A BABY ... GRAND'

Broadway performers Brian Lane Green, Lee Lessack and John Boswell star in Three Men and a Baby ... Grand, a revue of show tunes and Rat Pack favorites. The threesome perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $32, $42. There's also a pre- and post-show gala going on Saturday to raise money for Friends of the Palladium. For $125 you get food and drinks and coffee/dessert with the stars of the show. (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

Stuart Malina conducts a pops program from the great American songbook of George and Ira Gershwin (They Can't Take That Away From Me), Harold Arlen (Get Happy) and Cole Porter (Night and Day). The singers are the conductor's brother, Joel Malina, and Hilary Kole. The concerts are at 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; floridaorchestra.org.

TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY

At 13, Nadia Azzi has already accomplished a lot in music. The piano prodigy from Dunedin made her New York City debut at 11, playing a Khachaturian Sonatina at Weill Hall, the recital hall of Carnegie Hall. She has won many music competitions, including, in February, the grand prize of the Crescendo International Music Competition. And oh yes, she is fluent in Japanese as well as English.

As winner of the Young Artist Competition of the Tampa Bay Symphony, Azzi is the soloist for the opening movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in the community orchestra's spring concert series. On the podium will be guest conductor Susan Robinson, whose program also includes the overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, An American in Paris by George Gershwin and the Romantic Symphony of Howard Hanson.

The symphony's performances are at 4 p.m. Sunday at Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa; 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg; and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fine Arts Auditorium of St. Petersburg College, Clearwater. $20, free for students (free tickets are not available at the door at the Straz). (727) 595-0345; tampabaysymphony.com.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

     
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