Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Three musical picks for the weekend

Broadway Cabaret

Next week, cast members of St. Petersburg Opera's Sweeney Todd will be singing about the worst pies in London and other macabre matters from the Stephen Sondheim musical, but on Friday, Buffy Baggott (who plays Mrs. Lovett, maker of the aforementioned meat pies) and others from the production will perform their favorite Broadway tunes from My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, Secret Garden and other shows. Music director Mark Sforzini will host, with Constantine Grame at the piano at 8 p.m. Friday in the Stavros Great Room of the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $75, which includes dessert and two drink tickets. (727) 823-2040; stpeteopera.org.

Tannahill Weavers

Hankering for the sound of Highland bagpipes? That comes with the territory when Scotland's Tannahill Weavers give a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Named after the "Weaver Poet," Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), a contemporary of Robert Burns, the quartet has been performing jigs and reels and other traditional Scottish folk music for more than 40 years (two original members remain in the group). With songs like The Geese in the Bog and The Scottish Settler's Lament, "These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the States," says Garrison Keillor. $24, $28. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.

Justine LeBaron Young Artists Competition

Justine LeBaron, who died of cancer in June, was a French horn player with the Florida Orchestra for more than 30 years. Now she is being honored by her colleagues with the Justine LeBaron Young Artists Competition, taking place this weekend at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. "Justine was always a huge education advocate," tuba player William Mickelsen said. "We wanted to make sure she was commemorated in a fitting way." The Florida Orchestra Musicians' Association revived the competition, which had been moribund in recent years because of budget cutbacks, for instrumentalists and pianists up to age 19 in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. About 30 contestants in the junior and senior divisions will play for the judges Saturday morning, then the winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony and perform, beginning at 1:30 p.m., in a recital that is free and open to the public. (727) 341-7984; spcollege.edu/spg/music/calendar.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

 
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