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Violinist DBR gives classical a kick

Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain combines seemingly incompatible musical genres — hip-hop, funk, rock and classical. And who's going to argue that it doesn't work? Roumain has a doctorate in composition from the University of Michigan, and he's collaborated with a wide range of artists, including jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, choreographer Bill T. Jones, minimalist master Philip Glass, the Florida Philharmonic, 2 Live Crew and DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid. Roumain, who goes by the stage name DBR and has been dubbed a classical musician for the iPod generation, grew up in the South Florida town of Margate. He gives a workshop at 3:30 p.m. today at Tampa Housing Authority, 1500 N Rome. On Thursday at 8 p.m., his ensemble performs Etudes4violin&electronix at the TECO Theater of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. This is a "pay what you can" event. (813) 229-7827;

Opera, everywhere opera

There's a lot of opera going on this week. The Suncoast Opera Guild annual competition, which has drawn fine singers from around Florida in the past, is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 398-3010.

New Century Opera continues its traversal of Wagner's Ring cycle with Siegfried, featuring Kevin Nickorick in the title role, Michelle Smith-Sund as Brunnhilde and Todd Donovan as the Wanderer/Wotan. The production opens Friday and has four performances through March 22 at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $6-$20. (727) 942-5605;

More Wagner: Das Rheingold, with Zubin Mehta conducting, is on the big screen Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Beach Theatre on St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-6697;

Sarasota Opera has a good deal: $25 tickets for selected performances of L'Amico Fritz, The Elixir of Love, Tosca and Don Carlos. (941) 366-8450, ext. 1.

Orchestra auditions flutists

The Florida Orchestra is holding principal flute auditions Sunday and Monday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. As many as 40 flute players are expected. Clay Ellerbroek has been acting principal flute this season.

And about that dog that barked (on pitch) in Verdi's Requiem during the orchestra's concert Saturday night at the Mahaffey Theater: It was a guide dog in training.

Saturday matinee: Arabesque Winds, an outstanding young quintet, headlines Florimezzo's concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. Also on the program: violinists Sean O'Neil (Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons) and Levi Mitze (a movement from the Mendelssohn concerto). $10, $12. (727) 822-3590;

Sunday matinee: Carol Alexander leads the Clearwater Bach Choir, soloists and a chamber orchestra in J.S. Bach and Palestrina at 3 p.m. Sunday at Peace Memorial Church, Clearwater. $5. (727) 446-3001;

Two dance programs in one evening: Karen Fuhrman/Grounded Aerial, a New York troupe that blends modern dance and aerial work, performs at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City Mainstage Theatre, Palm Avenue and 14th Street, Tampa. At 7 p.m. both days, student choreography will be performed across the street at the HCC Dance Studio. $5-$15. (813) 253-7695; [email protected]

John Fleming can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8716.

Violinist DBR gives classical a kick 03/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:00pm]
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