Composer Augusta Read Thomas has written music for the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and other big-name ensembles. Sunday, Thomas' Dream Threads will be premiered by the Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra in Tampa.
"It's not a super-technical piece that you need the Berlin Philharmonic to play,'' Thomas said of the work, which the youth orchestra has been rehearsing since January under music director William Wiedrich. "It's definitely written for younger musicians. On the other hand, I didn't dumb it down. They have to reach to bring it off, which is good, since it's part of the learning process.''
Dream Threads, running about 22 minutes, is a ballet score, inspired by a French fable about a boy who finds a magic thread that propels time forward. It was commissioned by the youth orchestra as part of a residency by Thomas. The ballet, choreographed by Richard Cook, will have its premiere in 2009 in a production by the Orlando Ballet School at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
"It's kind of a unique project,'' Thomas said. "I can't think of another youth orchestra and ballet in the United States that is doing such a big thing as this.''
Along with Dream Threads, Sunday's program also will include music of Vivaldi, Stravinsky and Bernstein. The concert is at 2 p.m. at TBPAC's Ferguson Hall. Thomas gives a preperformance talk at 1:20 p.m. $10-$20. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; tbpac.org.
Folk: Soprano Rosi Amador has one of the great voices in folk music. Amador and her Boston-based Latin group, Sol y Canto, have a pair of performances this weekend at Ruth Eckerd Hall's Murray Studio Theater, Clearwater. Tonight at 7:30, they play music from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Peru and Chile. Songs by Brian Amador, Rosi's husband, are also on the agenda. $10, $15.
Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Sol y Canto performs selections from its infectious bilingual CD El Doble de Amigos/Twice as Many Friends (Rounder). $8. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.
Jazz: Violinist Aaron Weinstein, following in the tradition of jazz violin legends Joe Venuti and Stephane Grapelli, was dubbed a rising star by Downbeat magazine. He teams with guitarist John Pizzarelli on a new CD Blue Too (Arbor Records).
Weinstein, 22, performs with a combo at 6 p.m. Sunday in a Tampa Jazz Club concert at the Gorilla Theatre, Tampa. $5-$21. (813) 879-2914; gorillatheatre.com.
John Fleming can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8716.