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Florida Orchestra does the Doors at Mahaffey Theater

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Jim Morrison may be spinning in his Parisian grave at the thought of setting songs like Light My Fire and Roadhouse Blues to symphonic strings, but the idea of the Florida Orchestra playing music of the Doors is not so farfetched. Nor is it new. Back in 2000, the British superstar violinist Nigel Kennedy had a crossover hit with his recording of Riders on the Storm: The Doors Concerto, with songs such as Hello, I Love You, People Are Strange and The End arranged and orchestrated by rocker-turned-classical-composer Jaz Coleman.

The orchestra's Doors concert will be conducted by Brent Havens, who has a good track record with this sort of thing. He and singer Randy Jackson — who has the task of making like Morrison — did well in previous productions of music of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Basically, the orchestra backs up Jackson and a rock band, and the lighting and sound is straight out of an arena show. The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $35-$75.

For another side of the orchestra, there is a free Pops in the Park concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at River Tower Park, at 401 E Bird St. in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa. Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the orchestra through staples ranging from the overture from Candide to Moon River to Ride of the Valkyries. Information: (727) 892-3337 or 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

Florida Orchestra does the Doors at Mahaffey Theater 05/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:28pm]
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