On stage this weekend: Trumpeter Haken Hardenberger, Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Published February 14
Updated February 14

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: ROMEO AND JULIET

The Florida Orchestra has lined up a romantic evening. This weekend’s concert, Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, pays tribute to Tchaikovsky and Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein’s prelude, Fugues and Riffs, features the orchestra’s new principal clarinetist Natalie Hoe.

A rare treat comes with trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger, above, playing the jazzy Aerial, which H.K. Gruber composed for him.

"This is going to be an incredible concert," music director Michael Francis told the Tampa Bay Times in September. "(Hardenberger) has been described as the greatest trumpeter on the planet, and he really is. .?.?. He plays in all the great orchestras. He is the doyenne of trumpeters."

Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY: PREMIUM BLEND

A centerpiece in the Tampa Bay Symphony’swinter concert series got its first airing at a clarinet conference in July. But Premium Blend, the informal title for Mark Sforzini’s Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon, has really been incubating much longer. The title arose from the jocular nickname Sforzini, a former bassoonist with the Florida Orchestra, and clarinetist Brian Moorhead bestowed on their 15-year partnership in adjacent chairs. Before Moorhead retired last year after 41 years as principal clarinetist, he and Belinda Dumont commissioned Sforzini to write a piece around both instruments.

The old buddies will play the piece as part of the winter concert series of the Tampa Bay Symphony, which Sforzini also conducts. The concert includes Tchaikovsky’s "Little Russian" Symphony No. 2 and an arrangement of America the Beautiful. 8 p.?m. Tuesday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.

BOWIE BALLET: COMPLEXIONS

Star Dust, the David Bowie tribute by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, has been getting a lot of love lately. The company comes to town on the heels of sold-out performances of From Bach to Bowie in what might be their most complete program yet.

Founded in 1994 by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance and has performed in major European dance festivals. 8 p.m. today at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

POSTPONED: SNL VET: COLIN QUINN

Comic Colin Quinn has postponed his concert on Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, but at least he has a valid reason: He suffered a heart attack on Valentine's Day. No date has been announced for the new show, but previously purchased tickets will be honored at that time.  Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $22.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

VIBRANT MIX: SERAFIN STRING QUARTET

The Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet got its name from Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 made the violin played by founding member Kate Ransom. The quartet will play Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 74, "The Horseman"; William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama; and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Opus 44, No. 2. 7:30 p.m. today at the University of South Florida School of Music, 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. $15, $10 students, seniors and military. (813) 974-2323.
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HELD OVER: A RAISIN IN THE SUN

A Raisin in the Sun has been extended a week and now runs through Feb. 25 at American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. For show times, go to americanstage.org.

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