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Itzhak Perlman among additions to Straz schedule

Itzhak Perlman will give a violin recital. The Scottish Ballet will perform A Streetcar Named Desire. Garrison Keillor will speak.

These were a few highlights as the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts filled in the blanks of the 2013-14 season with release of its full schedule Thursday. Previously announced were the Broadway, Opera Tampa, Jobsite Theater and Club Jaeb series.

Perlman, a regular through the years at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, will play 2,500-seat Morsani Hall Feb. 1. The Straz has not had good attendance for classical soloists in recent seasons. This past February, violinist Hilary Hahn drew a sparse crowd for her recital. Other musical events include YouTube sensation The Piano Guys (Nov. 8), Iraqi-Israeli oud player Yair Dalal (April 3), fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (April 15) and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan (May 4).

The Straz is one of just three U.S. venues to present the Scottish ballet adapted from the Tennessee Williams classic Oct. 13. Next Generation Ballet's Nutcracker returns Dec. 7-8. Indian dancer Aparna Ramaswamy performs Sannidi (Sacred Space) April 30.

Along with Prairie Home Companion's Keillor (Jan. 12), the speaker series has celebrity chef Alton Brown, whose Edible Inevitable Tour (March 1) features cooking, music, comedy and audience participation. The National Geographic Live! series begins Oct. 8 with Diving Pristine Seas and marine ecologist Enric Sala.

Additions to the theater lineup include the Improvised Shakespeare Company (Oct. 25), Seth Rudetsky's My Big Fat Broadway Show (Nov. 9-10) and Cadence: Home (Nov. 10), about veterans returned from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Straz and Jobsite are coproducing the rock musical Return to the Forbidden Planet June 10-July 6.

In the Wee Folk series (ages 2-4), there are shows by Shana Banana and Katie Adams. The Kid Time series (ages 3-8) opens with Freckleface Strawberry the Musical (Oct. 26).

Single tickets for most performances go on sale Sept. 3. Season tickets for Broadway, Opera Tampa, Jobsite Theater, Club Jaeb and National Geographic Live! are now available. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; strazcenter.org.

John Fleming can be reached at fleming@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8716.

Itzhak Perlman among additions to Straz schedule 05/30/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 5:46pm]
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