GET INTIMATE: CHAMBER MUSIC
The Palladium Chamber Players, a quartet that sometimes invites other musicians to perform with them, launches its third season Wednesday. The group was formed in 2013 by violinist Jeffrey Multer, the concertmaster for the Florida Orchestra.
The quartet focuses on the classics — Brahms, Schubert, Dvorak, Mozart, Beethoven and the like — though sometimes with newer, shorter pieces mixed in.
Before joining the orchestra as concertmaster for the 2005-06 season, Multer, 49, had spent most of his career playing in string quartets. It's not the format itself that draws him so much as its quality.
"For example, Schubert's last string quartet was some of the greatest music he ever wrote," Multer said.
He started the Palladium Chamber Players by recruiting two members of his former group in New York, Elements String Quartet, Danielle Farina on viola and Edward Arron on cello. The group added pianist Jeewon Park, who is married to Arron, and has remained intact since.
The first of the Palladium Chamber Players concert series starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $38. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.
BABY STEPS: DANCE SCENE IN ST. PETE?
Sarasota and Tampa have professional dance companies. So, why not St. Petersburg?
That is the inspiration for a special dance performance Saturday. BEACON: A Performance Series for St. Pete consists of four original dance pieces, each with its own choreographer.
"Everyone has a national or international reputation," said Paula Kramer, one of the dancers. "All of the dance performers have professional experience and either live here or work here."
The event was created by Florida natives Helen Hansen French and Lauren Ree Slone and is co-sponsored by the Palladium Theater, which is hosting it.
French, a choreographer and performer, will contribute a work she calls "When in the Within," for which she received an individual artist's grant from the city of St. Petersburg's cultural affairs department.
Stone will perform a dance duet with Loren Davidson, a Florida State University teaching artist. “For Waking" explores the idea that none of us really have homes outside of our bodies.
BEACON: A Performance Series for St. Pete starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$30. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.
COMEDY GOLD: LEWIS BLACK, 'LAST COMIC STANDING'
The top four finalists and winner of Last Comic Standing may not be household names yet, but under the watchful eye of Wanda Sykes, critics raved about the quality of the talent uncovered. The Last Comic Standing tour arrives at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre. $40 at rutheckerdhall.com. Those up-and-comers can no doubt marvel at the roll Lewis Black is on these days. The voice of Anger in Pixar's Inside Out takes the mic at 8 p.m. Saturday at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. $28.75-$58.75. (727) 791-7400, rutheckerdhall.com.
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RISING SUPERNOVA: TIANWA YANG
This weekend, visiting solo violinist Tianwa Yang will lead the Florida Orchestra in the popular Brahms' Violin Concerto, and it's something you might want to check out.
Yang entered the Central Conservatory of Music in her native Beijing. At 13, she recorded 24 Paganini Caprices as the youngest artist to do so. Still a couple of years shy of 30, Yang has widely been heralded as one of the best new violinists.
Concerts are 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.
SIMPLE AND CLEAR: THE GLASS MENAGERIE
A Simple Theatre, the professional reader's theater company based at Eckerd College, has come up with an interesting location for staging Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie: the gallery of glass artist Duncan McClellan.
Siblings Tom and Laura, their overbearing mother Amanda and the mysterious gentleman caller will work out their eloquent angst surrounded by glass sculptures. Advantages of A Simple Theatre's readers-only model include cost and portability, director Gavin Hawk said.
"You don't have to go out and spend a lot of money on a ticket or have a fancy meal," Hawk said.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 864-7811, asimpletheatre.org.