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Stage planner: Orchestra takes on 'Firebird Suite'; kid-friendly 'The Lightning Thief'

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: FIREBIRD SUITE

Anyone who has attended a concert by the Florida Orchestra over the last decade has almost certainly noticed the tall, slim violinist who sits closest to the stage. He's the one who stands just before the first piece and plays an A note to tune the orchestra.

This weekend, concertmaster Jeffrey Multer, right, will take on an additional role: soloist. Multer will lead the orchestra in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, also known as the Strassburg. An accomplished violinist, Multer founded the Palladium Chamber Players and is also the artistic director of chamber music at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina.

Guest conductor Fawzi Haimor, whose repertoire includes the late romantic Germanic works and 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, makes his debut with the orchestra in the concert. The orchestra will also perform Claude Debussy's beloved Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Stravinsky composed the piece on a commission by ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, whose ballet The Firebird launched the composer's career.

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

BASEBALL BENEFIT: ANDY HENDRICKSON

Andy Hendrickson started his debut on Late Night With David Letterman with talk about running a half-marathon, an unusual move when most comedians try to disarm crowds with self-deprecation. He soon segued to his brother's four marathons and his brother's status as a former Navy SEAL with a Harvard MBA.

"I've been in my brother's shadow my whole life," Hendrickson said, an explanation for his pallid skin tone.

This weekend, Hendrickson hosts a fundraiser at Side Splitters Comedy Club for the Wiregrass Ranch High School baseball team. The event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

KID FRIENDLY: THE LIGHTNING THIEF

Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, this lighthearted play follows Percy Jackson battling mythological monsters as well as a more earthly one, namely being on the verge of getting kicked out of boarding school. The show — which includes angry gods hurling lightning bolts — starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $12.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

CULTURE CLASH: DISGRACED

Two shows at the Asolo Repertory Theatre are winding to a close. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the 1967 movie about racial inclusiveness put to the test, has found new life in recent years with a stage version. The show runs through Sunday. Tickets are $25-$77. Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, which won a Pulitzer for best play, uncovers stark conflicts within Amir Kapoor, a native of Pakistan who has embraced his new life as a high-priced lawyer. Issues of family, culture and religious beliefs come to a head. Disgraced runs through April 24 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $17-$47. (941) 351-8000. asolorep.org.

STAGEWORKS: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Stageworks Theatre is offering some light entertainment in a benefit that won't bust your budget. The Impromptu Players perform You Can't Take It With You, the Pulitzer-winning comedy in a reading at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $35. (813) 374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org.

Stage planner: Orchestra takes on 'Firebird Suite'; kid-friendly 'The Lightning Thief' 04/13/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:05am]
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