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Top picks include Florida Orchestra, Andre Rieu


Jeff Tyzik leads the Florida Orchestra in one of the season's more ambitious pops productions, "A Night at the Cotton Club," featuring Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals, tap dancer and vocalist Ted Louis Levy and jazz singer Carmen Bradford, right. Tyzik, the principal pops conductor, did the arrangements of standards from It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing to Stormy Weather to Bill Bailey. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday in Morsani Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $15-$45, with $10 tickets for students, educators, military. (727) 892-3337 or 1-800-662-7286;


The Dutch "Waltz King," Andre Rieu, has built his career on making classical music accessible — "Maestro for the Masses" and "King of Classical Crossover" are two of his monikers. As part of a 12-city tour, Rieu brings his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra to the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 8 p.m. Friday. $45-$139. (813) 301-2500;


Amy Schwartz Moretti, onetime concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra, returns to the Tampa Bay area for a pair of concerts with pianist Franz Mantini. They play sonatas by Mozart and Brahms, as well as works by Amy Beach (Romance, Op. 23) and Laura Netzel at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. $14-$20. (813) 269-1310; Moretti and Mantini perform the same program at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs. Donations welcome. (727) 937-4682;

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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