Monday, November 19, 2018


Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham is the performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times, covering the growing local venues for theater, orchestra, opera and dance. Andrew previously served as the Epilogue obituaries writer for the Times. He grew up in St. Petersburg, graduated from Eckerd College and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

After completing the first-ever artist-in-residence position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Esther Yoo rehearses for the Florida Orchestra performance at the Straz Center on November 15, 2018 in Tampa.

Violinist Esther Yoo dazzles with Florida Orchestra in Mendelssohn concerto

British influences dominated the Florida Orchestra concert, 'A London Symphony.' A German composer's signature work stole the show.
Published: 11/17/18
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People line up for Hamilton tickets as they go on sale at the Straz Center in Tampa Friday morning (11/15/18). The show runs Feb. 12-March 10.

‘Hamilton’ ticket sales brought early morning frenzy to the Straz

Customers huddled in the dark before 5 a.m. By 8:30, the number had swelled to 675.
Published: 11/16/18
After completing the first-ever artist-in-residence position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Esther Yoo rehearses for the Florida Orchestra performance at the Straz Center on November 15, 2018 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times

At 24, violinist Esther Yoo is already making a mark in the music world

She performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London on Wednesday. She solos with the Florida Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Published: 11/16/18
Angelo Poffo, retired pro wrestler and father to Randy

Pro wrestler's legacy expanded through his sons, Randy 'Macho Man' Savage and Leapin' Lanny Poffo

This story was first published on March 12, 2010.Dr. Jerry Graham lit his cigars with $100 bills. Gorgeous George died broke. Ric Flair blew big paychecks for 15 straight years.
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Florida Orchestra
Esther Yoo will play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto Nov. 16-18-, 2018, part of the Florida Orchestra’s concert, Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2. (Courtesy of the Florida Orchestra)

What’s on stage this week: Florida Orchestra brings in a rising star, Il Divo returns, new plays open

Esther Yoo plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ comes to the Mahaffey.
Published: 11/14/18
James and Bettie Wise relax in the Sapphire Room, a cocktail lounge of the DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, Ga., on Jan. 13, 1947. (Family photo)

A couple together, as always

This story was first published on April 17, 2010.CLEARWATER Jimmy Wise, a retired railroad engineer, was out of bed at the first suggestion of sunlight. He threw on an old pair of shorts and hit the beach right outside his condo.
Published: 11/12/18
Joshua Goff (left) plays Lincoln and Willie Hannah is Booth in Topdog/Underdog, a Pulitzer-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks. The show, the first by the new theater company Fluid Expressions, runs Nov. 9-17, 2018, at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus. (Photo by Aaron Loughner)

Fluid Expressions, a new Tampa theater, debuts with Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog

The Pulitzer-winning play zeroes in on brothers named Lincoln and Booth. And a theater created by and for minorities gets off to a strong start.
Published: 11/12/18
The 95-year-old former chauffeur to Nelson Rockefeller and numerous movie stars died Sunday. His closet full of hats and shoes give an indication of Mr. Solomon's flashy style. The suits came from Gov. Rockefeller's tailor. He wore them with pride ever since, even to step outside. (Family photo)

Harold Solomon, former chauffeur to the stars and a bedrock greeter of Lakeview Presbyterian Church, dies at 95

This story was originally published on July 29, 2009.ST. PETERSBURG Every Sunday for the last 25 years, the most reliable greeter at Lakeview Presbyterian Church handed church bulletins to people dressed far more casually than he,...
Published: 11/11/18

Hamilton tickets go on sale in Tampa this week. Here's what you need to know.

Friday, to be exact.
Published: 11/09/18
Updated: 11/13/18

Florida Orchestra, Holocaust Museum collaborate in a stirring A Child of Our Time

TAMPA Eighty years ago this weekend, Nazi rioters unleashed a wave of antisemitic violence and rage. Whipped up by the propaganda minister and aided by the Gestapo, they killed scores of citizens, burned hundreds of synagogues, and vandalized or...
Published: 11/09/18
Updated: 11/10/18