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Catch a little culture that goes pop

In the doghouse with a paramour? Note this cost-free opportunity for brownie points.

The Florida Orchestra will present Pops in the Park, the second concert in a six-part series, tonight at Grace Episcopal Church.

The series, sponsored by the city of Tampa, has been designed by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio as a push to showcase the cultural assets of Tampa and open up new artistic endeavors to city neighborhoods.

"We must expand Tampa's arts and cultural experiences," Iorio said. "Through this series of orchestra concerts, citizens gain greater exposure to the arts in their neighborhoods."

The concerts are also part of the orchestra's outreach and education activities for the current season.

Tonight's concert will feature salutes to Duke Ellington and pop music of the 1970s and a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. City Council member Shawn Harrison will introduce the concert.

Future Pops in the Park concerts will be hosted in south, east and west parts of Tampa, as well as Lowry Park, but dates have yet to be announced.

The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. at 15102 Amberly Drive. Admission is free. Call 286-2403.

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