The Florida Orchestra has announced a package of three family friendly Saturday matinee concerts to sneak in some culture as you entertain the kiddos.
The kid-approved shows include Cirque de la Symphonie (Oct. 26), Holiday Pops (Dec. 14) and rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes (April 19). All three will take place at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
The three-concert package price for this series is $75 per person.
"The orchestra hopes this will appeal to families who want to introduce their children or grandchildren to the concert hall experience with live symphonic music," an orchestra news release said.
Series tickets are available online at ComposeYourOwn.com, by phone at (727) 892-3337 or 1 (800) 662-7286, and at the Florida Orchestra ticket center in the St. Petersburg College Building at 244 Second Ave. N in downtown St. Petersburg. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cirque de la Symphonie, which runs Oct. 25-27 combines the orchestra with cirque artists, including aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists and strongmen. The orchestra will accompany the performers in a broad selection of works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Rossini and others, along with music from John Williams' film scores to Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone and Hook.
Holiday Pops, which runs Dec. 13-15, features the 150 voices of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and includes everything from Deck the Hallsto songs from the Home Alone movie and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rag.
Returning for two shows on April 19, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes is a must for video game fans. With a backdrop of dazzling lighting, big-screen game images and the Florida Orchestra, the symphonic scores will showcase the "heroic themes" from Final Fantasy, Portal, Journey, The Legend of Zelda and many other popular video games.