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3 top picks on the Tampa Bay arts scene for April

New exhibitions, concerts and performances.
Richard Avedon's portrait, "Marian Anderson (Contralto, New York, June 30, 1955)," is on display in "From Margins to Mainstays: Highlights From the Photography Collection" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
Richard Avedon's portrait, "Marian Anderson (Contralto, New York, June 30, 1955)," is on display in "From Margins to Mainstays: Highlights From the Photography Collection" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts ]
Published Apr. 1
Updated Apr. 2

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Mosaic pavement from the House of the Drinking Contest, c. AD 200-300, has been restored and is on display in "Antioch Reclaimed: Ancient Mosaics at the MFA" at the Museum of Arts, St. Petersburg.
Mosaic pavement from the House of the Drinking Contest, c. AD 200-300, has been restored and is on display in "Antioch Reclaimed: Ancient Mosaics at the MFA" at the Museum of Arts, St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts ]

Spring brings new exhibitions to the museum. Opening April 10, “Antioch Reclaimed: Ancient Mosaics at the MFA” features five restored mosaics from the second to fifth centuries from the museum’s collection. The exhibition includes details about the 1930s excavation where they were first discovered, with a loan of major artworks from Princeton University Art Museum. It also includes two mosaics that were mysteriously buried in the museum’s lawn and excavated in 2018. It remains on display through Aug. 22.

Opening April 24, “From Margins to Mainstays: Highlights From the Photography Collection” showcases works by artists whose careers were impacted by their gender, race, nationality or sexuality. It will be on view through Sept. 26.

$10-$20, free for children 6 and younger and members. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, noon-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-896-2667. mfastpete.org.

The Florida Orchestra

Members of the Florida Orchestra perform their first concert since the pandemic shut down their live performances for months at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg in October.
Members of the Florida Orchestra perform their first concert since the pandemic shut down their live performances for months at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg in October. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

April sees a variety of concerts from the Florida Orchestra. On April 10-11, concertmaster Jeffery Multer performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Michael Francis will also conduct Florence B. Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli.

On April 14-15, Stuart Malina conducts Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande during the morning Coffee Concerts.

April 17-18, the Raymond James Pops concert, Fly Me to the Moon, features trumpeter Charles Lazarus as the orchestra plays arrangements of jazz standards and big-band classics including Embraceable You and It Don’t Mean a Thing. Daniel Black conducts, with Tonia Hughes on vocals.

$18-$48. All concerts take place at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-892-3337. Performances will also be livestreamed at floridaorchestra.org.

Freefall Theatre

Julia Rifino and Emanuel Carrero star in Freefall Theatre's "Leonard Bernstein's New York."
Julia Rifino and Emanuel Carrero star in Freefall Theatre's "Leonard Bernstein's New York." [ Courtesy of Freefall Theatre ]

The St. Petersburg theater company continues its drive-in series with Leonard Bernstein’s New York, opening April 2. The concert revue performed on the outdoor stage features beloved Bernstein songs from musicals including West Side Story, On the Town and Wonderful Town. Viewers remain in their vehicles and tune in through an FM radio station. Admission ranges from $75-$99 per vehicle, with up to four occupants, or $35 for solo viewers. It runs through May 9. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.