Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
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
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.
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.