The Florida Orchestra’s highly anticipated return to the stage happens in just a few weeks, when their season kicks off Oct. 31 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, conducted by music director Michael Francis.
Tickets are now on sale for concerts during phase one of this season, which runs through Dec. 20. This includes Masterworks concerts, the new Soundwaves series, the Holiday Pops series and Coffee Concerts.
With health and safety as the foremost concern, the season has been reimagined to offer more concerts, in some cases five per weekend, with smaller ensembles of musicians performing shorter concerts to limited audiences. All concerts are happening at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
For safety, each performance has very limited capacity. Tickets for all phase one concerts will be available at floridaorchestra.org or by phone at 727-892-3337 or 800-662-7286. The ticket center is not open for in-person transactions. Single tickets for Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops and the Classical Christmas special concert are $23, $38 and $53. Single tickets for morning Coffee Concerts are $29, $34, $39 and $47. Compose Your Own subscribers can mix and match three concerts at $33 each. Fees are already included in all ticket prices.
The Florida Orchestra and the Mahaffey Theater have worked together to implement safety measures in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. They include face mask requirements, spaced seating in the Mahaffey Theater at 25 percent capacity and enhanced cleaning protocols.
To accommodate those who don’t feel comfortable attending a live concert, some performances will also be livestreamed for free at floridaorchestra.org.
Phase two of the orchestra’s season will begin in January. The season’s concerts will be announced in November.
Here is the full listing of phase one concerts:
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (free livestream available at floridaorchestra.org)
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Legends From the Americas
Nov. 7-8: Ragtime Kings (free livestream available)
Nov. 14-15: Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 (free livestream available)
Nov. 14-15: Brass With a Beat
Dec. 5-6: Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi for Strings
Dec. 5-6: American Heroes
Dec. 11-13: Holiday Pops
Dec. 16-17, 20: Classical Christmas (free livestream available)