On the precipice of its 55th season, The Florida Orchestra has added more concerts, bringing more than 100 total to Tampa Bay audiences. In celebration of the anniversary, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman will perform at a benefit concert Oct. 1 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The lineup includes movie favorites like “Theme From Schindler’s List” while maestro Michael Francis conducts.
This season now also includes the Amadeus Live film concert, Led Zeppelin and Beethoven X Coldplay rock concerts, Halloween and Christmas concerts and Soundwaves Chamber concerts.
Concerts from the expanded lineup will be performed at the Mahaffey Theater, the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Theatre and the Palladium Theater.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 15, along with single tickets for the 2022-23 season. Ticket prices vary. They will be available by calling 727-892-3337, at The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, and at floridaorchestra.org.
Here is the lineup:
Amadeus Live (Sept. 17): A screening of the 1984 film “Amadeus” while the orchestra and a chorus play Mozart’s celebrated works.
55th Celebration featuring Itzhak Perlman (Oct. 1): The benefit concert supports The Florida Orchestra’s music and education programs.
Haunted Halls Family Concert (Oct. 30): Dress in costume and enjoy selections including John Williams’ music from “Jaws” and “Superman.” Chelsea Gallo conducts.
Classical Christmas Concerts (Dec. 17-18): Michael Francis leads the orchestra through Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s “Carol Symphony,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and an audience sing-along. Featuring The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.
Music of Led Zeppelin (Nov. 18): Features hits “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” “All of My Love” and “Stairway to Heaven” and vocalist Randy Jackson and an electric violinist.
Beethoven x Coldplay (May 25, 2023): Melds the music of Beethoven’s “Eroica Symphony” with the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay. Creator Steve Hackman conducts.
Soundwaves Chamber Series
- Pictures at an Exhibition Revisited (Feb. 10-11, 2023): A new version of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” arranged by Julian Yu.
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice & More (March 11, 2023): Program includes Dukas’ whimsical “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Saint‐Saens’ Danse Macabre.
- Bruckner’s Seventh (April 22-23, 2023): Anton Bruckner’s most popular symphony guided by music director Michael Francis.