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Singer Seal to headline February's Florida Orchestra gala

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra has landed Seal, a four-time Grammy winner, to headline its fundraising gala at the Mahaffey Theater Feb. 9.

The London-born star, who has sold more than 30 million albums on the strength of his versatile, smooth vocals, has been performing with orchestras to sold-out crowds, with selections from his new jazz album, Standards. The orchestra, led by music director Michael Francis, will play music arranged by Seal, who also played with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony.

The booking announced Thursday marks the second year in a row the orchestra has landed a major popular star. British pop artist Sting thrilled longtime fans in January, with tickets selling out within hours. Tickets for the gala with Seal go on sale to orchestra subscribers Nov. 5 and to the general public Nov. 12.

"The show has gotten rave reviews, it sounds fantastic and we're always excited to put together orchestra shows with A-list pop stars," said Ed Parsons, the orchestra's general manager.

The singer, born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, broke onto the scene in 1991 with hit singles like the romantic and soulful Crazy, and struck again in 1995 with Kiss From a Rose. In Standards, he pays tribute to the Big Band era with songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Tunes have included Luck Be a Lady, The Way You Look Tonight, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me and They Can't Take That Away From Me.

Tickets range from $75 to $250 and do not include a VIP reception or dinner. (727) 892-3337.

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