Monday, October 02, 2006

Three Free Concerts!

First Concert at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa Features Music and Fireworks Display on Friday, October 13th

Tampa, Fla. (October 2, 2006) – The Florida Orchestra will perform three free Pops in the Park concerts in Tampa during the month of October. The first concert will be held on Friday, October 13, at 7 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, located at 600 North Ashley Drive. The second concert is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, at noon at Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa on the corner of Franklin Street and Kennedy Boulevard, and the third concert will be Sunday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Park, 713 Bird Street.

Conducted by Associate Conductor Susan Haig, the concerts will feature familiar classics as well as Viennese favorites and pop tunes. The evening concerts will close with Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular “1812 Overture” and the concert at Curtis Hixon Park will conclude with a fireworks display sponsored by TECO Energy.

The program for all of the concerts will include John Williams’ “The Cowboy Overture”; “Anitra’s Dance” and “The Hall of the Mountain King” from Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1”; the overture to Mozart’s “La Clamenzo di Tito”; the fourth movement of Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8”; Lecuona’s “La Malaguena”; Von Suppe’s “Light Cavalry Overture”; selections from Lehar’s “Merry Widow”; selections from Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”; and the overture to Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”

Attendees are welcome to bring picnic baskets, blankets, low-back folding chairs and coolers.

As part of the orchestra’s outreach and education activities, the orchestra’s Pops in the Park concert series is supported by Homes by Helen, the City of Tampa, The Tampa Tribune, and TECO Energy.

For additional information about these concerts, call The Florida Orchestra at (813) 286-2403 or toll free at 1-800-662-7286, or visit their website at or contact City of Tampa Creative Industries Manager Paul Wilborn at (813) 274-8016,


Anonymous said...

These are truly wonderful and enjoyable events. I hope that everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to listen to one of our nation's finest symphany orchestras. Time to enjoy our downtown waterfront!!

DreamerIdealist said...

Have you noticed that no-one posts anything at these very informative, good and positive entries? That's how bitter, negative and jaded this community really is. This is the real reason that Tampa is such a wonderful place to live and no-one seems to want to pay any attention.

StarvedforMusic said...

I love the Stars and Stripes Forever. And I also love the 1812 Overture. I never get tired of hearing them. I just wish that the orchestra would do a "serious" outdoor concert now and then. We are not all cultural fluffs who can't appreciate more sophisticated music. Some of us just can't afford to go to the orchestra. The outdoor programs allow us to enjoy something that we normally would not be able to enjoy.

Broadstbroad said...

The readers and contributers to this blog might be interested to know that 9 current members of the Florida Orchestra live in Seminole Heights.

I might add that it is a serious mission of the organization to reach as many music lovers as possible at as many venues as possible. That's why the free outdoor concerts cover such a wide range of different types of music. It's a great event when there's something for everyone, even when your audience numbers well into the thousands!

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