The Florida Orchestra holds Masterworks Series

The Florida Orchestra’s music director Michael Francis (above) will open the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series season on the weekend of September 27-28. Musical selections include Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture. The Masterworks season will open on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Straz Center in Tampa, followed by the season premiere at the Orchestra’s home base The Mahaffey Theater on Saturday, Sept. 28. Both concerts will begin at 8 p.m. Then, on Sunday, Sept. 29, TFO’s Masterworks will conclude its season opener at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The Orchestra is recognized as Tampa Bay’s leading performing arts institution, the largest professional symphony orchestra in Florida, and one of the most vibrant and innovative orchestras in America. Through extraordinary musical performances, the orchestra inspires the people of Tampa Bay and serves as a leader and beacon for the musical arts throughout the state. Regardless of where performances occur, they are committed to serving the entire Tampa Bay area.

Each year, The Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the tri-city area of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. In addition to the Masterworks series, The Florida Orchestra schedules a wide variety of concerts including Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees, rock concerts, free Pops in the Park concerts, and educational youth concerts.

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