Tampa Bay Symphony to Perform An American in Paris
Toot, toot, toot, beep, beep, beep, honk, honk, honk ! How did all of those noisy Paris taxi cabs end up in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater? They were brought over here by none other than George Gershwin.
Jack Heller, Music Director of the Tampa Bay Symphony will be conducting the 90+ volunteer musicians of the Tampa Bay Symphony when they perform George Gershwin’s 1928 classic An American in Paris in Tampa on Sunday afternoon, February 22 at 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Monday evening February 23rd in St. Petersburg at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater and Tuesday evening February 24th at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
The audience will also receive a very special treat from guest artist Corinne Puchalla who will be the featured soloist in von Weber’s Andante & Hungarian Rondo for Solo Bassoon. Currently she is Principal Bassoonist with the Tampa Bay Symphony and works as the Personnel Manager of the Florida Orchestra.
Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances, based on traditional Norwegian themes, and Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del Grazioso will round out the program. As is the custom of the Tampa Bay Symphony, each concert will open with The Star Spangled Banner and close with America the Beautiful.
Thanks to the generosity of contributors, tickets are still a very affordable $20 and are available at the box offices the days of the performances. The Tampa Bay Symphony is offering a total of 500 free admission vouchers to public, private and home schooled students. These may be obtained by calling (727) 867-6505 no later than February 16th with your request. Music lovers will be delighted that the orchestra’s latest hot selling album, Spirit America, along with their other albums, will be on sale at all performances.
Questions, call Hank Marois at (727) 867-6505.
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