Florida Orchestra teams up with Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted on: October 21, 2011


In Thursday’s (10/20) St. Petersburg Times (Florida), John Fleming writes, “The musicians of the Florida Orchestra had somebody new on stage with them Wednesday morning: Dave Andreychuk, the former star wing with the Tampa Bay Lightning. … The theme of the concert was teamwork. ‘It didn’t just take me,’ said Andreychuk, referring to a video of a Lightning goal being scored on the jumbo video screens above the rink. ‘It took the whole team.’ Teamwork is also important in the orchestra, he said, and introduced the principal oboist, Katherine Young, playing a solo from Wagner’s opera Lohengrin. ‘Katy is playing the musical translation of me scoring a goal.’ Then the whole orchestra joined in on the piece. … One of the biggest rises from the crowd had come earlier, when Be the Thunder, the Lightning’s new theme song recorded by the orchestra, played on the video screens. Orchestra officials said about 4,500 students turned out for the concert, most of them from Hillsborough County elementary schools. … ‘We’re hoping we’ll be able to do this again next year,’ said Angela Cassette, operations director of the orchestra. ‘I think we could fill this place.’ ” For SymphonyNOW’s coverage of the Florida Orchestra’s collaboration with the hockey team, as well as other orchestras’ work with sports teams, click here.

Posted October 21, 2011