Florida Orchestra to open season with full-orchestra program of Beethoven, Vivaldi, Ippolito premiere

Posted on: September 23, 2021

“The Florida Orchestra kicks off its 2021-22 season Sept. 24-26, returning to a full symphony after performing with a fraction of musicians last season,” writes Maggie Duffy in Monday’s (9/20) Tampa Bay Times (FL). “Concerts will also return to traditional lengths, with audiences at full capacity … at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Health and safety measures are still in place for patrons, musicians and staff and ‘continue to be top priorities,’ according to a news release…. Opening weekend comes with a bang, as music director Michael Francis conducts Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons…. The world premiere of a new work by Tampa native Michael Ippolito opens the concert. A pay-what-you-can concert, Inside Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, will take place … Thursday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg…. Maestro Francis and concertmaster Jeffrey Multer will tell the story behind Vivaldi’s work before a full performance…. The season features more than 100 performances, ranging from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to the Music of Star Wars to the rock stylings of Elton John and Billy Joel.”