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Violinist James Ehnes made his reputation recording music like the Ravel Berceuse and other classical works, like Mozart's violin concertos.

But this weekend with the Florida Orchestra, he will play a work by James Newton Howard, who is best known for composing for the movies, like the Hunger Games franchise.

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As part of our ongoing Art Populi series on live, local music in the Tampa Bay Area, we're taking a look at a new group that's trying to expand the way people think of classical music. Called Terroir New Music, the group pairs live performances with craft beer. Their first concert is Thursday, May 4 at the bar c. 1949 in Tampa.

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The Florida Orchestra's 2016-17 season wraps up May 19-21 with a trio of concerts featuring works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sclafani.

Now the first two names might even be familiar to people who don't know anything about classical music. But the third isn't that well known - at least not yet.

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To borrow from the old adage about getting to Carnegie Hall, it takes a lot of practice to be a great classical musician.

But to become a great conductor, there’s not too much a would-be maestro can do, according to University of South Florida masters student Brent Douglas.

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If there ever was a "typical opera singer," Ashley Thunder Lowe is not it. She grew up thinking that you get an education, then work hard at a job from 9-to-5.

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Saturday's gala concert in St. Petersburg featuring Michael Feinstein wraps up a busy week for The Florida Orchestra, which is spending a few days on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida.

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Violinist Joshua Bell is going to be playing one of his favorite violin sonatas Tuesday March 24th in Clearwater with pianist Sam Haywood at the Capitol Theatre .   

The first Sonata in G, Opus 78, by Johannes Brahms really has a place in his heart. "It's the most lyrical piece I know. It doesn't have an ending that brings the house down, but every time I play it or hear it, I almost have tears just about to come out of my eyes, because it's just so beautiful and there's nothing like it," Bell said.

But don't go looking for him to cry at his own concert. He said he's more apt to become emotional when listening, rather than playing the music.

Bell's three sons are also playing music now. His five-year-old twins and seven-year-old play the cello, piano and violin. Bell said there is some talent there, and "it's fun to see." But he believes every child should study music, regardless of whether they make a career of it. "It should be in the schools," he said, not as an after-school elective.

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You can join Classical WSMR and the Sarasota Music Festival for a night at the opera (house) Friday - and you don't even have to leave your own home, as you can hear the performance live on the radio.

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As the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, continue into their third week, so does the music of the games on Classical WSMR.

WSMR has been bringing you musical impressions of the games, as well as the host and participating countries.  That will continue through the conclusion of competition this Friday.

WSMR will have a different “theme” highlighting some of the events or countries that are participating in the Winter Games.

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You're probably not going to make it over to Sochi to see the Winter Olympics in person...but you can enjoy the music of the games on Classical WSMR.

Each day WSMR will have musical impressions of the games, as well as the host and participating countries.  You’ll hear famous musical postcards along with some of the great classical music used in the figure skating competition. 

Starting today and each weekday during the Olympics, WSMR will have a different “theme” highlighting some of the events or countries that are participating in the Winter Games. There will also be updates on the latest medal winners at various times during the day (don't worry, you'll be warned in advance so your prime time viewing isn't disturbed!).