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Baljinder Sekhon plays the piano.
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Earlier this year, the Florida Orchestra debuted a piece written by a University of South Florida music compositition professor. 

You can hear Baljinder Sekhon’'s "Stars" Thursday night at 7 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 as part of its Evening Masterwork series. 

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A University of South Florida music composition professor's latest work is getting a high-profile debut this week at the hands of the Florida Orchestra

Baljinder Sekhon’s “Stars” will open a trio of Masterworks Series concerts that also feature Holst’s “The Planets” and Debussy’s “Nocturnes.”

Michael Francis

Perhaps you sing in the shower or in your car. This February, the Florida Orchestra is hoping everyone in the Tampa Bay region will be part of singing together in early February.

It's called "Sing Out Tampa Bay." Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis came up with the idea a few years ago. Not really a singer himself, he said there have been studies to show singing together is beneficial.

Matt Dine

Music Director Michael Francis will remain at the helm of the Florida Orchestra, as he recently signed a contract extension that runs until 2024.   

But he was recently named principal conductor of the German Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, which is based near Frankfurt, Germany. 

Benjamin Ealovega

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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Florida Matters recently moderated a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs called "Arts Mecca: International Cultural Tourism in the Sunshine City." We talked with experts about how to draw culture-lovers from around the world to the Tampa Bay area.

This week on Florida Matters we'll hear highlights from that conversation.


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Florida Matters recently hosted a panel discussion in front of a live audience at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs. We talked with experts about how the Tampa Bay Area is becoming a cultural mecca for international tourists.

We’ll hear highlights from that conversation on this week’s episode.


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Five world premieres will mark The Florida Orchestra's five decades of music-making in the Tampa Bay community. 


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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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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.

AJ Mast

This Saturday, (January 30th), Michael Feinstein will perform with The Florida Orchestra lead by new Music Director Michael Francis at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. It is the orchestra's Gala fundraising event.

Tim Redman

The Florida Orchestra has begun its 48th season, and the orchestra has a new music director. 

Tim Redman

This weekend, Michael Francis will take the stage with The Florida Orchestra as its new Music Director. For the concerts to open the Masterworks season, Francis chose Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, which will feature Valentina Lisitsa.

Francis said his idea was to present "two true epics," adding that they represent "very much the start of an American journey."

MarcoBorggreve

This weekend, concert goers can get better acquainted with the new Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis. This will be the first time he'll conduct the orchestra since he was named its music director this past June.

Marco Borggrave

The Florida Orchestra has named Michael Francis its new Music Director. He's 37-years-old, English and a double bass player.