Sat, Nov 5, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, Nov 6, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall


Celebrate the power of women. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade shimmers with intrigue as the clever sultana saves her own life through storytelling. Romanian British pianist Alexandra Dariescu – a champion of female composers – performs Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, which she finished by age 16 at a time when women simply did not compose. Rounding out the program is Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, a thrilling adventure into the dark side of power. All led by guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a multiple Grammy winner and a pioneer for women in conducting.

Béla Bartók
The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Op. 19 ♫

Clara Wieck Schumann
Edited Kile Smith
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 7 ♪
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanze: Andante non troppo, con grazia
III. Finale: Allegro non troppo

Alexandra Dariescu plays the Steinway Piano from the Music Gallery, exclusive agents for Steinway & Sons.

– Intermission –

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade, Op. 35
1. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
2. The Tale of Prince Kalendar
3. The Young Prince and the Princess
4. The Festival at Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes to Pieces on a Rock

♫ Music represented by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
♪ Music represented by Theodore Presser, Co. for Hildegard Music Publishing

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Click here to read online.

Printable Program Notes

Click here for a printable version of the repertoire and program notes.

Interview with JoAnn Falleta

Legendary conductor JoAnn Falletta and TFO Assistant Conductor Chelsea Gallo sit down together to tell the inspiring stories of strong women.

On the Blog

“Rediscovering and sharing incredible music composed by women … is vital for creating a fairer world.” –Pianist Alexandra Dariescu

Read more from our inspiring guest artist for Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, today on the TFO Blog. Click here to read the blog.

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Pre-Concert Conversations

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Saturday evening’s concert is sponsored by the William Cook Ballard Family
in memory of Marion Upham Ballard, wife, mother, bookseller, and devoted patron of the Florida Orchestra.

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Sat, Nov 5, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, Nov 6, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall

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