Fri, Dec 2, 8 pm
Straz Center

Sat, Dec 3, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, Dec 4, 2 pm
Mahaffey Theater


Michael Francis conducts one of the most anticipated moments of the season: the world premiere of Michael Ippolito’s Violin Concerto, written specifically for TFO Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer. The concerto continues TFO’s commitment to music as a living art form and its close collaboration with Ippolito, a much sought-after composer who was inspired by The Florida Orchestra as he grew up in Tampa. In Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, he turns his battle with fate into a powerful journey that ends with a volley of musical fireworks at breakneck speed. The concert begins with the hauntingly beautiful Elegy by Grace Williams, Wales’ most notable female composer.

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Michael Francis dirige uno de los momentos más esperados de la temporada: el estreno mundial del Concierto para violín de Michael Ippolito, escrito específicamente para el concertino de TFO Jeffrey Multer. El concierto continúa el compromiso de TFO con la música como una forma de arte viva y la estrecha colaboración con Ippolito, un compositor muy popular quien fue inspirado por The Florida Orchestra en sus tiempos creciendo en Tampa. En la Sinfonía Numero 4 de Tchaikovsky, convierte su batalla contra el destino en un poderoso viaje que termina con una andanada de fuegos artificiales musicales a una velocidad vertiginosa. El concierto comienza con la hermosa Elegy de Grace Williams, la compositora más notable de Gales.

Grace Williams
Elegy [1936] ♫

Michael Ippolito
(b. 1985)
Violin Concerto
[2022] world premiere

– Intermission –

Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op.36
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Andantino in modo di canzona
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

♫ Music represented by Oriana Publications, Ltd.

The Making of a World-Premiere Violin Concerto

“No one ever wrote anything like this before. It’s really spectacular,” says Florida Orchestra Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer about the Violin Concerto by award-winning composer and Tampa native Michael Ippolito. Drop in for a unique conversation with composer and soloist, including performance excerpts, to learn more about the concerto that was composed for Multer and showcases Florida talent at its best. 

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.

On the Blog

Will the finished work sound like he imagined? Brandon High graduate and now award-winning composer Michael Ippolito delves into the year-long process of writing his full-length Violin Concerto for The Florida Orchestra and Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer, debuting Dec. 2-4. Click here to read more on the TFO Blog.

Pre-Concert Conversations

Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. 

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Fri, Dec 2, 8 pm
Straz Center

Sat, Dec 3, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, Dec 4, 2 pm
Mahaffey Theater

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