For Simone Lamsma, the challenge of performing Beethoven’s “perfect” Violin Concerto is creating “a true sense of living in the moment.” An interview today on the TFO Blog.
About Kurt Loft
Freelance writer Kurt Loft's vast knowledge of The Florida Orchestra and classical music comes from his 27 years as a critic at the Tampa Tribune, from 1981 to 2008. He continues to attend Florida Orchestra concerts and write for various media.
Entries by Kurt Loft
If you only think of the saxophone as part of a jazz band, think again. The Rascher Saxophone Quartet takes the instrument into the classical realm with a Philip Glass concerto and full orchestra.
How fast 250 years goes by, and today everybody’s going nuts over the anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. If you haven’t […]
When Michael Francis, The Florida Orchestra and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay team up for their production of Handel’s […]
Principal Clarinet Natalie Hoe will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto on a Masterworks concert for the first time this weekend. No pressure! Find out her secret to the sublime work as well as her nerves, today on the TFO Blog.
Today, nearly 30 years later, Hubble continues to inspire, and not just scientists – but artists, writers and musicians. Eric Whitacre is one of them. The Grammy-winning composer is a certified space nerd and delighted in creating a score to accompany a visual mosaic of Hubble images from far, far away.
This week is a rare performance of the Mahler version of Beethoven’s Eroica. What the heck does that mean? And why would anyone mess with a masterpiece? Kurt Loft explains today on the TFO blog.
It’s Opening Week! Find out more about your favorite earworm works – Bolero! Grieg’s Piano Concerto! — and how they reflect Tampa Bay’s culture, today on the TFO Blog.
World-class pianist Anne-Marie McDermott talks about what goes through her mind – or not – as she performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 this weekend with TFO, including a bonus Inside the Music concert.
“Classical rock star” Joshua Roman performs the Bates Cello Concerto, written just for him. What’s it like to work with a composer who’s alive? Today on the blog.