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Can a performer get in the way of a composer?

Years ago, I attended a concert at the University of South Florida Sun Dome, a …

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Afterthoughts: Classical blends with jazz for riveting, rousing Rhapsody in Blue and more

It was 100 years ago this month when a slim, well-dressed 25-year-old man walked on …

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Michael Francis is here to stay through 2030

 Great news! Our internationally acclaimed Music Director Michael Francis has signed a contract extension …

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Violinist tunes up a rarity for Barber concerto

We all know Samuel Barber through his famous Adagio for Strings, arguably the most-performed piece …

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From Mozart to Tchaikovsky: Violinist Gluzman’s secret for balance, strength

You don’t want to ask Vadim Gluzman if he has a favorite violin concerto among …

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Why is Handel’s Messiah so popular after nearly 300 years?

Could any single piece of music be more popular and performed than Handel’s Messiah? Yes, …

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Is Brahms’ First Symphony the best first?

Of all the hundreds, if not thousands, of composers over the centuries who wrote symphonies, …

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Baritone Jubilant Sykes shares the simple gift of spirituals with TFO

Consider it a simple gift. Jubilant Sykes tours the country, appearing with orchestras to share, …

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Opening night afterthoughts: The big bang of percussion, The Planets

Boy, am I feeling old. The opening of every music season takes me yet another …