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  • Sat, Oct 21, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, Oct 22, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

Copland’s Appalachian Spring: Masterworks

Michael Francis conducts an American masterpiece, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, showcasing a distinctly American sound: “Copland saw how the power of music can unite a country. He created an open, pioneering sound that tapped straight into the psyche and soul of the American people.” The program features Grammy-nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes performing American spirituals that highlight our African-American heritage. The concert concludes with Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, celebrating the beauty and power of a culture.

Bonus! For every Masterworks concert, Michael Francis has personally chosen a surprise “mystery piece” to enhance the live experience. What will it be this weekend?

Classical Kids & Teens: Kids and teens ages 5-18 get in free to all Masterworks concerts with Classical Kids tickets, thanks in part to the generous support of an anonymous donor. At least one paying adult purchase is required per order, and other restrictions apply. These tickets are available in advance only through The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center. For more information and tickets, call 727.892.3337.

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La Primavera de los Apalaches de Copland

Michael Francis dirige una obra maestra Americana, Appalachian Spring de Copland, que muestra un sonido claramente Americano: “Copland vio cómo el poder de la música puede unir a un país. Creó un sonido abierto y pionero que llegó directamente a la psique y el alma del pueblo estadounidense”. El programa presenta al barítono nominado al Grammy Jubilant Sykes interpretando espirituales estadounidenses que resaltan nuestra herencia afroamericana. El concierto concluye con las Danzas Eslavas de Dvorak, que celebran la belleza y el poder de una cultura.

¡”Prima – Bonus”! Para cada concierto de Masterworks, Michael Francis ha elegido personalmente una “pieza misteriosa” sorpresa para mejorar la experiencia en vivo. ¿Qué será este fin de semana?


“Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child”
(Arr. Mark Rice)

“Were You There?”
(Arr. Mark Rice)

Old American Songs: 4. Simple Gifts ♫
Aaron Copland


Appalachian Spring (Ballet for Martha) Suite for Orchestra ♫
Aaron Copland

– Intermission –

Slavonic Dances, Op.72
Antonín Dvořák

♫ Music represented by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.

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

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

Audio Program Notes

Listen to the audio version of the program notes, with music excerpts.

Jubilant Sykes shares a simple gift

When Jubilant Sykes is onstage, whom is he singing to? The baritone divulges his stage secrets today on the TFO Blog. This weekend he sings the story of America’s heritage through spirituals and folk songs with TFO. Click here to read more on TFO’s Blog.

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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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  • Sat, Oct 21, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, Oct 22, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

The Hough Family
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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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