Tampa Bay Times Masterworks

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5


May 21 & 22


Before Peter Tchaikovsky began his Fifth Symphony in 1888, he feared he was drained as a composer, and contemplated devoting time to his garden instead. Thankfully, he didn’t give up, and fate won out over flowers. Maestro Michael Francis pairs the symphony with Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, an ultra-virtuosic showpiece in the hands of brilliant pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Opening the concert is the world premiere piece Ode to Liberty by Ahmed Al Abaca.

HEALTH & SAFETY: As of March 8, face masks are recommended for all patrons in accordance with CDC guidelines. For full details, click here.

Ahmed Al Abaca
Ode to Liberty (after Alexander Pushkin’s poem) [world premiere]

Serge Prokofiev
Concerto for Piano No.3 in C major, Op.26 *
I. Andante – Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano


Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op.64
I. Andante – Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
III. Valse: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace

* Music from the Morse Family Foundation Music Collection; Establ. 1996

Benjamin Grosvenor plays the Steinway Piano from the Music Gallery, exclusive agents for Steinway & Sons.

Program Notes

Learn more about the pieces on this program from author Kurt Loft. He is a freelance writer, member of the Music Critics Association of North America and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune. 

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Learn more about the artists performing on this program.

Michael Francis, Music Director

Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

The Florida Orchestra


Choose a performance from the dates below.
HEALTH & SAFETY: As of March 8, face masks are recommended for all patrons in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Sat, May 21, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, May 22, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall

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