Tampa Bay Times Masterworks

Mahler’s Symphony No. 5


Dec 4 & 5


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Michael Francis conducts Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a personal journey mirroring scenes from Mahler’s life. His “greatest hit” is the tender Adagietto of the fourth movement. For strings and harp alone, it’s a love song to his future wife, Alma, and some of the most beautiful music ever written. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart specialist Anne-Marie McDermott performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, one of his most popular – including with the composer himself. He kept it in a personal stash of “compositions that I keep for myself or for a small circle of music lovers and connoisseurs.” 

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. 

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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Masterworks in a Minute

Michael Francis gives you everything you need to know about this epic symphony in a minute (or two). Including the ultimate marriage proposal.

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Learn more about the artists performing on this program.

Michael Francis, Music Director

Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano

The Florida Orchestra


Choose a performance from the dates below.

SAT, Dec 4, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

SUN, Dec 5, 2 pm
Straz Center

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