Tampa Bay Times Masterworks

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto


Nov 6 & 7


John Williams: Escapades (From Catch Me If You Can)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto  |  Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

John Williams: Escapades (From Catch Me If You Can)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

With “talent that’s off the scale,” Stefan Jackiw performs Peter Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which survived a disastrous marriage and a scorching review to become one of the most beloved concertos of all time. Maestro Michael Francis opens the concert with John Williams’ whimsical Escapades, full of 1960s swagger from the 2002 movie Catch Me if You Can. It features TFO’s John Shaw on vibraphone and Joseph Beverly on saxophone. Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his final composition, Symphonic Dances, about three years after he had stopped composing in frustration.

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. 

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First movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto by Stefan Jackiw.


Learn more about the artists performing on this program.

Michael Francis, Music Director

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

Joseph Beverly, Saxophone

John Shaw, Vibraphone

The Florida Orchestra


Choose a performance from the dates below.

SAT, Nov 6, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

SUN, Nov 7, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall

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