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The Florida Orchestra’s Soundwaves series returns

Chamber concerts range from Baroque to more modern in Tampa, St. Petersburg

The Florida Orchestra is bringing back its popular Masterworks Soundwaves concerts with a series of intimate performances throughout Tampa Bay starting in February. Tickets are just $25 and are on sale now.

Part of the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, Soundwaves concerts originated last season as a creative way to offer great music with fewer musicians onstage due to Covid safety measures. However, the concerts quickly became a favorite with patrons drawn to the wide range of music and composers the orchestra doesn’t often get the chance to perform.

“At The Florida Orchestra, we have all worked together to keep this exciting Soundwaves series going. TFO musicians love these concerts, and they are very involved in shaping the programs with a wide variety of music that’s different from what they typically perform with the full orchestra,” said Music Director Michael Francis, who programmed the series. “The result is a more relaxed chamber music setting that feels more intimate than the traditional Masterworks concert.”

TFO musicians will perform a series of three full-length programs that range from Baroque chamber music to 1920s Vienna at the Tampa Theatre and the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $25, all fees included, with general admission seating. They are available now at or by phone at 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286. Face masks are required at all concerts. The programs are:

Bach & Beyond 

Jeffrey Multer, violin & leader
Mitchell Kuhn, oboe

TFO goes Baroque with Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and No. 6 and his Concerto for Oboe and Violin, along with newer works from Arvo Part and Alfred Schnittke.

Thur, Feb 10, 8 pm, Tampa Theatre
Sat, Feb 12, 2 pm, Palladium Theater

Bonus performances!
TFO Takeover of MFA: Bach and the Baroque

A 30-minute Baroque program of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and his Concerto for Oboe and Violin will be performed twice – at 2 pm and 3 pm – in the Marly Room to celebrate the MFA’s new exhibit, Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia. Presented in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

Sun, Feb 13, 2 pm & 3 pm, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Included with museum admission

TFO Winds and Brass

TFO’s unparalleled woodwind and brass sections are in the spotlight, featuring Mozart’s Serenade No. 12, Britten’s The Sword in the Stone Concert Suite (conducted by Daniel Black), Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Pergolesi’s Sonata No. 4, featuring TFO’s premier low brass section.

Thur, March 31, 8 pm, Tampa Theatre
Sat, April 2, 2 pm, Palladium Theater

Vienna 1921

Daniel Black, conductor

You’re invited to the “Society for Private Musical Performances,” a chamber music series curated by Arnold Schoenberg from 1918-1921 in Vienna. TFO partly re-creates the concerts with Strauss waltzes, part of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (arranged by Schoenberg) and more.

Sat, April 23, 2 pm, Palladium Theater

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