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The Florida Orchestra 2011-12 season ends in May
The Florida Orchestra 2011-12 season ends in May

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Florida Orchestra will conclude its 2011/2012 season next month, offering an array of musical entertainment from Billy Joel to Beethoven.

The schedule of remaining performances is listed below courtesy of The Florida Orchestra:

May 3: Pops in the Park

Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a free Pops in the Park Concert under the stars with guest conductor Steven Byess. Blue Bell Ice Cream will be serving free treats.

Show time: Thurs, May 3 at 7:30pm, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

May 4: The Music of Billy Joel

Hailed by The New York Times as simply “amazing,” Michael Cavanaugh belts out such show-stopping Billy Joel classics as Movin’ Out, Just the Way You Are, New York State of Mind, Piano Man, She’s Got a Way, Uptown Girl and more. Conducted by Steven Byess.

Show time: Fri, May 4 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater

Tickets: $35, $55, $75

May 9: An Intimate Collaboration

The orchestra and The Studio@620 continue their third season of “An Intimate Collaboration” series of entertaining and seriously fun happenings on Wednesday evenings, which include elements connected by a common theme. This night, the series continues with the final collaboration of the season, "Rhyme and Rhythm," prior to the orchestra’s “Rhythms of Cuba” concerts that weekend.  It begins at 7pm at The Studio@620. Reservations are accepted by phone at 727-895-6620, as seating is limited. A suggested donation of $10 is payable at the door. The Studio@620 is located at 620 First Ave. South, St. Petersburg 33701.

May 11, 12 and 13: Rhythms of Cuba – Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series

In a Latin flavored program, Music Director of La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba Enrique Pérez Mesa is joined by Principal Timpanist John Bannon in James Lewis’ Cubanitis for solo timpani and orchestra on a program with Carlos Fariñas’ Penthesilea: Preludio, Guido López-Gavilán’s Ritmotiv, José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical. Conducted by Enrique Pérez Mesa. Includes a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers, in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain.

Show times: Fri, May 11 at 8pm, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall; Sat, May 12 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater; Sun, May 13 at 7:30pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets: $15, $30, $45

May 16 and 17: Once Upon a Time – Coffee Series

Featuring Ravel's Beauty and the Beast from Mother Goose Suite, Tchaikovsky's Waltz from Swan Lake, and Williams' ET: Adventures on Earth, Stuart Malina conducts this morning Coffee Concert, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts, as well as a pre-concert conversation one hour before the performance.

Show times: Wed, May 16 at 10am, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Thurs, May 17 at 11am, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater

Tickets: $24, $29, $34, $42

May 18, 19 and 20: Postcards from Paris – Raymond James Pops Series

Enjoy a celebration of the City of Lights with romantic French melodies, Edith Piaf classics, Josephine Baker hits, Parisian café music, Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz, high-kicking can-cans, soaring film scores by Michel Legrand and more. Conducted by Sarah Hicks.

Show times: Fri, May 18 at 8pm, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall; Sat, May 19 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater; Sun, May 20 at 7:30pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets: $15, $30, $45

May 25 and 26: Beethoven’s Eroica – Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series

Singled out by The New York Times as “brilliant, sensitive and imaginative,” Martina Filjak performs Ravel’s gloriously coloristic Piano Concerto in G Major with its mix of jazz motifs, meditative melodies and sparkling energy. Stefan Sanderling conducts this program with Chabrier’s Habanera and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica.

Show times: Fri, May 25 at 8pm, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall; Sat, May 26 at 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater

Tickets: $15, $30, $45

Tickets to all performances are on sale at 800-662-7286 and online at www.floridaorchestra.org.

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