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Andr? Rieu will bring his orchestra and singular spectacle atmosphere to the Amalie Arena on Nov. 1.Times file (2014)

A week of classical music: 1812 Overture, Inside Beethoven's 7th, Andre Rieu

FIRE THE CANNONS: 1812 OVERTURE The Florida Orchestra brings out the big guns with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, best known for the 16 cannon shots symbolizing Russia's defense against Napoleon. "It's just a sensational piece of music, not just a blockbuster for the end of a pops concert," music director Michael Fra …


  1. Straz Center reviewing Tavis Smiley theatrical tour in wake of sexual misconduct allegations


    The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that broadcaster Tavis Smiley is slated to bring to Tampa in March is still on schedule, according to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, though it is under review.

  2. The Phantom never dies, orchestra doings this week



    Turns out, the Phantom survived that angry mob. We know that because the antihero of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera re-emerges in the 2010 sequel, Love Never Dies.

  3. Is Gilbert Gottfried really that annoying in real life?


    A new documentary about comedian Gilbert Gottfried reveals someone more mild-mannered than his stage persona, married with children, verging on dull.

  4. Sting rocks the house with old and new hits in Florida Orchestra gala


    ST. PETERSBURG — In some ways, the Florida Orchestra's gala with Sting looked like other concerts of a mega-star. Most of the fans who packed the Mahaffey Theater bought their tickets the day they went on sale. They cheered and sang along at the opening strains of the singer-songwriter's instantly recognizable …

  5. What's on stage this week: Florida Orchestra happy hour concerts are back, Book of Mormon lottery



  6. Musical take on miserly classic


    Photo courtesy of Jimmy Ferraro

    The new Millennium Theatre Company will present a musical production of What in the Dickens Happened To Scrooge? weekends, Dec. 9-17, at 10005 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Show times are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The musical is a new take on an old …

  7. How to get $25 tickets to 'Book of Mormon' at the Straz Center


    The Book of Mormon's producers have made lower-priced tickets possible for a few lucky fans.

  8. Live Oak Theatre Company presents Christmas show Dec. 15-16 in Brooksville


    BROOKSVILLE — Singing Christmas carols, listening to stories while sitting in front of the fireplace, watching twinkling Christmas lights. For many, these are the feelings that trigger memories of Christmases past.

    Live Oak Theatre will present A Live Oak Fireside Christmas this weekend at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville. The show will include a variety of skits with comedy, dance and songs to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
  9. Orchestra delivers a stirring Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2


    TAMPA — Sometimes it's nice to just sit back and enjoy a concert.

    Under the baton of Stuart Malina, critic Andrew Meacham writes, the Florida Orchestra plays the second movement of  Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2  with an almost total unanimity. Courtesy of the Florida Orchestra.
  10. Our music critics wonder, how will Sting mesh with the Florida Orchestra?


    I was working construction the year Roxanne peaked on the Billboard charts and was playing all the time. With some of the more monotonous jobs, such as grading slabs, the radio is an important part of getting through it. I wasn't into the Police, yet had nothing against them. I preferred Roxanne …

    Sting, accompanied by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, performs at a gala benefit at Carnegie Hall in New York on Dec. 14, 2015, with many of his classic songs arranged by conductor Rob Mathes, left.