As the fall of 2012 opens up to bustling activity and exciting events around the greater Tampa Bay area, the true beginning of cultural excellence begins on October 12 with the opening of the Florida Orchestra. To open the 2012 season, the talented orchestra, led by Stuart Malina, will perform the “Beethoven to Bernstein” concert at three locations around the bay area.
The “Beethoven to Bernstein” concert begins with the powerfully composed Ludwig von Beethoven overture, his fifth as of 1807. The overture, inspired by the play, “Coriolan,” is very dark as the strings open using the serious tones of C minor. As the overture continues, the entire orchestra joins in an agitated tone full of moody musical shifts. The overture comes to rest in a final great outburst and then fades away in silence. Once Beethoven’s masterwork has passed, Leonard Bernstein’s compositions take the stage in a variety of forms. It is with Bernstein’s composition that the individual orchestral pieces begin to shine. The clarinets begin the piece in deep thought, the piano and percussion scatter throughout with flairs of jazz, and strings tug on heavy hearts with cries of loneliness. Surely, another flawless performance by the Florida Orchestra will bring this concert to life in listener’s minds.
With an excellent concert in order, only the finest orchestra can perform to meet the high expectation. Conductor Stuart Malina will meet expectations, and perform the fine compositions of Beethoven and Bernstein as they are. Maestro Malina will perform eight concerts with the Florida Orchestra this season, including many of the popular coffee series concerts. Maestro Malina is not only a conducting master, but also an accomplished musician at the piano, performing in numerous recitals. Malina is a composer and arranger in his own right, with over a dozen compositions to his name, ranging from pops to full orchestrations. As if this were not enough, Malina has Broadway success with a TONY award for his orchestration of “Movin’ Out.” With such a talented Maestro, the rendition of “Beethoven to Bernstein” will surely be a successful venture.
Be sure to attend the official opening of the Florida Orchestra’s 2012 season with an 8:00 p.m. performance at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Friday, October 12. The following day, October 13, the orchestra will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida at 8:00 pm. The Florida Orchestra will conclude the opening concert in Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets now for this opportunity to hear Florida’s finest musicians perform the greatest works of renowned composers.