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Free Pops in the Park Concerts
March 26, 2010 - Pack a picnic basket to enjoy two free Pops in the Park Concerts under the stars with The Florida Orchestra on Friday, April 23 at Compton Park, located 16101 Compton Drive, and on Saturday, April 24 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, located at 600 North Ashley Drive.  The April 24 concert will include a performance by Tampa Preparatory School’s Symphonic Winds at 5:45pm. florida orchestra

Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz is on the podium for a program of fun and familiar classical and pops favorites by Rossini, Brahms, John Williams, John Philips Sousa, Copland, Meredith Willson and Johann Strauss, Jr. The concerts also feature a patriotic sing-along and the evening will end with Tchaikovsky’s beloved 1812 Overture. Attendees are invited to make canned food donations to Tampa Bay Harvest’s food bank services.

Stuart Chafetz is the resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the music director and conductor of the Maui Pops Orchestra in Hawaii, the former associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra and the past assistant conductor of the Honolulu Symphony. His guest conducting appearances have included a great variety of orchestras, including the Austin Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Modesto Symphony and Virginia Symphony, among others. Chafetz will also be guest conducting on The Florida Orchestra’s 2010/2011 season in a program called Opera Goes Pops as part of the Raymond James Pops series.

For further information, please contact the Florida Orchestra at 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286 or online at www.floridaorchestra.org.

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