The Florida Orchestra excels in many areas, and at the top of the list is the occasional marriage of live symphonic music, video technology, and pop culture. If Carly Simon was there, she would probably insist that no one, in fact, is doing better.
A pair of concerts on November 20 and 21 will feature more than 100 musicians, as well as the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Chamber Singers, performing new arrangements of composer Nobuo Uematsu’s score for the Final Fantasy VII series of video games, especially the most recent, Final Fantasy VII remake.
With high definition video scenes from the new game, created specifically for this show (this is part of a national tour, with different orchestras in different cities); Arnie Roth directs.
The concerts will take place in the acoustically almost perfect Mahaffey Theater at 8 p.m. on the 20the, and at 2 p.m. the next day.
Cosplay is encouraged.
TFO’s November program features a quintessentially eclectic mix of classical and pop music, including soloist Stefan Jackiw on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (November 6 at the Mahaffey, November 7 at Ruth Eckerd Hall), Vladimir Kulenovic conducting the Orchestra of Mussorgsky Pictures of an exhibition (November 13, Mahaffey; November 14, Straz Center), and a Mahaffey concert on November 19 with a rock band on stage, joining the orchestra for the combined music of Elton John and Billy Joel.
Opera for children
St. Petersburg Opera Companythe family show of, Pinocchio, returns on November 13, 14, 20 and 21. It’s a clever (and fun) retelling of the one-boy puppet fairy tale, with original lyrics up to Verdi, Offenbach, and Donzinetti’s opera standards. It is performed, with a live chamber orchestra, at Opera Central on 1st Avenue S.
Oddity for all
The Tampa Convention Center welcomes Oddities and Curiosities Fair November 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a traveling group of vendors selling taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror / Halloween inspired pieces, antiques, oddities crafts, quack medical devices, spooky clothes, weird jewelry, skulls / bones, funeral collectibles and more. It is absolutely legal to buy, sell and own, according to the disclaimer. And after that, what else to say?
Fine arts and more
Directory Creative pinellas The annual Arts Weekend, November 13 (live) and November 14 (virtual), brings together a gallery exhibit featuring over 100 works of art by 30 artists, and spills out into the courtyard of Walsingham Road for a outdoor celebration featuring dance, music, poetry, food trucks, live painters and more. Performers and live performers include Helen Hansen French, David Manson’s EMIT Trio, Ricardo Delgado, Linda Costa, Alex Jones, Jon Ditty, Victoria Jorgensen, Jujmo, Tenea D. Johnson, Ukulele Society, Amy Collins, Tom Sivak and Sheila Cowley. This is Creative Pinellas’ big annual fundraiser.
At James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, Artist James Warhola, whose uncle was none other than Andy Warhol, will speak on November 6. Illustrator of more than 300 covers of science fiction and fantasy books and twenty children’s books, Warhola will talk about his famous parent (West of Warhol continues until January 9 at the museum) and until November 7, when he will lead a workshop on “creating story characters”.
As the Bay Area holds its collective breath for the arrival of Picasso and the southern world in january the Dalí Museum does not have a new exhibition in November, but the St. Pete Sax Quartet performs on November 18 – the program, in conjunction with the current exhibition The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller, will highlight the music of women composers.
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Tropicana Field officially turns into a promenade Enchant Christmas labyrinth of light, forest and village on November 26. This year’s edition of the immersive show, which will run until January 2, is titled “The Mischievous Elf”.
Biggest concert of the month? Well, since the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater doesn’t have anything on the books, it would have to be James taylor and Jackson browne, on November 11 at the Amalie Arena.
The month of November at Ruth Eckerd Hall (and the Capitol Theater) includes, among others: Melissa Etheridge, November 9; Trey Kennedy, November 10; Bruce Hornsby, November 10 (Capitol); Marty Stuart (November 12, Capitol); Tedeschi Trucks Band, November 16; Gipsy Kings, November 20; Mannheim Steam Roller, November 21.
At the Palladium: Intern John, November 5; Tampa Bay Symphony, November 9; Gin Blossoms, November 11; Livingston Taylor, November 16.
At the Mahaffey: November 14, the annual WQYK “Guitar Pull”, with country singers and acoustic guitars: Parker McCollum, Matt Stell, Maddie and Tae, Jordan Davis and Chris Young.
Theater (or, if you prefer, theater)
Back in June, the bizarro musical Shocked stone became the third best-selling show in the 22-year history of the Jobsite Theater. With a series of sold-out performances, artistic director David Jenkins came to believe that the company was “leaving money on the table” by ending the show on a set schedule, so he immediately started looking for a way to bring it back.
Long story short, Shocked stone returns, with the original cast and musicians intact, from November 26 to December 12. 4, with previews on November 24 and 25. (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the show “October”, is on stage until November 14).
The American Stage season opener is also going on for quite a while (until November 21), The strange couple. And the laboratory theater project Skin hungry is on stage until the 14the. And Trace points in our sexual development, at Studio Grand Central, stay in the 7e.
The Tampa Repertory Theater, in partnership with ThinkTank, has British success The curious incident of the dog during the night to the directory with The donor starting mid-month. Both shows will be presented at the Stageworks Theater in the Channelside District of Tampa.
Ladies at sea continues to FreeFall until the 21stst. The theater company has new events on the stage this month, including the musical cabaret So far so GooD with Alison Burns and Lulu Picart (November 4), the November 12 debut of Movies with Matthieu, in which resident film buff Matthew McGee immerses himself in a fun and entertaining film (the first of the series will be from the years 1982 Star Trek II: Kahn’s Wrath). On November 17, Jim Rayfield goes behind the scenes at freeFall’s upcoming holiday show with a program titled How do you learn all of these lines?