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published April 10, 2003

The Piano Man of the people

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Roger Williams, with hits such as Near You and Born Free, was one of the most popular pianists of the 1950s and '60s. In his career, which spans more than six decades, Williams has played it all: pop, jazz, classical.

He performs with the Florida Orchestra this weekend in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and, for the first time, at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. The program includes favorites From A Distance, Autumn Leaves (Williams' first hit), Talk to the Animals and You'll Never Walk Alone.

The concert is at 8 tonight at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 8 p.m. Sunday at Van Wezel and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Mahaffey Theater at Bayfront Center. Tickets are $20 to $42 for all performances except Van Wezel; those are $32 to $40. (813) 286-2403, toll-free 1-800-662-7286 or

Chamber music on the menu

The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is giving the audience a chance to pick the program.

The group, founded in 1992, will perform Edvard Grieg's Suite From Holberg's Time, Op. 40; Dimitri Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (String Quartet No. 8, arranged by R. Barshai); and J.S. Bach's Contrapunctus No. 1 from The Art of the Fugue during the first half of its program Friday in Tarpon Springs.

For the second half, the audience will choose among Johannes Brahms' String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36; Antonin Dvorak's Serenade for Strings, Op. 22; and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, directed by Misha Rachlevsky, performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets: $14 and $16. (727) 942-5605.

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