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Concert is 'a variety show' for all

The Florida Orchestra is touting its show in Coachman Park as an event with mass appeal.

Published October 2, 2005

CLEARWATER - When the Florida Orchestra throws its free concert under the stars in Coachman Park tonight, organizers say the show should appeal to everyone.

And they mean everyone.

"You don't have to know anything about music to enjoy it," said Susan Haig, who will conduct the concert. A strong advocate of public access to the arts, she encourages families to bring their children and people of all ages to turn out for the orchestra's concert.

"The outdoor concerts are very casual," Haig said. People come up and talk to the musicians, people clap and hum with the music and some even dance.

Tonight's concert will be "a variety show as far as styles go," she said. The program will include selections from Phantom of the Opera , Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Symphonic Suite, Tchaikovsky's spirited 1812 Overture , as well as music from Broadway hits, Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and should end by 8:30 p.m., she said.

Outgoing and enthusiastic, Haig has been the orchestra's associate conductor for two years. She also has had a varied career as a pianist, music educator, opera coach and conductor of opera and orchestral repertoire.

The Florida Orchestra performs and rehearses at Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa.

But, Haig said, this should be considered "Clearwater's orchestra."

Especially tonight.

[Last modified October 2, 2005, 01:57:16]

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