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Hot Tickets: Remembering a mentor

Published January 5, 2006

Composer David Amram has dedicated this weekend's performance by the Renaissance Classical Orchestra in Tarpon Springs to the memory of Dmitri Mitropoulos, the Greek conductor who led the New York Philharmonic in the 1940s and '50s.

Amram, 75, who recently was named artistic director of the Fort Lauderdale-based string orchestra, says Mitropoulos was his first musical mentor, encouraging him to pursue a life in music that has ranged from Hollywood scores (The Manchurian Candidate) to world music and jazz (Tompkins Square Park Consciousness Expander) to a decade as music director of the New York Shakespeare Festival. He has chronicled the beat scene and his friendship with Jack Kerouac in books such as Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. The program includes the music of Pachelbel, Borodin, Bach, Telemann, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington and Mozart. $16, $18. (727) 942-5605.

- JOHN FLEMING, Times performing arts critic

Symphony a dynamic test

Mahler's Symphony No. 9 is one of his death-themed works, beginning with a funeral march, ending with an adagio. Clocking in at 80 minutes-plus, it will give the Florida Orchestra a stern test in its first masterworks program of the new year, with Stefan Sanderling conducting. "One moment, it is delicate and then it erupts with abandoned force," music director Sanderling says of Mahler's last completed score before his death in 1911. "One moment, it is spilling over with a sense of impending doom and then embracing us in gorgeous melodies." The program also includes Ives' The Unanswered Question for solo trumpet. Performances are Saturday at Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg; Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; and Monday at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, all at 7:30 p.m. $15.50-$50.50 813 286-2403 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286;

- JOHN FLEMING, Times performing arts critic

Rolling with the oldies

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night! S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night!

Foghat and Peter "Herman's Hermits" Noone might be getting top billing at this weekend's Q-Fest, an endless bacchanal of classic-poppers, beer and ballpark food. But I know who's gonna be getting me sweating to their oldies. That's right: the Bay City Rollers, baby. The pride of Edinburgh, Scotland. If you're a complete dork like me, you'll be screaming along to the Rollers and subsequently doing bad imitations of the broguing father (and noted Rollers fan) in So I Married an Axe Murderer. "Head! Pants! Now!"

Of course, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little pumped to see Mickey Dolenz, too. Mick was my favorite Monkee by far. After all, he was the funniest of the four, he "played" the coolest instrument, and he sang all the best Monkees songs: Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer and Pleasant Valley Sunday. Let me guess, you were a Davy fan right? Please. Jones' cred was shot when he started hanging with that Brady chick.

Q-Fest, featuring such acts as Foghat, Peter Noone, the Bay City Rollers and Mickey Dolenz, goes down at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bright House Networks Field, 601 N Coachman Road, Clearwater. $18-$23. (727) 467-4457, (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

- SEAN DALY, Times pop music critic

Worth the wait

Back in 1997, long before Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood revealed their love to the world, the country superstars released a devastating duet called In Another's Eyes. On the surface, the track is a pedal-steel-woozy pop ballad slick with hooks and star power. But if you listened to the juicy rumors whispering through Nashville, the song was much more than that: It was the bittersweet sound of star-crossed lovers - with separate lives, mind you - promising their undying devotion to each other through the thin gauze of pop artifice. There's real tension, real drama to In Another's Eyes, and the singers deliver what might be their best recorded performances.

Yearwood's 2005 album, the forgettable Jasper County, left me a little yawny, but there's no denying her strength as a singer. She usually has a tremendous ear for material, and her emotionally mature reading of such hits as How Do I Live and Like We Never Had a Broken Heart can give you goose bumps in a hurry.

I'm a firm believer that you can't be happy and fully deliver sad songs, but Yearwood has the pipes to prove me wrong. Plus the "retired" Brooks has a lot of spare time these days, so wouldn't it be cool if he joined his favorite gal for a trip down to the Sunshine State . . . and a few duets, as well?

Trisha Yearwood performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, in a show rescheduled from October, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $34.75-$39.75. (727) 791-7400.

- SEAN DALY, Times pop music critic

[Last modified January 4, 2006, 11:17:07]

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