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Orchestra's pop series stays the course

By JOHN FLEMING

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


The Florida Orchestra is going with a largely familiar lineup for its 2001-02 pops series. Skitch Henderson, Doc Severinsen and Richard Hayman will return to conduct. Peter Schickele will lead an evening devoted to the fictional P.D.Q. Bach. The eight-program series will also have tributes to Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Since Henderson stepped down last season as pops music director, the position has been vacant. It will probably remain so for a while. The orchestra's priority is to find a successor to music director Jahja Ling, who leaves at the end of next season.

The orchestra also announced the 2001-02 coffee concert season, consisting of six morning performances at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Resident conductor Thomas Wilkins continues to lead that series. "I have themed three of next season's concerts to link together as "Symphonic Traditions,' created to showcase the development of the symphony from its origin right up into the 20th century," Wilkins said.

If ordered by March 26, a pops subscription ranges from $144 to $264. The coffee series is from $96 to $132. For a brochure, call (813) 286-2403 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

POPS

Sept. 28-30: Tribute to Frank Sinatra; Matt Catingub, conductor; Jimmy Borges, vocalist.

Nov. 9-11: Tribute to the Great Drummers; Skitch Henderson, conductor; Ed Shaughnessy and Dave Mancini, drummers.

Dec. 14-17: Skitch's Magical Christmas Special; Skitch Henderson, conductor; Amy Schwartz, violin; Anna Kate Mackle, harp.

Jan. 18-20: Tribute to Mario Lanza; Ernest Green, conductor; Mark McVey, tenor.

Feb. 14-16: Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein; Suzanne Ishee and Byron Nease, vocalists.

March 1-3: Doc's Big Band Hit Parade; Doc Severinsen, conductor and trumpet.

April 4-8: Peter Schickele Meets P.D.Q. Bach; Peter Schickele, guest artist.

May 23-25: Gershwin, By George; Richard Hayman, conductor.

COFFEE

Nov. 8: Orchestral Showpieces; Anna Kate Mackle, harp.

Dec. 13: Coffee Goes for Baroque; James Connors, cello.

Jan. 17: Orchestra Smorgasbord.

Feb. 15: Symphonic Traditions, Part 1.

March 14: Symphonic Traditions, Part 2.

May 2: Symphonic Traditions, Part 3.

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