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By JOHN FLEMING, Times Performing Arts Critic
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 27, 2001

Music festival has Dali theme

Two concerts in the fourth annual Winter Sun Music Festival have a Salvador Dali theme, with music tied to Dali paintings. Mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna performs the Ravel Mallarme Songs and the leading role in DeFalla's El Amor Brujo Wednesday afternoon at 3 at the Dali Museum. Thursday, Tonna and Jennifer Hester Sanchez are the soloists in Ravel's Rhapsodie Espagnole, with the festival orchestra under Paul Hostetter, at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium Theater.

Tonna, pictured here, is an Eckerd College graduate (and former St. Petersburg Times library employee) who has gone on to develop a busy career in New York, singing everything from Bach cantatas to zarzuela.

The festival opens New Year's Day at 3 p.m. with a chamber music concert in Dendy-McNair Auditorium at Eckerd College featuring, among others, the Trio Diverso. Winding up the fest is the DaPonte String Quartet, which plays works of Schulhoff, Grieg and Bartok at 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Dendy-McNair.

Winter Sun musicians can be heard during St. Petersburg's First Night celebration at St. Peter's Episcopal Church from 7 to 11:30 p.m. New Year's Eve.

A festival pass is $30. Single tickets are $10. (727) 864-8471.

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