Going all out for its 50th anniversary, The Florida Orchestra will feature a performance by world-renowned musician Sting at its gala concert on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Mahaffey Theater, under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis.
In a concert like no other in Tampa Bay, “An Intimate Evening with The Florida Orchestra and Sting” puts the iconic rock star and former frontman of The Police at center stage, but it will not be your typical rock show. Joined by a 3-piece band with music supervised by Rob Mathes (Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Renée Fleming, and more), expect 90 minutes of the 16-time Grammy winner’s most celebrated hits re-imagined and arranged for an orchestra, including Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Englishman In New York, Roxanne, Every Breath You Take and Fields Of Gold, among many others. Some arrangements are from Sting’s widely acclaimed Symphonicities album.
All proceeds support TFO’s high standard of artistic excellence as well as growing education and community programs, including free hospital, park, museum, youth concerts and more throughout Tampa Bay.
Sat, Dec 9, 7 pm, Mahaffey Theater
CONCERT TICKETS SOLD OUT
Gala packages, which include a reception and dinner, are still available. Tables for 10 include VIP concert tickets and start at $25,000. For details on the gala packages, please contact at 727.362.5424
This season’s 50th anniversary gala concert is generously sponsored by Schmidt Investments of South Florida.
The Florida Orchestra:
The Florida Orchestra’s history is steeped in orchestral tradition from both sides of Tampa Bay. In 1966, the Tampa Philharmonic and St. Petersburg Symphony merged as the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, which opened its first season on November 14, 1968, under the baton of Music Director Irwin Hoffman. Performing as the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony until changing its name to The Florida Orchestra in 1984, the orchestra has since been led by music directors Jahja Ling and Stefan Sanderling. The 2016/17 season marks Michael Francis’ second season as music director.
Over the years, The Florida Orchestra has had a series of successes. In 2011, it launched a multi-year cultural exchange with the Cuban Institute of Music as well as its Accessibility Initiative, which effectively reduced ticket prices to all of its Masterworks and Pops concerts. The orchestra also has taken steps to be more involved with the Tampa Bay community, including a collaboration with the Tampa Bay Lightning to produce the team’s one-time theme song and free pop-up concerts in hospitals, malls and beyond. To showcase its artistic excellence, the orchestra released a CD featuring music by Florida-influenced classical composer Frederick Delius on the Naxos label in 2012. On the CD, the orchestra is joined by The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and baritone Leon Williams in a performance of Delius’ Sea Drift and Appalachia. In 2014, the orchestra released another CD, Holiday Pops Live! on its label TFO Live! Starting in early 2017, the orchestra will visit Avon Park, Sebring, Daytona and Gainesville as part of its state residency program.
The Florida Orchestra is recognized as Tampa Bay’s leading performing arts institution, one of the leading professional symphony orchestras in Florida, and one of the most vibrant orchestras in America. Through extraordinary musical performances, the orchestra inspires the people of Tampa Bay and serves as a leader and beacon for the musical arts throughout the state.
Both during his tenure as the frontman for The Police and in his solo career, Sting has remained one of the most talented singer-songwriters of all time. In addition to selling out major stadium tour dates around the world, Sting has also released seven platinum solo albums, many of those going multi-platinum. Sting is also well known for his score and soundtrack contributions, which have led to his more recent, classical albums, including Symphonicities. It's these classic reinterpretations of Sting's hit singles that fans can expect to enjoy on tour dates in 2011.
The Police were formed in 1977 and quickly rose to fame after the release of their first single, "Roxanne." The Police's next two albums would also yield smash hit singles written by Sting, including "Message In a Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da." It was during this time that The Police performed voluminous tour dates around the world that brought them international fame. By the time The Police dissolved in 1986, Sting's first solo album, The Dream of Blue Turtles, had already gone triple platinum and won a Grammy, leading to the artist's first ever, solo tour dates. Sting continued to release albums that bridged generational gaps, including Brand New Day in 1999, which quickly went triple platinum and earned the artist three Grammys.
Sting is currently finishing up 2011 tour dates for his Symphonicity Tour, which concludes at the end of July. Fans in Italy and France will enjoy classical arrangements of Sting's hit singles as the singer is assisted by a full orchestral backing. With so few 2011 tour dates left for this music icon, fans should buy their tickets quickly.