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Tampa/St. Petersburg: Classical Music

Tampa Classical Music: Classical Music Around Tampa

Below are our Tampa Classical Music recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, ensemble/venue history and other points of interest in Tampa Art.

Florida Orchestra (TFO)

In 1968 representatives from the Tampa Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Symphony met aboard a barge in Tampa Bay and merged their orchestras into what was then known as the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony. Now, the Florida Orchestra offers well over 100 concerts each year in multiple venues throughout Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.

With a clear desire to promote musical education, …more…

Ft. Myers Symphonic Mastersingers

Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers is a 75-member choir dedicated to adventurous programming and fine choral performance. The ensemble performs under the direction of Jeff Faux, a highly respected Floridian choral director. Mastersingers performs at a variety of venues in the Fort Myers area and often collaborates with other area arts organizations, including the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Naples …more…

Gloria Musicæ

Gloria Musicæ is Sarasota’s only all-professional chamber chorus, with 30 paid members performing three major concerts during their season. Under the baton of former U.S. Army Chorus principal pianist Dr. Joseph Holt, the choir performs masterworks from the choral repertoire in addition to rarely heard gems, as it has since its founding in 1979. The chorus was the southeast’s first …more…

Sarasota Music Festival

Begun in 1965, the Sarasota Music Festival has provided the opportunity for promising college and conservatory musicians to learn from accomplished faculty and perform alongside esteemed guest artists.  Led by Artistic Director Robert Levin, this summer chamber music festival features such curiosities as the premieres of Mozart fragments completed by Levin himself, as well as works by Liszt, Schumann, Barber and more.  With a full lineup of student recitals, master …more…

Sarasota Orchestra

Founded in 1948 and known for many years as the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra offers a plethora of programming options including a “behind the music” look at iconic works in Journeys to Genius, the light classical selections in Great Escapes, and even chamber music concerts.  Holley Hall is also home to the Harmony Gallery, which presents solo …more…

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay performs under the baton of director Dr. James Bass and is made up of 110 auditioned, volunteer singers. The Chorale started in 1979 and since then, has continually worked to advance the choral arts in Florida through its concerts and by frequently commissioning new works from some of America’s finest contemporary choral composers including …more…