Then & Now 10/16: Our Thursday Night Masterwork with the Florida Orchestra!
On this date in 1891, it was the inaugural afternoon concert of the Chicago Symphony at the Chicago Auditorium, with Theodore Thomas conducting Wagner’s Faust Overture, Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 , and an Overture by Dvorák. The Symphony's first evening concert occurred the following day.
It was 50 years ago that our own Florida Orchestra was formed when the Tampa Philharmonic merged with the St. Petersburg Symphony to form the brand new Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, a name it held until 1984 when it was changed to the Florida Orchestra. Classical WSMR is celebrating the orchestra’s 50th anniversary season by featuring several of their concerts on the radio, the first of which is this Thursday night! Listen as Michael Francis conducts the orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in a performance of Carl Orff’s stunning Carmina Burana. It’s our Thursday night masterwork with the Florida Orchestra later this week at 7:00 on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.