Then & Now 11/27: Musical Matinees

Then & Now 11/27:  Musical Matinees

On this date in 1855, a small band of musicians gave the first in a series of chamber music concerts at Dodworth’s Hall in New York City. And as a newspaper notice put it, “In consequence of the numerous evening engagements of the city, and to enable ladies to be present without escort, it is proposed to give matinees in preference to soirees.”

The Florida Orchestra is presenting a series of matinees for it’s masterworks season this year, and the next one is coming up this Sunday.  Rachmaninoff’s genius is on full display in his lush Symphony No. 2, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 will be performed by Alex Kerr, who formerly held the prestigious position of concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. The matinee performance is in the Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete this Sunday afternoon at 2:00.  There are also performances this Friday and Saturday night in Tampa and St. Petersburg.  Tickets and more information are online at