The State College of Florida Bradenton Symphony Orchestra kicks off its second season this weekend with a program of music inspired by the city of Rome.
The concert is titled “All Roads Lead to Rome” and it’s set for Friday at the Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF.
The program includes “Roman Carnival Overture” by Hector Berlioz and “Pines of Rome,” one of Ottorino Respighi’s three tone poems about the Italian capital.
The orchestra will also accompany two sopranos, Carol Sparrow and Stella Zambalis, in arias from “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, which is set in Rome, “Tales from Hoffman” by Jacques Offenbach, a phenomenal work that doesn’t seem to have any connection to Rome, and “La Clemenza Di Tito” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which is set in ancient Rome.
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Robyn Bell conducts.
The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., but ticket-holders who show up an hour early will be treated to a reception and a music discussion in room 189 in the same building as SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center.