• Geff Strik

Tampa Bay Times: Fall Arts Preview

The Tampa Bay Times highlights The Florida Orchestra's showcase of Beethoven masterpieces.


If you’re going to pick a year to pay tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven, the 250th anniversary of his birth is a pretty good one. But it’s far from the only reason to salute the composer Michael Francis calls the greatest who ever lived.

“There’s no composer that’s not influenced by him,” said the Florida Orchestra’s music director. “Something about that music, and about that man, about what he dealt with. It just taps into the human psyche in a more universal way than any other composer.

Francis said the orchestra will continue presenting ambitious collaborations, including a presentation of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Tampa City Ballet in January; and a second program with St. Petersburg artist Geff Strik, who painted visuals for Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht in March. Strik is creating artwork to accompany Strauss’ Don Quixote in October.

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