Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Classical alternative to Super Bowl concert weekend

For those of you who will not be attending one of several Super Bowl-themed concerts this weekend in the Tampa Bay area, consider the Sarasota Orchestra's next installment of its Masterworks series: "From America to Scotland."

The event, held at Neel Performing Arts Center on the campus of Manatee Community College, features guest conductor David Lockington of the United Kingdom and Manatee County resident Bharat Chandra on clarinet. Chandra is a principal clarinet with the Sarasota Orchestra and has performed as a featured soloist internationally.

Selected tunes are Benny Goodman-inspired Clarinet Concerto, The Suite from Billy the Kid and "Scottish" Symphony No. 3.

Tickets are $32-$82. For more information, visit

And for those interested in the abundance of Super Bowl concerts and related activities, check out our Weekend section tomorrow.

- January Holmes

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