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The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts returns to Highlight the Creative Ambiance of the City

This annual city-wide February festival in the City of the Arts involves all of St Petes major musical and theatrical groups.


The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts is a month-long festival in February that involves diverse musical and theatrical groups as well as museums united around the exploration of a singular theme.


Taking place from Feb 8, 2024 – Feb 24, 2024, the festival highlights the creative ambience of this city, renowned for its numerous splendid cultural organizations.


The Fifth Season in February of 2023 centers around "FREEDOM."  The previous topics will be featured in succeeding years.  Our inaugural series was devoted to "William Shakespeare,"  the second year to "Tolerance and Acceptance",  the third to "The Sea", and the fourth to "Love


The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts

Explore the 2024 calendar of events:

Thursday, February 8

The Florida Orchestra Morning Matinee: “Center Stage”

Music for the theater - featuring Beethoven, Grieg, Wagner and more, including the Scherzo, Nocturne and Wedding March from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South


The St. Petersburg Opera Company: "Great Scenes from the Opera"

Including pieces from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Puccini's La Bohème and Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridge. 

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South


 

Saturday, February 10

The St. Petersburg Opera Company: "Great Scenes from the Opera"

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South


The Florida Orchestra Pops Concert: "From Broadway With Love"

Make it date night with your special Valentine! Includes favorites such as My Funny Valentine, Little Girl Blue, My Romance & other love songs from the Broadway and Disney Songbooks.

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South 


 

Tuesday, February 13

Tampa Bay Symphony, Winter Concert: "Music of the Heart"

Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Avenue North 


 

Saturday, February 17

Professor Sara Munson Deats: "Shakespeare's Cleopatra: Queen of the Infinite Variety”

Opera Central, 2145 1st Avenue South


The Florida Orchestra Masterworks Concert: "Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue"

Wynton Marsalis: Herald, Holler & Hallelujah: Fanfare for Brass & Percussion

Mason Bates:  Alternative Energy

Leonard Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On The Town

Igor Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto

Shakespearean Mystery Piece

George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, with pianist Stewart Goodyear

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South.


 

Sunday, February 18

The Florida Orchestra Masterworks Concert: "Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue"

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South.


Tampa Bay Symphony, Winter Concert: "Music of the Heart"

Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Avenue North


 

Tuesday, February 20

Professor Jacquelyn Williamson: “Cleopatra and Fake News”

The Cleopatra we know today is a fabrication of what we would call “fake news.” In this talk, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson discusses how Roman propaganda against Cleopatra propelled the unpopular Octavian, later Augustus Caesar, into power. His propaganda became an accepted historic fact, which influenced the play of Shakespeare and later Hollywood scripts, creating the modern image of Cleopatra.

In collaboration with the National Arts Club, virtual on the website of the National Arts Club


 

Friday, February 23

St. Petersburg Opera Guild: "Arias fromTurandot"


 

Saturday, February 24

The Florida Orchestra Masterworks Concert: "Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto"

Shakespearean Mystery Piece

Ludwig von Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor"

Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, “A Hero’s Life"

Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South


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