Florida Orchestra conducts first Pride Weekend

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ST. PETERSBURG | The Florida Orchestra (TFO) will hold its inaugural Pride Weekend across two performing arts centers Oct. 5-6.
TFO, which launches its 51st season Sept. 28, is Florida’s largest professional symphony orchestra. The organization performs nearly 100 concerts annually in and outside of its three main concert halls—Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Pride Weekend will highlight “Bernstein’s Broadway,” honoring the centennial of American composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Its three performances, one at the Straz Center Oct. 5 and two at the Mahaffey Theater Oct. 6, will feature selections from “West Side Story,” “Candide,” “On the Town” and more.

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07.26.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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There are moments in our lives that stick with us—defining who we were, who we are or who we want to be.

Among my list of essentials are a summer with my grandmother, probably my favorite person that I’ve ever known. The two of us would take turns telling one another stories we’d make up on the spot, finishing each other’s dangling plot threads well into the wee hours of the night. She also helped cement my role as a night owl.

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Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay seeks singers

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TAMPA | The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay (GMCTB) will hold auditions for new and returning talent Aug. 4 and Aug. 13 ahead of the group’s fall season.

Founded in 2002, the GMCTB — formerly known as Una Voce — exists to celebrate the inherent dignity of all people through excellence in men’s choral music. Singers do not have to be gay or male to sing with the group, they advise, noting that the only requirement is that singing members “are willing and able to sing a male vocal part: tenor, baritone or bass.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Tell them you love them

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay took the Amalie Arena by storm on March 31 when they joined Demi Lovato on stage for the final performance of her 20-city nationwide tour.

“No joke—this was us last night on stage,” the group shared on social media afterwards, posting video of their performance with the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum popstar. “It was such an honor for [the] Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay to back up singer and LGBT ally Demi Lovato in concert!”

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