After a long day at work, who really wants to sit in rush hour traffic across interstates and bridges? A far sweeter alternative is sitting in the plush, red seats of the Straz Center for Performing Arts, sipping free drinks and enjoying the dynamic music of The Florida Orchestra on the final night of their happy hour concert series

On Thursday, March 23, the Straz will open its doors to guests for a night of free drinks, lovely music and mingling with fellow professionals and music lovers. The doors open at 5:30 for this last call happy hour concert, as The Florida Orchestra provides the perfect after-work happy hour in Tampa. Cocktails mixed with Tito's Handmade Vodka will be available, Stella too (and FREE!) for guests along with assorted pre-concert snacks. 


At 6:30, The Florida Orchestra will grace the stage, performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s haunting music of Scheherazade.

This is a story of a young woman named Scheherazade, who marries the Sultan in order to save future women from the fate of being taken as the Sultan's wives one day and then murdered the next morning, a tradition he vowed to maintain. Each night, Scheherazade tells the Sultan a story, entrancing him in the tales she weaves that he cannot bear to execute her the following day. How could he risk not hearing the rest of her stories? 

The Florida Orchestra is known for weaving their instruments together in ways as captivating as Scheherazade's storytelling. Michael Francis will direct the evening's performance, surely with his usual vigor and passion for the story behind the sound. 


For only $35, you can enjoy this entire evening affair. Sip on inclusive drinks sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka and Stella Artois, relish in a heart-rending musical experience then mingle with the members of The Florida Orchestra after the concert. 

Rather than crawling through traffic after work that Thursday, let the streets clear while you savor an evening of drinks, music and fun with The Florida Orchestra at the Straz Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets are available!. Join us for this marvelous evening of music and more. 

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