The work day is done, would you rather sit in your car in rush hour traffic, or relax at a HAPPY HOUR concert at the Straz in downtown Tampa? Picture yourself sipping free drinks, enjoying a symphony concert and hanging out with the musicians afterward!  Yes, it's time to cheer as The Florida Orchestra debuts a new series of Happy Hour Concerts; a spirited mix of live symphonic music, free drinks and meet-and-greets with TFO musicians at the Straz Center in Downtown Tampa. You have a choice! 

The Florida Orchestra Introduces Happy Hour Concerts

Tickets are on sale now for a whole new way to experience and get to know the orchestra!  $35 gets you concert admission plus free drinks provided by Stella Artois and Tito’s Handmade Vodka before, during and after the concert!  Doors and lobby bars open at 5:30 p.m.  Your evening includes an hour-long concert with no intermission beginning at 6:30 p.m. Linger in the lobby following the concert to sip, mix and mingle with TFO musicians. Each date features one of TFO’s premier conductors: Music Director Michael Francis, Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina. 

All tickets are $35 and seating is general admission.  Your complimentary drinks are sponsored by Stella Artois and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Soda and water will be available for purchase and light snacks will be on hand.

The Details: 

The Happy Hour Concerts are scheduled as follows:

A Toast to the Classics ~ Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, Ferguson Hall at the Straz
A light and lively night, with Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and Prokofiev’s Summer Day. Stuart Malina conducting.

American Spirit[s] ~ Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, Ferguson Hall at the Straz
Music made in the USA, including a Duke Ellington Portrait, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and a real treat: Jeff Tyzik conducting his own work, New York Cityscape.

Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music ~ Thursday, March 23, 2017, Morsani Hall at the Straz   
Love. Murder. Deceit. Rimsky-Korsakov’s haunting music weaves the classic tale of Scheherazade, with Michael Francis as your guide.
Tickets may be purchased by clicking over to the Event Pages above to click on the 'Tickets" button or by phone at 727.892.3337 and 1.800.662.7286. You can also secure your tickets at the Florida Orchestra box office.

The choice is simple, right!  It's a no-brainer, free drinks, music and more at the Florida Orchestra's new Happy Hour Concerts is a great way to unwind and relax as the streets clear. Bravo Florida Orchestra for designing a perfect night! Let the music carry you away from the stresses of work, let the masses wend their weary way home, while you take a couple hours out to enjoy the finer side of life with like-minded souls at a symphony with a twist!