Chamber Celebration
6:00 PM18:00

Chamber Celebration

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Troy Chang

Cellist Troy Chang, a native of Concord, Massachusetts, is in demand in a wide array of musical settings, whether that be symphonic, operatic, chamber, or solo music. He joined the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in 2013, the Sarasota Orchestra in 2017, and since 2015, is Principal Cello of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. He was on the cello and theory faculty at the Luzerne Music Center in Lake Luzerne, New York, where he also curated the Faculty Chamber Music Series. He currently spends his summers with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas and as Principal Cello with the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra in Charlottesville, Virginia. On faculty at Florida Southern College, he resides in Tampa and performs regularly with The Florida Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. His principal teachers include Fred Sherry, David Geber, Carol Ou, and Joan Esch. Mr. Chang plays a cello ascribed to Paolo Testore from 1763 and his bow is a Hippolyte Lamy from 1920.


Karim Ayala

Born in the city of Merida, Mexico, Karim Ayala is an active chamber and orchestra

musician in the Tampa Bay area. Karim was a member of the Yucatan Symphony

Orchestra at the age of 16, being the youngest member ever to join the professional

ensemble. He also was a member and rotating concert master with the National Youth

Orchestra of Mexico, has performed with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and has also

performed the Scheherazade soli with the Round Top Festival Orchestra in 2016. As a

soloist, Karim has performed several times with the Yucatan Youth Orchestra, the Yucatan

Superior Arts University Orchestra, and the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. As part of his

musical education, Karim has studied with several internationally acclaimed artists such as

the violinist Julia Bushkova, Christopher Collins Lee, Dr. Felix Olschofka and Professor

Katrin Ten Hagen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in

Leipzig, Germany. Karim holds a performance degree from the University of North Texas

and currently is pursuing a Master’s degree in violin performance at the University of South

Florida under the instruction of Dr. Carolyn Stuart.

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La Verbena de la Paloma
to Mar 17

La Verbena de la Paloma

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‘La Verbena de la Paloma’ (The Fair of the Virgin of la Paloma ) is probably the best known zarzuela (Spanish operetta) on an international level, and which has been performed in many theaters in Spain and abroad since it’s premier, back in 1894. Considered by many as one of the greatest zarzuela's of all time, the zarzuela is set in Madrid, at around the time it was premiered (1894) during the festivity of the Virgin of the Holy Spirit.  

Composed by Tomás Bretón with a libretto by Ricardo de la Vega, the story focuses on the little love drama between sweethearts Julián and Susana whose love endures the amusing meddling of an old bachelor suitor. Susana and her sister Casta live together with their aunt Antonia, and they flirt with the apothecary Don Hilarion, who has illusions, without realizing that the two young people just want to have fun. After some adventures at the festival, the love of Julián and Susana triumphs!

Directed by Diego Iglesias and featuring the BADO Orchestra directed by Ezra Haugabrooks, this zarzuela presents a parade of characters drawn from Madrid’s Belle Epoque. The dialogues are sharp and witty, and the catchy music includes some of the most celebrated zarzuela tunes, such as the famous habanera,¿Dónde vas con mantón de Manila?

Presented in Spanish with English Supertitles, La Verbena is perfect for all audiences!

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All is Bright
7:00 PM19:00

All is Bright

All Is Bright is the second benefit concert organized by two local Tampa artists, attorney,

Scott R. Lilly, and professional opera tenor, Cody Austin.

The mission is to help charitable organizations that serve the Tampa Bay community

through efforts by Tampa’s very own population of professional artists. Lilly works closely

with internationally acclaimed operatic tenor Cody Austin, who serves as the group’s

artistic director. The singers will be joined by world-renowned pianist, Michael Fennelly. Select numbers will be accompanied by the Ballet and Dance Orchestra, Inc.

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