Lloyd Goldstein & Joshua Paul: Creative Collaborators

Lloyd Goldstein

Coming this Saturday (March 9), Creative Collaborations at Opera Central brings together a diverse and eclectic collection of music and musicians. Among the performers: Tampa’s Lloyd Goldstein, a composer, and arranger, and a restlessly creative double bassist. Lloyd played with the Florida Orchestra for 21 years before joining the Arts in Medicine program at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he has been a Certified Music Practitioner since 2008, performing bedside for patients and their families.
It’s a deeply satisfying musical odyssey. “I’m constantly amazed by the power of music to transform the way a person feels,” Lloyd says. “To move a person from the inside out.”
He prefers the intimacy of these encounters over the concert hall experience.  “I’m playing, oftentimes, for people that are sitting six feet from me. It’s not like a performance, it’s a service that you’re doing. It has to be real. You have to center yourself and become part of that picture. It can’t be detached. Every line, every gesture, every nuance counts. They sense everything.
“So what it’s done for me as a musician is cause me to be very present on a regular basis, every time I play. Moffitt has made me a better musician.”
For Creative Collaborations, Lloyd will join forces with banjo player Joshua Paul for a selection of songs that spotlight the amazing ability of two seemingly disparate instruments to play in counterpoint and harmony.

Joshua Paul

Josh (photo, left), according to Lloyd, is a multi-instrumentalist who “uses the instrument as a vehicle for his own ideas, and his own voice. So he doesn’t play the banjo the way you normally think of it. He plays it like a guitar, really, more than anything. Like a classical guitar.”
Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) is the centerpiece of Saturday’s very special event. Maestro Mark Sforzini will conduct a small chamber group for the dramatic work, which also encompasses actors, a dancer and narration.
The performers are: Matt Acquard, The Soldier Paula Broadwater, The Devil Karl Hesser, The Narrator Vanessa Russo, The Princess (Dancer) Jeffrey Smick, Violin Lloyd Goldstein, Double Bass Brian Moorhead, Clarinet Maurizio Venturini, Bassoon Sam Massimilla, Trumpet Kenneth Brantley, Trombone Kelsey Bannon, Percussion.
Also on the program: Maestro Sforzini joins forces with fellow bassoonists Joshua Baker, Daryn Bauer and Maurizio Venturini for a selection of classical and popular quartets by Prokofiev, Wagner, Handel and Mancini; and the Tampa Bay Symphony Brass Quintet performing a work by Russian composer Viktor Ewald.
Creative Collaborations – truly one-of-a-kind and one night only – begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Opera Central. General seating tickets are $25; premium table seating is available for $40. Purchase tickets here!
Creative Collaborations is sponsored by Bill Ward.