Maestro Sforzini dusting off his bassoon

Our own Maestro Sforzini will be dusting off his bassoon to play a recital this Saturday night with clarinetist Brian Moorhead.  Moorhead (41 years Principal Clarinet with the Florida Orchestra) commissioned Sforzini to compose a Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon.  Additional commissioners include Belinda Dumont and Gayle Bertelstein.


Moorhead and Sforzini played 15 years side by side in the Florida Orchestra when Sforzini was Principal Bassoonist from 1992 – 2007.  The recital is this Saturday night, February 10 at 7:30pm at the Barness Recital Hall at the USF campus in Tampa.  

‘GPS’ address : 3775 USF Holly Drive   , Tampa, FL 33620

Admission is free!

The program will be a historical journey in musical composition for the two instruments that will culminate with a performance of Sforzini’s Double Concerto with David Stech rendering the orchestra accompaniment on the piano.

The full program includes musical movements from
     Beethoven Duo
     Mendelssohn Concertpiece Trio
     Glinka Trio Pathetique
     Richard Strauss Duet Concertino w/ piano
     Walter Piston Trio for Clarinet, Bassoon and Flute
            (David Tagliarini, flute)

T he delightful chamber program this Saturday is just the beginning!  Sforzini and Moorhead will perform the World Premiere of Sforzini’s Double Concerto with the 75-piece Tampa Bay Symphony later this month. The Tampa Bay Symphony is a collaborative partner with the St. Petersburg Opera, and our Maestro is also the Music Director of this fine ensemble.


Series 2: Winter 2018 “East Meets West”

Five  – Kenyon Wilson
     America the Beautiful , arr. Carmen Dragon
     “ Premium Blend” Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon
(World Premiere) – Sforzini

                   Brian Moorhead, Clarinet
                   Mark Sforzini, Bassoon
                   David Stech, Guest Conductor
     Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian”  – Tchaikovsky

There are three performance dates and tickets (only $20) can be purchased online through the Tampa Bay Symphony website.

BUY TICKETS NOW  for this special World Premiere event

Tuesday, February 20, 8pm – Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg

Sunday, February 25, 2:30pm – St. Pete Arts Auditorium – Clearwater Campus

Sunday, March 11, 2:30pm – Ferguson Hall, Straz Center – Tampa