As we all know, Tampa has big cultural arts plans. As we also know, we can’t see their manifestation soon enough. Ground-breaking for the new art museum, for example, is still on hold — pending more fund-raising. It’s a key catalyst.
But that doesn’t mean that the cultural status quo must prevail. Thanks in large part to an unprecedented gift of $400,000 by the city, The Florida Orchestra is now in the midst of a tour featuring six free Pops in the Park Concerts — from the University of Tampa to New Tampa.
The opener at Plant Park was as advertised — and imagined. Musical selections ranged from Duke Ellington to pop hits of the 1970s. The finale was Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture synchronized with fireworks. It was a graphic reminder that the arts do not have to be an elite experience. In fact, the city will help bring them to your neighborhood.
For one night, under a canopy of stars, it was exhilarating to take in what is special about this area. Those minarets. That orchestra. This waterfront.