1. James Bond will be shaken and stirred by the Florida Orchestra

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-05-11

    The Florida Orchestra
    Pops Series Finale Features
    Classic James Bond
    With 007 Collectibles Displayed in Lobby

    The Florida Orchestra’s Raymond James Pops series goes out with a “bang” at its final pops concert of the season reliving the thrills, the spills and the ever-so-cool chills of 007…”Bond, James Bond” …with hits from Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Casino Royale, Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die, among musical themes from over 20 James Bond films. The concerts feature renowned conductor Carl Davis and vocalist Mary Carewe. James Bond collectibles and memorabilia will be displayed in the concert hall lobby each night from the collection of 007 expert Matt Sherman.

    Concerts are Friday, May 21, at 8 p.m., David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts Ferguson Hall, in Tampa; Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m., Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, in St. Petersburg; and Sunday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, in Clearwater. Tickets are $20 to $65 for the general public and are only $10 for students: 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or online at

    Lobby Displays of James Bond Collectibles

    Matt Sherman is a top “Bondologist” who has appeared internationally on television and in print, and has led Bond and espionage fan events and locations tours across the U.S. and overseas. His exploits have appeared in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, VH-1’s Totally Obsessed! and on HGTV, TNN, The Learning Channel, C-SPAN and more. He has contributed to numerous books and publications about the Bond phenomenon and to interactive CDs and DVDs. His extensive 007 and Ian Fleming memorabilia collection features unique acquisitions from the film stars, authors and screenwriters of Bond on location. Sherman will exhibit some of his collection at the Florida Orchestra’s Classic James Bond pops concerts, including one-of-a-kind first editions, movie memorabilia from each of the 22 EON Productions James Bond films, and James Bond toys and games.

    Conductor Carl Davis

    Carl Davis is a prolific composer of music for feature films, television, silent films, ballets and musicals as well as the Liverpool Oratorio that he co-wrote with Paul McCartney. In 1959, he and fellow student Stephen Vinaver wrote the revue Diversions, which won him an Obie for this off-Broadway production. Shortly thereafter, Ned Sherrin of BBC commissioned Davis to compose for That Was The Week That Was, paving the way for many radio and television commissions, including the BBC’s production of Pride and Prejudice as well as The Snow Goose, The World At War, Hollywood, Cold War, The Far Pavilions, The Naked Civil Servant, Good Night Mr Tom and, most recently, Cranford. Davis is also recognized for the scores he has composed for such feature films as The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Champions, Scandal, Ken Russell’s The Rainbow, Widow’s Peak, Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy and The Book of Eve. Another area reflecting his creative output includes his musical scores for over fifty silent films, including one for Abel Gance’s epic film Napoleon, for which Davis received the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture after a screening of the film in Paris. Among the many silent films for which he has orchestrated music are Ben Hur, Phantom of the Opera, Flesh and the Devil, Old Heidelberg, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Intolerance, The Crowd and The Big Parade, Chaplin’s Behind the Screen and King Vidor’s Show People.

    Vocalist Mary Carewe

    Vocalist Mary Carewe has performed under the baton of such renowned conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, John Rutter and Charles Hazlewood. In her now long-established artistic relationship with conductor Carl Davis, she has sung a variety of programs, including a James Bond program and an Oscar Winners program with the main British orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Spain, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 in a James Bond program with The New York Pops with Carl Davis conducting.

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