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Florida Orchestra will play to Chaplin, video games

As part of a recent effort to attract a wider audience, The Florida Orchestra announced it will perform a pair of special concerts that will appeal to classic film lovers and video game players next year.

First up, the orchestra will perform a live soundtrack to a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 silent comedy classic “The Gold Rush.” The performances, which celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” character, are Feb. 28 at Tampa Theatre and March 1 at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. Tickets cost $35.

For “rePlay: Symphony of Heroes,” the orchestra will perform heroic themes from video games, such as “Final Fantasy,” “Portal,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “Halo” and “Metal Gear.” As the orchestra plays, scenes from the games come to life on a large screen, taking the audience on a journey through the “highs and lows, the trials and the tribulations, the tense battles and the serene moments” of those games, according to an orchestra news release.

There will be two performances of “rePlay” on April 19 at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets cost $35 to $45.

Both concerts are part of the orchestra’s accessibility initiative that includes lower ticket prices and more diverse music. Other upcoming concerts feature music by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Eagles.

Tickets are available at floridaorchestra.org.

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