Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.
BALTIC BLOW-OUT: Tonight, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra performs at the Phillips Center. Featuring conductor Nikolai Alexeev and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, the orchestra will perform Antonin Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major along with Veljo Tormis’ Overture No. 2. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50, $10 for UF students.
Nov. 14-Jan. 20:
TUBULAR TOUR STOP: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts two new exhibits through the first of the year: “Surf Science — Waves and Wildlife,” which examines ecosystems on beaches and in the surf, and “Surfing Florida — A Photographic History,” which celebrates the history of surfing in Florida and around the world with interactive exhibits. Admission to both exhibits is $4 for adults, $3.50 for Florida residents and college students, $3 for children and free for UF students and museum members. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The exhibits continue through Jan. 20, 2014.
ART EVENT: The University of Florida’s Focus Gallery, located in the main lobby of Fine Arts Building C, hosts a special reception Friday artist Oliver Herring, honoring his weeklong “Areas for Action” event. The installation involved collaboration with students of the Oak Hill School, W.A.R.P., Art Education and Creative Photography. The reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m.
STAR GAZING: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts its seventh-annual Starry Night event on Friday. The event offers the chance to enjoy the night sky with astronomy experts and professional telescopes. In addition, visitors can view the universe in 3-D and see a number of space rocks. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m.
DANCE AWAY HOME: Dance America Annual Ballet performs its family show, “Lady Bug: Action Hero!” a work advocating friendship, empowerment and respect and featuring the titular insect, at the Gainesville High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL NUMBERS: Also Saturday, Dance Alive National Ballet presents its “Next Generation Benefit Concert,” which will feature advanced and intermediary student dancers from Pofahl Studios, the official school of Dance Alive. The performance will feature a number of styles and genres at Gainesville High School starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $15.
PIPING IN: Lauded British concert organist Thomas Trotter will perform at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday. The resident organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westiminster Abbey, England, and city organist of Birmingham, England, Trotter will perform works by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann and Julius Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Voluntary donations will be accepted.
INTERGENERATIONAL INAUGURAL: New Voices Rising Community Chorus, a new 72 member, multi-generational choral group, holds its first performance at the First Methodist Church on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to benefit the Friends of Alachua County Public Schools Elementary Arts Program.
HOT TO TROT: Buenos Aires based dance company Tango Fire returns to the Phillips Center for a performance Wednesday. Featuring five couples with their own distinctive dance styles, the ensemble will perform to live musical accompaniment from Jesus Hidalgo and the Quarteto Fuego at the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m. In addition, the company will host a master class at the McGuire Dance Pavilion from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. the same day.
SCIENCE GUY STOPS BY: Television personality and science popularizer, Bill “The Science Guy” Nye, will speak at the Phillips Center on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Student tickets will be available on Wednesday beginning at noon at the Phillips Center box office, and remaining tickets will be made available to the general public at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.