The New Tropics with Xtreme Classical Ensemble - Conductor A. Paul Johnson and The Florida Composor's Forum
"It may have been cold outside, but when Charlie Souza and his band the New Tropics took the stage at the Palladium Theatre for their first Xtreme Classical concert they sizzled. The audience was treated to a marriage of two distinctive genres: rock and roll with its drums, electric guitar, keyboard and bass guitar and classical music with its viola, violin, cello, and piano…the trademark of Extreme Classical. If the ticket holders weren't sure what to expect when they walked in the door, it wasn't long before they were clapping, whooping and hollering in appreciation. Charlie and his band were joined onstage by several musicians from the Florida Composers Forum who not only performed in the concert, but wrote their own arrangements of Charlie's music for their particular instruments. Favorites of the audience were "Carry Me Back to St. Petersburg", "I'm Flying" and "Live Your Dream". It was invigorating to be in the presence of such talent and energy and I for one can't wait until the next concert! Carol Ann Johnson, The Florida Composers Forum


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