About Strings in the Spring

The Carrollwood Cultural Center and pianist Franz Mantini are excited to welcome special guest artist James Connors to the 2023 edition of Strings in the Spring. Mr. Connors joined The Florida Orchestra as principal cellist in 1988 and will retire at the end of the 2022-2023 season. We are honored to have him returning to Strings in the Spring to celebrate this special occasion with a recital of beautiful music for the cello and piano.

Mr. Connors and Mr. Mantini will perform Beethoven’s 3rd Sonata in A major, and works by both Clara and Robert Schumann. We hope you will join us to commemorate Mr. Connors’s career as he shares his artistry at the Center.

Performance Details:

From the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7                  Clara Wieck Schumann   (1819 – 1896)

        Romanze: Andante non troppo con grazia                 

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73                                                   Robert Schumann  (1810 – 1856)

        Zart und mit Ausdruck (Tender and with expression)       

        Lebhaft, leicht (Lively, light)

        Rasch und mit Feuer (Quick and with fire)

Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70


Etude in A flat Major, Op.25, No.1                                  Frederic Chopin  (1810 – 1849)

Etude in F minor, Op.25, No.2             

Sonata # 3 in A Major, Op. 69                                      Ludgwig van Beethoven  (1770 -1827)

        Allegro ma non tanto             

        Allegro molto

        Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace


Carrollwood Cultural Center

At the Carrollwood Cultural Center, magic is around every corner. Music fills the air, colors dress the walls, dancers float on stage and drama evokes emotion. The Center has been honored to host an array of local talents from visual artists, instrumentalists, singers, dancers and theatre groups. We look forward to introducing more area talent through future performances and concerts. Who knows? Perhaps our next headliner will be you!