Last month's cold snap is etimated to have cost Florida Growers 700 Million dollars and that figure is expected to rise, House Lawmakers in Florida are debating whether or not to delay a 12 fold increase in the unemployment compensation tax, and State Farm has asked permission from state regulators to increase its auto insurance rates in Florida by an average of 9.2 percent.
In a single year two centuries ago — 1810 — two of the greatest composers to rise in the shadow of Beethoven were born within just months of each other. Frederic Chopin, son of Poland. Robert Schumann, out of Germany. Pioneers of Romanticism. Icons of the era. They made exquisite music that would still fill halls after two hundred years. They had madness, passion, poetry.
Photo Courtesy: Una Voce The Florida Men's Chorale
Something else of interest for classical music lovers is the upcoming USF and Palladium ENCORE Series programs on February 15 and 16. They feature Florida Orchestra Principal Clarinetist and USF faculty member Brian Moorhead. He joins guest artist Indianapolis Symphony Principal Violist, Michael Strauss and noted St. Petersburg area piano-artist, Brent Douglas.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist released his proposed budget for the upcoming year which was almost immediately denied, Florida may very well adopt another seatbelt-type law regarding children between the ages of 4 - 7 that would require them to sit in booster seats, and WUSF checks in with Tampa Airman Rex Temple for another installment of My Last Tour, WUSF takes an in-depth look at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who made an appearance yesterday at Stetson University, the freezing cold has caused about a half billion dollars worth of crop damage, and Florida community colleges ask the Governor for more money.