An alumnus of Sarasota Youth Orchestras (SYO), trombonist Austin Canon began his professional path on southwest Florida stages. Now a first-year trombone fellow with the New World Symphony, Canon credits his early mentors with making him the musician he is today.
In July, Sarasota Orchestra announced the selection of Stages Consultants as key partners in the creation of the region’s first purpose-built concert hall for acoustic music. Led by acoustician Damian Doria and theater planner Alec Stoll, Stages Consultants is a highly distinguished, New Jersey-based firm that has participated in several major projects, from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando to Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland.
In this Q&A originally published in the Fall 2023 issue of Sarasota Orchestra's newsletter, SCORE, Damian and Alec shed light on the critical parts the acoustician and theater planner play in realizing a home for Sarasota Orchestra.
The more you dig into your favorite classical music’s origin stories, the more you realize how many of history’s greatest composers had something in common: They were experts at taking a holiday. Just like average Joes and Janes, now and then these brilliant musical minds needed a break from the daily grind. And as you’ll see in the following three vignettes, a dose of good, old-fashioned R-and-R can work wonders as a burnout cure and stoke one’s creative fire.
Each Sarasota Orchestra Flex Pass is as unique as the patron who holds it. Of the 134,217,349 possible Flex Passes, a certain few of our 75th Anniversary Season’s concert combinations sparkle with personality. Which one of these concertgoing types resembles your special brand of Sarasota Orchestra fandom?
One October day in 1992, Fernando Traba stepped off a plane and into his first season as Principal Bassoon with Sarasota Orchestra. To his astonishment, a bassoon trio made up of his new colleagues stood at the airport gate and, upon spotting Fernando, they burst into a fanfare of Mexican dance music.
Centuries before stories and poems were first set down in writing, the sister arts of music and storytelling were inextricably linked with one another, filling a deep human need for words to be illuminated, enriched, and enhanced by musical sounds. Our 2023 Sarasota Music Festival has celebrated the mysterious and magical power through an expansive range of works, both familiar and new, that have invited us to set our imagination ablaze, and illustrate the Festival theme: The Power of Music Through Storytelling.
As we head into the final week of the Festival, we are reflecting on some of the aspects that have made this year so special for our fellows:
“The connections that are made at SMF last a lifetime!” says King.
Former clarinet fellow Kazem Abdullah joins the ranks of Sarasota Music Festival’s prestigious faculty this year as guest conductor for the second Festival Saturday: Sound Stories.