World renowned violinist Midori highlights a roster of brilliant guest soloists. A tribute to Leonard Bernstein is featured. Joining Anu Tali will be two guest conductors bringing their interpretations to our season.

  • Dvořák & Mahler

    Dvořák & Mahler

    Masterworks 1

    Friday, November 10, 2017 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    The first concert of the season launches with two works by the great masters: Dvořák and Mahler. Dvořák's Cello Concerto is the pinnacle of expression for the instrument most like the human voice. Exploring some of the cello's most expressive and beautiful qualities, Dvořák shows his compositional prowess in this piece performed by Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas. On hearing Mahler's Fifth Symphony, prepare to forget that time has passed. The symphony begins with a rhythmic motive reminiscent of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. It progresses from tragedy to triumph in the stirring fifth movement.


    Anu Tali, conductor
    Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas, cello

    Cello Concerto

    Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas, cello

    Symphony No. 5

  • Symphonic Carnival

    Symphonic Carnival

    Masterworks 2

    Friday, December 8, 2017 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Emotional intensity explodes from the orchestra in Stravinsky's Firebird. This magical tale of a glowing bird features vibrant flashes of orchestral color. Barber's Violin Concerto is at once gorgeous and powerful, making its pyrotechnics the perfect companion to Firebird. Described as "monstrously talented," soloist Benjamin Beilman joins guest conductor Larry Rachleff in this program filled with intensity and virtuosity. We salute American icon Leonard Bernstein on his 100th birthday year with Symphonic Dances from his popular musical, West Side Story. Berlioz's innovative Roman Carnival Overture is a vibrant opening for this electrifying concert.


    Larry Rachleff, conductor
    Benjamin Beilman, violin

    Roman Carnival Overture

    Violin Concerto

    Benjamin Beilman, violin

    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


  • Firsts


    Masterworks 3

    Friday, January 12, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    First symphonies and concerti frequently hold special meaning to composers. These two firsts by Brahms and Sibelius are intense adventures. Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 is a giant among piano concerti. Born out of personal emotional conflict, the work is both heroic and tragic. Lukáš Vondráček, winner of the 2016 International Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition, will take on this formidable and beloved concerto. Sibelius's First Symphony is a patriotic tribute to his homeland of Finland. The work features an incredibly rich tone palette that is both expansive and intimate.


    Anu Tali, conductor
    Lukáš Vondráček, piano

    Piano Concerto No. 1

    Lukáš Vondráček, piano

    Symphony No. 1

  • Impressions


    Masterworks 4

    Friday, February 2, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, February 4, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Allow Parisian composers Ravel and Debussy to sweep you away to new dimensions of impressionistic beauty. Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess is unsurpassed in its alluring qualities. This graceful elegy transports you to a new realm. Pianists and audiences love Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 as a delightful piano showpiece that frames an arresting middle movement. Blurring the lines between symphony and tone poem, Debussy's La mer is an exquisite description of the ocean. Lush melodies roll forth as waves while the music sparkles and shifts in new and exciting ways.


    Anu Tali, conductor
    Andrew von Oeyen, piano

    Pavane pour une infant défunte

    Piano Concerto No. 2

    Andrew von Oeyen, piano

    La mer

  • Midori Honors Bernstein

    Midori Honors Bernstein

    Masterworks 5

    Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Friday, February 23, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Violin legend Midori joins the Sarasota Orchestra for an intensely romantic concert. In tribute to the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, Midori interprets his serenade for violin and orchestra, a beautiful work that serves as an ode to love.

    Love of nature is the central theme for Beethoven's famous "Pastoral" Symphony. You'll envision musical nymphs and centaurs frolicking through the countryside and the perfect peace found in a pastoral setting. Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture, from the famous opera, a comedic love story, is full of zest and whimsy.


    Michael Balke, conductor
    Midori, violin

    Overture to The Barber of Seville

    Serenade for Violin and Orchestra

    Midori, violin

    Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

  • Lift-Off


    Masterworks 6

    Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Friday, March 16, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Join our discovery of thrilling and heavenly music. No piece of classical music may be better at taking our imagination on a breathtaking journey toward outer space than Holst's The Planets. Holst uses his expertise in brass to bring a rich palette to depicting the mythical personalities of the planets. Roger Zare's Lift-Off, a celebration of human space exploration, is an action-packed overture and will take you from Earth to Saturn in three minutes. With a sound that some have described as out-of-this-world, soprano Pureum Jo will join Sarasota Orchestra to sing a variety of Mozart's best and most beautiful concert arias.


    Anu Tali, conductor
    Pureum Jo, soprano


    Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia

    Pureum Jo, soprano

    Vado ma dove

    Pureum Jo, soprano

    Bella mia fiamma – Resta o cara

    Pureum Jo, soprano

    The Planets

  • The Red Violin

    The Red Violin

    Masterworks 7

    Friday, April 6, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Enjoy this program featuring one thrill ride after another. John Adams' Short Ride is full of surprises and leaves you wishing for more. While a contemporary composition, John Corigliano's Violin Concerto evokes music of past eras. Based on his score for the film, The Red Violin, the work showcases the expressive capabilities of the violin. Elina Vähälä is the perfect star for this ravishing work. Rachmaninoff's final work, Symphonic Dances, creates a beautiful mix of melodies and emotional complexities. His swan song is a reflective work yet also an astonishingly youthful creation that represents the composer at his best.


    Anu Tali, conductor
    Elina Vӓhӓlӓ, violin

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (The Red Violin)

    Elina Vӓhӓlӓ, violin

    Symphonic Dances

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Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

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