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  • Renaissance

    Renaissance

    Discoveries 1

    September 23, 2017 | 7:30pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Discover the great epoch of rebirth with Renaissance, a program infused with the era's sprightly dance rhythms, jaunty melodies, and sense of invention. At once beautifully elegant and irrepressibly lively, Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances offers a whimsical homage to a bygone age. Sarasota Orchestra principal flutist Betsy Traba sparkles in Lukas Foss's Renaissance Concerto, a work the composer describes as "a handshake across the centuries." Passionate melody and poignant emotion take center stage in George Walker's Lyric for Strings. Mozart's propulsive Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, made famous in the movie "Amadeus," adds a dash of Classical panache.

    Praised for his "uncommonly expressive and detailed" performances (Miami Herald), rising young guest conductor Steven Jarvi leads the Sarasota Orchestra in a memorable night of time travel.

    Program

    Steven Jarvi, conductor
    Betsy Traba, flute


    RESPIGHI
    Ancient Airs and Dances


    FOSS
    Renaissance Concerto


    WALKER
    Lyric for Strings


    MOZART
    Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

  • Tango Time

    Tango Time

    Chamber Soirée 1

    Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall

    Explore accessible and thrilling contemporary classical music. In The Seasons, enjoy musical descriptions of nature in Wisconsin, including the colors of autumn, the challenges of winter, the promise of spring, and the joy of summer. The intensity builds with Piazzolla's Four, for Tango. This string quartet is aggressive, sensual and mesmerizing. Maslanka describes the first movement of his Quintet No. 2 as fierce, the second movement as elusive, and the third as sweet.

    Program

    STEVENS
    The Seasons: A Symphony for Brass Quintet

    Sarasota Brass Quintet


    PIAZZOLLA
    Four for Tango

    Samantha Bennett, violin; Jennifer Best Takeda, violin; Michael McClelland, viola; TBD, cello


    MASLANKA
    Quintet No. 2 for Winds

    Sarasota Wind Quintet

  • Collage

    Collage

    Chamber Soirée 2

    Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    Presenting a musical collage, we begin in a time of elegance and aristocracy with Händel's stately Aria. We then jump to the 20th century with three pieces by Reich, Kodaly, and Ewazen. A minimalist pioneer, Steve Reich's Nagoya Marimbas presents melodies in perpetual, spellbinding waves. Mysterious yet playful, Kodaly's Serenade is scored for the unusual combination of two violins and viola. Ewazen finds inspiration for his quintet in Colorado's Roaring Fork River. Sibelius' Suite for strings and percussion will carry you to the realm of the exquisite.

    Program

    HANDEL
    Aria No. 1

    Sarasota Brass Quintet


    REICH
    Nagoya Marimbas

    George Nickson, marimba; Bruce Lehman, marimba


    KODÁLY
    Serenade

    Jennifer Takeda-Best, violin; Samantha Bennett, violin; Steven Laraia, viola


    EWAZEN
    Roaring Fork Quintet for Wind Instruments

    Sarasota Wind Quintet

  • By Special Arrangement

    By Special Arrangement

    Great Escapes 1

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, October 13, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Much of the music we love was composed for small ensembles or even a solo piano. This concert explores how arranging music for a full orchestra can enhance sonic colors and impact. This diverse program features popular selections from classical composers, the Beatles, and the Broadway smash Hamilton.

    Program

    Chris Confessore, conductor


    Program Details TBA

  • Treasures

    Treasures

    Chamber Soirée 3

    Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    We bring you two giants of chamber music: Dvořák and Fauré. Dignified throughout, Dvořák's lovely Serenade is simply alluring. Brahms wrote of the Serenade: "It would be difficult to discover a finer, more refreshing impression of really abundant and charming creative talent." Fauré's Quartet is a work of awesome power. It is beauty personified and is at times playful, grieving and serene. At all times, it carries within it the emotional weight of a symphony, ranging from heartbreak to great jubilation.

    Program

    DVOŘÁK
    Serenade for Wind Instruments

    Adam De Sorgo, oboe; Nicholas Arbolino, oboe; Bharat Chandra, clarinet; Laura Stephenson Petty, clarinet; Fernando Traba, bassoon; Evan Epifanio, bassoon; Joshua Horne, horn; TBD, horn; Laurence Solowey, horn; Chizuko Matsusaka, cello; John Price, double bass


    FAURÉ
    Piano Quartet No.1

    Sarasota Piano Quartet

  • String Spectrum

    String Spectrum

    Chamber Soirée 4

    Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall

    The subtitle of Failing is "A Very Difficult Piece for String Bass." Our soloist reads amusing text and instructions while simultaneously playing increasingly strenuous music. Failing becomes an end goal. We then move across the spectrum to a challenging work for string quartet. Schubert's Quartet in G Major is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful string quartets ever composed, though so technically difficult it is not often performed. In it, the forces of light and dark battle against each other, and the ultimate winner is only revealed at the end.

    Program

    JOHNSON
    Failing

    John Miller, double bass


    SCHUBERT
    Quartet in G Major

    Sarasota String Quartet

  • 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.

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas, cello


    DVOŘÁK
    Cello Concerto

    Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas, cello


    MAHLER
    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.

    Program

    Larry Rachleff, conductor
    Benjamin Beilman, violin


    BERLIOZ
    Roman Carnival Overture


    BARBER
    Violin Concerto

    Benjamin Beilman, violin


    BERNSTEIN
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


    STRAVINSKY
    Firebird

  • Home for the Holidays

    Home for the Holidays

    Great Escapes 2

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, December 22, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, December 23, 2017 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    We're all dreaming of a White Christmas, even in Florida. This concert provides a range of sentimental experiences, from a Miracle on 34th Street to March of the Toys to the music from Frozen. Join us for a musical Sleigh Ride, enjoy Klezmer King Wenceslas and Corelli’s special Christmas Concerto.

    Program

    Andrew Lane, conductor


    Program Details TBA

  • Musical Landscapes

    Musical Landscapes

    Discoveries 2

    January 6, 2018 | 7:30pm | Sarasota Opera House

    See the world from your seat in the Sarasota Opera House with Musical Landscapes, an evening of sonorous scenic panoramas. Whitcare's luminous re-imagining of the River Cam, which flowed past his window at Cambridge University, features Sarasota Orchestra's own principal cellist Natalie Helm. Smetana paints a lush portrait of a Bohemian river in The Moldau. Mementos "remembered with affection" come to life in Barber's Souvenirs, while Copland transports us to the heart of the Midwest in poignant excerpts from The Tender Land. The sightseeing concludes with a sojourn to Scotland through Maxwell Davies's raucous portrait of An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise, featuring bagpipe soloist Gary Reinstrom.

    Hailed for his "energy and enthusiasm" (Buffalo News), guest conductor Stefan Sanders is your dynamic guide on this matchless musical tour.

    Program

    Stefan Sanders, conductor
    Natalie Helm, cello
    Gary Reinstrom, bagpipes


    SMETANA
    The Moldau from Má vlast (My Fatherland)


    WHITACRE
    The River Carn

    Natalie Helm, cello


    COPLAND
    Suite from The Tender Land


    BARBER
    Souvenirs


    MAXWELL DAVIES
    An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise

    Gary Reinstrom, bagpipes

  • Firsts

    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.

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Lukáš Vondráček, piano


    BRAHMS
    Piano Concerto No. 1

    Lukáš Vondráček, piano


    SIBELIUS
    Symphony No. 1

  • Splendid Colors

    Splendid Colors

    Chamber Soirée 5

    Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    Lose yourself in the haunting beauty of three splendid works. Masterworks soloist and award-winning pianist Lukáš Vondráček joins the Sarasota String Quartet in performing Dvořák's magnificent Quintet, one of the best in this genre. Ibert's lush Trio is bewitching and evocative, at once full of sensual beauty, nostalgia, and intensity. Francaix's delightful Divertimento brings an amusing sense of whimsy. The unusual instrumental combination sings with gorgeous melodies.

    Program

    IBERT
    Trio for Violin, Cello, Harp

    Jennifer Takeda, violin; Christopher Schnell, cello; TBD, harp


    FRANÇAIX
    Divertimento for Bassoon and String Quintet

    Fernando Traba, bassoon; Christopher Takeda, violin; Samantha Bennett, violin; Michael McClelland, viola; Chizuko Matsusaka, cello; John Miller, bass


    DVOŘÁK
    Piano Quintet No. 2

    Sarasota String Quartet; Lukáŝ Vondráček, piano

  • Doo Wop Project

    Doo Wop Project

    Pops 1

    Friday, January 19, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel

    The concert follows the evolution of Doo Wop from five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on radio today. Joining the Orchestra will be stars of Broadway's Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical. Audiences will enjoy music from classic groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos, as well as the artists they influenced such as Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons. The journey continues to the music of Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, and Amy Winehouse.

    Program

    Jack Everly, conductor


    Detailed Program TBA

  • Mozart in the Jungle

    Mozart in the Jungle

    Great Escapes 3

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, January 26, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    The TV program Mozart in the Jungle provides a sometimes messy but always touching perspective of the making of music and the stories of the musicians. In this concert, we experience Mozart and Beethoven, Berlioz and Puccini, Bernstein and Queen. Yes, it's the Queen of Bohemian Rhapsody!

    Program

    Stefan Sanders, conductor


    Program Details TBA

  • Impressions

    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.

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Andrew von Oeyen, piano


    RAVEL
    Pavane pour une infant défunte


    CHOPIN
    Piano Concerto No. 2

    Andrew von Oeyen, piano


    DEBUSSY
    La mer

  • Trout

    Trout

    Chamber Soirée 6

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    There are few chamber pieces as famous as Schubert's brilliant "Trout" Quintet. This infectious piece gushes with bubbly optimism and uncomplicated joy. The viola finally gets to shine in Bowen's Fantasia. The work ranges from the instrument's dark chocolatey tones to its expressive high notes. An energetic work, Penn's Capriccio for Tuba and Marimba perfectly pairs agile and percussive strokes on the marimba with the lyrical, baleful tones of the Tuba.

    Program

    BOWEN
    Fantasia for Four Violas

    Steven Laraia, viola; Matthew Pegis, viola; Nathan Frantz, viola; Michael mcClelland, viola


    PENN
    Capriccio for Tuba and Marimba

    Jay Hunsberger, tuba; George Nickson, marimba


    SCHUBERT
    Trout Quintet

    Daniel Jordan, violin; Steven Laraia, viola; Natalie Helm, cello; John Miller, double bass; Jonathan Spivey, piano

  • It's Been Reel

    It's Been Reel

    Great Escapes 4

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, February 16, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Movies and their musical scores go hand in hand. Gone with the Wind, The King and I and Raiders of the Lost Ark all are as memorable for their music as their lasting lines and compelling stories. We won't need a movie screen in this orchestral concert to say Hooray for Hollywood.

    Program

    Andrew Lane, conductor


    Program Details TBA

  • 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.

    Program

    Michael Balke, conductor
    Midori, violin


    ROSSINI
    Overture to The Barber of Seville


    BERNSTEIN
    Serenade for Violin and Orchestra

    Midori, violin


    BEETHOVEN
    Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

  • Striking Strings

    Striking Strings

    Chamber Soirée 7

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    Bartók's final string quartet is a curious and powerful work, ranging from playfulness to melancholy. As the music succumbs to the impending end, it transforms into something majestic in its resignation. Schumann's String Quartet No. 3 features a Clara motif, as he wrote it during his first marital crisis, a domestic issue with a modern ring to it. A two-career family, Schumann struggled with the fame of his wife Clara, a renowned pianist of the day. Typical for Schumann, the finale sweeps away all that has gone before in a surge of energy with a grand conclusion.

    Program

    BARTÓK
    String Quartet No. 6

    Sarasota String Quartet


    SCHUMANN
    String Quartet No. 3

    Sarasota String Quartet

  • Best of Broadway

    Best of Broadway

    Pops 2

    Friday, March 9, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel

    Headlining the program of Broadway favorites is Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis, recognized for his roles in Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess and Showboat at Lincoln Center. Also on the program is Sierra Boggess, who starred in Phantom with Lewis. Her extensive credits also include School of Rock and the lead role of Ariel in the Broadway musical The Little Mermaid. The program includes music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.

    Program

    Andrew Lane, conductor
    Norm Lewis
    , vocalist
    Sierra Boggess, vocalist


    Detailed Program TBA

  • Lift-Off

    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.

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Pureum Jo, soprano


    ZARE
    Lift-Off


    MOZART
    Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia

    Pureum Jo, soprano


    MOZART
    Vado ma dove

    Pureum Jo, soprano


    MOZART
    Bella mia fiamma – Resta o cara

    Pureum Jo, soprano


    HOLST
    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.

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Elina Vӓhӓlӓ, violin


    ADAMS
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine


    CORIGLIANO
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (The Red Violin)

    Elina Vӓhӓlӓ, violin


    RACHMANINOFF
    Symphonic Dances

  • Mavericks of Rhythm

    Mavericks of Rhythm

    Great Escapes 6

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, April 13, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    This concert showcases the mavericks who de ned the distinctive rhythms of American music. You’ll experience popular American composers such as Bernstein, Copland, Mancini and Ellington, as well as a few lesser known, but no less intriguing and accessible pioneers of the American sound.

    Program

    Jacomo Bairos, conductor


    Program Details TBA

  • Romantic  Wonders

    Romantic Wonders

    Chamber Soirée 8

    Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall

    Two quintessential Romantic era composers are the stars of our final soirée. Brahms' Clarinet Trio opens with a sense of longing as the clarinet and cello engage in a beautiful duet. The dance continues and expands with expressive interruptions from the piano until the final stormy movement. Mendelssohn's Octet, completed when he was just 16, cemented his legacy as one of the great prodigies and composers of all time. The work combines two string quartets with stunning melodies and a graciously balanced structure.

    Program

    BRAHMS
    Clarinet Trio

    Bharat Chandra, clarinet; Natalie Helm, cello; Jonathan Spivey, piano


    MENDELSSOHN
    Octet

    Christpher Takeda, violin; Samantha Bennet, violin; Meghan Jones, violin; Chung-Yon Hong, violin; Steven Laraia, viola; Matthew Pegis, viola; Christopher Schnell, violoncello

  • The Cotton Club

    The Cotton Club

    Pops 3

    Friday, April 20, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel

    Join trumpet virtuoso, vocalist, showman and conductor Byron Stripling and the Sarasota Orchestra as they get the joint jumping. Theis swingin' concert is inspired by Harlem's famed hot spot The Cotton Club in its heyday when Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday showcased American Jazz. In addition to Stripling, who is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, we bring you vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer and vocalist Ted Louis.

    Program

    Byron Stripling, conductor & soloist


    Detailed Program TBA

  • City Sounds

    City Sounds

    Discoveries 3

    May 5, 2018 | 7:30pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Athens, Madrid, Warsaw, New York City—some of the world's greatest cities provide the backdrop for the this Discoveries program. Beethoven's mighty music speaks of the Parthenon's destruction in his Overture to The Ruins of Athens. Night music creeps through sultry Madrid streets in Boccherini's highly evocative Quintet in C Major. Sarasota Orchestra principal keyboard Jonathan Spivey stars in Addinsell's passionate Warsaw Concerto, written in the style of Rachmaninoff for the 1941 British film "Dangerous Moonlight." See the Big Apple through the lens of dance in excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's ballet Fancy Free and and Gruber's lively swing-style Manhattan Broadcasts. Copland's Quiet City, featuring Sarasota Orchestra's English horn player Michael Austin and new principal trumpet, casts the bustling metropolis in subdued and achingly beautiful colors.

    Guest conductor Aram Demirijian brings his "boundless energy…[and] confident and expressive style" (Kansas City Star) to this highly accessible, toe-tapping program.

    Program

    Aram Demirjian, conductor
    Jonathan Spivey, piano
    Michael Austin, English horn


    BEETHOVEN
    Overture to The Ruins of Athens


    BOCCHERINI
    Quintet No. 2 in C major (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid)


    ADDINSELL
    Warsaw Concerto

    Jonathan Spivey, piano


    BERNSTEIN
    Three Dances from Fancy Free


    COPLAND
    Quiet City

    Michael Austin, English horn


    GRUBER
    Manhattan Broadcasts

Midori

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 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...  

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

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 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.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 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.  

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

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 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.  

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 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.  

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

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