The Sarasota Orchestra presents four programs in October, including full orchestral performances for the first time since March 2020.
Discover Mozart 1: Renaissance
Winds, brass, percussion and strings of the Sarasota Orchestra unite on stage for the first time since March 2020. Guest conductor Kensho Watanabe leads the program with a theme of spiritual and emotional renewal with pianist Dominic Cheli featured in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20.
Emerging on the international stage over the past two years, Kensho Watanabe is on his way to becoming one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors to come from the United States. Most recently, Kensho was recognized as a recipient of a Career Assistance Award by the Solti Foundation US. pianist Daniil Trifonov, succeeding his mentor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Dominic Cheli’s game has been described as “spontaneous but perfect, the best a youngster can play”. (Symphony Magazine) His rapidly advancing career includes his Walt disney Concert hall debut with legendary conductor Valery Gergiev where Dominic has been described as “mesmerizing, (he) pierced the audience … his fingers were one with every touch”. (LA Times) He gave his Carnegie Hall Recital debut in 2019, and recently recorded his second CD on the Naxos label of Liszt / Schubert music. In 2017, Dominic was named the winner of the first prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York.
The program opens with the jubilant Seven O’Clock Shout cry of composer and flutist Imani Winds Valerie Coleman and ends with Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, “Spring”.
Bedroom party 2: Shall we dance?
Members of the Sarasota Orchestra perform a chamber recital of dance-inspired works, from ballet to ballroom. This season, each program is poem-inspired and will feature a recitation by a member of the Florida Studio Theater company.
The program opens with the 2013 Quinn Mason String Quartet No. 2, a rhythmically complex work brimming with joyful energy. La Danza de Mediodía for winds by Mexican Arturo Márquez and Astor PiazzollaThe History of Tango for violin and marimba adds a Latin touch to the program. “Slow Dancing on the Highway: The Trip North” by Elizabeth hobbs provides the inspiration for a concert that invites listeners to channel their inner Fred astaire and Rogers Ginger.
Great Escapes 1: The Roaring Twenties
Sarasota Orchestra’s Great Escapes series returns, offering a mix of light classics and popular favorites in themed programs. Hear classic 1920s ragtime and blues tunes arranged for orchestra alongside music from our current Roaring ’20s, conducted by audience favorite Steven Jarvi. The program includes songs by Irving Berlin, excerpts from An American in Paris by Gershwin, and “Sweet Georgia Brown. “
Praised for his “exceptionally expressive and detailed” performances by the Miami Herald and described as an “eloquent and decisive” conductor by the Wall Street Journal, Jarvi recently completed his tenure as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony. He won the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, and was previously conductor with Michael tilson thomas and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
Tovey: The adventure begins
Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts his inaugural concert as Music Director-designate of the Sarasota Orchestra. In a program designed to celebrate their exciting new partnership, Tovey conducts the Orchestra in Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.7 and Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). Violinist James Ehnes performs the Introduction by Saint-Saëns and Rondo Capriccioso and the centerpiece by Sarasate Zigeunerweisen.
Tovey was Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) for 18 years and is now the Music Director Emeritus of the VSO. He is sought after as a conductor with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and orchestras across Europe and Asia. Tovey is widely known for raising the profile and advancing the orchestras he conducts. His vision and institutional leadership resulted in the creation of the VSO School of Music, housed within the Tovey Center for Music in Vancouver. The state-of-the-art music center, named in his honor, opened in 2011 with a strong focus on community and education.
Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes is a resident of Sarasota-Manatee and a guest artist familiar with the Sarasota Orchestra. A frequent contributor to Bramwell Tovey, they first performed together when Ehnes was an emerging artist in Canada. The duo won a Grammy Award for their 2007 recording of Barber, Korngold and Walton concertos with the VSO.
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