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...
Anu Tali, the new music director of the Sarasota Orchestra, is an international sensation who seems dazzled by Sarasota's treatment of her as a "rock star." In many ways, that's just what she is and, in her stunning musicianship, she's rocking our musical world.
Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.
The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.
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.
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 and ready to come inside for a (slightly) more sedate concert next season.
The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...
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.
Again, the colors and characters of every instrument of the orchestra are the stars of this epic piece. And the principal star among them was concertmaster Daniel Jordan whose glimmering free-flowing solo lines served as the connecting thread among the four movements.
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.
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.
It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.
The thin veil of string sound, threaded with colors of oboe, horn, bassoon, flute and harp, floated peacefully in the air, drifting as a feather with the breeze. Like graceful and confident aerialists wind solos glided along Satie’s mesmerizing melodic lines.