16 April 2014

Celebrating the Festival's 50th Anniversary

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June 2 - 21

For the 50th year, pre-professional students and faculty artists from around the world converge on Sarasota for three weeks of coaching, master classes and performances. Join us to celebrate one of classical music’s finest teaching festivals.
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Artist Showcases

Thursdays at 4:30 pm

Acclaimed faculty artists perform intriguing and dazzling pieces in the intimacy of Holley Hall.

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Friday Festivals

Fridays at 8:00 pm

The best student and faculty artist ensembles perform chamber masterworks.

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Saturday Symphonies

Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Full symphony concerts featuring concerto performances by faculty artists and select students.

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Watch the electrifying interaction.

The festival students participate in a variety of master classes during the three weeks they are here. These classes are taught by our world renowned faculty. The master classes offer advanced students the opportunity to learn from experts in a small group setting.

Master classes are open to the public allowing you the opportunity to watch how acclaimed faculty train a future generation of orchestra musicians.

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Artistic Director Robert Levin and Conductor  Nicholas McGegan provides musical insights and a unique perspective during these popular and entertaining festival lectures.

A celebrated concert pianist and Mozart scholar, Robert Levin served as a faculty artist at the Sarasota Music Festival for more than a quarter of a century before being named artistic director in 2007.

Levin has had solo engagements around the world and is renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in classical period repertoire.

As he embarks on his fourth decade on the podium, Nicholas McGegan — long hailed as “one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” (London Independent) and “an expert in 18th-century style” (The New Yorker) — is increasingly recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods.

McGegan is committed to the next generation of musicians, frequently conducting and coaching students in residencies and engagements at Yale University, the Juilliard School, Harvard University, the Colburn School, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Music Academy of the West.

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Take a piece of Sarasota home with you.

The Sarasota Music Festival is proud to offer a series of fine-art posters, commemorating each year's event and featuring local artists such as James Stewart.

A limited number of these posters are available for purchase prior to concerts or by mail. To order call (941) 953-4252.

All posters are printed on high quality paper with fade-resistant inks. Unsigned posters are $15 each.

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All-access. Your Way.

Don't know what you're most interested in? 

Would you like the flexibility of not having to decide in advance?

By ordering a Festival Pass, you get all-access to the complete program of: events, classes, orchestra and artist rehearsals, and ensemble coaching at a discounted, flat rate.

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The Jay & Becky Kaiserman Foundation supports the Sarasota Music Festival.