Sarasota Music Festival

For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music. The Sarasota Music Festival is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent that carries a reputation as one of the finest classical-music events in the nation.

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Artist Showcases

Acclaimed faculty artists perform intriguing and dazzling pieces in the intimacy of Holley Hall each Thursday at 4:30 pm.

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Friday Festivals

The best student ensembles as selected by the faculty open each concert. Faculty artist ensembles, some with students, perform chamber masterworks each Friday at 8:00 pm.

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Saturday Symphonies

Full symphony concerts featuring the student orchestra and concerto performances by faculty artists and select students every Saturday at 8:00 pm.

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Student Recitals

Intimate chamber performances by student ensembles.

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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...

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

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.

The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Thank You to our Sponsors

Ernest Kretzmer in memory of Alisa Kretzmer
Title Sponsors of the 2015 Sarasota Music Festival and of Artistic Director Robert Levin

The Jay & Becky Kaiserman Foundation
Foundation Sponsor

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