Sarasota String Quartet

Sarasota String Quartet

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Founded in 1967, the Sarasota String Quartet (formerly known as the Florida String Quartet) is one of Florida’s premier ensembles and a favorite among area music lovers. For over thirty years the group has performed throughout the State of Florida, and has been a regular participant in the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs’ State Touring Program. 

One of four resident ensembles of the Sarasota Orchestra, the Sarasota String Quartet performs chamber music as part of the Salon Series at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center in Sarasota. In 2002, they presented the world premiere of Paul Ramsier’s Zoo of Dreams II, commissioned by the Florida West Coast Symphony. During the 2001-2002 season, they collaborated with New College in the performance of works written by student composers.

Milestones in the Quartet’s history include a successful New York debut, and performances at the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. In 1992 the Quartet marked its twenty-fifth anniversary season with the release of its first compact disc, featuring the three string quartets of Soulima Stravinsky. These quartets, dedicated to the Sarasota String Quartet, and Stravinsky’s “Sonata” for cello and piano, featuring Christopher Pegis and Elisha Gilgore, have been released on the Centaur label.

Current ensemble members include: Daniel Jordan, concertmaster (1998); Christopher Takeda, associate concertmaster (2005); Steven Laraia, acting principal viola (2015); Natalie Helm, principal cello (2016, not pictured).

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Written byHerald Tribune

 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...  

Written byHerald Tribune

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

Written byHerald Tribune

 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.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 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.  

Written byHerald Tribune

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

Written byHerald Tribune

 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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 709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236

 Box Office: 941.953.3434

 Administration: 941.953.4252

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