Books of Note

Expand your musical horizons with a good book.

Books of Note invites patrons to explore two collections of literature, the first curated by Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane and the second selected by Sarasota Orchestra musicians. Books of Note will be supplemented by engaging virtual events.

Classical Music
in America

Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane embarks on a lecture and reading series that examines the evolution of America’s authentic musical identity, one intricately entwined with European tradition and inspired by its own rich, musical heritage.

Books That
Move Us

This reading and conversational series centers on books that made a transformative impact in the lives of Sarasota Orchestra musicians. Cozy up with one of these books for a close and companionable encounter with the artistic soul.

  • Dangerous Melodies

    Dangerous Melodies

    Written by Jonathan Rosenberg
    Synopsis

    Classical Music in America

    Written by Joseph Horowitz
    Synopsis
    Picked by Image

    Picked by Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Director

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  • The Rest is Noise

    The Rest is Noise

    Written by Alex Ross
    Synopsis

     Podcast Release
    December 15, 2020

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Director

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  • Nadia Boulanger

    Nadia Boulanger A Life in Music

    Written by Leonie Rosenstiel
    Synopsis

    Clara Schumann The Artist and the Woman

    Written by Nancy Reich
    Synopsis

     Podcast Release
    January 19, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Director

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  • New Worlds of Dvořák

    New Worlds of Dvořák

    Written by Michael Beckerman
    Synopsis

    Dvořák in Love

    Written by Josef Škvorecký
    Synopsis

     Podcast Release
    March 2, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Director

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  • Wagnerism

    Wagnerism Art & Politics in the Shadow of Music

    Written by Alex Ross
    Synopsis

     Podcast Release
    March 16, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Director

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  • Inherit the Truth

    Inherit the Truth

    Written by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
    Synopsis

    Passionate Spirit The Life of Alma Mahler

    Written by Cate Haste
    Synopsis

     Podcast Release
    April 20, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Director

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  • Artists in Exile

    Artists in Exile

    Written by Joseph Horowitz
    Synopsis

     Podcast Release
    May 18, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Director

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  • Absolutely on Music

    Absolutely on Music Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

    Written by Harumi Murakami
    Synopsis

     Zoom Release
    December 7, 2020

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Mia Laity, violin

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  • Evicted

    Evicted

    Written by Mathew Desmond
    Synopsis
    Picked by Image

    Picked by Laura Petty, clarinet

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  • Palaces for the People

    Palaces for the People

    Written by Eric Klinenberg
    Synopsis

     Zoom Release
    February 1, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Christopher Schnell, Assistant Principal Cello

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  • Musicophilia

    Musicophilia Tales of Music and the Brain

    Written by Oliver Sacks
    Synopsis

     Zoom Release
    March 1, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Cheeko Matsusaka, cello

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  • Evenings with the Orchestra

    Evenings with the Orchestra

    Written by Hector Berlioz
    Synopsis

     Zoom Release
    April 5, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Roxane Solowey, violin

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  • Rough Ideas

    Rough Ideas Reflections on Music and More

    Written by Stephen Hough
    Synopsis

     Zoom Release
    May 3, 2021

    Picked by Image

    Picked by Samantha Bennett, Principal Second Violin

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Thank You to Our Books of Note Community Foundation Sponsor

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

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