A Reimagined Season of Concerts at Holley Hall

Sarasota Orchestra announces a reimagined season that brings the joy and inspiration of classical and pops music to the community while maintaining health and safety for our patrons, musicians, staff, and volunteers.

In-person audiences will be limited to 20% capacity of Holley Hall. Concerts will be streamed for at-home viewing. 

A Reimagined Season of Concerts at Holley Hall

In-person audiences will be limited to 20% capacity of Holley Hall. Concerts will be streamed for at-home viewing. 

At a time when so many of us are yearning for community and hungry for the energy and inspiration that great music can bring, we consider it a privilege to connect through our artform.

Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Advisor

Responsibility and flexibility guided the planning of our reimagined 2020-2021 season. The health and safety of our audience, musicians, staff, and volunteers was the focus of this pandemic-impacted season.

Joseph McKenna, President and CEO

About the Season

In our Classics ConcertsSarasota Orchestra will present programs recognizing diverse voices in classical music. The celebration of Beethoven’s 250th culminates in his birthday month with a concert featuring works performed by the Sarasota String Quartet. At our Pops Concerts in Holley Hall, the energizing experience transcends the times with the spirit and flair of popular music.

Planned by Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane, all concerts will feature ensembles of no more than 15 musicians to permit social distancing on the Holley Hall stage. Kahane explained that he took the opportunity to make a virtue of the necessity for small ensembles, resulting in a season that brings a wide range of music spanning four centuries and an immensely rich array of musical styles and languages to the Holley Hall stage. Concert programs will be musician-led, without conductor, with the exception of two concerts featuring Kahane conducting from the piano.

Starting in November, in-person audiences will be limited to 20% capacity of Holley Hall. Concerts will be streamed for at-home viewing to maintain delivery of the Orchestra’s mission to the broadest constituency possible. More information about streaming Sarasota Orchestra concerts is coming soon. 

Safety Considerations

Each performance will be limited to an hour without intermission, with a socially distanced audience, required masks, contact-free ticket scanning, and temperatures taken upon arrival for attendance. A Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization air handling system was recently installed in Holley Hall, and the facility will undergo a deep cleaning between performances.

  • Heartstrings

    Heartstrings

    Classics

    Nov 19 - 22 2020
    Live at Holley Hall
    Nov 26 - Dec 1 2020
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    SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 12 (Quartettsatz)

    BARBER Adagio for Strings

    ARENSKY String Quartet No. 2

    Three compelling works for string quartet showcase the powerful, expressive potential for artistic expression by young composers. Brilliant works by a 23-year-old Schubert and 31-year-old Anton Arensky open and close the concert, with the searing and iconic Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber the emotional centerpiece of the program. This American masterpiece, well recognized in popular culture, was composed when Barber was only 26.

  • Beethoven @ 250

    Beethoven @ 250

    Classics

    Dec 10 - 13 2020
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    Dec 17 - 22 2020
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    BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 4

    BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 10 (Harp)

    The Sarasota String Quartet rings in the celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday with two treasured masterpieces. The concert opens with the dramatic Quartet No. 4, among the most popular of Beethoven's early quartets. Afterward, enjoy the splendor of Quartet No. 10, an innovative masterpiece nicknamed the "Harp." You'll hear for yourself how it got its name.

  • Holiday Pops

    Holiday Pops

    Pops

    Dec 17 - 20 2020
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    Dec 24 - 29 2020
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    Sarasota Orchestra celebrates the holidays with music for the season. This not-so- "Silent Night" will include the theme from "It's a Wonderful Life" and other traditional favorites. Bring music's warming glow to your holiday celebration.

  • Inspirations

    Inspirations

    Classics

    Jan 14 - 17 2021
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    Jan 21 - 26 2020
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    SHAW Entr'acte

    DVOŘÁK Nocturne

    SUK Serenade for Strings

    Great composers have always been inspired by others, and this program highlights those influences. Caroline Shaw created her masterpiece after hearing a work Haydn composed more than 200 years earlier. Immerse yourself in Dvořák's hypnotic Nocturne, written after the composer lost his mother. Young Josef Suk took his mentor Dvořák's advice to "lighten up" his music and produced his sunny and romantic Serenade.

  • Serioso

    Serioso

    Classics

    Jan 28 - 31 2021
    Live at Holley Hall
    Feb 4 - 9 2021
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    CORELLI Concerto Grosso, No. 12

    WALKER Lyric for Strings

    BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Minor (Serioso)

    This program features captivating works by innovative composers spanning three centuries. Arcangelo Corelli invented an entire new genre of music in the 18th century. George Walker broke new ground for African-American composers in 1946 with his lyrical and enduring work. In the 19th century, Mahler took Beethoven's "Serioso" string quartet and brilliantly arranged it for string orchestra.

  • Valentines Day Pops

    Valentines Day Pops

    Pops

    Feb 11 - 14 2021
    Live at Holley Hall
    Feb 18 - 23 2021
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    What is this thing called love? Sarasota Orchestra will serenade you "Night and Day"until "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"!  This Valentines Week program features treasured tunes by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Puccini, and more. Feel your heart and soul sing along to the music.

  • Latin Sounds

    Latin Sounds

    Classics

    Feb 25 - 28 2021
    Live at Holley Hall
    Mar 4 - 9 2021
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    TANIA LEÓN A tres voces

    GOLIJOV Mariel

    PIAZZOLLA Histoire du Tango

    This program features extraordinary compositions by three of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century Latin-American composers. A string trio by Cuban-American composer Tania León opens the program. Grammy Award-winning Argentinean composer Oswaldo Golijov offers a mesmerizing work for cello and marimba. Finally, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Astor Piazzolla, known as one of the foremost composers of tango music.

  • All in the Family

    All in the Family

    Classics

    Mar 11 - 14 2021
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    Mar 18 - 23 2021
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    W.F. BACH Sinfonia in F Major

    J.S. BACH Concerto for 2 Violins (Double)
    Soloists: Christopher Takeda, Associate Concertmaster; Jennifer Best Takeda, Assistant Concertmaster

    C.P.E BACH Cello Concerto in A Major
    Soloist: Natalie Helm, Principal Cello

    Savor the sounds of three branches of the Bach family tree in this tribute to a remarkable musical lineage. The famous "Double Concerto" by J.S. Bach stands proudly alongside the first symphonic work by his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann.  Bach's fifth child, Carl Philipp Emanuel, provides the concert's lively conclusion with a highly-virtuosic concerto for cello.

  • Death and the Maiden

    Death and the Maiden

    Classics

    Mar 25 - 28 2021
    Live at Holley Hall
    Apr 1 - 6 2021
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    SCHUBERT Death and the Maiden (String Quartet No. 14)

    Schubert's monumental String Quartet No. 14 is at times heart-wrenching and emotional, and then action-packed and fiery. Considered one of the most important works in the repertoire, the towering masterpiece is a profound reflection on the circle of life that will leave you breathless. Mahler arranged the original for string orchestra.

  • Tributes

    Tributes

    Classics

    Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and pianist

    Apr 15 - 18 2021
    Live at Holley Hall
    Apr 22 - 27 2021
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    BRITTEN Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

    BLOCH Concerto Grosso No. 1

    Sarasota Orchestra Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane leads from the piano on this program where "everything old is new again." The concert showcases a pair of 20th-century tributes to past masters. Benjamin Britten expresses heartfelt gratitude to his first teacher, and Ernest Bloch uses venerated instruments and ancient musical forms to create fresh and provocative sounds.

  • Jazz Pops

    Jazz Pops

    Pops

    Apr 29 - May 2 2021
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    May 6 - 11 2021
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    "Take the 'A' Train" to a concert of jazz music deeply rooted in the American tradition. Music by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Billy Strayhorn highlight this jazz revue with Sarasota Orchestra. Enjoy the finger-snapping melodies and fascinating rhythms of this enchanting pops program.

  • Appalachian Spring

    Appalachian Spring

    Classics

    Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and pianist

    May 6 - 9 2021
    Live at Holley Hall
    May 13 - 18 2021
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    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 13

    COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite

    Radiant impressions of Americana bookend this closing concert of the season. Jessie Montgomery renders her perspective on "The Star-Spangled Banner" to open the concert. Copland's original version of Appalachian Spring, for 13 instruments, offers "Simple Gifts," a beloved portrait of the peace and beauty of rural America. Sarasota Orchestra Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane brings his gifts to an elegant piano concerto by Mozart.

Reviews

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 byThe Observer

 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.  

Written byThe Observer

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

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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