Maestro Andrew Lane dynamically leads the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra in Pops and other special concerts throughout the season. Lane’s Pops concerts have featured many notable performers including Branford Marsalis, Doc Severinsen, Sylvia McNair and Broadway superstar Davis Gaines. He has also worked with such diverse artists as Arturo Sandoval, Deborah Gibson, Peter Schickele, Roy Scheider, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, and Joey Fatone from *NSYNC.
Lane formerly served as resident conductor and principal pops conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic for almost two decades and he was credited with helping to shape the public perception of the Philharmonic as an artistically relevant performing group that is user-friendly. He also garnered rave reviews from The Orlando Sentinel, "Andrew Lane's concert program was perfect for the evening" and "The concert was as pleasing as it was Patriotic."
Showcasing a natural talent for creating programming that is audience friendly; Lane has become a favorite with audiences throughout the United States. His popularity as a guest conductor flourished and he has been a featured conductor with The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. He is also Music Director of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he enjoys working with talented young musicians from the Central Florida area.
His list of accomplishments is formidable and includes having recorded Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait narrated by Bernard Shaw with the Orlando Philharmonic. He was also instrumental in launching the Orlando Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts which served more than 250,000 school children, and he conducted a Family Concert Series, where his unique programming created a concert experience that awakened the curiosity and awareness of orchestral music.
As a French horn instrumentalist, Lane began his musical career with the United States Navy Band in Washington D.C. After leaving the Navy in 1986, he became an active freelance horn player in the Washington area, performing with the American Chamber Orchestra, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Kennedy Center Orchestra and National Gallery Orchestra. In 1990 he became a member of the French horn section of the Florida Orchestra and, in 1991, won a position with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando. Lane has also served as principal conductor of Southern Ballet Theatre.
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.