City Sounds

Discoveries 3

Michael Austin

May 5, 2018

Saturday | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

Athens, Madrid, Warsaw, New York City — some of the world's greatest cities provide the backdrop for the this Discoveries program. Beethoven's mighty music speaks of the Parthenon's destruction in his Overture to The Ruins of Athens. Night music creeps through sultry Madrid streets in Boccherini's highly evocative Quintet in C Major.

Sarasota Orchestra principal keyboard Jonathan Spivey stars in Addinsell's passionate Warsaw Concerto, written in the style of Rachmaninoff for the 1941 British film "Dangerous Moonlight." See the Big Apple through the lens of dance in excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's ballet Fancy Free and and Gruber's lively swing-style Manhattan Broadcasts.

Copland's Quiet City, featuring Sarasota Orchestra's English horn player Michael Austin and co-principal trumpet Ayano Guiles*, casts the bustling metropolis in subdued and achingly beautiful colors.

Guest conductor Aram Demirijian brings his "boundless energy... [and] confident and expressive style" (Kansas City Star) to this highly accessible, toe-tapping program.

Our brand new Discoveries series offers a refreshing classical music experience at the Sarasota Opera House. These fast paced, 75-minute programs feature works by Mozart and Beethoven and today’s most accessible living composers. Post-concert Talk Backs with the conductors and soloists finish off the evening.

*Ayano Guiles replaces Derek Lockhart


Overture to The Ruins of Athens
Three Dances from Fancy Free
Quintet No. 2 in C Major (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid)
Quiet City
Warsaw Concerto
Manhattan Broadcasts


Charles O Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation

Title Family Foundation Sponsor of Discoveries Series

Paul and Sharon Steinwachs

Discoveries Series Title Sponsors

Edward Alley, in honor and loving memory of June LeBell Alley

Co-Producing Sponsor

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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...  

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

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 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.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 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.  

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

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 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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