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 new principal trumpet, 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.


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

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