Musical Landscapes

Discoveries 2

Natalie Helm

January 6, 2018

Saturday | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

See the world from your seat in the Sarasota Opera House with Musical Landscapes, an evening of sonorous scenic panoramas. Whitcare's luminous re-imagining of the River Cam, which flowed past his window at Cambridge University, features Sarasota Orchestra's own principal cellist Natalie Helm. Smetana paints a lush portrait of a Bohemian river in The Moldau. Mementos "remembered with affection" come to life in Barber's Souvenirs, while Copland transports us to the heart of the Midwest in poignant excerpts from The Tender Land. The sightseeing concludes with a sojourn to Scotland through Maxwell Davies's raucous portrait of An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise, featuring bagpipe soloist Gary Reinstrom.

Hailed for his "energy and enthusiasm" (Buffalo News), guest conductor Stefan Sanders is your dynamic guide on this matchless musical tour.

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.


The Moldau from Má vlast
Suite from The Tender Land
An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise
The River Cam


Paul and Sharon Steinwachs

Discoveries Series Title Sponsors

Charles O Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation

Title Family Foundation Sponsor of Discoveries Series

Georgia Court

Presenting Sponsor

Susan and Zuheir Sofia

Presenting Sponsors

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

Co-Producing Sponsor

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Written byHerald Tribune

 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...  

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 byHerald Tribune

 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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