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September 29, 2018Saturday | 7:30pm | Sarasota Opera House

Tickets from $25 | Opera House Seat Layout


DVOŘÁK Othello Overture


Katherine Siochi, harp

FAURÉ Pelléas et Mélisande Suite

Robyn Rocklein, soprano

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3

Romance blooms in exotic and unexpected places.  Discover contemporary composer Bright Sheng and his rapturously tuneful Never Far Away.  Inspired by a Chinese folk song about a young girl standing in the moonlight in longing, this evocative work for harp and Orchestra will stir your imagination. Wildly passionate music from Fauré’s opera celebrates the triumph of young love, while Beethoven’s beloved Leonore Overture provides another perspective of romance. Dvorák’s Othello Overture, full of soaring melodies, explores more complex sides of passion.

About the Series

Discoveries series offers a refreshing take on classical music featuring shorter works by the most popular composers to highly accessible and enjoyable gems that may be unexpected. Concerts are at the Sarasota Opera House in 75-minute, themed programs, performed without intermission and include comments by guest conductors. Discover Sarasota Orchestra. Discover great music.


Paul and Sharon Steinwachs

Discoveries Series Individual Title Sponsors

BMO Wealth Management

Discoveries Series Corporate Sponsor

Co-Producing Sponsors:

Edward Alley in honor and loving memory of June LeBell Alley

Charlotte and Charles Perret

Susan and Zuheir Sofia

Herald Tribune

Media 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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