Discoveries 1

Betsy Hudson Traba

September 23, 2017

Saturday | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

Discover the great epoch of rebirth with Renaissance, a program infused with the era's sprightly dance rhythms, jaunty melodies, and sense of invention. At once beautifully elegant and irrepressibly lively, Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances offers a whimsical homage to a bygone age. Sarasota Orchestra principal flutist Betsy Traba sparkles in Lukas Foss's Renaissance Concerto, a work the composer describes as "a handshake across the centuries." Passionate melody and poignant emotion take center stage in George Walker's Lyric for Strings. Mozart's propulsive Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, made famous in the movie "Amadeus," adds a dash of Classical panache.

Praised for his "uncommonly expressive and detailed" performances (Miami Herald), rising young guest conductor Steven Jarvi leads the Sarasota Orchestra in a memorable night of time travel.

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.


Ancient Airs and Dances
Lyric for Strings
Renaissance Concerto
Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

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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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