Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

2024
Festival Concerts

Music Unbound

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane introduces the theme of Sarasota Music Festival's 60th anniversary season: “Music Unbound.” Programming will spotlight the alchemical magic that results when some of the world’s most gifted and versatile musicians join together to share their gifts in multiple musical languages and modes of performance.
  • 60th Anniversary Concert

    Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 4:00 p.m | Holley Hall

    Program

    • COUPERIN
      Le Rossignol en Amour
      • Marianne Gedigian, flute
      • Jeffrey Kahane, harpsichord
    • MARTINŮ
      Sonata for Flute and Piano
      • Marianne Gedigian, flute
      • Jean Schneider, piano
    • JANE ANTONIA CORNISH
      Portrait
      • Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello
    • ARENSKY
      Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor
      • Arnaud Sussmann, violin
      • Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
  • Artist Showcase – 1

    Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 4:30 pm | Holley hall

    Program

    • FRANÇAIX
      Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
      • Nancy Ambrose King, oboe
      • Nancy Goeres, bassoon
      • Joy Cline Phinney, piano
    • SCHULHOFF
      Duo for Violin and Cello
      • Arnaud Sussmann, violin
      • Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello
    • RAVEL
      Violin Sonata No. 2
      • Margaret Batjer, violin
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
    • GRAŻYNA BACEWICZ
      String Quartet No. 6
      • Borromeo String Quartet
        • Nicholas Kitchen, violin
        • Kristopher Tong, violin
        • Melissa Reardon, viola
        • Yeesun Kim, cello
  • Festival Friday – 1

    Friday, June 7, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Program

    • JEFF SCOTT
      Passion for Bach and Coltrane (Aria and Variation 13)
      • Jeff Scott, horn
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
      • TBD, drum set
      • SMF Fellows: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violins, viola, cello, bass
    • Bach
      Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
      • Marianne Gedigian, flute
      • Arnaud Sussmann, violin
      • Jeffrey Kahane, keyboard
      • SMF Fellows: violins, violas, cellos
    • BACH/KITCHEN
      Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor/D-sharp minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier
      • Borromeo String Quartet
        • Nicholas Kitchen, violin
        • Kristopher Tong, violin
        • Melissa Reardon, viola
        • Yeesun Kim, cello
    • MOZART
      String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor
      • Paul Neubauer, viola
      • Borromeo String Quartet
        • Nicholas Kitchen, violin
        • Kristopher Tong, violin
        • Melissa Reardon, viola
        • Yeesun Kim, cello
  • Festival Saturday – 1

    Saturday, June 8, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Featuring

    Festival Orchestra
    Stephanie Childress, conductor
    Margaret Batjer, concertmaster
    Rachel Breen, alumna soloist

    Program

    • REENA ESMAIL
      Teen Murti
    • BEETHOVEN
      Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major
      • Rachel Breen, piano
    • FELIX MENDELSSOHN
      Symphony No. 1 in C Minor
  • Rising Stars – 1

    Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 2:30 pm | Holley Hall

    Program

    • SMF Fellows perform short chamber works and movements.
  • Artist Showcase – 2

    Thursday, June 13 | 4:30 pm |

    Program

    • DURUFLÉ
      Prelude, Recitative, and Variations, Op. 3
      • Demarre McGill, flute
      • Teng Li, viola
      • Michael Adcock, piano
    • BEETHOVEN
      Quintet in E-flat Major
      • Cassie Pilgrim, oboe
      • Charles Neidich, clarinet
      • Peter Kolkay, bassoon
      • Jennifer Montone, horn
      • Pedja Mužijević, piano
    • Improvisation on the Largo from the “New World” Symphony
      • Tessa Lark, violin
      • Mike Block, cello
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
      * (arranged by the performers from the 2nd movement of the “New World” Symphony)
    • DVOŘÁK
      Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor “Dumky”
      • Tessa Lark, violin
      • Mike Block, cello
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
  • Festival Friday – 2

    Friday, June 14, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Program

    • STRAUSS
      Serenade in E-flat for Winds
      • Demarre McGill, flute
      • Jennifer Montone, horn
      • SMF Fellows: flute, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, bass
    • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
      The Lark Ascending
      • Tessa Lark, violin
      • Tracey Rowell, bass
      • Festival Orchestra
    • JEFF SCOTT
      Trail of Tears
      • Jennifer Montone, horn
      • Jonathan Spivey, piano
    • DVOŘÁK
      Quintet in G Major
      • Jennifer Frautschi, violin
      • Tracey Rowell, bass
      • SMF Fellows violin, viola, cello
  • Festival Saturday – 2

    Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Featuring

    Festival Orchestra
    Charles Neidich, soloist

    Program

    • HAILSTORK
      Sonata da Chiesa
      • Jennifer Frautschi, concertmaster
    • COPLAND
      Clarinet Concerto
      • Charles Neidich, clarinet solo
      • Jennifer Frautschi, concertmaster
      • Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
    • An American Medley*
      • Tessa Lark, violin
      • Mike Block, cello
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
      * improvisations on beloved American songs
    • Traditional Fiddle Tunes
      • Tessa Lark, violin
      • Mike Block, cello
    • CHARLES DIEUPART/BLOCK
      Sarabande
      • Mike Block, cello
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
    • Global Music Collaboration
      • Mike Block, cello
      • SMF Fellows
    • BILL MONROE/ABRAMS
      Blue Moon of Kentucky
      • Tessa Lark, violin
      • Jennifer Frautschi, violin
      • Mike Block, cello
      • Festival Orchestra
    • MIKE BLOCK
      Iniche Cosebe
      • Mike Block, cello
      • Festival Orchestra
  • Rising Stars – 2

    Sunday, June 16, 2024 | 2:30 pm | Holley Hall

    Program

    • SMF Fellows perform short chamber works and movements.
  • Artist Showcase – 3

    Thursday, June 20 | 4:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Program

    • BACH
      Partita for Violin No. 3 in E Major
      • Benjamin Beilman, violin
    • POULENC
      Sextet
      • Jasmine Choi, flute
      • Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe
      • Mark Nuccio, clarinet
      • Judith LeClair, bassoon
      • Robert Ward, horn
      • Robert Levin, piano
    • ILARI KAILA
      Hum and Drum
      • Karen Ouzounian, cello
      • Jean Schneider, piano
    • DOHNÁNYI
      Serenade in C Major
      • Grigory Kalinovsky, violin
      • Yura Lee, viola
      • Brinton Smith, cello
  • Rising Stars – 3

    Friday, June 21, 2024 | 2:30 pm | Holley Hall

    Program

    • SMF Fellows perform short chamber works and movements.
  • Festival Friday – 3

    Friday, June 21, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Program

    • BEETHOVEN
      Wind Octet in E-Flat Major
      • SMF Fellows: oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns
    • TCHAIKOVSKY
      String Sextet in D Minor “Souvenir de Florence
      • Benjamin Beilman, violin
      • Yura Lee, viola
      • SMF Fellows: violin, viola. cellos
    • FRANCK
      Piano Quintet in F Minor
      • Sheryl Staples, violin
      • Brinton Smith, cello
      • Robert Levin, piano
      • SMF Fellows: violin, viola
  • Festival Saturday – 3

    Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Featuring

    Festival Orchestra
    Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/soloist
    Sheryl Staples, concertmaster

    Program

    • RAVEL
      Piano Concerto in G Major
      • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
    • ANNA CLYNE
      Shorthand
      • Karen Ouzounian, cello
    • BRAHMS
      Symphony No. 1 in C Minor

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