Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

Influence and Individuality

Saturday Symphony 2

June 16, 2018

Saturday | 8:00 pm | Sarasota Opera House
Tickets from $35 | Seat Layout

Composed in New York in 1919, Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes was written for a Russian Sextet whose members gave the composer a notebook of Jewish folksongs for inspiration. Praised for his “sparkling pianism and innate sense of partnership” (Le Salon de musiques), pianist Vijay Venkatesh, a 2017 Festival alumnus, will shine in Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2.  Tchaikovsky’s  late Romantic masterpiece Serenade for Strings, has long been hailed as one of the composer’s greatest triumphs.



Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34

Zachary West, clarinet; Karisa Chiu, violin; Ju-Eun (Grace) Lee, violin; Nicholas Pelletier, viola; Daniel Kaler, cello; Mathilde Handelsman, piano

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

Vijay Venkatesh, piano

Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48

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Alexander Kerr Sponsor:

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