Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

Luminous Bodies

Saturday Symphony 3

Ticket Information

June 23, 2018

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


The world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Luminous Bodies, commissioned by the Sarasota Music Festival, is the focal point of a program you will find captivating. The work’s title, “Luminous Bodies,” refers to the composers Sirota found most influential: Gershwin, Copland, Lili Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn (Felix Mendelssohn’s sister), and Leonard Bernstein. One of music’s great geniuses, Mozart set a new standard for all who came after—especially in his piano concertos, which he intended for himself as soloist. The Piano Concerto No. 14, composed at the height of Mozart’s popularity as a performer, mixes the energy of comic opera with the grace of Classical form. From the opening invocation of joy to the jubilant horn calls in the finale, Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 will bring a grand and joyful conclusion to the 2018 Festival.


Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449

Jeffrey Kahane, piano

Luminous Bodies*

Jeffrey Kahane, piano; yMusic

*World Premiere performance.  Luminous Bodies was commissioned by the Sarasota Music Festival.

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (Rhenish)

Countdown to the Festival


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 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...  

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 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.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 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.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

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 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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