Classical Romance

November 8, 2019Friday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel
November 9, 2019Saturday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel
November 10, 2019Sunday | 2:30 pm | Van Wezel

Tickets from $35 | Van Wezel Seat Layout


R. STRAUSS   Don Juan

MOZART   Piano Concerto No. 20

DVOŘÁK   Symphony No. 6

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Gerard Schwarz

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For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe... the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.

Washington Post
Richard Strauss’ revolutionary and exhilarating tone poem Don Juan anchors this concert. Soloist Lise de la Salle shines in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Written for the composer to perform as a soloist, the work was also one of Beethoven’s favorites. Dvořák’s lushly melodic Symphony No. 6 rounds out a concert experience rich in unforgettable melody.


71st Season Title Sponsors

Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation

The Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation expresses appreciation to the Sarasota Orchestra for its enriching contribution to the cultural life of Sarasota and its neighboring communities.

Masterworks Season Title Sponsor

Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

Guest Conductor & Soloist Sponsor

Ernie Kretzmer in loving memory of Alisa Kretzmer

Strauss Sponsors

Sylvia and Norman Samet

Dvořák Sponsor

Lois Stulberg

Friday Corporate Sponsor

BMO Private Bank

Saturday Corporate Sponsor

Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design

Co-Producing Sponsors

Robert and Beverly Bartner

Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Bring

Peter E. Kretzmer in honor of Dorathea Sandland

Esther Rose in loving memory of Rabbi Herbert Rose

Hugh Steele

Douglas and Sally Wright

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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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 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.  

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