Music Moves Us: The SMF Edition

Plug into the energy of the Sarasota Music Festival and connect with its talented artists in this special edition of Sarasota Orchestra’s campaign to keep the music playing.

Now, more than ever, people all over the world are turning to music for solace and inspiration. It is one of the most miraculous gifts of music that even through the medium of the internet, even when we cannot see and hear one another in person, this sacred art has the capacity to move us to the core, to lift us up and out of our daily cares, to cause us to think and to feel.

Jeffrey Kahane, SMF Music Director

Hildegard Project

Nineteen violinists of the 2020 Sarasota Music Festival join together on the transcendent melody of "O ignis spiritus paracliti," a chant by Hildegard von Bingen. Arranged by Jeffrey Kahane in collaboration with composers John Steinmetz and Joel McNeely, this special project looks ahead to 2021 Festival programming that elevates women’s contributions to classical music across the centuries. An abbess, theologian, artist, healer, and visionary of the 12th century, Hildegard is one of the first female composers in the Western classical tradition whose music survives in study and performance today.

Thank you to Barbara Brizdle for sponsoring this virtual performance. 

Musical Postcards

Meet faculty and fellows of the 2020 Sarasota Music Festival and share a moment of music together.

WSMR Broadcasts

Tune in to Classical WSMR each Tuesday at 7 pm EST to hear memorable performances from Sarasota Orchestra’s past seasons. Set your radio dial to 89.1 or 103.9 FM. Concert recordings will be posted on WSMR for 30 days from their broadcast date.

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543

Saturday Symphony 1 performed on June 9, 2018
Larry Rachleff, conductor | Festival Orchestra

Concerto Grosso in B Minor from L'estro Armonico, Op. 3, No. 10, RV. 580
Camille Poirier Lachance, violin; Kenneth Ryu Naito, violin; Qiaorong Ma, violin; Xinyuan Wang, violin

Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364
Katherine Arndt, violin; Cassia Drake, viola

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Saturday Symphony 1 performed on June 8, 2019
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor | Festival Orchestra

Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66
Montrose Trio; Martin Beaver, violin; Clive Greensmith, cello; Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Piano Concerto No. 10 for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in E-Flat Major, K.365

Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

Friday Concert 1 & Saturday Symphony 3 performed on June 22, 2019
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano; Robert Levin, piano | Festival Orchestra

Rising Stars Recitals

The festival’s Rising Stars recitals put fellows’ artistry center-stage. Each eclectic chamber music program features single movements selected by the fellows for intensive study with faculty coaching. Enjoy these videos from our 2019 festival.

Rising Stars 1

Rising Stars 2

Rising Stars 3

Levin Lectures

Deepen your understanding of the “how” and “why” music moves us all in these compelling talks by pianist, musicologist, and composer Robert Levin.

Origins of Musical Subjectivity

2020 Levin Lecture

With an examination of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s influence on the music of Mozart and Beethoven, Robert Levin explores the phenomenon of music-as-autobiography and its historical origins.

It Matters What Herbs and Spices You Use...

2019 Levin Lecture

When performers follow a musical score's pathway to the act of communication with an audience, they take on a responsibility to balance flawless execution with expressive feeling. Robert Levin discusses the key ingredients of performances that nourish the human experience and bring composers' ideas to life.

Orderly/Disorderly: The Power of Music

2018 Levin Lecture (audio only)

With examples from titans of the classical music canon including Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, Robert Levin demonstrates how composers evoke the dichotomy between order and disorder simply through sound.

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June 5-26
2021 Sarasota Music Festival

June 5-26
2021 Sarasota Music Festival

The SMF Edition of Music Moves Us is made possible with major support from

Ernie Kretzmer in loving memory of Alisa Kretzmer

Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

Susan and Zuheir Sofia

Muirhead, Gaylor, Steves & Waskom, PA


And Additional Support from:

Barbara Brizdle

Georgia Court

Shirley Fein

David and Linda Green

Dr. Deborah Hamm in loving memory of Hillel Bennett

Robin Radin

Billy Robinson

Susan Robinson

The Sylarn Foundation in memory of Sylvia Cohodas

Bunny Tabatznik


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 byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund help sustain Sarasota Orchestra and ensure that our musicians can continue to serve our community in the months ahead. Please join our Sarasota Orchestra family by making a gift today, and help us share the healing power of music.

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