Laura Brenner

Laura Brenner

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First Season with SO: 1999

Laura Brenner grew up in Glencoe, Ill, on the North Shore of Chicago. She received her B.M. degree from North Park University in 1989. There she studied viola with Robert Swan and Catherine Brubaker of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She received her M.Ed. degree in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University. 

While in Chicago, Laura enjoyed playing in the Civic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, and many other freelance opportunities.

Laura toured Asia several times with the Mantovani Orchestra, where she met her husband Mike. Mike was stationed at Hanscomb Air Force Base in Massachusetts playing in the Air Force Band of Liberty. Together, they survived the Nor'Easter of '94 (9 feet of snow in one month!) and decided to move to a warmer climate.

In Florida, Laura has enjoyed freelancing around the state, playing with Naples Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, and Brevard Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared in the orchestras of Jimi Page and Robert Plant, James Taylor, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole and many others.

Laura and Mike are the proud parents of two rescue pugs, named Rocky and Bella. They have a home gym and also enjoy bike riding.

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Written byHerald Tribune

 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...  

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 byHerald Tribune

 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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