Guest Conductor Dinner Series

Many of the world’s most compelling conductors will converge on Sarasota this season. Join us for this unique series of dinners to meet these celebrated conductors. They will share their insights and approach to making music and the stories behind their passion for the classics.

Each dinner features a short performance and delightful dinner followed by a conversation with the Maestro.

If you would like to attend more than 7 Dinners, please call 941-487-2717 or email RSVP@sarasotaorchestra.org for special package pricing.

Masterworks Dinner 2

December 4, 2019

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Michael’s On East
1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

Featuring guest conductor
JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta is recognized as the first female music director of a major American orchestra. Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and completes her 27-year tenure with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in June 2020.

Hosts: Joan and Larry Castellani, Georgia Court, Anne and Robert Essner, Tom and Meg Ryan, Jeff Sebeika and Charlie Huisking, Anne Virag

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Masterworks Dinner 3

January 15, 2020

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Holley Hall
709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Steven Sloane

As its Music Director, Steven Sloane transformed the Bochum Symphony into one of Germany’s leading orchestras and was instrumental in advancing the building of the orchestra’s own music center, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. Sloane was recently appointed the new Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Hosts:
Harriet Bernbaum, Georgia Court, Lois Stulberg

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 4

January 28, 2020

Tuesday • 6pm • $200 pp
The Field Club
1400 Field Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

Featuring guest conductor
Ludovic Morlot

Ludovic Morlot has brought the Seattle Symphony’s long and distinguished recording history to new heights with three Grammy awards and the 2014 launch of the orchestra’s own record label. After eight seasons as the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director, Morlot will step into a new appointment as the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus.

Hosts:
Anne and Robert Essner, Bette and Arn Hoffman, David and Pamela Steves

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 5

February 20, 2020

Thursday • 6pm • $200 pp
Ritz-Carlton Beach Club
1234 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Bramwell Tovey

World-renowned conductor Bramwell Tovey is Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony. He is also a sought-after composer whose works have been commissioned by the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Opera, and violin superstar James Ehnes.

Hosts:
Robert and Beverly Bartner, Georgia Court, Mike and Ellen Esposito

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Masterworks Dinner 6

March 10, 2020

Tuesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Selby Gardens
900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart is the second-longest tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He is Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Brevard Music Festival, and former Music Director of the Utah Symphony.

Hosts:
Audrey Robbins and Harry Leopold, Tom and Meg Ryan, Lois Stulberg, Hobart and Janis Swan, Kim Morey Wheeler, Ronald and Geri Yonover


Stan and Jo Rutstein
Ensemble Sponsors

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation  Sunset Cadillac

Masterworks Dinner 7

April 1, 2020

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Ritz-Carlton, Ca d' Zan Lounge
1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams is Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and the Britt Festival Orchestra. A pianist, clarinetist, and composer, he advocates for the power of music through cross-disciplinary collaborations with ballet, theater, and visual arts organizations nationwide.

Hosts:
Betty-Jean and David Bavar, David and Linda Green, Judy Rudges and Stanley Katz, Caroline and Tim Ryan, Kim Morey Wheeler

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Discover Beethoven Spring Dinner

May 1, 2020

Friday • 6:00pm • $200 pp
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
35 S Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
David Danzmayr

David Danzmayr serves as Music Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and is Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He was previously Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago.

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 2

December 4, 2019

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Michael’s On East
1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

Featuring guest conductor
JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta is recognized as the first female music director of a major American orchestra. Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and completes her 27-year tenure with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in June 2020.

Hosts: Joan and Larry Castellani, Georgia Court, Anne and Robert Essner, Tom and Meg Ryan, Jeff Sebeika and Charlie Huisking, Anne Virag

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Masterworks Dinner 3

January 15, 2020

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Holley Hall
709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Steven Sloane

As its Music Director, Steven Sloane transformed the Bochum Symphony into one of Germany’s leading orchestras and was instrumental in advancing the building of the orchestra’s own music center, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. Sloane was recently appointed the new Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Hosts:
Harriet Bernbaum, Georgia Court, Lois Stulberg

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 4

January 28, 2020

Tuesday • 6pm • $200 pp
The Field Club
1400 Field Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

Featuring guest conductor
Ludovic Morlot

Ludovic Morlot has brought the Seattle Symphony’s long and distinguished recording history to new heights with three Grammy awards and the 2014 launch of the orchestra’s own record label. After eight seasons as the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director, Morlot will step into a new appointment as the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus.

Hosts:
Anne and Robert Essner, Bette and Arn Hoffman, David and Pamela Steves

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 5

February 20, 2020

Thursday • 6pm • $200 pp
Ritz-Carlton Beach Club
1234 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Bramwell Tovey

World-renowned conductor Bramwell Tovey is Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony. He is also a sought-after composer whose works have been commissioned by the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Opera, and violin superstar James Ehnes.

Hosts:
Robert and Beverly Bartner, Georgia Court, Mike and Ellen Esposito

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Masterworks Dinner 6

March 10, 2020

Tuesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Selby Gardens
900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart is the second-longest tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He is Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Brevard Music Festival, and former Music Director of the Utah Symphony.

Hosts:
Audrey Robbins and Harry Leopold, Tom and Meg Ryan, Lois Stulberg, Hobart and Janis Swan, Kim Morey Wheeler, Ronald and Geri Yonover


Stan and Jo Rutstein
Ensemble Sponsors

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation  Sunset Cadillac

Masterworks Dinner 7

April 1, 2020

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Ritz-Carlton, Ca d' Zan Lounge
1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams is Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and the Britt Festival Orchestra. A pianist, clarinetist, and composer, he advocates for the power of music through cross-disciplinary collaborations with ballet, theater, and visual arts organizations nationwide.

Hosts:
Betty-Jean and David Bavar, David and Linda Green, Judy Rudges and Stanley Katz, Caroline and Tim Ryan, Kim Morey Wheeler

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Discover Beethoven Spring Dinner

May 1, 2020

Friday • 6:00pm • $200 pp
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
35 S Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
David Danzmayr

David Danzmayr serves as Music Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and is Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He was previously Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago.

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 2

December 4, 2019

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Michael’s On East
1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

Featuring guest conductor
JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta is recognized as the first female music director of a major American orchestra. Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and completes her 27-year tenure with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in June 2020.

Hosts: Joan and Larry Castellani, Georgia Court, Anne and Robert Essner, Tom and Meg Ryan, Jeff Sebeika and Charlie Huisking, Anne Virag

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Masterworks Dinner 3

January 15, 2020

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Holley Hall
709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Steven Sloane

As its Music Director, Steven Sloane transformed the Bochum Symphony into one of Germany’s leading orchestras and was instrumental in advancing the building of the orchestra’s own music center, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. Sloane was recently appointed the new Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Hosts:
Harriet Bernbaum, Georgia Court, Lois Stulberg

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 4

January 28, 2020

Tuesday • 6pm • $200 pp
The Field Club
1400 Field Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

Featuring guest conductor
Ludovic Morlot

Ludovic Morlot has brought the Seattle Symphony’s long and distinguished recording history to new heights with three Grammy awards and the 2014 launch of the orchestra’s own record label. After eight seasons as the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director, Morlot will step into a new appointment as the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus.

Hosts:
Anne and Robert Essner, Bette and Arn Hoffman, David and Pamela Steves

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Masterworks Dinner 5

February 20, 2020

Thursday • 6pm • $200 pp
Ritz-Carlton Beach Club
1234 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Bramwell Tovey

World-renowned conductor Bramwell Tovey is Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony. He is also a sought-after composer whose works have been commissioned by the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Opera, and violin superstar James Ehnes.

Hosts:
Robert and Beverly Bartner, Georgia Court, Mike and Ellen Esposito

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Masterworks Dinner 6

March 10, 2020

Tuesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Selby Gardens
900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart is the second-longest tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He is Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Brevard Music Festival, and former Music Director of the Utah Symphony.

Hosts:
Audrey Robbins and Harry Leopold, Tom and Meg Ryan, Lois Stulberg, Hobart and Janis Swan, Kim Morey Wheeler, Ronald and Geri Yonover


Stan and Jo Rutstein
Ensemble Sponsors

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation  Sunset Cadillac

Masterworks Dinner 7

April 1, 2020

Wednesday • 6pm • $200 pp
Ritz-Carlton, Ca d' Zan Lounge
1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams is Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and the Britt Festival Orchestra. A pianist, clarinetist, and composer, he advocates for the power of music through cross-disciplinary collaborations with ballet, theater, and visual arts organizations nationwide.

Hosts:
Betty-Jean and David Bavar, David and Linda Green, Judy Rudges and Stanley Katz, Caroline and Tim Ryan, Kim Morey Wheeler

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Discover Beethoven Spring Dinner

May 1, 2020

Friday • 6:00pm • $200 pp
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
35 S Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Featuring guest conductor
David Danzmayr

David Danzmayr serves as Music Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and is Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He was previously Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago.

Community Foundation of Sarasota  PNC Bank

Host Couple Sponsorship
$5,000
  • Two seats

  • Premium seating with guest conductor

  • *Maestro Society Membership

  • (Tax-deductible portion $4,800)


  • * Invitations to three complimentary 2019-2020 Maestro Society events (to be mailed separately)

Host Single Sponsorship
$2,500
  • One seat

  • Premium seating with guest conductor

  • *Maestro Society Membership

  • (Tax-deductible portion $2,400)


  • * Invitations to three complimentary 2019-2020 Maestro Society events (to be mailed separately)

Dinner Series Musician Sponsorship
$1,500
  • Two seats (for you)

  • One seat for a Sarasota Orchestra principal musician

  • Premium seating with the musician you are sponsoring

  • (Tax-deductible portion $1,200)

Musical Interlude Exclusive Sponsorship
$1,500
  • Two seats

  • Premium seating with a musician

  • Recognized as ensemble sponsor at the dinner

  • (Tax-deductible portion $1,300)

All sponsorships include:

Invitations to the Masterworks and Pops 2019-2020 Pre-concert receptions

Recognition in Dinner Series promotional materials, signage and website

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Reviews

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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