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5 Friday concerts at 8:00pm | Van Wezel
$140/C, $215/B, $260/BB, $335/A, $395/AA

AA Rows 3-18 Center | A Rows 3-18 Sides | BB Rows 19-25 Center | B Rows 19-25 Sides | Cf Rows 1-2 | Cb Rows 26-29

Friday 5 subscription does not include Masterworks 5 & 7

  • Masters of Melody

    Masters of Melody

    Masterworks 1


    November 6
    November 7
    November 8

    Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Advisor, SMF Music Director, conductor and piano

    GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F
    RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

    Celebrate the opening of the 2020-2021 Masterworks season with the infectious rhythms and unforgettable melodies of George Gershwin. The jazz-influenced Concerto in F, one of Gershwin's most beloved works for the concert hall, infuses the sounds of the Charleston, Ragtime and Blues into a stunning showpiece for both piano and orchestra. Celebrated American pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane will serve in both roles for these performances. Following intermission, Kahane, Music Director of the Sarasota Music Festival and Artistic Advisor for Sarasota Orchestra, will take the podium to lead the orchestra in Serge Rachmaninoff's glorious Symphony No. 2. One of the most treasured works of the venerated Romantic composer, the expansive, arching melodies of the Symphony have found their way into movie soundtracks and even pop music. This triumphant work marked a high point in Rachmaninoff's career, and will provide an electrifying kick off to an extraordinary season of music.

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto

    Beethoven Violin Concerto

    Masterworks 2


    December 4
    December 5
    December 6

    Yaniv Dinur, Music Director, New Bedford Symphony
    Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

    GABRIELLA SMITH Field Guide
    BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

    December 16, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, and the Sarasota Orchestra celebrates with a performance of his serene, yet astoundingly difficult Violin Concerto. Acclaimed young violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, described by the Cincinnati Enquirer as "a seasoned soloist with a dazzling technique", makes his debut with the Sarasota Orchestra following several spectacular performances at the Sarasota Music Festival. The rhythms and sounds of the natural world will provide an arresting opening to the concert. Field Guide, by American composer Gabriella Smith, takes its inspiration from the sounds of bird sanctuaries and tropical rainforests, and combines them in a work the San Francisco Classical Voice called "dauntingly original". The program concludes with Tchaikovsky's iconic Symphony No. 4, undoubtedly one of the most cherished works by the Romantic giant. Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony, Jerusalem-born Yaniv Dinur makes his Sarasota Orchestra debut with this expansive and exhilarating program.

  • Musical Heroines

    Musical Heroines

    Masterworks 3


    January 7
    January 8
    January 9
    January 10

    Kensho Watanabe, Assistant conductor at Philadelphia Orchestra
    Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

    Three strong women, three wonderful stories. Beethoven's Lenore is one of the great operatic heroines, disguising herself and risking everything to save her husband from unjust imprisonment. The overture to Beethoven's only opera about love and sacrifice will provide an energetic opening to this colorful program. Clara Schumann was one of the most celebrated pianists of the mid-19th century and a composer of great talent. She also happened to be married to the great composer Robert Schumann, and the two were a powerful force in music during their lives. Clara composed her Piano Concerto in A Minor at the tender age of 14. British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, oldest of the extraordinary Kanneh-Mason siblings, makes her Sarasota Orchestra debut performing this delightful work. Her 2019 recording of the piece earned a spot on the NY Times' list of best classical recordings. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's technicolor symphonic suite Scheherazade, based upon Tales from the Arabian Nights. Guest conductor Kensho Watanabe, whose tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra earned him notable praise, will lead the musicians through the exotic stories spun by the mythical Scheherazade to save her own life. Rimsky-Korsakov's virtuosic score will provide an electrifying end to this program spotlighting heroines of music.

  • Symphonie Fantastique

    Symphonie Fantastique

    Masterworks 4


    February 4
    February 5
    February 6
    February 7

    Carl St. Clair, Music Director, Pacific Symphony
    Augustin Hadelich, violin

    MOZART Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
    MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
    BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique

    Musical visions of heaven and hell swirl through this vibrant program. Grammy Award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his Sarasota Orchestra debut in Mendelssohn's sunny Concerto in E Minor, perhaps the most popular composition in the entire violin repertoire. Hadelich, who nearly lost his life in a severe fire and could not play for months, has been heralded for his extraordinary sound and was Musical America's 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year. The program concludes with Hector Berlioz's psychedelic Symphonie Fantastique. Maestro Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony for 30 years, returns to the Sarasota Orchestra podium to lead the musicians through Berlioz's opium-fueled visions of bucolic country sides, masked balls and witches' sabbaths. This exhilarating orchestral tour de force is guaranteed to leave concertgoers both breathless and thoroughly enchanted.

  • From the New World

    From the New World

    Masterworks 6


    March 19
    March 20
    March 21

    Thomas Wilkins, Music Director, Omaha Symphony
    Chee-Yun, violin

    JIM BECKEL Toccata for Orchestra
    LALO Symphonie espagnole
    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony)

    Maestro Thomas Wilkins returns to Sarasota in a captivating program of orchestral favorites. Music Director of the Omaha Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Wilkens opens the concert with American composer James Beckel's orchestral showpiece Toccata. The work's driving rhythms and brilliant orchestration have been enormously popular with audiences nationwide. Violinist Chee-Yun, whom the New York Times praised for her "high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener's ear" will dazzle with Édouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole. Composed for 19th century Spanish virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate, the work is imbued with the scintillating sounds and rhythms of Spain, and offers the soloist both seductive and electrifying moments. The program concludes with Antonin Dvořák's love letter to America, his Symphony No. 9, "From the New World". Written during the composer's three-year residency in Iowa, the treasured work overflows with Dvořák's impressions of America and American music. The iconic theme of the 2nd movement, reverently scored for the English horn, was later utilized for the spiritual "Goin' Home", and is one of the most beloved melodies ever composed.

7 Saturday concerts at 8:00pm | Van Wezel

$200/C, $284/B, $349/BB, $449/A, $549/AA

AA Rows 3-18 Center | A Rows 3-18 Sides | BB Rows 19-25 Center | B Rows 19-25 Sides | Cf Rows 1-2 | Cb Rows 26-29

  • Masters of Melody

    Masters of Melody

    Masterworks 1


    November 6
    November 7
    November 8

    Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Advisor, SMF Music Director, conductor and piano

    GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F
    RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

    Celebrate the opening of the 2020-2021 Masterworks season with the infectious rhythms and unforgettable melodies of George Gershwin. The jazz-influenced Concerto in F, one of Gershwin's most beloved works for the concert hall, infuses the sounds of the Charleston, Ragtime and Blues into a stunning showpiece for both piano and orchestra. Celebrated American pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane will serve in both roles for these performances. Following intermission, Kahane, Music Director of the Sarasota Music Festival and Artistic Advisor for Sarasota Orchestra, will take the podium to lead the orchestra in Serge Rachmaninoff's glorious Symphony No. 2. One of the most treasured works of the venerated Romantic composer, the expansive, arching melodies of the Symphony have found their way into movie soundtracks and even pop music. This triumphant work marked a high point in Rachmaninoff's career, and will provide an electrifying kick off to an extraordinary season of music.

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto

    Beethoven Violin Concerto

    Masterworks 2


    December 4
    December 5
    December 6

    Yaniv Dinur, Music Director, New Bedford Symphony
    Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

    GABRIELLA SMITH Field Guide
    BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

    December 16, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, and the Sarasota Orchestra celebrates with a performance of his serene, yet astoundingly difficult Violin Concerto. Acclaimed young violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, described by the Cincinnati Enquirer as "a seasoned soloist with a dazzling technique", makes his debut with the Sarasota Orchestra following several spectacular performances at the Sarasota Music Festival. The rhythms and sounds of the natural world will provide an arresting opening to the concert. Field Guide, by American composer Gabriella Smith, takes its inspiration from the sounds of bird sanctuaries and tropical rainforests, and combines them in a work the San Francisco Classical Voice called "dauntingly original". The program concludes with Tchaikovsky's iconic Symphony No. 4, undoubtedly one of the most cherished works by the Romantic giant. Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony, Jerusalem-born Yaniv Dinur makes his Sarasota Orchestra debut with this expansive and exhilarating program.

  • Musical Heroines

    Musical Heroines

    Masterworks 3


    January 7
    January 8
    January 9
    January 10

    Kensho Watanabe, Assistant conductor at Philadelphia Orchestra
    Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

    Three strong women, three wonderful stories. Beethoven's Lenore is one of the great operatic heroines, disguising herself and risking everything to save her husband from unjust imprisonment. The overture to Beethoven's only opera about love and sacrifice will provide an energetic opening to this colorful program. Clara Schumann was one of the most celebrated pianists of the mid-19th century and a composer of great talent. She also happened to be married to the great composer Robert Schumann, and the two were a powerful force in music during their lives. Clara composed her Piano Concerto in A Minor at the tender age of 14. British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, oldest of the extraordinary Kanneh-Mason siblings, makes her Sarasota Orchestra debut performing this delightful work. Her 2019 recording of the piece earned a spot on the NY Times' list of best classical recordings. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's technicolor symphonic suite Scheherazade, based upon Tales from the Arabian Nights. Guest conductor Kensho Watanabe, whose tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra earned him notable praise, will lead the musicians through the exotic stories spun by the mythical Scheherazade to save her own life. Rimsky-Korsakov's virtuosic score will provide an electrifying end to this program spotlighting heroines of music.

  • Symphonie Fantastique

    Symphonie Fantastique

    Masterworks 4


    February 4
    February 5
    February 6
    February 7

    Carl St. Clair, Music Director, Pacific Symphony
    Augustin Hadelich, violin

    MOZART Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
    MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
    BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique

    Musical visions of heaven and hell swirl through this vibrant program. Grammy Award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his Sarasota Orchestra debut in Mendelssohn's sunny Concerto in E Minor, perhaps the most popular composition in the entire violin repertoire. Hadelich, who nearly lost his life in a severe fire and could not play for months, has been heralded for his extraordinary sound and was Musical America's 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year. The program concludes with Hector Berlioz's psychedelic Symphonie Fantastique. Maestro Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony for 30 years, returns to the Sarasota Orchestra podium to lead the musicians through Berlioz's opium-fueled visions of bucolic country sides, masked balls and witches' sabbaths. This exhilarating orchestral tour de force is guaranteed to leave concertgoers both breathless and thoroughly enchanted.

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Masterworks 5


    February 18
    February 20
    February 21

    Marcelo Lehninger, Music Director, Grand Rapids Symphony
    Orion Weiss, piano

    GUARNIERI Festive Overture
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23
    MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

    Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Maestro Marcelo Lehninger returns to Sarasota in a lively program featuring not one, but two Mozarts. The Abertura festiva (Festive Overture) by Brazilian composer Mozart Camargo Guarnieri opens the program with the tangy flavors of South America. The rhythmically rich work is a showpiece for the woodwind section of the orchestra. Pianist Orion Weiss, whose last performance with Sarasota Orchestra was called "simply breathtaking", returns with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.  One of Mozart's most introspective and intimate works for piano, it will provide the perfect vehicle for the highly sought-after Weiss, lauded by critics as "an effortlessly brilliant performer". The program concludes with Modest Mussorgsky's orchestral showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally a virtuoso piece for solo piano, the brilliant Maurice Ravel orchestrated the work, creating one of the most cherished pieces in the entire orchestral repertoire. Ten vivid miniatures, each corresponding to a painting by Mussorgsky's friend, artist and architect Viktor Hartmann, depict castles, gnomes, markets and catacombs. The final movement, The Great Gate of Kiev, is one of the most majestic and moving moments in orchestral music and will provide a powerful conclusion to this colorful program.

  • From the New World

    From the New World

    Masterworks 6


    March 19
    March 20
    March 21

    Thomas Wilkins, Music Director, Omaha Symphony
    Chee-Yun, violin

    JIM BECKEL Toccata for Orchestra
    LALO Symphonie espagnole
    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony)

    Maestro Thomas Wilkins returns to Sarasota in a captivating program of orchestral favorites. Music Director of the Omaha Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Wilkens opens the concert with American composer James Beckel's orchestral showpiece Toccata. The work's driving rhythms and brilliant orchestration have been enormously popular with audiences nationwide. Violinist Chee-Yun, whom the New York Times praised for her "high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener's ear" will dazzle with Édouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole. Composed for 19th century Spanish virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate, the work is imbued with the scintillating sounds and rhythms of Spain, and offers the soloist both seductive and electrifying moments. The program concludes with Antonin Dvořák's love letter to America, his Symphony No. 9, "From the New World". Written during the composer's three-year residency in Iowa, the treasured work overflows with Dvořák's impressions of America and American music. The iconic theme of the 2nd movement, reverently scored for the English horn, was later utilized for the spiritual "Goin' Home", and is one of the most beloved melodies ever composed.

  • Russian Tales

    Russian Tales

    Masterworks 7


    April 9
    April 10
    April 11

    Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Advisor, SMF Music Director
    Garrick Ohlsson, piano

    STRAVINSKY Petrushka
    RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3

    Sarasota Orchestra closes its Masterworks season with a program featuring two Russian jewels. Legendary Ballets Russes Impresario Serge Diaghilev commissioned several of the most important early 20th century composers to write for his ensemble, among them his countryman Igor Stravinsky, whose 1911 ballet music for Petrushka opens this program. The vibrant score tells the story of the jealous puppet Petrushka, and brilliantly combines Russian folk music with Stravinsky's ingenious rhythmic shifts and angular melodies, creating a work that has been an audience favorite for 100 years. World-renown pianist Garrick Ohlssen returns to Sarasota for a performance of Serge Rachmaninoff's towering Piano Concerto No. 3. Known as one of the most fiendishly difficult works in the repertoire, the piece requires extraordinary technical prowess and stamina from the soloist.  Ohlssen will be joined by fellow pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane on the podium, in what is certain to be an exhilarating conclusion to an exceptional season of music.

7 Sunday concerts at 2:30pm | Van Wezel

$200/C, $284/B, $349/BB, $449/A, $549/AA

AA Rows 3-18 Center | A Rows 3-18 Sides | BB Rows 19-25 Center | B Rows 19-25 Sides | Cf Rows 1-2 | Cb Rows 26-29

  • Masters of Melody

    Masters of Melody

    Masterworks 1


    November 6
    November 7
    November 8

    Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Advisor, SMF Music Director, conductor and piano

    GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F
    RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

    Celebrate the opening of the 2020-2021 Masterworks season with the infectious rhythms and unforgettable melodies of George Gershwin. The jazz-influenced Concerto in F, one of Gershwin's most beloved works for the concert hall, infuses the sounds of the Charleston, Ragtime and Blues into a stunning showpiece for both piano and orchestra. Celebrated American pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane will serve in both roles for these performances. Following intermission, Kahane, Music Director of the Sarasota Music Festival and Artistic Advisor for Sarasota Orchestra, will take the podium to lead the orchestra in Serge Rachmaninoff's glorious Symphony No. 2. One of the most treasured works of the venerated Romantic composer, the expansive, arching melodies of the Symphony have found their way into movie soundtracks and even pop music. This triumphant work marked a high point in Rachmaninoff's career, and will provide an electrifying kick off to an extraordinary season of music.

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto

    Beethoven Violin Concerto

    Masterworks 2


    December 4
    December 5
    December 6

    Yaniv Dinur, Music Director, New Bedford Symphony
    Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

    GABRIELLA SMITH Field Guide
    BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

    December 16, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, and the Sarasota Orchestra celebrates with a performance of his serene, yet astoundingly difficult Violin Concerto. Acclaimed young violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, described by the Cincinnati Enquirer as "a seasoned soloist with a dazzling technique", makes his debut with the Sarasota Orchestra following several spectacular performances at the Sarasota Music Festival. The rhythms and sounds of the natural world will provide an arresting opening to the concert. Field Guide, by American composer Gabriella Smith, takes its inspiration from the sounds of bird sanctuaries and tropical rainforests, and combines them in a work the San Francisco Classical Voice called "dauntingly original". The program concludes with Tchaikovsky's iconic Symphony No. 4, undoubtedly one of the most cherished works by the Romantic giant. Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony, Jerusalem-born Yaniv Dinur makes his Sarasota Orchestra debut with this expansive and exhilarating program.

  • Musical Heroines

    Musical Heroines

    Masterworks 3


    January 7
    January 8
    January 9
    January 10

    Kensho Watanabe, Assistant conductor at Philadelphia Orchestra
    Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

    Three strong women, three wonderful stories. Beethoven's Lenore is one of the great operatic heroines, disguising herself and risking everything to save her husband from unjust imprisonment. The overture to Beethoven's only opera about love and sacrifice will provide an energetic opening to this colorful program. Clara Schumann was one of the most celebrated pianists of the mid-19th century and a composer of great talent. She also happened to be married to the great composer Robert Schumann, and the two were a powerful force in music during their lives. Clara composed her Piano Concerto in A Minor at the tender age of 14. British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, oldest of the extraordinary Kanneh-Mason siblings, makes her Sarasota Orchestra debut performing this delightful work. Her 2019 recording of the piece earned a spot on the NY Times' list of best classical recordings. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's technicolor symphonic suite Scheherazade, based upon Tales from the Arabian Nights. Guest conductor Kensho Watanabe, whose tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra earned him notable praise, will lead the musicians through the exotic stories spun by the mythical Scheherazade to save her own life. Rimsky-Korsakov's virtuosic score will provide an electrifying end to this program spotlighting heroines of music.

  • Symphonie Fantastique

    Symphonie Fantastique

    Masterworks 4


    February 4
    February 5
    February 6
    February 7

    Carl St. Clair, Music Director, Pacific Symphony
    Augustin Hadelich, violin

    MOZART Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
    MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
    BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique

    Musical visions of heaven and hell swirl through this vibrant program. Grammy Award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his Sarasota Orchestra debut in Mendelssohn's sunny Concerto in E Minor, perhaps the most popular composition in the entire violin repertoire. Hadelich, who nearly lost his life in a severe fire and could not play for months, has been heralded for his extraordinary sound and was Musical America's 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year. The program concludes with Hector Berlioz's psychedelic Symphonie Fantastique. Maestro Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony for 30 years, returns to the Sarasota Orchestra podium to lead the musicians through Berlioz's opium-fueled visions of bucolic country sides, masked balls and witches' sabbaths. This exhilarating orchestral tour de force is guaranteed to leave concertgoers both breathless and thoroughly enchanted.

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Masterworks 5


    February 18
    February 20
    February 21

    Marcelo Lehninger, Music Director, Grand Rapids Symphony
    Orion Weiss, piano

    GUARNIERI Festive Overture
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23
    MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

    Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Maestro Marcelo Lehninger returns to Sarasota in a lively program featuring not one, but two Mozarts. The Abertura festiva (Festive Overture) by Brazilian composer Mozart Camargo Guarnieri opens the program with the tangy flavors of South America. The rhythmically rich work is a showpiece for the woodwind section of the orchestra. Pianist Orion Weiss, whose last performance with Sarasota Orchestra was called "simply breathtaking", returns with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.  One of Mozart's most introspective and intimate works for piano, it will provide the perfect vehicle for the highly sought-after Weiss, lauded by critics as "an effortlessly brilliant performer". The program concludes with Modest Mussorgsky's orchestral showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally a virtuoso piece for solo piano, the brilliant Maurice Ravel orchestrated the work, creating one of the most cherished pieces in the entire orchestral repertoire. Ten vivid miniatures, each corresponding to a painting by Mussorgsky's friend, artist and architect Viktor Hartmann, depict castles, gnomes, markets and catacombs. The final movement, The Great Gate of Kiev, is one of the most majestic and moving moments in orchestral music and will provide a powerful conclusion to this colorful program.

  • From the New World

    From the New World

    Masterworks 6


    March 19
    March 20
    March 21

    Thomas Wilkins, Music Director, Omaha Symphony
    Chee-Yun, violin

    JIM BECKEL Toccata for Orchestra
    LALO Symphonie espagnole
    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony)

    Maestro Thomas Wilkins returns to Sarasota in a captivating program of orchestral favorites. Music Director of the Omaha Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Wilkens opens the concert with American composer James Beckel's orchestral showpiece Toccata. The work's driving rhythms and brilliant orchestration have been enormously popular with audiences nationwide. Violinist Chee-Yun, whom the New York Times praised for her "high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener's ear" will dazzle with Édouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole. Composed for 19th century Spanish virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate, the work is imbued with the scintillating sounds and rhythms of Spain, and offers the soloist both seductive and electrifying moments. The program concludes with Antonin Dvořák's love letter to America, his Symphony No. 9, "From the New World". Written during the composer's three-year residency in Iowa, the treasured work overflows with Dvořák's impressions of America and American music. The iconic theme of the 2nd movement, reverently scored for the English horn, was later utilized for the spiritual "Goin' Home", and is one of the most beloved melodies ever composed.

  • Russian Tales

    Russian Tales

    Masterworks 7


    April 9
    April 10
    April 11

    Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Advisor, SMF Music Director
    Garrick Ohlsson, piano

    STRAVINSKY Petrushka
    RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3

    Sarasota Orchestra closes its Masterworks season with a program featuring two Russian jewels. Legendary Ballets Russes Impresario Serge Diaghilev commissioned several of the most important early 20th century composers to write for his ensemble, among them his countryman Igor Stravinsky, whose 1911 ballet music for Petrushka opens this program. The vibrant score tells the story of the jealous puppet Petrushka, and brilliantly combines Russian folk music with Stravinsky's ingenious rhythmic shifts and angular melodies, creating a work that has been an audience favorite for 100 years. World-renown pianist Garrick Ohlssen returns to Sarasota for a performance of Serge Rachmaninoff's towering Piano Concerto No. 3. Known as one of the most fiendishly difficult works in the repertoire, the piece requires extraordinary technical prowess and stamina from the soloist.  Ohlssen will be joined by fellow pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane on the podium, in what is certain to be an exhilarating conclusion to an exceptional season of music.

3 concerts at 8:00pm | Neel Performing Arts Center
$115/B, $138/A, $174/AA

AA Rows D-O | A Rows P-S | B Rows A-C

Neel 3 subscription does not include Masterworks 1, 2, 6 and 7

  • Musical Heroines

    Musical Heroines

    Masterworks 3


    January 7
    January 8
    January 9
    January 10

    Kensho Watanabe, Assistant conductor at Philadelphia Orchestra
    Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

    BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

    Three strong women, three wonderful stories. Beethoven's Lenore is one of the great operatic heroines, disguising herself and risking everything to save her husband from unjust imprisonment. The overture to Beethoven's only opera about love and sacrifice will provide an energetic opening to this colorful program. Clara Schumann was one of the most celebrated pianists of the mid-19th century and a composer of great talent. She also happened to be married to the great composer Robert Schumann, and the two were a powerful force in music during their lives. Clara composed her Piano Concerto in A Minor at the tender age of 14. British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, oldest of the extraordinary Kanneh-Mason siblings, makes her Sarasota Orchestra debut performing this delightful work. Her 2019 recording of the piece earned a spot on the NY Times' list of best classical recordings. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's technicolor symphonic suite Scheherazade, based upon Tales from the Arabian Nights. Guest conductor Kensho Watanabe, whose tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra earned him notable praise, will lead the musicians through the exotic stories spun by the mythical Scheherazade to save her own life. Rimsky-Korsakov's virtuosic score will provide an electrifying end to this program spotlighting heroines of music.

  • Symphonie Fantastique

    Symphonie Fantastique

    Masterworks 4


    February 4
    February 5
    February 6
    February 7

    Carl St. Clair, Music Director, Pacific Symphony
    Augustin Hadelich, violin

    MOZART Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
    MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
    BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique

    Musical visions of heaven and hell swirl through this vibrant program. Grammy Award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his Sarasota Orchestra debut in Mendelssohn's sunny Concerto in E Minor, perhaps the most popular composition in the entire violin repertoire. Hadelich, who nearly lost his life in a severe fire and could not play for months, has been heralded for his extraordinary sound and was Musical America's 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year. The program concludes with Hector Berlioz's psychedelic Symphonie Fantastique. Maestro Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony for 30 years, returns to the Sarasota Orchestra podium to lead the musicians through Berlioz's opium-fueled visions of bucolic country sides, masked balls and witches' sabbaths. This exhilarating orchestral tour de force is guaranteed to leave concertgoers both breathless and thoroughly enchanted.

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Masterworks 5


    February 18
    February 20
    February 21

    Marcelo Lehninger, Music Director, Grand Rapids Symphony
    Orion Weiss, piano

    GUARNIERI Festive Overture
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23
    MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

    Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Maestro Marcelo Lehninger returns to Sarasota in a lively program featuring not one, but two Mozarts. The Abertura festiva (Festive Overture) by Brazilian composer Mozart Camargo Guarnieri opens the program with the tangy flavors of South America. The rhythmically rich work is a showpiece for the woodwind section of the orchestra. Pianist Orion Weiss, whose last performance with Sarasota Orchestra was called "simply breathtaking", returns with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.  One of Mozart's most introspective and intimate works for piano, it will provide the perfect vehicle for the highly sought-after Weiss, lauded by critics as "an effortlessly brilliant performer". The program concludes with Modest Mussorgsky's orchestral showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally a virtuoso piece for solo piano, the brilliant Maurice Ravel orchestrated the work, creating one of the most cherished pieces in the entire orchestral repertoire. Ten vivid miniatures, each corresponding to a painting by Mussorgsky's friend, artist and architect Viktor Hartmann, depict castles, gnomes, markets and catacombs. The final movement, The Great Gate of Kiev, is one of the most majestic and moving moments in orchestral music and will provide a powerful conclusion to this colorful program.

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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.  

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.  

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