(Sarasota, FL) The celebrated Ariel Quartet will be in schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties this November as part of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) “Education Outreach Program.” Now in its fourth year, PMP/Suncoast’s Education Outreach Program brings PMP alumni into area schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties as professional teaching artists during three weeks in November, February and May to present interactive performances and hands-on training for area music students and their teachers. From November 1-7, 2012, the Ariels will work with approximately 15 schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. During the 2011-2012 season, the program served 16 schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and reached approximately 5,000 students, grades 5 through 12.
As part of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s “Emerging Artists Performance Series,” the Ariel Quartet will perform a free public concert, Sunday, November 4, 3:30 p.m., at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road, in Sarasota. Seating is general admission on a first-come basis. No tickets are necessary, but may be obtained in advance online at www.PMPSuncoast.org for a $5 fee to access reserved seating. For more information about the Education Outreach Program or the Emerging Artists Performance Series, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org or contact Elizabeth Power, executive director, at 941-955-4942.
The Emerging Artists Performance Series is the newest addition to The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s line-up of professional musical experiences. “The concerts celebrate the finest in the future of classical music” says Elizabeth Power, executive director of PMP/Suncoast. The series is made possible, in part, by the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax.
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet (Gershon Gerchikov, violin; Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Jan Grüning, viola; and Amit Even-Tov, cello) has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel, the Ariel Quartet, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary, moved to the United States in 2004 to continue its professional studies. The Grand Prize winners of the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, they have also been awarded first prize at the international competition “Franz Schubert and The Music Of Modernity” in Graz, Austria (2003). After they won the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók, as well as the overall third prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and called their performance of Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 132 “the pinnacle of the competition.” Previously the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program, the group was recently named the official string-quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For more information about the Ariel Quartet, visit www.arielquartet.com.
“We are delighted that the Ariel Quartet will return for a second time as our artists-in-residence for this fourth season of the Education Outreach Program,” says Elizabeth Power. “This highly acclaimed ensemble is no stranger to Sarasota as its members are alumni of The Perlman Music Program and familiar faces to those attending past PMP winter residencies.” She adds that curriculum connections include “music vocabulary and concepts, articulations played upon string instruments, career and cultural connections, and a brief overview of the history of the violin.”
The PMP/Suncoast Education Outreach Program was launched in October 2009 with the support of The Juilliard School, Columbia University’s Teacher College, Toby and Itzhak Perlman and the faculty of The Perlman Music Program. The program is led by long-time music educator and PMP/Suncoast board member Barbara Staton. Cindy Balistreri, the former fine arts program specialist for the School Board of Sarasota County, serves as the program’s consultant to coordinate with participating schools and works with local music educator, Kim Miles of Bay Haven School for Basics, to develop the curriculum-based programming, connecting musical concepts with academic subjects and the Sunshine State Standards. The three-week in-school residency is entirely funded by PMP/Suncoast through grants and sponsorships. This season’s sponsors include Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota, Wells Fargo, Manatee Community Foundation, Sigma Alpha Iota Sarasota-Manatee Alumni Chapter, The Osceola Foundation – Deborah and Mark Beale, Shirley and Bernard Friedland, and Joan Nixon.
“This program brings the experience of PMP music-making to area students and teachers,” says Barbara Staton. “Students learn directly from professional—and acclaimed—musicians. It’s a rare opportunity.”
For more information about The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org or contact Elizabeth Power, executive director, 941-955-4942.
Photo courtesy of The Ariel Quartet: (Left to right): Alexandra Kazovsky, Gershon Gerchikov, Amit Even-Tov and Jan Grüning
ABOUT THE PERLMAN MUSIC PROGRAM/SUNCOAST
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast was established in May 2008 as an independent non-profit organization with the mission to provide operational stability and funding support for a permanent Sarasota winter residency for The Perlman Music Program. Founded by Toby Perlman, and with world-renowned faculty members led by her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, The Perlman Music Program augments its six-week summer program in Shelter Island, NY, with a two-week intensive winter residency each December in Sarasota. The residency provides valuable mentoring and performance opportunities for young string musicians, ages 12-20, and a rich opportunity for community audiences to experience the magic of musical mentoring during more than 20 free events on the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus. The program culminates with a “Celebration Concert,” featuring Itzhak Perlman directing the PMP String Orchestra.
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast recently expanded its program offerings to include a year-round Education Outreach Program, which brings PMP alumni, who are now professional musicians, into elementary, middle and high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. These curriculum-based, in-school experiences include interactive performances and hands-on training for students and teachers. These acclaimed musicians also present free concerts throughout the year as part of PMP/Suncoast’s Emerging Artists Performance Series. For more information, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org.