January 28 § Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra is lauded for its artistic excellence, creative programming and community engagement. Superstar violinist Joshua Bell is known for pushing boundaries and integrating classical violin into mainstream culture.
(Sarasota, Florida) Sarasota Concert Association’s 2013 “Great Performers Series” continues with the acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra with violin soloist Joshua Bell, on January 28, 8 p.m. The concert is at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Tickets are $40, $50, $60, and $70. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-955-0040 or visiting www.scasarasota.org.
Under the leadership of Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra remains one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world, setting standards of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement. In this Van Wezel appearance, the orchestra will perform the “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61,” by Beethoven and “Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14,” by Hector Berlioz.
Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Joshua Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, he received his first violin at age four and, at 12, began studying with revered violinist Josef Gingold, at Indiana University. Two years later, Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and, at age 17, made his Carnegie Hall debut. Bell’s extensive career has now spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor. Among numerous awards and honors, Bell is an Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year. Recently appointed music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he is the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.
The next concert in the 2013 Great Performers Series features The Vienna Boys Choir, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8 p.m. The best-known boys’ choir in the world is made up of over 100 choristers aged 10 to 14, who are divided up into four touring choirs that perform about 300 concerts each year. The season continues with violinist and local resident James Ehnes, accompanied by pianist Andrew Armstrong, on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Ehnes has been called the “Jascha Heifetz of our day.” Andrew Armstrong is an award-winning artist who has given solo performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. The season concludes on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8 p.m., with the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn with Louis Lortie on piano. The Bonn Orchestra is the official orchestra of the Bonn Opera House, playing 115 concerts a year in addition to touring worldwide. Louis Lortie is especially renowned for his interpretations of Chopin, Ravel and Beethoven, and has been described as “one of perhaps half a dozen pianists who is worth dropping everything for to go and hear.”
SCA also presents “Munchtime Musicales,” a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. The 2012-2013 concert season continues with the Sarasota String Quartet (January 16, 2013); violinists Dan Jordan and Chong-Yon Hong and harpist Cheryl Losey of the Sarasota Orchestra (February 20, 2013); Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera, (March 20, 2013); and the Mike Markaverich Trio (April 17, 2013). All performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Seating is open; no reservations taken. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467 or visit www.scasarasota.org.
About the Sarasota Concert Association
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) exists to foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations that are not otherwise available in the community, through a not-for-profit, organized-audience plan. SCA aims to set reasonable fees for all performances. The organization is not designed to make a profit but does intend to be self-supporting. It provides outreach to all members of the regional community by offering a series of free concerts, Munchtime Musicales, held every year. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.