January 16, 2013 § Holley Hall
(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association is pleased to present the Sarasota String Quartet and the Sarasota Brass Quintet in a Munchtime Musicales concert, January 16, 2013, at noon, in David Cohen Hall inside the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467, or visit www.scasarasota.org.
The Sarasota String Quartet and the Sarasota Brass Quintet are two popular ensembles comprised of outstanding musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra. The String Quartet is known as one of Florida’s premier ensembles. Its performances have been described as “a near perfect example of the kind of music-making that can be achieved by talented musicians who have worked together for a long time.” The Sarasota Brass Quintet, founded in 1986, is one of Sarasota Orchestra’s best-known ensembles, celebrated for its entertaining programs that cover a broad diversity of musical styles.
The musicians of the Sarasota String Quartet have been performing with the Sarasota Orchestra for a combined total of nearly 60 years. Violinist Dan Jordan has been a concertmaster with orchestra and has been part of the Sarasota String Quartet since 1998. Violinist Christopher Takeda is a Juilliard graduate who joined Sarasota Orchestra in 2001 and was appointed to the position of associate concertmaster in 2002. Cellist Abraham Feder, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, has been principal cellist with the orchestra since 2008. Principal violist Yuri Vasilaki has performed with the Sarasota Orchestra since 1982. He also played with the White House String Quartet while serving in the Marines and is a past winner of the Naumberg Chamber Music Award.
The musicians of the Sarasota Brass Quintet are highly accomplished musicians, as well. Trumpeter Greg Knudsen has performed with many ensembles, including the New World Symphony and the Spoleto USA Festival Opera Orchestra. Tuba player Jay Hunsberger is on the faculty of the University of South Florida and Manatee Community College and has performed with prominent orchestras and ensembles around the country. Horn player Joe Assi has attended Juilliard and played Mahler’s Fifth in a concert that was broadcast nationwide. Rounding out the quintet are principal trumpeter Michael Dobrinksi and Juilliard graduate and principal trombonist Brad Williams.
Katherine Oarr, program coordinator for Sarasota Concert Association’s Munchtime Musicales series, is especially pleased with this concert’s lineup. “We are very happy to be able to present two of Sarasota’s favorite ensembles on the same program,” she says.
Munchtime Musicales is 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 violinists Dan Jordan and Chong-Yon Hong and harpist Cheryl Losey, all accomplished musicians with the Sarasota Orchestra who perform together regularly as a trio (February 20, 2013); Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera, emerging artists who cover principal and supporting roles with Sarasota Opera and often go on to successful careers with opera companies around the world (March 20, 2013); and the Mike Markaverich Trio, with Mike Markaverich on piano, Ernie Williford on bass and Johnny Moore on drums. The trio will perform standards by the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and more (April 17, 2013).
All performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is open; no reservations taken. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467 or visit www.scasarasota.org.
SCA’s 2013 “Great Performers” concert series features the Tokyo String Quartet performing its final season with pianist Jeremy Denk (January 14, 2013); the highly regarded Cleveland Orchestra with superstar violinist Joshua Bell (January 28, 2018); the Vienna Boys Choir (February 12, 2013); and world renowned violinist and Bradenton resident James Ehnes (February 26, 2013). The season concludes with the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, the official orchestra of the Bonn opera house conducted by Stefan Blunier, with pianist Louis Lortie (March 19, 2013). Great Performers’ concerts start at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-955-0040 or visiting 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 the fee for all performances as reasonably as possible, in order to make the concerts available to as much of the community as possible. 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. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.