(Sarasota, FL) The Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs awarded The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) a $25,000 grant to fund a chamber music concert with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman performing with Perlman Music Program (PMP) alumni. The concert, presented in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, celebrates the 65th anniversary of the state of Israel and the 10th anniversary of the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, November 6, 2013, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. A dual citizen of Israel and the United States, Mr. Perlman is recognized around the world for his arts education advocacy and his passion for bringing classical music experiences to people from all backgrounds.
“These funds help PMP/Suncoast fulfill its mission to make world-class cultural programming easily accessible to a wide diversity of people in southwest Florida,” says Elizabeth Power, executive director of PMP/Suncoast, the annual presenter of the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. Power explains that 100 free tickets will be offered for use by local churches and synagogues. “An ongoing priority of PMP/Suncoast is to provide accessibility to all people, regardless of their socio-economic background,” she adds.
Fran Lambert, board chair of PMP/Suncoast, says that an event of this kind has never before been held in Sarasota. “It provides the community an opportunity to hear Mr. Perlman perform with acclaimed PMP alumni who represent the next generation of concert artists and the future of classical music,” she says. “It also provides our region with a premiere cultural event honoring Israel at this milestone. The vision and partnership of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the support of the DCA enables us to present this unique event to Southwest Florida. It is always gratifying to work with community-minded organizations to support Sarasota as a leading arts destination.”
Tickets to this event are $30-$120 and are available through the Van Wezel box office at 941-953-3368 or www.vanwezel.org. Tickets are $50 for a Meet the Artists reception following the concert.
For more information about The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org or contact Elizabeth Power, executive director, 941-955-4942.
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 seven-week summer program in Shelter Island, NY, with a two-week intensive winter residency each December in Sarasota, in partnership with University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. 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.