(Sarasota, FL) The Thomas and Lola Seligman Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded the Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) a $1,500 grant to help fund the organization’s “Munchtime Musicales,” a series of free lunch-time concerts running from November through April, 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, and features both vocal and instrumental performers.
“We’re very grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for this generous grant,” said Katherine Oarr, a SCA board member and coordinator of the Munchtime Musicales series. “These funds will help us continue to make this important contribution to the cultural enrichment of our community.”
The 2013-2014 Munchtime Musicales concert season features the renowned and charismatic concert pianist, Grigorios Zamparas, performing works by Bach, Ravel, Debussy and Liszt (November 20, 2013); Bill Schustik, the “American Troubadour,” known for his baritone voice, keen sense of drama, colorful array of folk instruments, and deep love for traditional American lore (December 11, 2013); the Jerry Eckert Jazz Trio, a perennial favorite among area jazz enthusiasts (January 15, 2014); Lee Dougherty Ross and Joe Holt, performing a program of piano duets that will include pieces by Mozart, Schumann, Fauré, Grieg, Bizet, Joplin, and more (February 19, 2014); Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota’s ambassadors of opera who often cover principal roles and bring opera to communities well beyond the walls of the Opera House (March 19, 2104); and the Gloria Musicae Singers, Sarasota’s professional vocal ensemble known for stimulating performances of great choral music that both educate and entertain (April 16, 2014). All performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
“Each year, the list of accomplished musicians asking to participate grows,” says Oarr. “It’s always difficult choosing when you’re faced with so many outstanding artists. But we’re pleased to say we have a wonderful lineup of exceptional artists for this season’s six concerts.”
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 subscription plan The 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.
About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of over $230 million in nearly 1,100 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $16 million dollars this past year in the areas of arts, culture and humanities; education; civic engagement; health and human services; animal welfare; and the environment. For more information, call 941-955-3000 or visit www.CFSarasota.org.