PMP/SUNCOAST SUPER STRINGS
This groundbreaking initiative invites young area violinists (ages 8-18) to perform with the PMP String Orchestra under the direction of the renowned violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman, during the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency.
Auditions for the violinists are September 7 at Booker Middle School.
(Sarasota, FL) The Perlman Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) has added an exciting new initiative to its line-up for the 10th anniversary of the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, which runs December 22, 2013 through January 4, 2014. The “PMP/Suncoast Super Strings” invites young violinists (ages 8 to 18) from Sarasota and Manatee counties to perform a Vivaldi violin concerto with the PMP String Orchestra under the direction of the renowned violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman, during the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. According to PMP/Suncoast executive director, Elizabeth Power, auditions will be by appointment starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Booker Middle School, 2250 Myrtle St., Sarasota. To be eligible to audition, each student will need a letter of recommendation from his or her school orchestra and/or private teacher and a completed application form submitted to the PMP/Suncoast office by September 3 (postmark date). Application forms available online at www.PMPSuncoast.org. For more information about applying for this program, email Elizabeth Power at Elizabeth@PMPSuncoast.org.
Power explains that the selected students will participate in two rehearsal workshops in October and November. The public rehearsal and performance with Itzhak Perlman and the PMP String Orchestra will be on the afternoon of January 2, 2014. She says the students will perform the solo part of Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, movement 1.
“We’re thrilled to offer young area violinists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform under the baton of this renowned concert violinist and conductor,” says Power. “But it’s also very significant that they will have the chance to perform with other gifted young musicians from around the world—in front of an audience under the performance tent on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee. For the past five years, we’ve brought emerging PMP artists three times a year into area schools for educational residencies and performances. This groundbreaking initiative is in the same spirit, inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators, and audiences.”
PMP/Suncoast Super Strings is offered free of charge to qualifying participants through the generous support of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Kessler Foundation, Sheila and Jules Rose, and Irwin L. Davis.
The 2013-2014 Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency, presented by The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, will be December 22, 2013 through January 4, 2014. This inspired two-week program was founded by Toby Perlman, and offers unparalleled musical training for students, ages 12 to 20+, who come from around the world to study and play violin, viola, cello, and bass. With a faculty including Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the Sarasota Winter Residency offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students’ lives forever. The Sarasota Winter Residency’s public events include orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress student recitals, which attract more than 14,000 people each year.
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. 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 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.