The season features inspired new events, including six concerts featuring the entire Beethoven Cycle string quartets; a chamber concert with Itzhak Perlman and Perlman Music Program alumni; and the PMP/Suncoast “Super Strings,” a groundbreaking initiative showcasing area violinists during the Sarasota Winter Residency.
(Sarasota, FL) The Perlman Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. The festivities include an inspired line-up of concerts and three new initiatives. Kicking the season off, on October 2 and 4, 2013, the first two concerts in a series of six will feature the Ariel Quartet performing the entire Beethoven Cycle string quartets. The Ariel Quartet will also be performing free concerts at community-based venues as part of the annual PMP/Suncoast Emerging Artists Performance Series. The first of the season is on October 6 at Saint Boniface Episcopal Church. Next up, on November 6, 2013, violinist virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will perform a chamber music concert with select PMP alumni honoring the State of Israel’s 65th anniversary. During the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, December 22, 2013-January 4, 2014, young violinists (ages 8 to 18) from Sarasota and Manatee counties will perform a Vivaldi violin concerto with the PMP String Orchestra under the direction of Itzhak Perlman. This new initiative is called “PMP/Suncoast Super Strings.”
In addition to the programs open to the public, the Ariel Quartet will be teaching in area schools in October, February and May as part of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s Education Outreach Program. Now entering its fifth year, PMP/Suncoast’s Education Outreach Program brings Perlman Music Program alumni into area schools as professional teaching artists three weeks every year to present interactive performances and hands-on training for music students and their teachers.
“We’re really energized by this monumental anniversary,” says Elizabeth Power, executive director of PMP/Suncoast, adding that the organization updated its logo to honor the occasion. “It’s amazing how fast the years have gone by—and how much we’ve accomplished in those years,” she says. “We’re deeply touched with how the community welcomes our programs each year.”
The 2013-2014 Season at a Glance
October 2, 4, 2013 § February 26, 27, 2014 § May 15, 16, 2014
The Beethoven Cycle: Complete String Quartets: Experience a musical milestone and hear the Ariel Quartet perform the entirety of the works Beethoven wrote for string quartets. Come 30 minutes early for a “Musical Conversation with June LeBell,” an illuminating talk by this well-known classical music lecturer, radio personality and author. The series kick-off is October 2, and includes “Breakfast with Beethoven,” a continental spread at 10 a.m.; a “Musical Conversation with June LeBell” at 10:30 a.m.; and the Ariel Quartet performance at 11 a.m. The remaining concerts begin at 7 p.m. Celebrate the conclusion on May 16 with a “Bravo, Beethoven!” reception with the artists. The Beethoven Cycle is presented as part of the PMP/Suncoast Emerging Artists Performance Series. Tickets are $100 per subscription; $20 per concert. For more information, call 941-350-2338, or visit PMPSuncoast.org. At Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
October 2013 § February 2014 § May 2014
Emerging Artists Performance Series: Showcasing the newest generation of world-class musicians to regional residents and visitors, these gifted Perlman Music Program alumni, now acclaimed musicians, perform free and low-cost public concerts at various venues throughout the Sarasota-Manatee community.
October 6, 2013 § 4 p.m.
Ariel Quartet in Concert at Saint Boniface Episcopal Church
An hour-long performance of select movements of Beethoven’s string quartets followed by a Q&A with the artists. Audiences of all ages welcome! Tickets not required. $5 E-Tickets provide access to seating 30 minutes prior to performance; non-ticket holders admitted 15 minutes prior to performance. For more information, call 941-955-4942, or visit PMPSuncoast.org. At Saint Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota.
November 6, 2013 § 7:30 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman and Perlman Music Program Alumni Perform a Chamber Music Concert in Honor of Israel at 65: A rare and remarkable opportunity to experience a legendary artist performing with young and gifted. Presented in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the state of Israel. Tickets: $30-$120. Additional $50 for a Meet the Artists reception immediately following concert. For tickets: Van Wezel box office at 941-953-3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org. Call 941-955-4942 or visit www.PMPSuncoast.org for more information. At Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
December 22, 2013-January 4, 2014
The PMP Sarasota Winter Residency: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this renowned program. Approximately 20 musical events open to the public including, orchestra rehearsals led by concert violinist and conductor, Itzhak Perlman; chorus rehearsals led by chorus master Patrick Romano; works-in-progress student recitals; master classes. Many events followed by Q&A sessions with the audience. Most events are free and do not require tickets, unless noted. E-tickets ($5 surcharge) enable general admission seating approximately 30 minutes prior to each event. Call 941-955-4942 or visit www.PMPSuncoast.org for more information. At USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
January 4, 2014
10th Annual Celebration Concert: Featuring Itzhak Perlman conducting The PMP String Orchestra and The PMP Chorus singing under the direction of Patrick Romano. Tickets are $40, $60, $80. Call 941-955-4942 or visit www.PMPSuncoast.org for more information. At Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.
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 concerts throughout the year as part of PMP/Suncoast’s Emerging Artists Performance Series. For more information, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org.