(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association’s free Munchtime Musicales series continues with Lee Dougherty Ross and Joseph Holt performing a program of piano duets of works by Mozart, Schumann, Faure, Grieg, Bizet, Joplin, and more, February 19, 2014, noon, in David Cohen Hall at 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.
Lee Dougherty Ross debuted at age 12 as a piano soloist with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra and later performed the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto with the Eastman Rochester Symphony. She graduated from Eastman School of Music with a double major in both piano and voice. Her singing career included performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Broadway stage in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Kennedy White House. She and her husband Jerry Ross founded the Artist Series Concerts, now in its 18th season.
Joseph Holt has enjoyed a wide-ranging musical career as conductor, pianist, chamber music performer, arts administrator, educator and arranger. He currently serves as artistic director of Gloria Musicae, Sarasota’s professional choral ensemble, and is director of music at Faith Lutheran Church. Holt retired to Sarasota after serving more than 20 years as principal pianist with The United States Army Chorus in Washington, DC, performing for U.S. presidents, dignitaries from around the world, and military officials.
“This concert will be a double treat for our Munchtime Musicales audience,” says Munchtime Musicales coordinator and SCA board member Katherine Oarr. “With a repertoire of delightful, lighthearted classics performed by not just one but two of our major area musicians, this is a performance not to be missed.”
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 2013-14 series continues with 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 concludes with 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. 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 2014 “Great Performers Series” continues with Russia’s historic St. Petersburg Philharmonic, with conductor Nikolai Alexeev and pianist Denis Kozhukhin (February 19, 2014); and the Detroit Symphony with conductor Leonard Slatkin and piano sensation Olga Kern (March 3, 2014). Great Performers Series concerts start at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Tickets are $40-$75 and are available online at 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.