Sarasota Music Club will open its 2014-2015 season of free music performances on October 17. The club, which will soon celebrate its 85th anniversary, has been instrumental in bringing in professional musicians to perform in Sarasota since its founding in 1930 (www.SarasotaMusicClub.org).
The October 17 season opening concert features the classically trained piano and flute duo Karen and Christopher Romig. The Romigs will perform “Opera Favorites,” with some familiar and some not so familiar opera tunes. Karen has played with various orchestras in California and Florida, including the Venice Symphony and the Venice Chamber Orchestra. Chris has performed as a pianist in the Washington, D.C., area and now performs locally, with Karen and other musicians, and in meditative music he includes in worship services at Venice Presbyterian Church, where he serves as pastor.
Genevieve Beauchamp, piano, will perform at the club’s November 21 concert. An award-winning pianist and esteemed accompanist, Beauchamp has performed extensively in the United States as well as in Canada, England and Scotland. She also sings in a Tampa Bay chamber ensemble for treble voices, and she currently serves as the Artistic Director of The Sarasota Choral Society.
On December 19, the Christmas Program features holiday music performed by The Sunnyside Singers, directed and accompanied by Dorothy Whaley. The concert will be followed by a luncheon.
The January 16 concert performers will be Betsy Hudson Traba on flute and Cheryl Losey on harp. Both serve in Principal roles with the Sarasota Orchestra, and Traba is Principal Flutist with the Sarasota Wind Quartet. She has performed as a guest soloist in Germany and with several prominent area programs, including La Musica International Chamber Music Festival and the Artist Series of Sarasota. Losey has won multiple national and international awards and she has played in multiple festivals, traveling the world to play the harp on six continents. In 2014, she was featured in three Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks performances.
On February 20, Singing Tree will perform, an acoustic duo of Ray Belanger on hammered dulcimer and Lloyd Goldstein playing the double bass. They will play folk music from around the world with a classical twist and some Goldstein originals. Goldstein is an Artist in Residence with The Moffitt Cancer Center Arts In Medicine Program. Belanger, who also performs at The Moffitt Cancer Center, is recognized as a leading hammered dulcimer performer and teacher.
The March 20 performance will feature Anne Chandra on violin and Chung-Yon Hong on piano and violin. Chandra, a member of the Sarasota Orchestra, has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. She has played in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and spends her summers as assistant principal second violin with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, Calif. Hong is a member of the Sarasota Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. Educated at Juilliard, she has worked with orchestras and music festivals throughout the United States.
The season will close with the Scholarship Awards Luncheon on May 2 at Michael’s on East. The luncheon will include performances by the 2015 music scholarship winners and a celebration of Sarasota Music Club’s 85th Anniversary.
Monthly performances from October through March are offered free to the public. All performances, other than the Awards Luncheon, are held in Eicher Auditorium, located at 5201 Bahia Vista St. on the Sunnyside Village campus.
Performances begin at 10:30 a.m.; refreshments and social time begins at 10 a.m. Exceptions are: the December program begins at 11 and the luncheon following the performance requires a reservation, and the May Awards Luncheon begins at noon, with prepayment required.
For more information on the Sarasota Music Club performances and music scholarships, contact Susan Hicks at 941.925.3602.
The Sarasota Music Club was founded in 1930 to promote music appreciation, study and performance. It is a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and affiliated with the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Scholarship funds for this 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization are managed by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. For more information, call Susan Hicks, Communications Director, at 941.925.3602.