SARASOTA, Fla. —The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast launches “The Hear & Now Concert Series: The Next Generation of PMP Artists” with Perlman Music Program alumni Rachel Lee Priday, violinist, and David Kaplan, pianist, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House (61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota). The new series brings the best and brightest classical music performers who have attended the world-famous Perlman Music Program to Sarasota for the enjoyment of local audiences. Tickets are $30 and $40 and can be purchased at the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 941-366-8450. An optional Meet the Artists Reception will immediately follow the concert. Tickets for the reception are $40 and can also be purchased through the Box Office.
“These young artists represent some of the most exciting, talented classical musicians currently on the concert scene,” said Elizabeth Power, executive director of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast. “We want to support Perlman Music Program alumni by giving them the opportunity to perform professionally here in Sarasota for audiences that appreciate spectacular musicality. That is why we created The Hear & Now Concert Series.”
The program for the evening includes: Schumann/Dietrich/Brahms – F-A-E Sonata; Marcos Balter – Re: No Subject; Matthew Aucoin – Celan Fragments; and Beethoven – Kreutzer Sonata.
Violinist Rachel Lee Priday (pronounced PRY-DAY), acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle and National Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound” and “silvery fluidity.” Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.
Recent and upcoming highlights include Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Leon Botstein, recitals at the Sarasota Opera House and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, shows at Joe’s Pub and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), as well as premiere performances of a new violin and piano work by 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, commissioned for the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons. Priday’s frequent recital appearances have brought her to such distinguished venues as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall, the Kansas City Harriman-Jewell Series, Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” Series, the Musée du Louvre, the Verbier Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.
A graduate of Harvard University in English literature, Priday’s teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman and Miriam Fried. She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin (Naples, 1760), double-purfled with fleurs-de-lis, named Alejandro.
David Kaplan, pianist, has been praised for his “grace and fire” by the Boston Globe, and by The New York Times for “striking imagination and creativity.” Performing widely as a soloist and chamber musician, Kaplan’s recent appearances include the Barbican in London and Seattle’s Town Hall. He has appeared as a guest soloist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and performed at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman. A veteran of many distinguished chamber music festivals and series, he has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Barge Music, Ravinia’s RSMI, Tanglewood, Bard and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Kaplan´s enthusiasm for contemporary music has led him to premiere dozens of works, including piano concertos by Timothy Andres (2008) and Alex Weston (2012).
In the 2014-15 season, Kaplan premieres a large scale commissioning project that mingles short works by 16 leading composers with the Davidsbündlertanze of Schumann, with performances at the National Gallery in Washington, the Ravinia Festival and on the Metropolis Ensemble’s Resident Artist Series in New York. Kaplan is also a member of the chamber music collective Decoda, and regularly performs in New York’s most exciting venues, from Zankel Hall to Le Poisson Rouge. Also a conductor and harpsichordist, Kaplan particularly enjoys leading Bach, Beethoven and Mozart concerti from the keyboard. Most recently, he performed Mozart’s Concerto in d minor, K. 466, with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn.
His collaborators this season include the Enso String Quartet, violinist Rachel Lee Priday, and his long-standing piano four-hands partner, Timo Andres, with whom he is featured on the 2010 Nonesuch release, Shy and Mighty. Since 2011, Kaplan is Co-Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a New Jersey concert series now in its twenty-eighth season. A candidate for the DMA at Yale University, Kaplan’s distinguished mentors over the years include Claude Frank, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode and Emanuel Ax. Under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, he studied conducting with Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Away from the keyboard, he devotes time to cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. Kaplan is a Yamaha Artist. www.davidkaplanpiano.com
The Hear & Now Concert Series begins Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. with Rachel Lee Priday and David Kaplan. The Celebration Concert, featuring internationally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman conducting the Perlman Music Program String Orchestra, is the second concert in the series and will be held Jan. 3, 2015, at 5 p.m. The final concert in the series will feature the Ariel Quartet, who recently performed the Beethoven Cycle of string quartets for Sarasota audiences, on April 19, 2015, at 3 p.m. All concerts will be held at the Sarasota Opera House. Subscription tickets ($150 for premium seats) to the Hear & Now Concerts are available now by calling 941-955-4942. Individual tickets, $30 and up, are on sale now at the Sarasota Opera House (941-366-8450). For complete details, go to www.PMPSuncoast.org. The Hear & Now Concert Series is sponsored in part by Sarasota County Tourism Development Tax Revenues.
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, N.Y., 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 Perlman Music Program String Orchestra.
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast expanded its program offerings to include a year-round Education Outreach Program, which brings Perlman Music Program 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 Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s Emerging Artists Performance Series. For more information, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org.