SARASOTA, Fla. (November 21, 2017) —Perlman Music Program alumni Sean Lee, violin and Peter Dugan, piano, will light up the stage of the PMP/Suncoast Performance Tent on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00pm performing the music of Bach, Schubert, Paganini and their CD , “Songbook.” The Performance Tent is located on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Tickets are $15 in advance, available online at pmpsuncoast.org, and $20 at the door. Bach to Jazz at the Tent is sponsored by the law firm of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Sean Lee and Peter Dugan are no strangers to fans of The Perlman Music Program (PMP) and the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. They met in 2003 when they were both students of PMP’s Summer Music School (a/k/a “The Littles Program”). Sean was 15; Peter was 14. Sean spent several winters in Sarasota as a PMP student and now returns each year as a member of PMP’s world-class faculty led by Toby Perlman, and includes internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman. Soon after meeting at PMP, the two “Littles” quickly became friends. Outside of their classical music studies, they, along with a fellow PMP student, would get together and jam on jazz standards. Ten years later, Sean and Peter performed their first classical music recital. Since then the two have toured the world and recorded the album, “Songbook.”
“We are overjoyed that, with the help of our sponsor, Williams Parker, these incredibly gifted musicians will return to Sarasota for an evening filled with great music making and loads of pure fun,” said incoming PMP/Suncoast Board Chair Fran Lambert. “We presented this superpower duo two years ago to an enthusiastic audience, and are thrilled to have them return to Sarasota to perform a mixed bag of exciting classical and jazz repertoire, guaranteed to dazzle the crowd and deliver something for everyone!”
Bach to Jazz at The Tent
Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00pm
PMP/Suncoast Performance Tent
USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.
Tickets: $15 in advance online at PMPSuncoast.org and $20 at the door.
Listen to selections from “Songbook” at seanleeviolin.com/songbook.
Violinist Sean Lee has captured the attention of audiences around the world with his lively performances of the classics. His playing has been hailed by The New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful…” and with “perfect intonation and blazing rhythmic drive” by Palm Beach Daily News. A recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lee is one of few violinists who dare to perform Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices in concert, and his YouTube series, Paganini POV, continues to draw praise for the use of technology in sharing unique perspectives and insight into violin playing. At age 17, Lee moved to New York and began studying with his longtime mentor, violinist Itzhak Perlman, at the Julliard School. He continues to call New York City home, and currently teaches at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, as well as The Perlman Music Program. For a complete bio, visit PMPSuncoast.org/sean-lee-violinist.
Pianist Peter Dugan was praised by the Capital Gazette as “nothing short of superb” and by the Washington Post as a “formidable soloist,” following his recent Kennedy Center debut with baritone John Brancy. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms. He has appeared throughout the world, and recently performed duos with violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell in memorial concerts for Marvin Hamlisch in New York. A Philadelphia native, Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in solo piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division and the St. Thomas Choir School. For a complete bio, visit PMPSuncoast.org/peter-dugan-pianist.
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Inc. was formally established in May 2008 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to provide a permanent home for The Perlman Music Program (PMP) Sarasota Winter Residency, following four years of affiliation with other performing arts organizations. Founded by Toby Perlman, and with a world-renowned faculty led by her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, PMP augments its seven-week summer school program in Shelter Island each December with a 17-day winter residency in Sarasota-Manatee. The residency provides valuable mentoring and performance opportunities for approximately 35 young international string musicians, ages 12-20+, and offers 20+ free musical events to community audiences on the campus of University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. This year’s PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, celebrating its 10th year on the campus of USFSM, runs December 21, 2017 through January 6, 2018. For more information, visit PMPSuncoast.org.
In addition, throughout the season, PMP/Suncoast brings alumni of PMP, now professional musicians, to Sarasota and Manatee counties for educational and outreach programs. PMP Alumni: In Schools takes the musicians into elementary, middle and high schools, as well as after-school programs and special needs schools to educate and interact with students and teachers. PMP Alumni: Around Town offers free or low-cost PMP alumni performances and events to people of all ages at community venues throughout the area.
For more information, visit PMPSuncoast.org.