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Enjoy your holiday and prepare for the festival

by Roger Pettingell

Annual Music Festival starts Saturday

Sarasota Music Festival attracts artists and fans from around the world

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Friday Festivals and Saturday Symphonies will be at the Sarasota Opera House on N. Pineapple Ave.

The annual festival that draws thousands of concert fans to Sarasota is ready to roll on Saturday, 21 days of classical music with students learning from the masters, mixing in with the artists and performing in three Rising Star concerts. But fans of the Sarasota Music Festival will also appreciate the chamber and orchestra concerts with a new twist for the 55th annual festival, an opening night performance on Saturday in Holley Hall, downtown Sarasota.

Saturday’s concert will feature Festival Music Director and Conductor Jeffrey Kahane on piano and acclaimed violinist Angelo Xiang Yu performing three of Johannes Brahms sonatas. The three romantic sonatas for violin with piano accompaniment are sonata No. 1 in G major, sonata No. 2 in A major and sonata No. 3 in D major. The program begins at 7:30 in Holley Hall. There is also an after concert reception for $25 with tickets available through the Sarasota Music Festival website.

For the next three weeks the concert schedule is filled Thursday through Sundays with Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals, Saturday Symphonies and Rising Star performances for a total of 50 classical works. Music scholar Robert Levin returns with his popular lecture on symphony and orchestra insights the last day of the festival June 22. For the artists it is seemingly a non-stop schedule of rehearsals and students pairing with master musicians to perfect their craft.

Rising Stars - Scholarships for Sarasota Music Festival
Rising Stars — Scholarships were offered to 60 students among the 500 musicians who auditioned for the 2018 Sarasota Music Festival. They will perform in the Rising Stars series and ensembles of acclaimed professionals throughout the festival.

These 60 students on the fellow roster arrive from the United States and international destinations from Eastern Asia countries. They apply online with entry deadlines in February and submit an audition video recording to be accepted. Applications for specific instruments of string, wind and piano require a choice of classical music in each category. They are paired in ensembles where they also perform at churches and community gatherings. A librarian fellow application requires a performance review, essay and basic skills test to be admitted to the music festival. The Rising Stars are in concert at 3 PM in Holley Hall on Sunday afternoons June 9 and 16 and Friday, June 20. The students pay for their meals, registration, housing and transportation.

Three Artist Showcases on successive Thursdays performed by an acclaimed staff of faculty members. In the Artist Showcase 1 on June 6 a combination of program of three works from German composer and pianist Robert Schumann, Paul Schoenfeld of Detroit and French composer Pierre-Octave Ferroud to combine for an evening of Fairy Tales and Fantasy.

Windfall is the theme for the second Thursday with two works written for the oboe and clarinet, a third by Ludwig van Beethoven composed for and performed by a string quartet. The evening begins with a sonata composition for the oboe accompanied with piano written by the French artist Francis Poulenc. A clarinet trio in A Minor, op. 114 composed by Brahms is the third in the showcase June 13.

Pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn, forbidden to have a musical career, is featured for a piano trio work in D minor, Op. 11. The program begins with a Beethoven string trio work and Austrian sextet composition by Austrian, Ludwig Wilhelm Andreas Maria Thuille. The Artist Showcases will be held in Holley Hall starting at 4:30 PM each week.

Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Artist Showcases and the Rising Star student series will be held at Holley Hall each week of the festival.

Friday Festivals in the Sarasota Opera House combine faculty with fellow artists for three evenings of chamber music, beginning with the Triple Crown where good things come in threes, started by Johann Sebastian Bach’s, triple concerto in D major. It is followed by a Antonio Vivaldi composition, concerto in A minor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s oboe concerto in C major and Fanny Mendelssohn’s esteemed brother Felix composition with a piano trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66.

Return June 14 for Larger Forces, a Friday Festival performance that begins with a Jean René Désiré Françaix work Dixtuor. An octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 features the guest ensemble Pacifica Quartet with fellow artists is the second work for the night. A Brahms piano quartet in F minor, Op 34 completes the evening with Kahane on piano alongside the strings of the Pacifica Quartet.

If you are into Brahms and Beethoven, be sure to be in the opera house audience on June 21 for Friday Festival 3. Bebop to the Meeelaan composition by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, performed with a bassoon and four string instruments to start the evening. It is followed by Beethoven’s piano trio No. 6 in E-flat major, Op. 70 and Brahms’ serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11. All Friday Festivals begin at 7:30 PM at the Opera House.

Full symphonies take the Opera House stage for the Saturday Symphony series of three combining faculty with festival alumni, beginning with Four, Two, One on June 8. The configuration of four, two and one featured artists provide a full sound of symphonic music. Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s work, Concerto Grosso in B minor from L'estro Armonico, Op. 3, No. 10, RV. 580, opens the evening with four violins featured. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364, features a violin and viola, followed by the energetic and charismatic Jon Kimura Parker to perform Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4.

Three Titans of classical music with the works from the father of the symphony, Franz Joseph (Papa) Haydn is the second work of the evening symphony No. 80. An octet in E-flat major, Op 103 work by Beethoven and a clarinet concerto in A major, K. 622 by Mozart begin and finish the second Saturday Symphony, June 15.

The festival ends with the finale of the Saturday Symphonies, Pianos Paired. What could be more fitting than to combine Kahane, Levin and the full symphony to perform Mozart’s piano concerto No. 10. Symphony No. 8 from Vienna born composer Franz Schubert follows. The festival ends with a Franz Schubert, II composition Overture to Die Fledermaus.

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Upcoming winter and spring festivals

by Roger Pettingell

March multi-day festivals are highlighted

This weekend, jazz and Jewish film festivals updated in Part I of series

F.I.S.H. Festival 2019
Thousands attended the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival under sunny skies February 16, 2019

At this time of year you should be able to find a festival for all occasions on any given weekend. There are two and three-day seafood festivals, fine art and craft festivals are commonplace with different themes to keep them relevant. Different themes also keep them fresh and are introduced in different locations. This is one of the advantages of living in an area with sunny skies daily.

This weekend two of the most highly attended festivals of the year will attract thousands to Sarasota and Cortez. The Thunder by the Bay Festival, now in its 21st year, celebrates with three days of motorcycle revelry and concerts at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds starting on Friday. This festival benefits the Suncoast Charities for Children, an organization that supports special needs children and adults through construction projects.

Saturday and Sunday thousands will visit the tiny fishing village of Cortez for the annual Commercial Fishing Festival. You won’t miss the festivities if you travel on Cortez Road toward Bradenton Beach. In most recent years of this festival that is celebrating 37 years, there has been an average attendance of over 20,000 visitors. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage. The non-profit F.I.S.H. organization supports the culture and environment of Florida’s fishing communities. The public is encouraged to visit for free, its education programs at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, Tuesday through Saturday.

Mark March 3 for the start of the Sarasota Jazz Festival week

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe building
The Jazz Festival gets rolling in the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe theatrical production of Lil & Louis the first Monday and Tuesday of the Festival.

Springtime is a time when this area really shines with multi-week festivals that have become renown worldwide. The 39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival kicks off March 3, noon, with a free concert of three bands at Phillippi Estate Park. There the festival moves to multiple downtown Sarasota venues for six days of theatrical productions, morning films and concerts.

The Lil & Louis theatrical production hits the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage in the newly remodeled Education & Outreach Building, March 4 and 5, at 7:30 PM. This is the story of Lil and Louis Armstrong, the First Couple of Jazz, developed and directed by Chuck Smith.

A live musical introduction by Jeremy Carter and John O’Leary will precede a presentation of the movie Round Midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 9:30 AM each day in the Burns Court Theatre. The 1986 acclaimed movie received several awards and nominations including an 1987 Oscar for Herbie Hancock who won in the Best Music, Original Score category. The tenor saxophone musician Dexter Gordon was nominated that year for an Oscar in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category. His role in the movie as sax player Dale Turner received multiple domestic and international film best actor awards.

Wednesday is also the day for a VIP reception in the Hyatt Regency Hotel marina boathouse at 5 PM and a meet-and-greet of the musicians backstage following a concert on the main stage of the hotel. Ken Peplowski presents the concert starting at 7:30 PM where sponsor Arbors Records introduces its newest recording artist James Suggs, on trumpet, with other professional jazz musicians. Peplowski returns Friday night for another main stage concert at 7:30. On Saturday he will present two concerts, the first will be a concert by the University of Miami Big Band in the hotel grand ballroom at 3 PM, another concert at 7:30 PM, followed by the presentation of the Satchmo award.

On Friday and Saturday, starting at noon each day, there will be four different themed jazz concerts performed concurrently on different stages. Blues, classic, contemporary and Latin performances will appear. As an added bonus during the festival, there will be five trolleys visiting 12 bands at different venues in the trolley and pub crawl on Thursday starting at 5:30 PM.

18 different movies in 11 days of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Film Festival

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Heading Home - The film festival opens March 6 in the Municipal Auditorium with special guests.

Before the Sarasota Jazz Festival concludes on March 9, The 2019 Jewish Film Festival begins its 11-day run with an opening night screening on March 6 with the film, Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. It is the true story of Team Israel in its first season quest to become eligible for the World Baseball Classic. The film will screen in the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium at 7 PM, and roll again in the Hollywood 11 complex on March 12 where most of the films will be screened in theaters 5, 6 and 7. Opening night special guests include filmmaker Jeremy Newberger and baseball players Ryan Lavarnway, Dean Kremer and Jeremy Bleich.

The Optimists will be shown March 7, 11 and 14, the story of Palestinian Chemist Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed. The movie 93Queen is the 2018 film about Hasidic women living in a Brooklyn borough, on March 7, 11 and 15. Six other movies start on March 7, including Shelter, a Mossad agent called back for a new assignment under a different identity. The film returns for March 12 and 15 showings. Another award winning film beginning that day is the Light of Hope, which returns March 13 and 15. It is the true story of a woman who saved many lives during WWII. Keep the Change, appearing March 7, 11 and 12, is a story of coming to terms with autism. Past Life follows the story of two daughters of Holocaust survivors to be shown March 7, 12 and 13. A comedic drama featuring a teenage and his grandfather, The Samuel Project, appears March 7, 8 and 13. The Last Suit portrays the story of an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, March 7 and 14 with a special screening on Longboat Key in the Temple Beth Israel on March 13.

Five films have their first runs on March 8, the first is a story of a German baker having an affair with a married Israeli man and the lies that continue after the death of the husband, in The Cakemaker, March 8, 12 and 13. The Fortunate Man on March 8, 13 and 15 tells the story of a man who escapes a deeply religious family only to be drawn back in when he becomes a prominent engineer. Three Israeli soldiers fight for the strength to live in the true story, When the Smoke Clears, March 8, 12 and 14. Who will Write Our Story tells the story of those who fought back against the Nazis in a 1940 Warsaw ghetto. It appears five times, once on March 8 and twice on March 11 and 14. Fanny’s Journey follows the story of a young woman who precipitates a trek of children to the Switzerland border. It returns to the screen on March 15.

My Dear Children opens March 11 for five showings in three consecutive days. It depicts the horror that a family ensues following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Life is Rich, a true comedic story of filmmaker Bonnie Rich will be shown March 11 and 12. She will host a Q&A after each screening. Back to Berlin, three consecutive days starting March 12, follows eleven motorcyclists who carry the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Berlin in the summer of 2015. The closing event in the Beatrice Friedman Theater is the southwest Florida premiere of the movie The Mamboniks follows the performances of Latin music and dance combining two cultures directly after WWII.

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In part II of this series on February 25 we pick up with The Sarasota Film Festival April 5 through 14 and three weeks of the Sarasota Music Festival, June 2 through 23. Manatee Heritage Festival Days is a month-long series of free and paid daily events in March that highlights the history of Manatee County, once 5,000 square miles that included Sarasota, Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte and Glades counties until they were split off in 1887 and 1921.

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Arts and Quirky Annual Festival Schedule

by Roger Pettingell

Annual festivals for many occasions

Sarasota events that feature the arts and sports culture of the city

Sarasota Opera House
Many of the activities of the Sarasota Film Festival and other events will be held at the Sarasota Opera House.

Now that we are approaching peak tourism season and the snowbirds are planning their return, we can look at the upcoming festivals that will attract millions to the area. From the now defunct Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) in October to the Englewood Pioneer Days that recently concluded, the area has something for everyone as one festival ends and another begins. Many of these festivals center on the arts. In November last year the Ringling Museum startled the city by announcing plans to halt the RIAF after nine seasons.

Area venues will pick up the slack with a variety of Oktoberfest celebrations hosted locally by breweries that have sprung up in recent years. Mandeville Beer Garden pre-empts the slate with the first on September 29. Select from 11 German beers on tap from 11 AM to midnight. At 2 PM on that Saturday Calusa Brewing in Sarasota offers authentic Bavarian beers and cuisine. Monday, October 1, the Suncoast Oktoberfest has it all for German heritage complete with three German bands, chicken dance, stein hoisting and costume competitions, along with a good variety of beer and food. The fun starts at 11 AM in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall. Get a true feeling of the Munich atmosphere October 6 at Mr. Beery’s in Sarasota. Save your costume and stein hoisting techniques for more prizes at this festival that starts at 3 PM and extends to midnight. October 27 the fun continues with the Oktoberfest at the British Open Pub in Venice, from 4 to 10 PM and at the two-day downtown Sarasota Oktoberfest starting at 10 AM each day.

The attention then shifts to pumpkin festivals, multi-day events to prepare us for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Many of these festivals have stood the test of time. The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest is held over four consecutive weekends in October, beginning with the first on October 6 and 7. This family-friendly event has many activities for children and a live band starting at 4 PM each day. Extending over three weekends, the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival offers similar activities for children and adults beginning at 10 AM each date. The festival is in its 27th year at the farm off County Road 675 in Sarasota, ten miles east of Interstate 75.

Lido Shores Umbrella House
Rudolph's Umbrella House in this 2015 renovation

We celebrate some of the best architects in the area in a series of fall keynote speeches, panel discussions and architectural tours. I do sell real estate, after all and the architecture in Sarasota is widely known. SarasotaMOD is a weekend tribute to great local architects such as Paul Rudolph and Tim Seibert. Held each fall, the sixth annual schedule has not been announced by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation. The prestigious Sarasota School of Architecture is attributed with many of the honorees and its mid-century modern architectural designs.

Over the next couple of months one- and multiple-day festivals fill the weekend schedules to celebrate religious themes and holidays. One of the biggest one-day festivals is Fright Night on St. Armands Circle, held every year on the night of Halloween. The highlight of this special evening has been the traditional dance to the song Thriller in the center circle, performed by Sarasota High School drama and theater students. We have been told this is to be their last year so make sure to catch it. It is a Thriller.

One of the biggest festival draws is the Sarasota Chalk Festival, moved five years ago from downtown Sarasota to the Airport Festival Grounds in Venice. Each year professional and amateur artists visit from around the world in competition to create masterpieces using chalk on pavement. The theme this year is Garden of Wonder, four days from November 9-12. Another big draw on those same days using a different medium is the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Sand sculptors from around the nation assemble on the beach to create artwork, visible to the viewing public starting at 10 AM each day. The first Saturday each May, amateurs display their sand sculpting talents in competitions of several categories on the fine sands of Siesta Key beach. The 2019 festival will represent the 47th year of this event.

Marie Selby Lights in Bloom celebration
Lights in Bloom - A month-long annual event to ring in the new year at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

The Lights in Bloom celebration at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a collection of over one million holiday lights to transition us to the new year. This year from December 20 to January 6 special events will be held to enjoy the spirit of the season, and each night the local popular band SoulRCoaster will perform for its guests. There are plenty of holiday festivals and performances that brings us into the new year, catch our upcoming events schedule which lists over 600 events through June 23, 2019.

Advertised as Florida’s finest, the Wine and Food Festival January 24-28, 2019 features a series of classes, winemaking events, food demonstrations and wine tastings. The Forks and Corks Grand Tasting will be held January 27, 2019 in the main courtyard of the Ringling Museum. This popular event can be sold out so set your calendar for November 5 when tickets go on sale. We do love our wine festivals so set the dates of April 4-7, 2019 for the Florida Winefest & Auction. Over the years this benefit auction has funded 85 local children's charities with over $8.5 million.

The Sarasota Film Festival is the Sundance Film Festival of Florida. For a week and a half, April 5-14, 2019 films and special events attract film fans to see selected movies by local and international filmmakers. A huge kickoff film party begins all the activities, typically in the Sarasota Opera House setting. The red carpet parade can have stars made famous by their films portrayed during the festival. Over 200 films are selected with a morning through evening schedule at the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater in downtown Sarasota. In the past other events have been set on Lido Beach or the Ringling Museum.

The largest world whiskey festival in the United States, with over 250 whiskies from around the world, will take place April 10-13, 2019. Whiskey Obsession is a series of panel discussions, master classes, VIP tours, bartender academy on-site sales, cigar pairing and more in downtown Sarasota. A free Whiskey Rocks street party will take place on Main and Lemon the last night of the festival. A portion of the proceeds, in its seventh year, benefit the Child Protection Center of Sarasota.

The very serious, well almost serious, Shark Tooth Festival at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds, April 12-14, 2019 is a collection of vendors and entertainment to accentuate the popular shark teeth hunting activity in Venice. The Gator Creek Band is scheduled to play on Friday night. Venice Beach and the waters offshore contain a vast amount of small to large megalodon size teeth. A walk with a Florida snow shovel along the beach will generally reveal one or two shark teeth, but a conscious effort may uncover many more. A Florida snow shovel has a waist-high handle attached to a metal strainer, a popular item sold in local beach stores.

Classical concert students from around the world audition for a unique opportunity to learn from the elite masters in the annual Sarasota Music Festival, to be held June 3-22, 2019. While students match up with masters each day of the three-week period the public, the masters perform each Thursday in an Artist Showcase concert. Friday nights are highlighted with its Festival Concert series, typically classical masterworks compositions. Saturdays are devoted to full orchestration in the Saturday Symphony series, and may feature a visiting artist. The Rising Star students display their talents in Sunday matinee performances. Jeffrey Kahane is the festival music director. These concerts and lectures are held in the Sarasota Opera House and Holley Hall of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.

Powerboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico
The Grand Prix Festival is a popular July attraction.

While the classic musical students and visiting artists are packing to return to their homes, the Sarasota PowerBoat Grand Prix Festival boats and fans are pulling into Sarasota. This nationally televised race event on July 7, 2019 will be broadcast on CBS, with a rebroadcast on July 22. The AquaX and Powerboat qualifying races on Saturday with finals on Sunday are best seen off the Lido Beach shores in the Gulf of Mexico. Now in its 35th year, the festival features the Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Tournament, car show, boat and PWC fun run, comedy night at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, swimsuit contest, motorcycle charity ride and plenty of parties in downtown Sarasota and Centennial Park where the boats will be on display. The fireworks show on July 4 is one of the festival highlights.

For two weeks in August, Venice is alive with the Venice Cabaret Festival, short-run live performances in a black box theater. Local performers are on display with a series of plays and tributes to such notables as Frank Sinatra, sold-out performances in consecutive years by John Lariviere recreation of works from the Sinatra Songbook. The 2019 festival will be the seventh year of this series.

9-11 Flag Memorial
9-11 Memorial - Longboat Key remembers 9-11 with 2,977 flags lined the entire 11-mile length along Gulf of Mexico Drive, one flag for each victim. President George W. Bush stayed at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, Longboat Key, on September 10, 2001 and attended an event at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota when he was informed of the attack.

There are many arts, seafood and music weekend festivals in Sarasota throughout the year. Check our list of upcoming events to note which you might like to attend. There are also more somber events, including those tomorrow as a memorial to those who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony in Patriots Park, Venice, and the Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service on the Riverwalk Great Lawn, Bradenton, are two of them. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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It's Sarasota Music Festival time!

by Roger Pettingell

Concert series begins Thursday

Under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane, festival runs through June 23

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Friday Festivals and Saturday Symphonies will be at the Sarasota Opera House on N. Pineapple Ave.

Today is the official start of the Sarasota Music Festival, three weeks of classical music that attracts fans, 60 students and 40 masters from around the world. Now in its 54th year, the excitement runs high with 50 classic works packed into 12 performances, Thursday through Sunday in each of the weeks. These programs are designed so that no two are alike, giving you a choice of your favorite concerts or an opportunity to see them all with completely different programs each night.

Mondays through Wednesdays, the students learn from the masters in hopes that someday they will achieve master status. These gifted students from 10 different countries auditioned for the privilege of learning and performing the classics. In the morning you may catch a glimpse of these young artists walking the streets of downtown Sarasota as they trek to their assigned classrooms. They are recognizable carrying wind or stringed instrument cases. It all begins today.

But it really began when over 500 musicians from schools around the globe auditioned for the 60 spots of the festival, designated as the Official Teaching and Performing Festival of the State of Florida by the legislature in 1984. Their talent will be observed in three Rising Star ensembles the first two Sundays of the festival and Thursday of the final week at 3 PM in Holley Hall. Tickets are wonderfully priced at $10 for each recital by calling (941) 953-3434 or by visiting the Sarasota Orchestra website.

The masters assemble for symphonies and chamber music Thursday through Saturday. Love Songs on Thursday starting at 4:30 PM is the first Artist Showcase in the pleasant Holley Hall chamber with general admission and balcony seating. Four pieces will be performed, a Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments, an early work by Beethoven will open the performance. Poems by Toni Morrison were set to music by composer Andre Previn in Four Songs. The program will conclude with compositions of romance for the piano and viola.

Brilliantly Baroque opens the first of three Friday Festivals, four programs of chamber music from two of the Baroque master composers, Back and Vivaldi. Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060 and Keyboard Concerto in F Major with two Obbligato Flutes, BWV 1057 are interspersed with Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor, RV 531 and Summer from The Four Seasons, RV 315. The Friday Festival concerts begin at 8 PM in the Sarasota Opera House.

The festival continues in the opera house on Saturday with full symphonic background to one of the finest young violinists, Angelo Xiang Yu, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26. It is the second concerto of the evening in the program Afternoon of a Faun. The program begins with its prelude by composer Debussy and concludes with a Mozart symphony composition No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543.

Rising Stars - Scholarships for Sarasota Music Festival
Rising Stars — Scholarships were offered to 60 students among the 500 musicians who auditioned for the 2018 Sarasota Music Festival. They will perform in the Rising Stars series and ensembles of acclaimed professionals throughout the festival.

Following the Rising Star program on Sunday, it’s back to the classroom leading up to the next round on June 14, Musical Treasures in the Artist Showcase 2. Mozart combined the piano with stringed instrument for the opening of chamber music in the Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493. Wind instruments follow in Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles while a memorial to victims of the Holocaust concludes the program, Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67 by Shotakovich.

Appalachian Spring is a four-part program for the second Friday Festival on June 15. The full symphony is brought together for the opener, La création du monde, Op. 81, a composition by Milhaud on the Creation of the World. Copland’s Appalachian Spring is followed by a Jonathon Spivey piano solo, Norwegian Peasant Dances, Op. 72 composition by Grieg. The evening ends with a String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 concerto by Dvorak.

An Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 composed by Prokofiev in 1919 leads the Influence and Individuality Saturday Symphony 2 on June 16. Vijay Venkatesh follows with a solo performance of Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22 by Saint-Saens, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48.

In the Artist Showcase 3, Life’s Passions is a four-part program on June 21 featuring piano recitals by Robert Levin and Jeffrey Kahane in two of Schubert’s compositions, Allegro in A Minor, D 947 and Rondo in A Major, D. 951. The evening begins with a Gieseking composition, Sonatine and concludes with Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1.

The Friday Festival winds down the series with the Summer Serenades program. This three-part concert on June 22 combines Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 by Dohnanyi, Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major, K. 375 by Mozart and a Brahms composition Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, nicknamed Gypsy.

Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Artist Showcases and the Rising Star student series will be held at Holley Hall each week of the festival.

Luminous Bodies, a work commissioned for Robert Sirota by the Sarasota Music Festival makes its world premiere in the final Saturday Symphony as a grand finale to the festival. Luminous Bodies was composed for a Generation Y ensemble of musicians aptly named yMusic, a popular program which made its debut in the festival last year. Kahane begins the program with Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595 by Mozart while conducting from the piano. The grand finale to the evening and the festival is Schumann’s composition Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97.

The entire series of concerts is under the direction of Kahane, now in his second year as the music director of the festival. He succeeds Levine and Paul Wolfe, the only other directors who have guided the program since its beginnings in 1965. Levine will give a lecture on music, June 20 at 1:30 PM in Holley Hall. Enjoy the festival.

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Classic winter and spring events

by Roger Pettingell

Upcoming events for an active lifestyle

Ballet, orchestra, opera, plays, black-tie benefits and sports are highlighted

Upcoming events Sarasota
Art Festivals - There are many shows featuring artists from around the nation with their works in Sarasota, Lido Key, Venice, Bradenton and St. Armands Circle

The 36th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and the annual Thunder by the Bay ended this weekend, but this is peak season and there are many more to fill its place. There are mini-festivals such as the two events this past weekend. There are operas, ballet, orchestra Masterworks series, plays, musicals and sports that create a national buzz, if not international attraction to Sarasota and Manatee counties. And most are within the next couple of months while the weather is attractive for those who have the ability to spend a few months enjoying the sunshine.

Currently running is OVATION, a celebration of the modern circus. Now in its second week, world class performers from around the globe have traveled to Sarasota to display their acrobatic artistry. Put on by our own Circus Sarasota, Ringmaster Joseph Bauer, Jr. will guide you through the acrobatics, juggling, high wire acts and of course a little clowning around performances. There are animal acts too. The Anastasini Soccer Dogs flip, jump and roll and the Liberty Horses combine form with the grace of their trainer Sylvia Zerbini. You have until Sunday to catch these performances under the Ulla Searing Big Top in Nathan Benderson Park.

The Sarasota Film Festival has been acclaimed as one of the top film festivals in the world. This year the SFF will celebrate its 20th year for attracting celebrities and high quality films. Although the films will be announced in the next few weeks, you can set your dates of April 13 through 22 for parties and film premieres. Last year the festival kicked off with a luncheon with film star Rory Kennedy, a block party around the Opera House, and an Opening Night Film with a film by Rory. There were film screenings with premieres and a closing night block party, film and awards.

Black-tie events
Charities - Many black-tie charity events such as the Blue Ties and Butterflies benefit co-chaired by my wife Alisa are listed on the upcoming schedule.

Likewise, the Sarasota Music Festival is three weeks of professional guest artists in concert and student showcases in June for those who enjoy classical music at its finest. Just 60 students are accepted from applications sent in worldwide to join the masters as students and performers. Guest lectures by renown artists and local chamber music celebrities together form a festival of education and listening delight. The concerts are highlighted with theme-driven concerts on Thursdays with Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals and Saturday Symphonies. The students generally perform on Sundays are asked to perform alongside the accomplished artists. Most of the events take place in our Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center and the Sarasota Opera House. Although the exact dates have not been set, I expect the festival to run from June 3 through June 24.

Andy Warhol is celebrated in exhibits and workshops through June 30 dedicated to the pop culture icon at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens near the southern edge of downtown Sarasota. The gardens have six of Warhol’s original 10,000 images of flowers on display. The Sarasota Opera last Wednesday kicked off its monthly series of Warhol Nights. Guest performances by some of Sarasota’s classics are lined up on Wednesdays. The famed Perlman Music Program on the Suncoast alumni, with its stringed foursome artists of violins, viola and cello will continue its Around Series at the gardens under the stars on March 14. An exciting evening of dance is set for April 11 with the Sarasota Ballet and compositions by the Valet Underground, songs that were written for Warhol. Life’s a Beach is a theme for the May 16 Florida Studio Theatre improvisational comedy performance. The Sarasota Music Festival takes a break with a special one-night concert at the gardens on June 13.

The Sarasota Orchestra and its Masterworks Series runs through May 12 with three performances in one week at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, the outdoor Pops Field of Dreams concerts. Violinist Midori Honors Bernstein is featured with conductor Michael Balke Thursday at the Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton and Friday through Sunday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Sarasota Orchestra Music Director Anu Tali will conduct the next of two Masterworks series. Lift-Off, with soprano Pureum Jo follows a similar four-day schedule as above starting March 15 at Neel. Anu will conduct the three-day series starting April 6 featuring violinist Elina Vӓhӓlӓ in The Red Violin.

Asolo Repertory Theatre
Asolo Repertory Theatre - Considered for its beauty, the threatre on the Ringling grounds hosts many performances throughout the year.

Catch some long runs of plays and musicals at many of the fine theatres in Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton. Four local productions run through March 4. The drama Heisenberg is at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a play based on the Disney production of the same name and is currently running at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. The Morning After Grace at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota and the Toxic Avenger at the Venice Theatre are two plays also running through Sunday.

Northside Hollow, the dark humorous play at the Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, is currently running through March 11. Native Gardens, the drama with a comedic twist is running through March 25 in the Gompertz Theatre of the Florida Studio Theatre. The play, Shakespeare in Love, based on the 1998 Oscar-winning film, completes its run on March 28 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Travel to the famous fictional land of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a play every Saturday through March 31 at the Florida Studio Theatre. You might be able to guess whose music is featured in the musical Blue Suede Shoes, now through April 1 at the Florida Studio Theatre. The well-received political farce, Rhinoceros, completes its run at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota on April 14.

Four long running performances open this week. The Rehearsal, a period piece based on French relationships is a play written in 1950 with tones that fit today’s schemes for desperate couples. It runs through March 11 in the Asolo Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Also running through March 11 is the play Bullets Over Broadway at The Players Centre for the Performing Arts in Sarasota. The play, Constellations, is a story about the collision of romance and science that runs through March 16 at the Florida Studio Theatre in downtown Sarasota. Now through March 18 catch Dream Girls at the Venice Theatre. It is a Tony Award winning musical that features Motown and Broadway hits with a story line that portrays a part of the music industry.

LECOM Park
LECOM Park in Bradenton is home for the Pirates in spring training and its farm club in the summer.

Professional major league baseball players are in town for spring training with 16 Baltimore Orioles home games starting Friday at Ed Smith Stadium in downtown Sarasota. Catch your favorite players in the Grapefruit League from Tampa Bay, Minnesota, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York Yankees and Mets. The Tampa Bay Rays actually have their spring training in Port Charlotte and the Atlanta Braves are moving their spring complex in 2019 from Kissimmee to North Port. To the north in Bradenton, the Pittsburgh Pirates have 16 home games starting Saturday with the same Grapefruit League teams in their newly named LECOM Park, formerly McKechnie Field. The Marauders, a farm club of the Pirates, plays in the summer at LECOM Park

There are over 500 events in the upcoming schedule on our website. Concerts, upcoming long running plays and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall shows are listed there. The complete list of events for the annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix from June 23 to July 4 will be listed there. Watch for news of the Ringling International Arts Festival in October and the Sarasota Chalk Festival and Sarasota MOD in November.

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Memorial Day celebration

by Roger Pettingell

A day to honor those who sacrificed

Events to consider for this holiday and the summer ahead

Superboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico
The Grand Prix returns with races on July 1 and 2.

I hope that you have good plans today for Memorial Day. It is significant that we honor those who have fought for our freedoms. There are many events today, in many different ways we can celebrate from concerts to parades. The weather is expected to cooperate, celebrate those heroes with family that this day is recognized for.

If you read this in time, the Sarasota Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 AM on Main Street, starting at Osprey Avenue and ending at J.D. Hamel Park. This is the Battle of Midway 75th anniversary and a scholar of that famous sea battle, Dr. Jim D'Angelo will be the keynote speaker in the park. Bring lawn chairs and coolers to Philippi Estate Park where the Sarasota Concert Band will perform from 2 to 4 PM in its Memorial Day Concert. There is a $5 fee for adults at this event.

In Venice the Memorial Day Celebration will begin at 10 AM in Patriots Park, followed by an open house at the American Legion Post 159 in Venice. Memorial Day will be celebrated at Veterans’ Monument Park in Bradenton, near the Riverwalk, starting at 9 AM.

Those in the military will receive a salute and a discount at participating businesses on St. Armands Circle. A Military Appreciation decal will appear on businesses with special offers from 10 AM to 8 PM to all those who served in the military. Jungle Gardens in Sarasota will offer a free entry with one paid entry to anyone who served. They are open today for this special from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Summer is a time to enjoy Sarasota

It is the unofficial start to summer, a good time to start making plans for some of the summer activities and events that are coming our way.

The Sarasota Music Festival officially starts next Sunday, a three week series of concerts by professional and highly talented student musicians. The first concert is the Artist Showcase on June 8. A different Artist Showcase will be performed each Thursday during the festival in Holley Hall beginning at 4:30 PM. Beginning at 8 PM each week in the Sarasota Opera House, chamber music will fill the air in the Friday Festival series. The Saturday Symphony series each week at 8 PM in the Opera House is an ongoing tradition.

Over 500 students nationwide auditioned for 60 spots in the Rising Star series of movements and chamber music. These ensembles of students will perform on different days in Holley Hall. Renowned scholar, educator and pianist, Robert Levin will give an insightful lecture, Saturday, June 17 in Holley Hall starting at 1:30 PM. I will write more about the festival next Monday in my REALTALKplus™ article. Tickets are available from their Music Festival website.

Thousands trek to Sarasota, Independence Day weekend, for the annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix races with best viewing on Lido Beach. The race dates are Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, but the activities surrounding the Grand Prix begin June 24 with the Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic at The Meadows Country Club. There is a car show planned on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, a Boat & Personal Watercraft "Fun Run" at Marina Jack and on June 28 there are two events, “The Friendliest Catch” Fishing Tournament that is by invitation only at the Sarasota Outboard Club on City Island, and the Grand Prix Comedy Night special at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre featuring comedian John Carfi. This year the AquaX and P1 Superstock races will be streamed live on Facebook. I will provide more information in my REALTALKplus™ article that week, June 19.

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, local theaters, farmers markets, festivals, fireworks and concert activities are all listed on our upcoming events page. Take civic pride in the events of today and enjoy the summer.

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Sarasota Music Festival month

by Roger Pettingell

Music Festival celebrates 51 years

Month of June devoted to chamber music in Sarasota

Sarasota Opera House
Many of the events for the 2016 Sarasota Music Festival will be held at the Sarasota Opera House.

We love our festivals here in Sarasota. And when it involves an orchestra we support it generously. So when the Sarasota Music Festival begins this week you can be certain there will be an enthusiastic fan base in attendance. For the next three weeks you can expect performances of artist showcases, Friday Festivals, Saturday Symphonies and student recitals. These are internationally renowned artists who visit Sarasota to learn, teach and perform some of the best chamber music on the planet.

The festival is a program of the Sarasota Orchestra, now in its 51st year, begins today with Master classes that are open to the public. For the remainder of the Festival, 60 students are selected from hundreds who audition during the year attend and work with 40 masters, including some of the best alumni members attending previous festivals as students.

Three Thursdays of Artist Showcases

Thursdays the performances begin with an Artist Showcase, the first is this Thursday honoring a Festival faculty member, Joseph Silverstein, who passed away in November of last year. A violinist, he went on to become the Boston Symphony Concertmaster, a position he held for 22 years. Festival faculty will perform chamber works from Bach, Schubert, Dvorak and Brahm. This sold out performance begins at 4:30 in Holley Hall with a reception one hour before the music begins.

Tickets are still available for the following Thursday Artist Showcase, Magnus Opus. The Julliard School faculty member Timothy Eddy starts the program with a Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. He is followed by pianists Michael Adcock and Jonathan Spivey for a composition by Satie. Mozart’s Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major and Blanc’s Scherzo Tarentelle from Septet conclude the evening of music.

The third Artist Showcase celebrates the 90th birthday of Paul Wolfe, who founded the festival in 1965. The Artistic Director Laureate of the Festival is honored with an evening of six pieces beginning with Charles Neidich on clarinet and Nancy Goeres on bassoon performing Duo No. 1 in C Major from Beethoven. Some students will filter in for the evening that concludes with a Hommage a Paul Wolfe performed by violinist James Buswell and Robert Levin on piano. Levin has been the Festival artistic director for the past 10 years.

Friday Festivals with students and faculty together

Friday nights are reserved for three Friday Festivals, each that begins at 8 p.m. in the Opera House. This series features student and faculty performing together, the first of which is A Potpourri of Passions and includes two student ensembles. Other performances include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 5 in D Major, Les Citations by Duttilleux and the Piano Trio in G Minor by Smetana.

Seven pieces comprise the second Friday Festival on June 17, Contrast and Parallels. Throw in a Beatle tune Penny Lane and contrast that with Schuman’s difficult Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Levin plays the piano in both compositions to draw a parallel between the two. Performances by student ensembles, a Finale from Wind Quartet and Dvorak’s String Quintet in G Major round out the evening.

On the final Friday it is Back to the Future and includes two more Beatle selections, In My Life and She’s Leaving Home with Levin once again on piano with six other faculty members. Students filter in with Charles Wetherbee, violin for Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major. The talents of Thomas Robertello on flute and James Buswell on violin will combine with one student on viola to perform Reger’s Serenade in G Major. Levin returns on piano for the finale, an energetic performance of Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor composed by Faure and includes violinist Buswell, Robert Vernon on viola and Brinton Smith on cello.

The best in chamber music, the Saturday Symphony

Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and former Festival student Noah Bendix-Balgley combines with Larry Rachleff, conductor, Alexander Kerr, concertmaster and Australian soprano Susan Lorette Dunn for the first Saturday Symphony, Tour de Force. The program begins with a Brahms’s composition, with variations on a Haydn theme. Dunn takes the stage for Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and concludes with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Saturday Symphonies begin at 8 p.m. in the Opera House.

Europe Meets America is the theme for the second Saturday Symphony with former Festival student and world renowned Moran Katz on clarinet as a featured artist for the evening. Katz performs Coplands’s Clarinet Concerto, which instills memories of a lost love. Hugh Wolff is the featured conductor and David Coucheron is the featured concertmaster June 18 that includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 86 in D Major and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major.

The Festival concludes on Saturday, June 25, with a salute to Mozart and Levin. Featured artists are Levin, Nicholas McGegan, conductor and Charles Wetherbee, concertmaster performing Concerto in F Major by Vilvadi, Symphony No. 6 in C Major by Schubert and Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor by Mozart performed by Levin.

Lectures and Sunday student recitals

The first two Sundays are reserved for Student Recitals starting at 3 p.m. in Holley Hall. These recitals are chamber music works selected by the students. Festival lectures by Levin the first two Festival Saturdays begin at 1 p.m. in Holley Hall.

The fine culture and arts draw many people who want to vacation and live in Sarasota. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Sarasota Music Festival 2015 Begins Thursday

by Roger Pettingell

Music by the Masters starts festival

Artistic director Robert Levin in his ninth year as lead

Sarasota Opera House
Many of the events for the 2015 Sarasota Music Festival will be held at the Sarasota Opera House.

For the next three weeks there will be music in Sarasota, sans blaring guitars and screaming vocals. This festival will be more for eclectic aficionados of the masters Johann Sebastian Bach to Menachem Wiesenberg. Expect concertos with wind instruments, pianos and plenty of string instruments. Similar to the La Musica International Chamber Music Festival held each April in Sarasota, these concerts are scheduled Thursday through Sunday for each of the three weeks. The festival is led by Sarasota Orchestra's artistic director, Robert Levin, now in his ninth year in this position. When there are no audience performances, students mix with the masters for lectures and classes.

Acclaimed as one of the best classical music events in the nation, the festival combines students and internationally renowned guest artists for some great chamber music. Over the 50 years the festival has grown to include 60 students from around the nation to combine with 40 master musicians. The Florida legislature designated the Sarasota Music Festival as the official teaching and performing festival of the state in 1984.

Each weekend of the festival begins with an Artist Showcase every Thursday in Holley Hall. The first is Music by the Masters on Thursday, a concerto of sonatas, Hebrew prayers and etudes. The next day begins the Friday Festival series with Dazzling and Petite. The concert highlights a Piano Quartet No. 3 in B Minor, Petite Symphonie in B-flat Major and Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor. Friday Festivals highlight faculty and student ensembles. Selected students and faculty combine for concerto performances every Saturday, the first of which is the Romantic Legends with conductor Nichola McGegan in the Opera House at 61 North Pineapple Avenue.

The second Artist Showcase on June 11 in Holley Hall is Pyrotechnic Pedagogues, a concert of sonatas, mazurkas, ballades and suites. Sixes and Eights, a concert combining Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 in C Minor and String Octet in B-flat Major are performed in Friday Festival Number 2 on June 12. That Saturday, Beethoven’s Eighth performance will be conducted by Larry Rachleff.

The festival wraps up the weekend beginning on June 18 and showcases Mozart, Duo No. 1 in G Major, K. 423, Schumann, Fairy Tales, Op. 132, and Franck, Violin Sonata in A Major. The theme for Friday Festival Concert 3 is Classically Charged, featuring an Octet Movement, Homage to Mendelssohn. Also, Beethoven’s Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 103 and Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 will be performed on Friday. Saturday, June 20, wraps up the symphony series with student concertmaster, conductor Hugh Wolff, Brahms and Beethoven.

Holley Hall
Some festival performances take place in Holley Hall, inside the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.

There are student recitals the first two Sundays and Friday, June 19, in Holley Hall at 709 N Tamiami Trail by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Subscribe now as many of these concerts were sold out last year. Artist Showcases start at 4:30 p.m. in Holley Hall, other performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House. Visit the Ticket Sarasota site for times, locations and artists for each performance.

Estonian born Anu Tali has injected fresh musical ideas into the Sarasota Orchestra since her appointment as music director in 2013. The orchestra has been putting on the festival since 1965. Beautiful with long flowing blonde hair, her talents are diverse with opera and symphonies. She has traveled the world to conduct some of the finest orchestras in France, Japan, Canada and United States. Our city is proud to have her in this position.

Festivals like the Sarasota Music Festival attract buyers of residential properties worldwide. It is widely known that Sarasota is a national leader in promoting the arts. This stature resonates and April sales set a record in the county with 1,224 existing single-family homes and condominiums sold. Sarasota County is on pace to set an annual record in 2015. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Winter Festivals are Upon Us

by Roger Pettingell

Winter Season Signals Many Events

Week Long Celebrations Start in October, Finish in May

Ringling Bridge Run
Ringling Bridge Run - Now in its 12th year, the 4-mile race had 2,600 participants this past weekend.

Starting in October every year Sarasota lights up with more festivals and cultural gatherings each week to entertain the returning guests who escape the cold of the north. The winter season starts then and runs through mid-April to signal the start of the summer season. Sand art festivals, opera, ballet, orchestra, holiday festivals, St. Armand's Circle events and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center ramp up their schedules during this period. There are a few celebrations that are longer annual events and attract their own set of followers who return each year.

The first is the Ringling International Arts Festival that begins in mid-October. The four-day event of live entertaining including dance, stage performances signals the start of the cultural season here in Sarasota. Four venues within walking distance of each other on the campus of the Ringling Museum of Art will feature artists and performers from around the globe. This is truly an international arts festival and well respected with high quality entertainment.

The Sarasota Chalk Festival in Burns Square completed its seventh year, typically held in late October. The 2014 festival was moved to Venice and completed the Largest Anamorphic Pavement Art in the World at the Venice Airport Festival Fairgrounds. It has grown from 22 local artists and 5,000 attendees in 2007 to internationally known artists and thousands of attendees. The successful theme for 2014 was ‘Extinct and Endangered Species.’ Expect the theme for 2015 to be announced in February.

Now in its 17th year, the Sarasota Film Festival is a 10 day event that runs the second week of April to highlight independent, new and veteran filmmakers to Sarasota. Over 180 films, documentaries and shorts are highlighted in Hollywood 20 cinema on Main Street.

When the snowbirds leave, students of the musical arts get involved in an intense three-week experience during the Sarasota Music Festival. The festival was started in 1965 and now focuses on the teaching of students who receive tuition for the performance of chamber music. Beginning May 31, this festival is sponsored by the Sarasota Orchestra. The Florida State Legislature designated the festival as the "Official Teaching and Performing Festival of the State of Florida" in 1984. Hundreds of applications are received from around the country, and 40 are selected to participate in the training.

Other shorter festivals in Sarasota are growing in depth and participation. Weekend and day events are listed on our upcoming events calendar.

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