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2016-17 Season
The Sarasota Concert Association‘s Great Performers Series has been proud to bring you world renowned classical orchestra and chamber performers for 72 thrilling seasons. You can get an exciting preview for each acclaimed performer by clicking on the video link provided.
Meet Our World Renowned Musicians
Emerson String Quartet
December 18 Van Wezel 3 PM

Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance
1989, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009

Grammy Award for Best Classical Album
1989 Bartók: 6 String Quartets
2000 Shostakovich: The String Quartets

“Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: The “old” Emerson String Quartet never phoned one in. But this new group — Mr. Watkins alongside the violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, and the violist Lawrence Dutton — complemented their customary power, finesse and unanimity with a fresh, palpable vigor at Tully, and it was electrifying".
The New York Times
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[Beethoven Quartet No. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127]

Osmo Vänskä, Conductor
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The Minnesota Orchestra
January 9 Van Wezel 7:30 PM

On their performance at the “Orchestra Olympics” at Carnegie Hall, 2010
“The Minnesotans . . . delivered a performance of uncanny, wrenching power, the kind you hear once or twice a decade. Vänskä is the music director of the Minnesota since 2003 and for some years, it has been evident that he is a conductor of genius, one whom Furtwängler might have recognized as a kindred spirit. The crucial element in his work is unanimity—not unanimity of execution (although that was hardly lacking) but unanimity of feeling. For the duration of the evening of March 1st, the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ear like the greatest orchestra in the world”.
Alex Ross, The New Yorker music critic since 1996

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
January 30 Van Wezel 7:30 PM

"A program rich with energy and unusually adventurous … this is an orchestra with many virtues. Its strings can conjure up a vibrant songfulness; the woodwinds have a fruity, penetrating ripeness; the brass could endanger the walls of Jericho; the percussion might wake the dead".
The Sydney Morning Herald
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[Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4(Mov.IV)]

Apollo Fire
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[Brandenburg Concerto No. 3]
Apollo's Fire
February 22 Riverview Performing Arts Center
7:30 PM Performer's Preamble - 8:00 PM Performance

"Astonishing virtuosity . . . hair raising and brilliantly played . . . truly brought the house down".
Boston Musical Interpreter

"A brilliant concert . . . baroque blues historically interpreted".?
The New Alpine Daily, Austria

"Apollo's Fire under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell has put Cleveland firmly on the period performance map."
The New Yorker

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
March 16 Van Wezel 7:30 PM

"Nicola Benedetti was in absolute command delivering an astonishing cadenza so full of double stops it sounded like a duel between two instruments, and with some deft left hand pizzicato thrown in it was a true showpiece."
Bachtrack, UK

"They gave a stirring and invigorating performance of Tchaikovsky's lavish 5th Symphony, with surging waves of emotion illuminating the composer's lush romanticism."
The Herald, Scotland

"The orchestra were utterly on fire with lots of stand-out performances from the thrilling flutter-tonguing flutes and siren piccolo, to the cor anglais, bass clarinet and bassoon who, with the strings, has the last word in, what is for Shostakovich, an uncharacteristically sombre ending."
The Scotsman
Nicola Benedetti, Violin   Peter Oundjian, Conductor
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[Celebrating 125 Years of Scotland's National Orchestra]

Sergio Babayan/Daniil Trifonov
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[Dance of theTumblers]
Daniil Trifonov piano duo
with Sergio Babayan
March 30 Van Wezel 7:30 PM

"(Trifonov is) an artist of breathtaking poise and theatricality" ".
The London Times

"Without question the most astounding young pianist of our age".
The London Times

"What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It's also his touch - he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that".
The Financial Times, UK

Without question the most astounding young pianist of our age".
The London Times

"(Trifonov's tone is) an Aladdin's cave of glowing, kaleidoscopic colour".
Jessica Duchen, JDCMB

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