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A RESPONSIBLE RETURN TO CONCERTS

Sarasota Concert Association is excited to welcome audiences back for our 2022 concert season. We are also committed to the health and well-being of our patrons, staff, and volunteers. As a participant in Safe Arts Sarasota, a collaboration of Sarasota County’s major arts organizations, we have implemented protocols for attending our concerts.

Our 2022 Great Performers Series brings the world’s most renowned classical musicians to perform in Sarasota, February through April, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Riverview Performing Arts Center.  

SINGLE TICKETS & 3-CONCERT MINI SERIES ON SALE NOW 

For 3-concert mini series subscriptions call our box office at 941-966-6161. 

     CANCELLED  |  JANUARY 20      

Detroit Symphony Orchestra with cellist Joshua Roman

Due to the recent increase in COVID cases across the country, the Detroit Symphony made the difficult decision to cancel their Florida concert tour which includes their January 20 concert in Sarasota.  We look forward to bringing the orchestra back in a future season.

TUESDAY  |  FEBRUARY 1  |  7:30 PM  |  VAN WEZEL

Pianist Emanuel Ax performs Chopin

A favorite of Sarasota audiences, legendary pianist Emanuel Ax performs a program of late Frédéric Chopin works:

  • Two Nocturnes, Op. 55
  • Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61
  • Three Mazurkas, Op. 56
  • Barcarolle, Op. 60
  • Nocturne, Op. 62, No. 2
  • Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
  • Berceuse, Op. 57
  • Impromptu No. 3, Op. 51
  • Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

The 2022 Great Performers Series is generously sponsored by Jan and Bill Farber.
Emanuel Ax’s appearance is made possible by Robert and Laurel Dove, and Ann Stephenson-Moe, as well as Sora Yelin, in loving memory of Cary F. Yelin.

“Ax’s playing is always marvelously articulate and totally unfussy. Nothing is done for effect or to draw attention to the player rather than to what he is playing; though his range of touch and keyboard colour is consummately wide, it is never used cosmetically.”  ~ The Guardian

Emanuel Ax was born in Lviv, Ukraine—in what was then the Soviet Union. Both parents were Nazi concentration camp survivors. Ax began to study piano at the age of six, with his father serving as his first piano teacher. He continued his musical studies in Winnipeg, Canada and then in New York City in 1961 under Mieczysław Munz at the Juilliard School. In 1970 he received his B.A. in French at Columbia University and became an American citizen.

Highlights of his 2019/20 season included a European summer festivals tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and long-time collaborative partner, Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Sir Simon Rattle and three concerts with regular partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall. Always a committed exponent of contemporary composers, with works written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner already in his repertoire, he has most recently added HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto and Samuel Adams’ Impromptus.

A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent releases include the Brahms Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos, the Mendelssohn Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Richard Strauss’ Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with fellow pianist Yefim Bronfman.

Ax has been the primary duo recital partner of cellist Yo-Yo Ma since August 3, 1973 when the pair performed their first public recital at the Marlboro Music School and Festival. They have recorded much of the cello/piano repertoire together. Ax also played quartets briefly with Ma and violinists Isaac Stern and Jaime Laredo. Before the quartet disbanded in 2001 due to the death of Stern, they recorded works for Sony by Brahms, Fauré, Beethoven, Schumann and Mozart. Ax is also a featured guest artist in a documentary film about the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Peter Oundjian, Five Days in September; the Rebirth of an Orchestra.

Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music degrees from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.

“Mr Ax…played with youthful brio, incisive rhythm, bountiful imagination, delicacy when called for and thundering power when the piano fought back.” ~ The New York Times

“Ax is an extremely satisfying pianist; he is at home in a wide variety of music and his pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous.”  ~ The Washington Post

 

FRIDAY  |  FEBRUARY 25  |  7:30 PM  |  RIVERVIEW PAC

Alessio Bax for Sarasota Concert Association

Violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Alessio Bax

Benjamin Beilman displays his astonishing virtuosity along with international competition-winning pianist Alessio Bax: 

  • Ferruccio Busoni – Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 36a 
  • César Franck – Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano

The 2022 Great Performers Series is generously sponsored by Jan and Bill Farber. 
This performance is dedicated to the memory of John Markham.
Benjamin Beilman’s appearance is made possible by John Markham. 
Alessio Bax’s appearance is made possible by Gail Berenson.

Benjamin Beilman has won international praise both for his passionate performances and deep rich tone which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive,” and the New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.” The Times has also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence,” and the Strad described his playing as “pure poetry.” A 2018 feature in The Boston Globe remarked that Beilman’s “playing already has its own sure balance of technical command, intensity, and interpretive finesse.”

Highlights of Beilman’s 2021/2022 season include performances of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge Concerto with the Indianapolis, Toledo, and Charlotte Symphonies, as well as the premiere of a new Violin Concerto by Chris Rogerson with the Kansas City Symphony and Gemma New. In Europe, highlights include performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony and Elim Chan, the Antwerp Symphony and Krzysztof Urbański, the Toulouse Symphony and Tugan Sokhiev, and the Trondheim Symphony and Han-Na Chan. He will also return to the BBC Scottish Symphony, and the Tonkünstler Orchestra, with whom he has recorded a concerto by Thomas Larcher.

In past seasons, Beilman has performed with many major orchestras worldwide including the Chicago Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Sydney Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra, Conductors with whom he works include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Cristian Măcelaru, Lahav Shani, Karina Canellakis, Edward Gardner, Juraj Valčuha, Han-Na Chang, Elim Chan, Osmo Vänskä, and Giancarlo Guerrero.

In recital and chamber music, Beilman performs regularly at the major halls across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Louvre (Paris), Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo) and at festivals he has performed at Verbier, Aix-en-Provence Easter, Prague Dvorak, Robeco Summer Concerts (Amsterdam), Music@Menlo, Marlboro and Seattle Chamber Music, amongst others. In early 2018 he premiered a new work dedicated to the political activist Angela Davis written by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord which he has performed extensively across the U.S.

Beilman studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy, and has received many prestigious accolades including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award. He has an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics and released his first disc Spectrum for the label in 2016, featuring works by Stravinsky, Janáček and Schubert. Beilman plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Alessio Bax is “clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.” (Gramophone) He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions. Now Bax is a familiar face on five continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a concerto soloist. He has appeared with more than 150 orchestras, including the London, Royal, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Sydney, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and the NHK Symphony in Japan. Bax has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden. 

In recent seasons, Bax made his solo recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, which aired live on BBC Radio 3. In 2009, he was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and four years later he received both the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. 

Bax’s celebrated Signum Classics discography includes: Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight” Sonatas—a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice.” In addition, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto; Bax & Chung, a duo disc with Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax plays Mozart, recorded with London’s Southbank Sinfonia.

At age 14, Bax graduated with top honors from the conservatory of Bari, his hometown in Italy. After further studies in Europe, he moved to the United States in 1994. A Steinway artist, Bax lives in New York City with pianist Lucille Chung and their daughter, Mila. He was invited to join the piano faculty of Boston’s New England Conservatory in the fall of 2019. 

Learn more at https://www.alessiobax.com/

TUESDAY  |  MARCH 15  |  7:30 PM  |  RIVERVIEW PAC

Takács Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang

Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang joins the internationally-renowned Takács Quartet – Harumi Rhodes, violin, Edward Dusinberre, violin, Richard O’Neill, viola, and András Fejér, cello –  in their celebrated return to Sarasota:

Maurice Ravel – String Quartet in F major
Robert Schumann  – Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

The 2022 Great Performers Series is generously sponsored by Jan and Bill Farber. 
The performance of the Takács Quartet is made possible by Amy Carol McGowan. 
The appearance of pianist Joyce Yang is made possible by Dr. and Mrs. Randall S. Winn.

The world-renowned Takács Quartet is now entering its forty-seventh season. Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Richard O’Neill (viola) and András Fejér (cello) are excited to continue their role in 2021-2022 as Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall, performing four concerts there this season. In addition to many concerts in the U.K., the ensemble will play at prestigious European venues including the Paris Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, and Teatro della Pergola, Florence. The ensemble will perform throughout North America, including concerts in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Princeton, Ann Arbor, Berkeley, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sarasota, Cleveland, and Portland.

The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér, while all four were students. It first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet has become known for innovative programming. 

The ensemble performed a program inspired by Philip Roth’s novel Everyman at Princeton with Meryl Streep in 2014, and again with her at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2015. They first performed Everyman at Carnegie Hall in 2007 with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Takács records for Hyperion Records, and their releases for that label include string quartets by Haydn, Schubert, Janáček, Smetana, Debussy and Britten, as well as piano quintets by César Franck and Shostakovich (with Marc-André Hamelin), Amy Beach and Elgar (with Garrick Ohlsson) and viola quintets by Brahms and Dvořák (with Lawrence Power). For their CDs on the Decca/London label, the Quartet has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits Awards.

Based at the University of Colorado, the members of the Takács Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows. The Quartet has helped to develop a string program with a special emphasis on chamber music, where students work in a nurturing environment designed to help them develop their artistry.

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity.

Joyce Yang first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she took home two additional awards: Best Performance of Chamber Music (with Takács Quartet), and Best Performance of a New Work. In 2006, Yang made her celebrated New York Philharmonic debut conducted by Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall. She also joined the Orchestra’s tour of Asia—making a triumphant return to her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. Yang’s subsequent appearances with the New York Philharmonic have included opening night of the 2008 Leonard Bernstein Festival—an appearance made at the request of Maazel in his final season as music director. The New York Times pronounced her performance in Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety a “knockout.”

 Yang’s 2011 debut album, “Collage” for Avie Records, features works by Scarlatti, Liebermann, Debussy, Currier, and Schumann. Gramophone praised her “imaginative programming” and “beautifully atmospheric playing.” Yang’s discography also includes the world premiere recording of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto, created expressly for Yang and commissioned by the Albany Symphony. She recorded Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Denmark’s Odense Symphony Orchestra that International Record Review called “hugely enjoyable, beautifully shaped…a performance that marks her out as an enormous talent.”

Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at the age of four. She quickly took to the instrument, which she received as a birthday present. At age ten, she had entered the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts, and went on to perform a number of concerti and recital appearances in Seoul and Daejeon. In 1997, Yang moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. During her first year at Juilliard, Yang won the pre-college division Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto in D with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor as the recipient of the school’s 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize.

MONDAY  |  APRIL 4  |  7:30 PM  |  VAN WEZEL

Bruce Xiaoyu Liu

Warsaw Philharmonic with pianist Bruce Liu

The Grammy Award-winning Warsaw Philharmonic, led by Music Director Andrey Boreyko, also features Bruce Xiaoyu Liu, winner of this year’s International Chopin Piano Competition:

  • Witold Lutoslawsk – Mala Suita (Little Suite) for Orchestra 
  • Frédéric Chopin – Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor 
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A major

The 2022 Great Performers Series is generously sponsored by Jan and Bill Farber. 
The Warsaw Philharmonic’s performance is made possible by Susan L. Robinson.
Andrey Boreyko’s appearance is made possible by Joy McIntyre.
Pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu’s appearance is made possible by Dale Anderson and Mary Montgomery.

 

The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert in 1901 in the Philharmonic’s newly built concert hall. The Orchestra was conducted by Emil Młynarski, its co-founder, first music director and resident conductor and the soloist was Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Before World War I and between the world wars, the Philharmonic became a key center of musical life in Poland and one of Europe’s major musical institutions. In the early years after World War II, the orchestra’s concerts were held in theatres and sports venues. In 1955, the Philharmonic moved to a new hall (which replaced the one destroyed by German air raids) and was granted the status of the National Philharmonic. 

Under its then new director, Witold Rowicki, it regained the reputation of Poland’s leading symphony orchestra. From 1955-1958 the position of Artistic Director was held by Bohdan Wodiczko, then again by Rowicki, and from 1977 – by Kazimierz Kord. Between January 2002 and August 2013, Antoni Wit was both the Philharmonic’s Managing and Artistic Director. Beginning with the 2013/2014 season, the position of Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic was held by Jacek Kaspszyk. Andrey Boreyko became Artistic Director in the 2019/2020 season.

Today, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys worldwide popularity and acclaim. It has made over 140 concert tours on five continents, appearing in all of the world’s major concert halls. It also regularly performs during the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw and the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music. The Orchestra records for the Polish Radio and state television (TVP) as well as Polish and foreign record labels and film companies.

The Warsaw Philharmonic received a Grammy award in 2013 (and six Grammy nominations) for their recordings of Penderecki’s and Karol Szymanowski’s large-scale vocal-instrumental works. The Orchestra has also received a Gramophone Award, Record Geijutsu, Classical Internet Award, Cannes Classical Award, and the Fryderyk Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy, among others. In 2016, the Orchestra launched regular on-line streaming of selected concerts.

Andrey Boreyko is recognized around the world for his talent and achievements. A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory with emphasis in opera, instrumental and choral conducting, he began his conducting work in Russia and then became the first Conductor and Artistic Director of Jenaer Philharmonie in Germany. He led the Philharmonic from 1998-2003, and currently holds the title of Honorary Conductor of the ensemble. Boreyko received the Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband award for three consecutive seasons (for the first time in the history of this institution), awarded to him for innovation and extraordinary qualities of concert programs.

Andrey Boreyko later held the position of musical director in many orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Berner Symphonieorchester, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and The Naples Philharmonic in Florida. He has also conducted the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as symphony orchestras in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Montreal, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. He has performed at Ravinia festivals and Aspen with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His artistic success and unique approach to creating concert programs were crowned by an invitation to collaborate with the National Arts Center in Ottawa, as well as the San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Cincinnati and Houston orchestras, where he regularly performs as a guest conductor.

In Europe, Boreyko has collaborated with renowned ensembles including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Philharmonia Orchestra and Rotterdams’ Philharmonisch Orkest. He has also performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, and Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. In Asia, he has conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Andrey Boreyko also conducts lesser know compositions. One of the most anticipated musical events of the 2014/15 season in the United States was the first American performance of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 4 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Boreyko’s discography includes recordings with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR of compositions by Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov (ECM Records), as well as the world phonographic premiere of the original version of Dmitry Shostakovich’s suite from the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Hanssler Classic). His recordings also include the complete set of Shostakovich’s symphonies with Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR and the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

The first prize winner of the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, Bruce Liu stands out as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted pianists of his generation. He has performed with major ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Warsaw National Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Polish National Radio Symphony, and the Seoul Philharmonic, among others.
Liu took part in a North American tour with the China NCPA Orchestra, performing Ravel’s G major Concerto, and the National Post described his interpretation as having “a subtle range of French colour and feeling.” Recently, he performed two China tours with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bruce Liu has made numerous studio recordings with ICI Radio-Canada featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, and Satie, and his performances have been broadcast worldwide.

“Melodic lines were well-defined, there was steely clarity to his articulation, a huge range of dynamic contrasts, and the lyrical episodes were lovingly shaped. Liu compelled you to listen.” (Classical Voice North America)
Born in Paris in 1997, Bruce Xiaoyu Liu studied with Richard Raymond and is currently a student of Dang Thai Son.

2022 Great Performers Series Program Book

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