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CONCERT REVIEW: Joie de vivre in Gilbert and Sullivan concert

Saturday was one of those “off days” for me. The stars were not in alignment and I wasn’t in a particularly good mood. Then I… Read more »


CONCERT REVIEW: Arts in the Ballpark scores again

The architecture of a concert program is often just as important as the content, a concept which governed the Sarasota Orchestra’s sold-out concert at Ed… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Another musical challenge from New College lands in Sarasota

During the 15 years since it began, New Music New College has stuck assiduously to its mission: To bring the best and most challenging contemporary… Read more »


CONCERT REVIEW: Key Chorale celebrates Mozart's last year

The last year of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s too-short life was one of tremendous creative output, with 40 different compositions flowing from his pen. Key Chorale… Read more »


CONCERT REVIEW: La Musica Festival surges to the end

The 29th year of the La Musica Festival came to an appropriately bracing and optimistic close Wednesday night with a rambunctious performance of Johannes Brahms’s… Read more »


CONCERT REVIEW: Sparkling sacred music with Gloria Musicae

Sarasota is blessed with a plenitude of fine choral ensembles and chief among them is the professional chamber chorus Gloria Musicae. To kick off a… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: La Musica continues to mix old and new

Avoiding the “stodgy” label so often associated with chamber music, La Musica’s festival format now includes music from our era in each concert, while confirming… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Romping through Mozart at La Musica

Each year as familiar musicians return to Sarasota for the annual feast that is La Musica, die-hard chamber music fans can be assured of plentiful… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Sarasota Orchestra 'Grande Finale' brings Masterworks season to a delightful close

The first season of any conductor’s tenure with an orchestra is the honeymoon. It appears the love is still strong between conductor Anu Tali, her… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Perahia provides fireworks finale

For the final concert of its 70th season, the Sarasota Concert Association brought the legendary American piano virtuoso Murray Perahia to the Van Wezel, where… Read more »


CONCERT REVIEW: A grand display at the Verdi Concert

If anyone in the audience for this year’s Verdi Concert had not yet grasped the magnitude of the Sarasota Opera’s 27-year Verdi Cycle challenge, then… Read more »


REVIEW: Hot sound, strange visuals

Hot Club of San Francisco plays gypsy jazz to early film animation……. Read more »


REVIEW: Cirque des Voix an unusual and mostly effective blend of chorale and circus

At first blush, combining a 100-voice classical vocal ensemble, an orchestra and circus acts seems an odd mixture, sort of like a fish riding a… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Sarasota Orchestra offers a charming Masterworks program

Lately the Anu Tali and the Sarasota Orchestra have been putting this self-respecting music critic in a bit of a pickle. With performances consistently at… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Dresden Philharmonic delivers some musical shock

The Dresden Philharmonic, under the dynamic leadership of Michael Sanderling, certainly shook up the audience at the Van Wezel Sunday afternoon with some musical insights… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Dick Hyman displays his legendary chops

One of the most interesting facts about Dick Hyman was revealed when the Venice Symphony’s conductor, Kenneth Bowermeister, in his introduction of the composer and… Read more »

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REVIEW: Ringo Starr at Van Wezel (with photo gallery)

Read Wade Tatangelo’s review, view Tom Bender’s photo gallery, and listen to the songs performed by Starr and his All Starr band mates in Sarasota. … Read more »


OPERA REVIEW: An unexpectedly modern fable unfolds on the opera stage

In an opulent and highly energetic production, the Sarasota Opera brought the audience a surprisingly relevant version of an old story: the abuse of absolute… Read more »


CONCERT REVIEW: Prieto urges Sarasota Orchestra to greater dramatic heights

Two kindred spirit revolutionaries shared the headline in the most recent Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks series. It was a program split between the early Romantic Ludwig… Read more »


MUSIC REVIEW: An environmental study, in music and images

“Documerica,” by the contemporary string quartet, ETHEL, is both a heart-warming memoir and a disturbing documentation of humans’ destruction of nature…… Read more »

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