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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 »

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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 »

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REVIEW: Hot sound, strange visuals

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

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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OPERA REVIEW: 'Figaro' a terrific Valentine

If you like sexy sitcom, funny slapstick and great music, Sarasota Opera has the show for you. The joyful vocal skills on display amid fine… Read more »

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OPERA REVIEW: 'Tosca' tragedy never fails to surprise

One of the elements defining a “masterpiece” is the way in which a dramatic moment you know is coming nevertheless astonishes you every time it… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Sarasota Orchestra leaps ahead, again

In their Masterworks concert at Neel Auditorium Thursday evening, the Sarasota Orchestra and conductor Anu Tali presented a new level of achievement to the capacity… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Folkloric surprises enrich chamber music program

In the concert presented by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Van Wezel Monday evening, music by three legendary European… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Royal Philharmonic an orchestra that can do anything

Forget the circus, I want to run away with the Royal Philharmonic! Having heard this esteemed ensemble in live performance at least three times in… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: A feast of Grieg compositions

Who among us thinks of the renowned Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg in the same moment as Franz Schubert or Robert Schumann? And who would quickly… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Elegance throughout Sarasota Orchestra's third Masterworks program

More often than not great music comes in the package of perfectly placed notes infused with energy and that miraculous connective tissue of expressive phrasing,… Read more »

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CONCERT REVIEW: Elegance throughout Sarasota Orchestra's third Masterworks program

More often than not great music comes in the package of perfectly placed notes infused with energy and that miraculous connective tissue of expressive phrasing,… Read more »

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