Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota announces 2021-22 season
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota celebrates its 26th season with a return to a comprehensive concert program featuring a variety of exceptional musical experiences from emerging and established classical, jazz and pop artists. The season, which runs from October 2021 to May 2022, has 27 performances at seven venues in Sarasota and Venice. The programs cover the diverse range of musical offerings of Artist Series Concerts, including classical recitals, pop music, jazz, bedroom nights, and lunch and dinner concerts. This season, the organization also returns to offer subscriptions to series for its performances at the Sinai Temple and for its lunch, dinner and evening concert series.
“There is so much to be excited about this season,” said Marcy Miller, Executive Director of Artist Series Concerts. “In addition to resuming a full program of indoor and indoor performances by exceptional artists, we are adding exciting new venues and also returning to three old favorites, the Fischer-Weisenborne Residence, the Sarasota Opera House and the historic Asolo Theater. . We are also excited to collaborate with the State College of Florida on their very first piano festival, “Pianopalooza”.
For the outgoing director of artist programs Joseph holt, the coming season is exciting and also moving. “That my last season with Artist Series Concerts is also the one that ushers in the hardships of COVID-19 is poignant but also very satisfying,” said Holt, who leaves at the end of June. “The ‘silver lining’ is that we are finally able to bring on stage many of the amazing young artists that we have been so eager to present over the past two seasons.”
The organization’s new classic “Temple Sinai Series” in the spacious and acoustically excellent temple space, features performances by a coterie of young rising stars from the Young Concert Artists and Concert Artists Guild as well as a former competition winner Artist Series Concerts. The young artists featured are: Young Concert Artists violinist SooBeen Lee, hailed as “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy”, with pianist Dina Vainshtein (November 7); Concert Artists Guild, the daring and fiercely creative Merz Trio, performing with Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak, hailed by critics as “a star in the making” (January 23); flautist Anthony Trionfo, hailed as a “musician of prodigious talent and scintillating personality”, along with another rising young star, Young Concert Artists pianist Albert Cano Smit (February 6); NEXUS Chamber Music Chicago with violinists Brian Hong and Maria Loudenitch, and cellist Alexander Hersh, former winner of the National Artist Series Concert String Competition (February 20); from Japan via Young Concert Artists, the new and fascinating Quartet Amabile (March 6); and classical saxophonist Steven Banks, a pioneering young musician and composer and the first saxophonist in 60 years to be on the list of young concert artists (March 27).
The “Soirée Series” brand returns to the music room of Fischer-Weisenborne’s unique residence with “Double Reeds Unite”, featuring oboist Jonathan Gentry, bassoonist Fernando Traba and pianist Joseph holt (October 17 and 18); bass-baritone William Socolof, winner of the 2020 Young Concert Artists International auditions, with pianist Gracie Francis (November 21 and 22); and the tenor John Kaneklides with the pianist Joseph holt (April 17 and 18).
The “Luncheon Series” takes place this year by the bay with a move to the Bird Key Yacht Club and four concerts with Los Angeles Philharmonic harpist Emmanuel Ceysson (November 11); the classical accordionist of the Young Concertists Hanzhi Wang (January 27); Emerging Stars of Sarasota, showcasing the talents of young artists from the Sarasota Youth Orchestra (February 24); and violinist Max Tan, former winner of the Artist Series Concerts competition, with pianist Joseph holt (April 7).
The popular “Venice Dinner Series” at Plantation Golf & Country Club returns with the Rick Costa Jazz Quartet (February 9); BoyGirlBoyGirl, “Milwaukee’s Manhattan Transfer” (March 23); and soprano Kendra Colton with pianist Kayo Iwama. Colton has the distinction of appearing in the inaugural season of the Artist series in 1997 (April 20).
Artist Series Concerts is also pleased to participate in the State College of Florida’s “Pianopalooza” Piano Festival from April 30 to May 8. The Artist Series Concerts lineup for the festival includes Antonio Chen Guang, winner of the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition (April 30); the return of the winner of the artist series concert piano competition Lin Ye, playing with five principal string players of the Sarasota Orchestra (May 4); and Vieness Piano Duo, the captivating young husband and wife team that plays piano for four hands and works for two pianos (May 8).
Other concerts include a sparkling holiday concert with Frisson, the eight-piece ensemble of the best and brightest rising stars in classical music (December 5); Japanese piano virtuoso Harumi Hanafusa, performing a solo recital followed by a second duet piano performance with her sister Mami Hanafusa (January 8 and 9); and 2 Hot 2 Tango, with the acclaimed bandoneon-piano duo of Ben Bogart and Winnie Cheung. The world champion tango dancer Fernanda Ghi and her partner Silvio Grand (May 22) will join them on stage.
Last but not least is the season opener, “Piano Grand: The Fab Four”. This will be the fifth edition of Joseph holtThe Keyboard Extravaganza, featuring four Steinway concert grand pianos and four outstanding concert pianists all sharing the Sarasota Opera stage, performing operas and popular favorites (October 9).
And although he may be retiring from his role as Director of Artist Programs, Holt intends to stay, help his successor and continue to perform as a pianist for the series of concerts. ‘artists. “We have a great successor waiting behind the scenes, which will be announced soon. I can’t wait to “pass the baton” and continue playing the piano and making music for and with artist concerts! “
The organization is also looking forward to the next edition of the Suncoast Music Fellowships, which will take place in April 2022, as well as ongoing school and community outreach programs throughout the year.
“There is so much to look forward to this season,” says Marcy Miller. “We are all so happy and grateful to fulfill our mission by featuring exciting young and up-and-coming stars.”
Early sales of tickets and series subscriptions at a reduced price for the 2021-22 artist concert season are open until July 31, by mail and phone. Single tickets and series subscriptions will be available online or by phone starting August 1. More information is available by visiting www.ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or by calling (941) 306-1202, MF, 10-4.