Joseph Holt, Don Bryn, Andrew Lapp, Tom Purviance, Michael Stewart
They’re back! Once again, straight from New York, five Steinway & Sons concert grand pianos literally fill the stage of the Sarasota Opera House for “Piano Grand IV: The Holiday Edition.”
We’re pleased to welcome back singer Monica Pasquini, a Sarasota native, early recipient of an Artist Series Concerts scholarship award and a musical success story! Joining Monica on this homecoming will be fellow coloratura soprano (and Florida native) Rebecca Shorstein.
Evocative of afternoon tea at the Ritz, of tea dances held amidst an enchanting court of potted palms, the term “Palm Court” remains synonymous with the light music repertoire that became popular in the resorts, spas, bandstands, floral halls – and palm courts - of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
This six-piece ensemble, comprised of the legendary pianist Dick Hyman and some of south Florida’s top jazz musicians, swings the Sarasota Opera House with top-notch classic and original jazz. The stellar sextet performs music by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Thelonius Monk, Cole Porter, Dick Hyman, Randy Sandke, Harry Warren, Mike Treni and others.
Glenn Miller-Tex Benecke Big Band
Musicians to be announced
Music during World War II had an unprecedented impact on America, both on the home front and on troops serving overseas. Unlike World War I, which occurred in the pre-radio era, by December 1941, virtually every American household owned radios.
2019 Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS Gala
$175/pp with sponsorship opportunities available
Open Bar Cocktails and Hors d’ Oeuvres
Dinner, Entertainment, Live & Silent Auctions, Raffle, Wall of Wine
Gala Entertainment provided by Katherine Herbert and Luca Stine, both past award winners of the Suncoast Music Competition. And the Bill Buchman Trio playing throughout the evening.
2019 HONORARY CHAIRS
Sora Yelin, Jane Riggin and Harvey and Betsy Hinrichs
Since our founding in 1996, Artist Series Concerts has evolved into a valuable and beloved regional asset, known for bringing diverse, world-class musical experiences to the Sarasota area. We are committed to championing meaningful, interactive music experiences that increase awareness and appreciation of music for all ages. A central focus of our vision is to spark a lifelong love of the musical arts and expose young people to the possibilities of careers in the world of music.
Along with our In-School programs, which has touched the lives of more than 12,500 area students and teachers, Artist Series Concerts sparks inspiration and awareness with our free, performance-based outreach programs. In the past decade, we awarded more than $300,000 to 80 gifted young musicians.
Will & Anthony Nunziata – Post concert reception
We invite you to remain after the concert for a reception and mini-fundraiser on the second floor of the Sarasota Opera House. You will have an opportunity to enjoy great food and beverages while mingling with other concert goers and the performing artists. The reception begins immediately after the performance at approximately 6:15 p.m. and continues to 7:30 p.m.
There will be an open bar with an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts.
Cost is $35/per person – click on “Reserve Now” below or call 306.1202 (M-F, 10-4) - RSVP by Thursday, November 29th.
Reservations are limited.