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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s Three February Concerts Feature Emerging Artists

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s Three February Concerts Feature Emerging Artists

Pianist/soprano Chelsea Guo; genre-bending trio Empire Wild; and, by popular demand, the return of pianist Lin Ye

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2024) – Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents three concerts in February, all featuring emerging artists. Chelsea Guo, piano and soprano, performs with Joseph Holt, piano, on February 1 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Genre-hopping trio Empire Wild perform on February 21 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Prizewinning pianist Lin Ye returns to Sarasota on February 24 for a concert at Church of the Palms. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.

Chelsea Guo, piano and soprano, is a rare musical double feature. Winner of the 2022 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, she was included in Classic FM’s “Rising Stars: 30 Brilliant Musicians We’re Celebrating in 2022.” Her 2021 debut album, “Chelsea Guo: Chopin in My Voice,” reached #7 on the Billboard classical chart. This program, on February 1, 11:00 am at Sarasota Yacht Club, features both vocal and keyboard works. Single ticket: $68 (includes lunch).

Empire Wild, winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Ambassador Prize, a genre-bending crossover trio featuring Juilliard-trained classical musicians who fuse the sounds of pop, folk, Broadway and classical into their songwriting and composition. Cellists Ken Kubota and Mitch Lyon and pianist Jiyong Kim perform on February 21, 5:30 pm, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Single ticket: $40.

Pianist Lin Ye wowed Sarasota audiences in two sold out all-Beethoven programs in 2019. Having subsequently performed in prestigious venues worldwide, the former Artist Series Concerts prizewinner returns with a program of works by Rachmaninoff and the chamber version of Chopin’s beloved Piano Concerto #1. Ye will be joined by principal musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra on February 24, 4:00 pm, at Church of the Palms. Single ticket: $40 and $60.

For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Inc.’s 2023-2024 season is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes); The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Receives $190,600 in Grants

Donna Fisk | December 7, 2023

SARASOTA, Fla. (December 6, 2023) – Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota recently received funding from six grant makers totaling $190,600 in support of its 2023-2024 concert season, educational outreach program, a rebranding project, and more.

Two general support grants were awarded: The Sarasota County Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Grant provides season support in the amount of $64,872, and the Florida Department of State Division of Arts & Culture approved $61,578 in funding to support operations. Both grants recognize and fund the overall mission of Artist Series Concerts.

Artist Series Concerts received a $50,000 grant from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation to continue to expand and enhance its artist residency program, which is part of the educational outreach program. The residency program enables the performing artists to extend their stay in Sarasota to allow for additional school visits. The funds also assist in the distribution of reduced-price and complimentary tickets to students, their teachers, and parents.

A $5,000 grant was awarded by The Exchange to support the “’Caesar!’ and the Markov Family” concert, which included 34 Key Chorale singers, 34 Booker High School VPA Choir students, and 15 local professional musicians.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation approved a grant in the amount of $5,000, made possible through the Venice Endowment Fund, to be used for rebranding support. A $4,150 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County also supports the rebranding project.

For more information about Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Inc.’s 2023-2024 season is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes); The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents The Queen’s Six on December 17

Donna Fisk | November 14, 2023

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is thrilled to present The Queen’s Six on December 17, 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota. Direct from Windsor Castle, where they perform Chapel Choir duties, this program includes austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, bawdy madrigals, haunting folk songs, upbeat jazz and pop arrangements, and seasonal favorites in the incomparable British tradition. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.

The Queen's Six was established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. Based at Windsor Castle, members of The Queen's Six make up part of the lay clerks of St. George's Chapel, whose homes lie within the castle walls. The Chapel Choir, which consists of girl and boy choristers and 12 professional adult singers, performs some eight services a week, as well as at private and state occasions, often before the Royal Family. In 2018, group members' duties with the Chapel Choir included singing for the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, now The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In 2021, three members of the group sang at the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. In 2022, members of the group sang at the committal part of the official funeral services for Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s Six members Elisabeth Paul, Tom Lilburn, Nicholas Madden, Dominic Bland, Andrew Thompson, and Simon Whiteley have come together to bring their unique style of entertainment to a much wider audience. The Queen's Six has sung at a number of prestigious festivals and venues, including the MET Cloisters in New York City, the Salzburg Bachgesellschaft, the Bermuda Festival, Bayreuth's Margravial Opera House, and St Louis Cathedral Basilica.

For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Inc.’s 2023-2024 season is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes); The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.