Partners Announce 2018 Suncoast Music Scholarships Program

Partners Announce 2018 Suncoast Music Scholarships Program


SARASOTA, FL - February 14, 2018

The third annual Suncoast MusicScholarships program will offer up to $20,000 in music scholarships through a competition open to Sarasota and Manatee county high school students. The scholarship program is funded through a Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota partnership.

Four scholarship awards are available for graduating seniors to use for advanced music education. The awards are: 1st place - $5,000, 2nd place - $4,000, 3rd place - $3,000, and 4th place - $2,000.

Scholarships are also available for area 10th and 11th grade students through this competition. Two awards of $2,000 are available for 11th grade students, and two $1,000 awards will be available for 10th grade students. All scholarship funds are to be used for expenses related to the study of music.

Lee Dougherty Ross, Director of Scholarships for Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and Co-Chair of Suncoast Music Scholarships, said, “We are delighted to participate in this partnership that supports young musicians aspiring to improve their musical talent.”

Information and applications are available through the websites of both sponsoring organizations: www.SarasotaMusicClub.org and www.ArtistSeriesConcerts.org. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 21, and the auditions will be held on April 28. The 12th grade winners will perform at the annual awards luncheon on May 12.
The organization partners are devoted to enhancing music performance and education.

Sarasota Music Club offers free, member-supported performances October through March. Founded in 1930 and originally part of the historic Women’s Club, Sarasota Music Club is the oldest organization to bring performances by professional musicians to the Sarasota area. The club has a long history of awarding music scholarships to young area musicians.
Since its founding in 1996, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has evolved into a valuable regional cultural asset, known for bringing diverse, world-class musical experiences to Sarasota and Manatee counties. Competitions offered by the organization have awarded nearly $300,000 to 80 gifted young musicians since the inception of the program.

For more information, call Lee Dougherty Ross, 941.388.1188 or Susan Hicks, 941.925.3602.

Sarasota Music Club was founded in 1930 to promote music appreciation, study and performance. It is a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Scholarship funds for this 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization are managed by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.sarasotamusicclub.org or call 941.925.3602.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota was formed in 1996 as Artist Series of Sarasota. The non-profit organization presents world-class musical experiences in a diverse range of genres, including classical, cabaret, pop, Broadway, orchestral and opera. A central focus of Artist Series Concerts' mission is to spark a lifelong love of the musical arts by exposing young people to interactive music experiences. It accomplishes this through its performance-based outreach programs in area schools, creating unique learning opportunities for thousands of students and educators every year. In addition, Artist Series Concerts' preeminent Sarasota National Music Scholarship Awards grants more than $20,000 annually to gifted, young musicians from around the country. Past winners have gone on to study at leading music conservatories and pursued successful music careers. For more information, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1200.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Global Jazz & Exotic Chamber Music With Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents

Global Jazz & Exotic Chamber Music

With Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet

February 25 at Venice Performing Arts Center

Ready for something completely different?

This multi-textured program features a mix of jazz, classical and world music flavored with sounds and instruments from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America.

"A perfect cocktail of jazz, classical, and world music."

--The Boston Globe

“Deliciously entertaining.”

-- The Wall Street Journal

“No other band on the planet sounds anything remotely like Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica.”

--Lucid Culture

(Sarasota-Manatee) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents “Global Jazz and Exotic Chamber Music” with the Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet, Sunday, February 25, 3:00 p.m., at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice. The program features a mix of jazz, classical and world music flavored with sounds and instruments sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Tickets are $30-$45. For tickets and more information, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202 (Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Referencing the exotica of composers ranging from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to George Gershwin, Martin Denny, and John Adams, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica Quintet performs global jazz and exotic chamber music laced with world music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. In the same way a chef de cuisine runs a kitchen, Orchestrotica leader, vibraphonist and percussionist Brian O’Neill leads his quintet through deft collaborations on instruments both foreign and domestic, to form modernist delicacies that the Wall Street Journal has hailed as “deliciously entertaining.” Employing traditional instruments as well as such lesser known ones as the oud, tanbur, bass flute and resonator guitar, the quintet focuses on original music written by O'Neill, who the Huffington Post has called "a first-rate composer," as well as re-imaginings of beloved classic works. The group also features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Jeremy Smith), acoustic bass (Brad Barrett), and oud/tanbur/resonator guitar (Tev Stevig).

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents The Katona Twins in “The Celluloid Guitar”

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents The Katona Twins in “The Celluloid Guitar”

February 18 at First Church Sarasota

 Critically acclaimed as “the classical world’s best-known guitar duo,” brothers Peter and Zoltán Katona move effortlessly between classical repertoires and more popular musical genres. In this concert, the program includes a celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.

“The brilliant Katona Twins … Formidable virtuoso technique, their performances could hardly be bettered for charm, zest, wit and colouristic flair.”

—Daily Telegraph

(Sarasota-Manatee) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the acclaimed Katona Twins in “The Celluloid Guitar,” February 18, 3 p.m., at First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. The program features a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, as well as music from “The Pink Panther,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Game of Thrones,” original works and arrangements and much more. Tickets are $35. For tickets and more information, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202 (Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as “the classical world’s best-known guitar duo,” Peter and Zoltán Katona move effortlessly between classical repertoires and more popular musical genres. The group’s wide repertoire spans from Bach and Mozart to Piazzolla's tango music to their arrangements of pop classics. Several contemporary composers have written for and dedicated works to them. The Katona Twins have performed in such major concert venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Philharmonie in Cologne, and with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, the BBC Concert Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents “Dueling Pianists”

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents

“Dueling Pianists”
with

Rich and Stacy Ridenour

February 6 • Plantation Golf & Country Club

Artist Series Concerts expands its Lunch & Listen concert series to Venice with the piano wizardry of this captivating duo.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota launches its inaugural Venice "Lunch & Listen" series with “Dueling Pianists,” a piano four-hands performance by Rich and Stacy Ridenour. The duo brings new spark to such popular favorites as “Star Spangled Banner,” Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma,” Piazzolla’s “Libertango,” an abridged version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and more, Tuesday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m., with lunch to follow at 12:15 p.m., at Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Boulevard, Venice. Tickets are $47.50, which includes lunch. For tickets and more information, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202 (Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Critics hail pianist Rich Ridenour as astoundingly versatile, masterfully musical and wickedly funny. A Steinway Artist, Ridenour established his career performing his own musical arrangements of classical masterworks and today’s popular piano favorites. With hundreds of engagements to his credit, Ridenour has performed with major orchestras across the country and has collaborated with such renowned performers as Martin Short, Carol Lawrence, Robert Guillaume, Smokey Robinson, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), Larry Gatlin, David Ogden Stiers, Jim Nabors, Richard Hayman and Jennifer Holiday. Ridenour was also a featured pianist in Artist Series Concerts’ hit concert “Piano Grand!”

A trained concert pianist and successful arts administrator, Stacy Ridenour met her future husband, Rich, when both were students at the University of Michigan. Ms. Ridenour went on to pursue a career in music administration but has never abandoned her performance roots, frequently taking time out from her busy schedule as director of development for the Sarasota Opera to perform popular duo and four-hands piano concerts with her husband, including an appearance in last season’s hit, “Piano Grand!”

 “Rich and Stacy Ridenour are skilled and engaging performers who never fail to bring the house down,” says Joseph Holt, artistic director of Artist Series Concerts. “I can’t think of a better act to kick off our new Lunch & Listen series in Venice.”

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Corda Voce

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents

Corda Voce:

Jenny Kim-Godfrey, Soprano, and Jonathan Godfrey, Guitar

January 25 at Michael's On East

This Lunch & Listen concert features classical, jazz, and popular music.

(Sarasota, Florida) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s popular "Lunch & Listen" series continues with the soprano and classical guitar duo Corda Voce, Thursday, January 25, at 11:00 a.m., with lunch to follow at 12:15 p.m., at Michael’s On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota. Known for their diverse and lively repertoire, coloratura soprano Jenny Kim-Godfrey and guitarist Jonathan Godfrey perform a dynamic program that includes Delibes’ “Les Filles de Cadix,” Bizet’s “Ouvre Ton Coeur,” French composer Roland Dyens’ “Fuoco,” from the “Libra Sonatine,” the contemporary pop classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” and more. Tickets are $47.50, which includes lunch. For tickets and more information, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202 (Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

As Corda Voce (Italian for “string voice”), Jenny and Jonathan have crafted a repertoire of songs not originally written for guitar that make dazzling use of the instrument while showcasing Jenny’s agile coloratura technique. Formed in 2015, the duo seamlessly intertwines the influences of cabaret, classical, jazz, and popular music to create programs that surprise and delight audiences. Both graduates of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, each has extensive experience collaborating with Grammy-award winning performers and performing on stages around the world.

“Whether they’re showcasing arias from off-the-beaten-path classical composers or reimagining mainstay cabaret numbers, Corda Voce makes music that is fun, engaging, sometimes quirky, and always memorable,” says Joseph Holt, artistic director of Artist Series Concerts. 

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Take 3 In “The Beatles to Broadway”

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents

Take 3

In “The Beatles to Broadway”

January 28 at Venice Performing Arts Center

Lindsay Deutsch, violin, Susan Boettger, piano, and Lila Yang, cello, perform a multifaceted program that includes tangos, music from the movies, Broadway and familiar classics—presented with a flair for the wild and unexpected.

 

 (Sarasota, Florida) Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the genre-bending trio Take 3 in “The Beatles to Broadway,” Sunday, January 28, 3:00 p.m., at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice.  Lindsay Deutsch, violin, Susan Boettger, piano, and Lila Yang, cello, perform a multifaceted program that includes tangos, music from the movies, Broadway and familiar classics—presented with a flair for the wild and unexpected. The program features works by Gershwin, Prokofiev, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and more. Tickets are $30-$45 and are available online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202. $10 Student tickets are available with current student ID at the door.  

“Take 3 brings the refinement of a rigorous classical background and mixes it with rock star charisma,” says Joseph Holt, artistic director of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. “Whether performing their take on pop, jazz, or classical tunes, they bring enthusiasm to their interpretations and impart their love of music to audiences of all musical preferences.”

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch is a sought-after soloist who tours as the solo violinist with Yanni. Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, conductor and artistic director of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, says of Deutsch: “In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a gamechanger, Lindsay can make that happen every time.”  Susan Boettger is chair of piano at Irvine Valley College and a concert pianist who has performed concertos with the New West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, the Orange County Chamber Orchestra and others. A recipient of numerous awards in chamber, orchestral and solo repertoires, cellist Lila Yang has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Violinist Bella Hristova

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents

Violinist Bella Hristova

January 21 at Faith Lutheran Church

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Joining Hristova will be pianist Amy Yang, hailed as “a magnificent artist and poet.”

 

“Hristova’s fervent virtuosity brought the audience to its feet. Her performance established her as a player of impressive power and natural command,

tenderness and sweet-toned appeal.”

— The Washington Post

 

(Sarasota, Florida) Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the celebrated violinist Bella Hristova, Sunday, January 21, 3:00 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota.  Joining Hristova is pianist Amy Yang who has been hailed as "a magnificent artist and poet” (The New York Concert Review). The program features work by Poulenc, Ludwig and Brahms. Tickets are $35 and are available online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202. Student tickets, priced at $10, are available with current student ID at the door.  

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. The Strad has praised her performances, stating that “every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post noted that she is “a player of impressive power and control.” Hristova is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant and First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

“The unique dialogue between violin and piano is a magical combination of intimacy and expression between musicians,” says Joseph Holt, artistic director for Artist Series Concerts. “Bella and Amy are musical artists whose insights into the music reveal depths unparalleled among performing partnerships.”

Holt adds that Hristova is represented by Young Concert Artists, a non-profit organization that has been fostering the careers of young and gifted musicians since 1961. “The organization discovers and helps to launch the careers of exceptional young musicians from all over the world,” says Holt. “We’ve established a meaningful relationship with YCA—and will continue to feature the organization’s artists in years to come.”

Hristova and Yang will also participate in Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning’s “Music Mondays” with Edward Alley in Sarasota on Monday, January 22, 10:30 a.m., at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota; and with Joseph Holt, the same day, 3:00 p.m., at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, in Venice. A special $2 discount for Artist Series Concert ticket holders will be offered at the door with an ASC ticket stub. For details about the SILL events, visit www.sillsarasota.org.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents BachFest Sarasota November 15-19

Johann Sebastian Bach occupies a pivotal place in the history of music. Representing both the height of the Baroque and the beginning of the modern age of music, Bach’s compositions have inspired musicians—classical, jazz and popular alike—as well as audiences throughout the ages. BachFest Sarasota, presented by Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, in collaboration with the Sarasota Music Archives, Church of the Redeemer and the Choral Artists of Sarasota, celebrates the composer and his game-changing repertoire with seven distinctive performances taking place over five days in a variety of venues throughout Sarasota.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents “Music in Literature” With the Calidore String Quartet October 28 and 29 at the Historic Asolo Theater

Music and literature are intertwined in this performance of art inspiring art. The program features Haydn’s “Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5 “The Lark,” Janáček’s Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata,” and Beethoven’s Quartet, Op. 127. The concerts are Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $25 to $45 and are available online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202. $10 student tickets are available at the door with current student ID.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents “Piano Grand II” October 7 at the Sarasota Opera House

They’re back! Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota launches its 22nd season with an exuberant reprise of “Piano Grand,” a performance featuring five world-class pianists—Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Thomas Purviance and Jonathan Spivey—and five Steinway & Sons concert grand pianos. The all-new program features a diverse range of timeless favorites and familiar light classics.