Scene & Heard
Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:00 am
by Heidi Kurpiela« back to blog main page
+ Guest conductors vie for maestro post
As the Sarasota Orchestra continues its hunt to replace Artistic Director Leif Bjaland, the organization will pad next season’s Masterworks Series with guest conductors from around the world, including Jamie Laredo, director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Wilkins, director of the Omaha Symphony; Anu Tali, conductor of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Hege, former director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; Alessandro Siciliani, former director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Grams, former assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra; and Peter Bay, director of the Austin Symphony.
I suggest you play close attention to the programs they lead. The organization’s music director search committee is considering some of these folks for Bjaland’s job.
I wonder if the Estonian-born Tali, who blew audiences away last year when she appeared as a guest conductor with the Sarasota Orchestra, is among one of the candidates?
At 30, the classically trained pianist founded the Nordic Symphony Orchestra with her twin sister, Kadri Tali. The only female guest conductor on the Sarasota lineup, she’s already a crowd favorite.
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+ Comic’s ‘Today’ show segment gets bumped (again)
If I were comedian Gid Pool, I’d be setting my DVR to record every episode of the “Today” show.
When Jane Pauley interviewed the retired real-estate agent last month for the “Today” show at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, producers said the segment would air Tuesday, May 8, on NBC.
However, since then, the air date has changed twice. The latest update puts Pool on TV Tuesday, May 22.
Until then, you can catch a teaser of the AARP-sponsored bit on blog.aarp.org.
According to a behind-the-scenes post written by Executive Producer Kim Sedmak, Pool and Pauley hit it off like old friends. The typically sarcastic comedian succeeded in brown-nosing the journalist when he showed up for the interview with a box of truffles.
Funny, he didn’t bring me chocolate when I interviewed him.
Hey, Gid, we little guys like sweets, too. I don’t even need expensive truffles. Generic peanut butter cups will do.
Sarasota Blues Brews: Admit it: You’re tired of the same, tame music. With summer almost upon us, you’re itching to get out of your seat and dance like a teenager again. The Cock & Bull Pub has got the cure for your blues. The Sarasota Blues Brews kicks off at noon Sunday, May 27, at the Cattlemen Road watering hole.
The lineup includes Berry Oakley’s Jive-Ass Revue, Kettle of Fish, Twinkle, the RJ Howson Band, the Selwyn Birchwood Band, Mike Tozier and Lauren Mitchell. For more info, call 363-1262.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Made in Sarasota
"Made in Sarasota" is a simple and appropriate title for Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art's most recent exhibit. Friday March 7, the gallery opened the exhibit featuring already established big names of Sarasota along with some of the up-and-coming talent.
PHOTO GALLERY: Islander Club Art Fair
On March 7, the Islander Club held its 5th annual Art Fair featuring works created by residents. Watercolors, acrylic paintings, pottery, photography and many other mediums were included in the fair.
PHOTO GALLERY: Tara Golf and Country Club Fashion Show
The parking lots and lawn areas in front of Tara Golf and Country Club were filled to maximum capacity March 7, as the community's residents gathered to watch models strut down the runway. The all-women crowd sipped on red wine, as they sat at tables with multi-colored flowers as centerpieces.
PHOTO GALLERY: Sarasota Chamber Clays Tournament
The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce held its 6th annual Clays Tournament Friday, March 7. Nearly 75 chamber members competed in teams of four or five on twelve different open ranges. Members enjoyed friendly competition at the all-day event, which was held at the Sarasota Trap, Skeet and Clays in Nokomis.
8 Origiami Free Playday for the kids
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
8 Genealogical Society of Sarasota
8 Sapphire Shores Art Festival
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8 Cat Depot Leash Walking Class
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
8 Yoga Workshop: Relax, Reboot, Transform
8 Polo Under the Palms
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8 Ear Research Foundation 11th annual Gala
8 Purim Masquerade Ball honoring Robert and Esther Heller, Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy and Patti and David Wertheimer