Skip to main content
Arts and Entertainment Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 3 years ago

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota announces its 2018-19 season

The group’s 23rd season will feature highlights such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson and the return of ‘Piano Grand.’
by: Niki Kottmann Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment

Pull out the calendar, because it’s that time again. Time to learn what world-class musicians will grace Sarasota stages for the upcoming 2018-2018 Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota season.

The organization’s purpose is to offer world-class musical experiences in a diverse range of genres, and that includes local, national and international musicians. This upcoming season, “With Eyes to the Future,” will include a dynamic group of both established and emerging classical, jazz and pops artists.

“As we plan for our milestone 25th anniversary and seasons beyond, our aim is to keep pace with the expectations of present and future audiences by continuing to offer a wide range of the unique and high-quality performances that have become our hallmark,” John Fischer, managing director of the series, said in a release.

Artistic Director Joseph Holt said in a release that he’s most excited for the return of favorites such as “Piano Grand,” which will feature double the number of musicians this year, the Nunziata twins and baritone John Brancy. But he’s also thrilled to bring new artists and new interpretations of classics to the Sarasota stage.

"Piano Grand" returns Oct. 6. Photo by Barbara Banks

“Where else can you experience a world-renowned castanet artist, the principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the zany yet incredibly virtuosic antics of the Melodica Men, and a world-class pianist who combines animated film with his own critically acclaimed transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite?,” Holt says of the series in the release. “Add to that mix some Russian folk music and dance, an award-winning barbershop quartet and big band jazz played by some of the best musical performers from our community and around the globe, and you’ve got something for everyone!”

Holt also noted in the release that Artist Series Concerts will continue to collaborate with the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) to feature local musicians from Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra and Choral Artists of Sarasota.

Classical Recitals

“Armistice: The Journey Home”

Featuring: John Brancy, baritone, and Peter Dugan, piano

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 3 p.m. Nov. 4
  • Where: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road

“Classical Holiday Brass”

Featuring: Seraph Brass Quintet

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16
  • Where: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
“Classical Holiday Brass” features Seraph Brass Dec. 15 and 16. Courtesy photo

“Images: Who Stole the Mona Lisa?”

Featuring: Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano, and Edward Alley, narrator

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 3 p.m. Jan. 13
  • Where: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road

“Principal Harp”

Featuring: Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2
  • Where: Holley Hall / Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail

“Classical Trios”

Featuring: The Goldstein/Peled/Fiterstein Trio

  • When: 7:30 p.m. April 6 and 3 p.m. April 7
  • Where: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
“Classical Trios” features The Goldstein/Peled/Fiterstein Trio April 6 and 7. Courtesy photo

“An Afternoon of Operetta”

  • When: 4 p.m. May 12
  • Where: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

Pops and Special Performances

“Piano Grand III”

  • When: 4 p.m. Oct. 6
  • Where: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

“Soundtrack: The Music of Our Lives!”

Featuring: Will and Anthony Nunziata

  • When: 4 p.m. Dec. 2
  • Where: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

“Forbidden Broadway”

  • When: 3 p.m. Jan. 27
  • Where: Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

“Celebrating Bernstein’s World”

“Celebrating Bernstein’s World” features Richard Stoltzman on March 9 and 10. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzuco

Featuring: Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, and Peter John Stoltzman, piano

  • When: 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 3 p.m. March 10
  • Where: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road

Stan Kenton All-Star Big Band

  • Where: 3 p.m. March 17
  • Where: Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

Lunch and Listen: Sarasota

One-hour concerts start at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. at Michael’s On East Ballroom, 1212 East Ave. S.

“¡OLÉ! Popular Latin and Spanish Music”

Featuring: Carmen de Vicente, castanets; Erol Ozsever, guitar and Joseph Holt, piano

  • When: Nov. 6

Brahms B Major Piano Trio

Featuring: Daniel Jordan, violin; Natalie Helm, cello and Joseph Holt, piano

  • When: Jan. 24

Russian Folk Music and Dance

Featuring: Elena Karokhina, balalaika and Mikhail Smirnov, balalaika, contrabass, gusli and garmoshka

  • When: Feb. 28

“Mallets and Forethought”

Featuring: George Nickson, marimba

  • When: March 21

Lunch and Listen: Venice

One-hour concerts begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. at Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice.

Melodica Men

Featuring: Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke

  • When: Feb. 19

“My Three Sons”

Featuring: Stephen Ditchfield with sons David, Michael and Nate Ditchfield

  • When: 7:30 p.m. March 7

*Note: this is an evening concert with dinner served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m.

“Piano Pizzazz Meets Fiddle Finesse”

Featuring: Brian Gurl, piano and vocals, and Carlann Evans, violin

  • When: March 26

Soirée Series

Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. and Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Fischer/Weisenborne residence. Call for information and address.

Artist Series Concerts National Vocal Competition Winner

Featuring: Daniel Noyola, baritone, with Joseph Holt, piano

  • When: Sept. 16 and 17

“The Singing Harp”

Featuring: Giuseppina Ciarla, principal harpist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra

  • When: Oct. 21 and 22


“Gershwin and Chopin”

Featuring: Chopin Project artist Igor Lovchinsky

When: April 21 and 22


Tickets for Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s 2018-2019 season are available now by mail and by phone. Tickets will be available online starting July 15. Visit for the full schedule and season order forms. For more information, call 306-1202.

Join the Neighborhood! Our 100% local content helps strengthen our communities by delivering news and information that is relevant to our readers. Support independent local journalism by joining the Observer's new membership program — The Newsies — a group of like-minded community citizens, like you. Be a Newsie.

I'm the Managing Editor of Arts & Entertainment here, which means I write, edit and share stories about our multifaceted A&E scene in Sarasota. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and a French minor. Reach me at 941-366-3468 ext. 356

See All Articles by Niki

Related Stories