- May 23, 2019
Normally, this would be the time when everyone would be feeling the season getting near the end, as the streets and the entertainment calendars slowly start to thin out.
It is also when, normally, we could expect grand ceremonial announcements from various performing arts groups about what they have in store for next season.
Of course, we aren’t anywhere close to normal these days. But, being on the Gulf, we all know that when the waters gets choppy, the best thing is to look to the horizon.
Even though they had to forgo the fanfare, the Sarasota Orchestra gave its audience something in the future to fix its gaze on as it announced its 2020-21 season.
Fans have plenty to look forward to from a season filled with great works — both familiar compositions to look forward to and less familiar works to be intrigued by — as well as a parade of world-class guest soloists. And, as with this past season, a there will be guest conductors throughout the year to add an extra layer of variety.
“This is a season rich with historical resonances and musical adventure,” says Jeffrey Kahane, Sarasota Orchestra artistic advisor. “At this extraordinarily difficult moment in history, we hope you will take full advantage of the spiritual nourishment, consolation and challenge that great music played by great musicians can provide.”
The Sarasota Orchestra’s season is really five separate series. The first to get started will be Chamber Soirees, an eight-concert series that will explore both classics and rare works with unusual instrumentation. Leading off the series and the season overall will be “Strings Attached,” Sept. 24, followed by:
All Chamber Soiree concerts will be at Holley Hall, as will the six concerts in the Great Escapes series — thematic concerts consisting of pops and light classics, along with commentary from the conductor.
The concerts include:
This past season focused heavily on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. While Beethoven will continue to get a few belated birthday nods, much of the attention next season will switch to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in particular with a three-part Discover Mozart series, beginning, appropriately enough, with “Brilliant Beginnings,” Oct. 31, featuring early compositions by Mozart, Britten and Mendelssohn, with conductor Stephen Mulligan and piano soloist Dominic Celli.
The series will continue with “European Holiday,” with guest conductor Sameer Patel, Dec. 22; and “Fables and Fantasy,” with conductor Elena Schwarz and guest celloist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, May 15.
The Orchestra’s hallmark Masterworks Series will include seven concerts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Nov. 6-8, when Sarasota Orchestra Artist Advisor Jeffrey Kahane will do double duty as conductor and featured pianist in a concert called “Masters of Melody,” with works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff.
Other concerts in the series include:
Finally, the Pops series in 2021 will bring an orchestral touch to music from other genres for concerts that tend to be lively and surprising.
This season’s concerts include:
Subscriptions for each series are available for purchase or renewal at SarasotaOrchestra.org.