Sarasota Concert Association presents
The Bridge Trio
With Felicia Brunelle, Isabelle Sanderling and Cheryl Tschanz
In a Munchtime Musicales Performance
January 20 § David Cohen Hall
(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association’s free Munchtime Musicales series continues its 2015-2016 season with The Bridge Trio, featuring Felicia Brunelle, violin, Isabelle Sanderling, cello, and Cheryl Tschanz, piano, January 20, noon, in David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The trio will be showcasing the works of notable female composers, including Gwyneth Walker, Jennifer Higdon, and Nadia Boulanger. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467, or visit www.scasarasota.org.
“This concert presents a singular opportunity to sample the works of some of America’s most groundbreaking and influential female composers, performed by three outstanding musicians,” says Sarasota Concert Association board member and Munchtime Musicales coordinator Katherine Oarr. “We’re delighted to present the Bridge Trio and their inspired program.”
A long-standing member of Sarasota Orchestra and concert master of the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, violinist Felicia Brunelle has enjoyed an active career as a chamber musician, performing throughout the United States, Japan and Canada. Brunelle has performed with the Emerson and Tokyo String Quartets at the Yale Summer School of Music-Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. Solo appearances include the Missouri Symphony, Sarasota Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Ozark Festival Orchestra.
A native of Dijon, France, cellist Isabelle Sanderling-Besançon was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, where she performed under the direction of such major conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Leonard Slatkin. Following that, she became was a permanent member of the Orchestre de Bretagne in France, where she performed from 1997 to 2003, when she joined the Sarasota Orchestra.
Cheryl Tschanz began her piano studies at age four and, at six, transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music. At seven, Clavier magazine described her as having “startling qualities of great talent.” She made her orchestral debut at age 11 as guest soloist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and, since then, has performed in concert halls throughout North America and Europe. A sought-after collaborator, she has, among other things, designed and performed the sound track for the popular “Jack the Cuddly Dog” children’s video, and adapted and performed the music for the stage play East Lansing. Chamber music occupies a prominent place in her professional life with a special interest in new music from living, female and Latin American composers.
Munchtime Musicales is a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. The 2015-2016 Munchtime Musicales concert season continues with a piano performance by the celebrated sister team of Cynthia Lawing and Gloria Cook, pianists who have performed to worldwide acclaim both individually and as a duo (February 17, 2016); Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota’s ambassadors of opera who bring opera to stages beyond the walls of the Opera House (March 16, 2106); and Belle Canto, Sarasota’s women’s choral ensemble that celebrates women’s voices with a varied repertoire (April 13, 2016).
All Munchtime Musicales performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is open; no reservations taken. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467 or visit www.scasarasota.org.
Sarasota Concert Association’s 2016 Great Performers Series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall includes the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, lauded by The New York Times for its “conductorless ability to render complex scores with taut precision and feverish excitement,” (January 26, 2016); the return of the Cleveland Orchestra, long considered to be one of America’s greatest orchestras, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst (January 31, 2016); the Miró Quartet, known for its exciting performances, technical finesse, eclectic programming, and for skillfully taking audiences across risky musical terrain with spectacular rewards (February 15, 2016); the groundbreaking Russian National Orchestra (RNO) under the baton of guest conductor Kirill Karabits, with violin soloist Stefan Jackiw (March 8, 2016); and the return of dynamic Russian pianist Olga Kern, renowned for her star power, vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique (March 14, 2016).
Great Performers Series concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Subscriptions for all five concerts are $180, $230, $280, and $320. Individual tickets range in price from $30 to $100. Tickets for the series may be purchased at www.scasarasota.org or by calling 941-225-6500.
About the Sarasota Concert Association
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to foster an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional concerts, featuring a variety of quality music. This is accomplished through the Great Performers Series of world-class musicians and Munchtime Musicales, a free community outreach program. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.