Sarasota Concert Association presents The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor January 31, 3:00 P.M., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Long considered to be one of America’s great orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra returns to Sarasota with a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Ravel

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Sarasota Concert Association presents

The Cleveland Orchestra

with Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor

January 31 Ÿ 3:00 P.M. Ÿ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Long considered to be one of America’s great orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra returns to Sarasota with a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Ravel.

(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) continues its 71st “Great Performers Series” season with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst, Sunday, January 31, 3 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, “Haffner” in D Major and Ravel’s “La Valse.” Individual tickets for the concert are $60, $70, $85 and $100. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-225-6500 or online at www.scasarasota.org.

Founded in 1918 by a group of visionary citizens who believed in the power of music and who aspired to bring great orchestral music to Ohio, the Cleveland Orchestra quickly grew from a quality regional organization to one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. The 2015-16 season marks Franz Welser-Möst’s 14th year as music director of the orchestra. Under his guidance, the Cleveland Orchestra continues to be hailed for its artistic excellence. For more information, visit www.clevelandorchestra.com.

SCA’s 2016 Great Performers Series season continues February 15, 7:30 p.m., with the Miró Quartet, known for its exciting performances, technical finesse, and eclectic programming. Next, is the groundbreaking Russian National Orchestra (RNO) under the baton of guest conductor Kirill Karabits, with violin soloist Stefan Jackiw, March 8, 7:30 p.m. The 2016 season concludes on March 14, at 7:30 p.m., with the return to Sarasota of the dynamic Russian pianist Olga Kern. Recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists, Kern is renowned for her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique.

SCA also presents “Munchtime Musicales,” a series of free lunchtime concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists, November 2015 through April 2016. 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 series continues with The Bridge Trio, with Felicia Brunelle, violin, Isabelle Sanderling, cello, and Cheryl Tschanz, piano, in a program of works by noted female composers (January 20, 2016); a piano performance by the celebrated sister team of Cynthia Lawing and Gloria Cook (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 (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.

About the Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) exists to foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations that are not otherwise available in the community, through a not-for-profit, organized-audience plan. SCA aims to set reasonable fees for all performances. The organization is not designed to make a profit but does intend to be self-supporting. It provides outreach to all members of the regional community by offering a series of free concerts, Munchtime Musicales, held every year. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.

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