Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Piano Virtuoso Andrew Tyson in “Impressions of Europe” January 15 Faith Lutheran Church

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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents

Piano Virtuoso Andrew Tyson


“Impressions of Europe”

January 15  Faith Lutheran Church

This rising young star is a dynamic new voice in classical music.

“Mr. Tyson is a poetic virtuoso.”

” Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“A real poet of the piano.” ” BBC

(Sarasota, Florida) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents piano virtuoso Andrew Tyson, January 15, 3:00 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota. Tyson”s program, entitled “Impressions of Europe,” includes works by Schubert, Chopin, Alb”niz and Liszt. Tickets are $30 and are available at or by calling 941-306-1202. Student tickets, for $10, are available at the door.

Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” 30-year-old Andrew Tyson has emerged as a distinctive musical voice on the international scene. He recently made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall”s Weill Hall with a performance that inspired The New York Times” senior music critic Anthony Tommasini to call him a “poetic virtuoso.” Tyson has been winning prestigious prizes and competitions around the world since he was 16, including the Arthur Rubenstein Prize at the Juilliard School, where he earned his artist’s diploma after studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is the 2011 winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient; and the winner of the Terence Judd-Hall” Orchestra Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. As First Prize winner of the  2015 Geza Anda Competition, Tyson has become one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world.

“Andrew Tyson is renowned for his dazzlingly exquisite performances”enthralling audiences with his energetic and deeply moving interpretations of classic works,” says Joseph Holt, Artist Series Concerts” director of artist programs. “But he”s not just another wunderkind showing off. Andrew is now a seasoned soloist whose distinctive musical language combines powerful technique with emotional impact. This is going to be a scintillating performance by an exceptional young artist whose star is on the rise. We”re thrilled to introduce him to Sarasota audiences.”

Holt adds that Tyson is represented by Young Concert Artists, a non-profit organization that has been fostering the careers of young and gifted musicians since 1961. “The organization discovers and launches the careers of exceptional young musicians from all over the world,” he says. “We”ve established a meaningful connection with YCA”and will continue to feature the organization”s artists in years to come.”


The Remaining 2017 21st Anniversary Season at a Glance

Classical Recitals

(Check individual listings for dates, times and venue.)

         Edgar Moreau, cello: Called the “rising star of the French cello,” and a “young musketeer of the bow,” 22-year-old French-born Edgar Moreau consistently captivates audiences with his effortless virtuosity and dynamic performances. Last year, Moreau was named “Solo Instrumentalist of the Year” by France”s Victoires de la Musique and was recently selected as one of the European Concert Hall Organization”s 2016-2017 Rising Stars. Accompanied by emerging pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne and performing on a 1711 David Tecchler cello, Moreau performs works by Bach, Franck, Schnittke and Chopin. February 12, 3:00 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota.

         John Brancy, baritone: Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” and winner of the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, rising young baritone John Brancy is joined by pianist Peter Dugan, and Sarasota Orchestra musicians Christopher Schnell (cello), and Betsy Traba (flute), in “Rejoicing in Ravel,” February 19, 3:00 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota.

Pops and Special Performances

(Check individual listings for dates, times and venue.)

         “”Old Blue Eyes: McDonald Sings Sinatra:” Washington DC-based baritone Bob McDonald returns to Sarasota with his “DC Quartet” for a musical tribute to one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. Known for everything from “Sunday in the Park with George” to “Sweeney Todd” to Gilbert & Sullivan, the versatile McDonald has performed for presidents and heads of state, and at such prestigious Washington DC venues as Signature Theatre and the Kennedy Center. McDonald is also a familiar face and voice to scores of DC sports fans as the regular National Anthem singer at Washington Capitals games. January 29, 3:00 p.m., at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice.

         Violette and La Vie en Rose Band: La Vie En Rose is a tasteful marriage of French chanson and Golden Age swing. With her luxurious, silky smooth voice and repertoire of timeless American standards and French jazz songs, singer Violette and her ensemble of international musicians create a captivating alliance of old world and new, of French charm, American glam and soulful pop. Raised in Ars-en-Re, a small village on an island off the coast of France, pianist, singer and composer Violette founded the band while living in Boston in 2009. Since then, the band has won several awards and currently performs over 150 shows a year including, in 2016, performances at the Blue Note Jazz Festival and at the renowned Sunset/Sunside Jazz Club in Paris, France. March 19, 3:00 p.m., at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice.

         Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway in “Sibling Revelry:” Jazz headliner Ann Hampton Callaway and Broadway star Liz Callaway reprise their critically acclaimed show “Sibling Revelry” with pianist Alex Rybeck. The Tony-nominated sisters have enjoyed stellar individual careers, but when their “equally splendid voices harmonize, “Sibling Revelry” becomes a thrilling display of vocal prowess.” (Stephen Holden; The New York Times) March 26, 3:00 p.m., at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.

         “Hot “n” Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!” with Maria Wirries: Wirries joins forces with five more singers and two pianists in this bubbly, two-act tribute to the classic, melodic, witty, sexy and sophisticated songs of Cole Porter. May 14, 3:00 p.m., at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

Lunch, Look and Listen

One-hour concerts at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. At Michael”s On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota.

         “”Kittens on the Keys” Duo piano performance with Lee Dougherty Ross and Joseph Holt. Join two vivacious and talented personalities in a performance of four-hand piano music. January 26.

         “La Fl”te Enchant”e” Sarasota Orchestra principal flutist Betsy Traba with Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano, and Joseph Holt, piano.” February 16.

         Belle Canto: Sarasota”s premier women”s choral ensemble showcases the unique beauty and quality of sound that comes from the blending of women”s voices in an all-French program. March 16.


Soir”e Series

Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. and Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. At the Weisenborne/Fischer residence. Call for more information and address.

         “Tenor on the Road:” Lyric tenor Blake Friedman and Joseph Holt, piano. Blake Friedman presents a program devoted to travel, not only geographically, but spiritually as well. April 16 & 17.

Other special events

  • Artist Series Concerts Friends presents its annual fundraiser in support of Artist Series Concerts” competitions, as well as educational/community outreach programs. The event nets more than $50,000 annually. The 2017 ASC Friends’ gala, “Carnival of Venice,” is March 8 at Michael”s On East.
  • Artist Series Concerts National Competition will feature young pianists, ages 18-25, and takes place on April 29. The competition rotates each year between singers, pianists, and string instrument players. From its inception in 2007 through 2015, Artist Series Concerts’ statewide young musician’s competition came to be one of the most prestigious competitions in Florida, awarding over $230,000 to 66 talented young musicians. Past winners have gone on to study at leading music conservatories and pursued successful music careers. In 2016, the competition was opened to young singers nationwide and awarded $26,000 to seven winners.
  • The Suncoast Music Scholarships, a new annual collaborative competition conducted and funded by Artist Series Concerts and the Sarasota Music Club, awards another $20,000 to young musicians from high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The SMS auditions are scheduled for April 22.”


Tickets for Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota”s 2016-2017 season are on sale now. Visit to view the full brochure and ordering information, or call 941-306-1202 to request information by mail.


Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota was formed in 1996 as the Artist Series of Sarasota. The group is a non-profit corporation based in Sarasota, FL, that prides itself on presenting several major national and international varieties of concert, opera, orchestral, Broadway and film performances throughout their season. The majority of the performances are staged at the restored Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling.


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