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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents “Intercultural Harmonies”
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota (ASC) opens its 20th anniversary season with “Intercultural Harmonies,” a special performance by an international ensemble of musicians performing a cross-cultural and globe-spanning selection of music in celebration of the International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater.
Cellist Udi Bar David, violinist Hanna Khoury, erhu virtuoso Jiebing Chen and percussionist Hafez Javier Kotain perform a concert featuring a special arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, “Hora Mamtera” by Moshe Vilensky; the “Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto” by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang, a melodic love story inspired by traditional Chinese folk songs, and “Longa Farahfaza” by Egyptian composer Riad Al-Sunbati. The concert also features the Sarasota Young Voices, singing a selection of music from around the world, and traditional spirituals sung by gospel singer Ozanda Gray.
Led by Israeli-born cellist Udi Bar-David (who is also a cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra), the quartet strives to spread the messages of hope, understanding and co-existence. Bar-David’s unique genre of cross-cultural music has been heard all over the world. The quartet also features Hanna Khoury, an Arab-Israeli violinist and violist trained in the classical traditions of Arabic and Western music; Jiebing Chen, a Chinese erhu (a two-stringed violin) virtuoso who has performed with Chinese, American and European orchestras; and Hafez Javier Kotain, a Venezuelan/Syrian percussionist fluent in both Latin and Arabic rhythms. The concert will also feature a performance by the Sarasota Young Voices, singing music from around the globe and gospel singer Ozanda Gray, peforming the traditional spirituals, “Give me Jesus,” and “You Can Tell the World.”
“We’re pleased to open our 20th anniversary season with this dynamic, cultural cross-section of world-class musicians paying tribute to the International Day of Peace,” says Lee Dougherty Ross, artistic director of Artist Series Concerts. “It’s sure to be a dynamic concert that will engage, inspire and energize.”
The 20th anniversary Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s season includes six concerts in its “Classical Recital Series,” five concerts in its “Pop Series,” four concerts in its “Special Performances” series, three “Soiree Series” concerts, three “Lunch, Look and Listen” concerts and three concerts in its North Port Performing Arts series. Many of the concerts are presented in multiple performances.
As the first show of the Family Favorites, the Manatee Performing Arts Center presents the Manatee Players production of The Secret Garden Sept. 17 Oct. 4 in Stone Hall.
Set in the early 20th century, The Secret Garden, a Tony Award winning musical, tells the enchanting story of young orphan Mary Lennox as she returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her reclusive uncle and his invalid son. Let the music lead the way as she brings new life to a neglected garden and as her true character blossoms before your eyes.
The Orchestra opens the 2015-16 season with a Chamber concert titled, ‘All Around the World.’
Performed on Sept. 20, this program features the Sarasota Piano Quartet’s performance of Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, (Werther). The concert begins with Valerie Coleman’s Umoja performed by the Sarasota Wind Quintet.
Other concert highlights include Arnold’s Divertimento for Wind Trio performed by Betsy Hudson Traba, flute; Adam De Sorgo, oboe; Bharat Chandra, clarinet. The Orchestra’s second Chamber program of the 2015-16 season on Oct. 1, is titled ‘Quintets & Tuba.’ This concert highlights the performance of Jay Hunsberger, principal tuba.
Concert programing includes David Carlson’s Tuba Concerto performed by Jay Hunsberger, tuba; Daniel Jordan, violin; Anne Bobilin, violin; Laura Jensen-Jennings, violin; Margot Zarzycka, violin; Matthew Pegis, viola; Michael McClelland, viola; Jake Muzzy, cello; Chizuko Matsusaka, cello; John Miller, bass; and Cheryl Losey, harp.
Also on the ‘Quintets & Tuba’ program are Rounds and Dances by Bach, and Nielsen’s Wind Quintet.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is developing a monthly Artist Walk at UTC. Stores at University Town Center are inviting artists to create, demonstrate, or perform in host stores within University Town Center Mall one Saturday afternoon per month. Participation is open to stores and artists who are members of the Arts and Cultural Alliance. There is no charge to artists to participate. Work and exhibit space varies with each host. With host store permission, artists will be able to sell their work in the store.
Artists interested in participating can complete an Artist Profile at HERE. The first Artist Walk at UTC will be in September.
Be the first to preview the exhibit “Paul Rudolph: The Guest Houses” AND SAF’s Walker Guest House Replica… both at The Ringling’s Art After 5.
Date: Thursday, September 24th
Location: The Ringling Museum of Art Event: Art After 5
Time: 5 to 8 pm Admission: $10 / Free for Ringling Members.
Click to order Art After 5 tickets online or purchase tickets at the door. Paul Rudolph: The Guest Houses Carl Abbott, FAIA will give a gallery talk at 5:30 pm. An exhibition on the guest houses Rudolph designed and built in Sarasota will be on display. These architectural gems in particular are early examples of the innovative design and daring for which Rudolph would be known. A variety of vintage photographic and architectural material will be exhibited. “Paul Rudolph: The Guest Houses” exhibition is sponsored by the Arthur F. and Ulla R. Searing Endowment and runs from September 25 to December 6, 2015.
Signing and Celebration with Chef Paul Mattison Bookstore1Sarasota
Sept. 19, 2015 at noon
What are we celebrating? We will be welcoming Chef Paul home from being recognized at a significant culinary event: The American Harvest Workshop. He will be at the bookstore to greet fans and sign copies of his cookbook, The Story and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison.Mattison, who grew up in New York, gardening and cooking along-side his Italian grandmother, is owner of Mattison’s a chef-owned restaurant and catering company based in Sarasota presenting fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine, and exceptional service while supporting local farmers, culinary suppliers, and the community on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Chef Paul has been the owner of Mattison’s restaurants and catering for over 25 years
He is one of five chefs in the nation invited to attend the AMERICAN HARVEST WORKSHOP taking place Sept. 12-16 at the prestigious Cakebread Cellars in California. He is the only Chef representing Florida and in fact, named as the only Chef in the Southeast asked to participate in this annual event.
The American Harvest Workshop is a celebration of wine and food located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Now in its 29th year, this is an intense “hands on” program created by Jack and Delores Cakebread to learn more about the marriage of food and wine. The other four chefs attending are from the award-winning Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, Michael’s on Naples in Laguna Beach, the Legal Seafood restaurant in Boston and the Willow Creek restaurant in Evergreen, Colorado.