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La Musica contact: Sally Faron, 941-346-2601, [email protected]



Sarasota, FL (January 26, 2015) – The critically acclaimed La Musica International Chamber Music Festival announces its 29th season this upcoming April 4-15, 2015, in Sarasota. This year’s theme is entitled “Things New.”

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the world premiere of a new composition written by Sarasota resident Jerry Bilik. Mr. Bilik is renowned for his work on popular shows such as “Charlie’s Angels” and “Disney On Ice”, as well as for his M Fanfare for the Michigan Marching Band. His composition, “String Quartet in Modus Lascivus”, is dedicated to the achievements of La Musica and its artistic director Bruno Giuranna. Other new elements in 2015 include new combinations of instruments, a new artist, violinist Claudio Cruz from Brazil, and a new program, “Simply Sonatas at Sainer,” which brings to focus the great chamber musicians of La Musica as individuals. This “Come as you are” program is the perfect introduction to chamber music for new audiences.

La Musica president Sally Faron, says, “This season offers audiences the opportunity to explore chamber music from different perspectives. How, for example, some disapproving medieval monks gave rise a millennium later to a new direction in modern composing, or how adding a non-traditional chamber instrument can create an entirely new atmospheric, and how hearing these brilliant musicians in solo mode helps explain the beauty of their chamber performances.”

Another part of the annual festival has been its community outreach program. For the past 18 years, La Musica has collaborated with local schools to introduce and engage students in chamber music and the various instruments. In 2015, for the first time the musicians of La Musica will perform a piano trio composed by local student Nicholas Murphy, a sophomore at Out-of-Door Academy and an intern at La Musica. The piano trio will be part of the April 12 matinee program at the Sarasota Opera House performed by La Musica musicians Derek Han, piano, Federico Agostini, violin, and Julie Albers, cello. The program will be recorded along with subsequent interviews and become part of the EdExploreSRQ offerings in the following year,


Tickets for the La Musica International Chamber Music Festival can be purchased online at Beginning March 30, the La Musica box office will be open in Felding Hall at the Sarasota Opera House, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one and a half hours before each concert. Subscriptions to all four concerts at the Opera House are $150, single tickets are $40. Tickets for “Simply Sonatas at Sainer” are $25; this concert performed at Sainer Pavilion has limited seating by general admission. A festival rehearsal pass is $75 allowing access to all open rehearsal sessions. Daily rehearsal passes are $15 and are available during the festival at the rehearsal hall. Order forms are available to download on La Musica’s website. For questions or more information, please call 941-366-8450, Option 7.


This year’s festival concert dates and programs are as follows:


The following performances will be at the Sarasota Opera House located at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236.


Monday, April 6, 2015 8:00 p.m.


Mozart, String Quintet in B flat Major, K. 174

Bilik, String Quartet in Modus Lascivus     * WORLD PREMIERE *

Schumann, Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.47

Thursday, April 9, 2015 8:00 p.m.


Beethoven, String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29

Harbison, Twilight Music for Horn, Violin, and Piano

Dvorak, Piano Trio, No. 3 in F minor, Op.65

Sunday, April 12, 2015 2:30 p.m.


Brahms, Horn Trio in E flat Major, Op. 40

Villa-Lobos, Trio for Violin, Cello, Piano No.1

Murphy, Piano Trio
Brahms, String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:00 p.m.


Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola, K. 424

Dohnanyi, Serenade in C Major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 10

Brahms, Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

The following performance will be at Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida located at 5313 Bay Shore Rd Sarasota, FL 34234.


Monday, April 13, 2015 5:30 p.m.


Beethoven, Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23

Ravel, Sonata for Violin and Cello

Shostakovich, Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147



2015 La Musica Artists


For artist bios, please visit the Artists page at
High resolution images are available upon request.

Federico Agostini (Italy)

Claudio Cruz (Brazil)

Jennifer Frautschi (USA)

Bruno Giuranna (Italy)

Rebecca Albers (USA)

Daniel Avshalomov (USA)

Julie Albers (USA)

Dmitri Atapine (Russia)

Antonio Meneses (Switzerland)

Eric Ruske (USA)

Derek Han (USA




About La Musica:

La Musica’s mission is to bring together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present exciting programs of familiar and unusual chamber music, communicating a joy in performance to enthusiastic audiences. We strive for high artistic standards in selecting musicians for each annual festival. A major goal is community outreach to draw people into the creative process through special performances and daily open rehearsals. For more information about La Musica, visit

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