Sarasota Concert Association presents The Cleveland Orchestra With Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor January 29 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Sarasota Concert Association presents

The Cleveland Orchestra

With Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor

January 29 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Long considered to be one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Sarasota with an all-Beethoven concert.


“Right now, The Cleveland Orchestra may be, as some have argued, the finest in America.”—The New York Times


“The Cleveland Orchestra’s sheer virtuosity, the honed precision of its interaction, and the scintillating silver gleam that was once its trademark, are breathtaking.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)


“Welser-Möst’s uncommonly vivid conducting left no doubt — the interpretation was an argument that this work, as Beethoven said of his “Pastoral,” is more an expression of feeling than a painting. The burst of excitement that followed gave the strings another opportunity to demonstrate their excellence.”

     —Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg)



(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) continues its 73rd season with the return of the celebrated Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst, Monday, January 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. The evening’s all-Beethoven program includes Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral), Symphony No. 2, and the Leonore Overture No. 3. The concert is part of SCA’s “Great Performers Series.” Individual tickets are $30, $50, $70, $100 and $120. Mini subscriptions are also available. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-225-6500 or online at

The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th year during the 2017-2018 season. 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 celebrated symphony orchestras in the world. The 2017-2018 season marks Franz Welser-Möst’s 15th 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

Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series at the Van Wezel continues with violinist Gil Shaham, hailed by the New York Times as “one of today’s preeminent violinists,” performing with pianist Akira Eguchi (February 21, 2018); the historic and illustrious Staatskapelle Weimar, conducted by Kirill Karabits, with Catherine Foster, soprano, and Vadym Kholodenko, piano (February 26, 2018); the Takács Quartet, hailed by the Chicago Classical Review as “a world-class ensemble at the height of its powers,” (March 16, 2018. Please note: This concert is at the Riverview Performing Arts Center); and the return of acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax, renowned for his performances with major symphony orchestras throughout the world, as well as for his chamber music collaborations with Isaac Stern, Young Uck Kim and his longtime friend Yo-Yo Ma (April 3, 2018).

Five of the six Great Performers Series concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The March 16th concert is at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way in Sarasota. For tickets, call 941-225-6500 or visit


About the Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters greater appreciation for world-class classical music by offering the community two engaging programs from December to April. The Great Performers Series, in its 73rd season, brings world-renowned orchestras and chamber groups to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Music Matinee Series features outstanding regional artists in free community concerts at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Hall and other venues. For more information about SCA, visit


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