The 14th Annual Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency begins December 21; 20+ Rehearsals, Recitals, Master Classes and Special Events Most free of charge

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The 14th Annual Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency begins December 21
20+ Rehearsals, Recitals, Master Classes and Special Events
Most free of charge
SARASOTA, Fla. (November 28, 2017) – The Perlman Music Program (PMP) Sarasota Winter Residency returns to the Suncoast December 21 through January 6 when 35 of the most gifted young string musicians in the world, ages 12-20+, will take over the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee. For 17 days, these students will receive intensive professional music training led by the nurturing, hands-on guidance of founder Toby Perlman and a world-renowned faculty led by her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman.
The public is invited to attend 20+ orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, works-in-progress recitals and special ticketed events, most held in a heated performance tent in the courtyard of USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Free events include:
Orchestra Rehearsals
“Stop and go” rehearsals as Itzhak Perlman works with PMP students
Chorus Rehearsals
PMP string students and faculty use their voices to improve technique
Master Classes
PMP faculty work one-on-one with students in sessions that most accurately portray closed studio classes
Works-in-Progress (WIP) Recitals
Individual PMP students perform selections from concertos, sonatas, and more
In addition, PMP/Suncoast will present four special ticketed events as part of the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency:

December 20 at 7:00pm
Bach to Jazz at the Tent featuring 
Sean Lee, violin and Peter Dugan, piano
Performance Tent at USF Sarasota-Manatee
PMP Alumni violinist Sean Lee and pianist Peter Dugan perform a mixed bag of classical and jazz repertoire, with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Niccolo Paganini and selections from their album, “Songbook.”
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
December 30 at 7:00pm
Super Strings and Orchestra Rehearsal
Performance Tent at USF Sarasota-Manatee
Now in its fifth year, Super Strings will feature 54 young string players, ages 8-17, from 14 counties across Florida. For the first time, they will perform a chamber music piece – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K.525, movement 1 – side-by-side with the PMP String Orchestra under the baton of Itzhak Perlman as part of a public PMP Orchestra rehearsal.
Tickets: $10
January 4 at 5:30pm
14th Annual Celebration Concert
Sarasota Opera House
61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

The highlight of the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency, the Celebration Concert features Itzhak Perlman conducting the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leading the PMP Chorus.
Tickets: $40, $60, $80 – Available by phone at the Sarasota Opera House at 941-328-1300
January 6 at 5:00pm
Chamber Music Works-in-Progress (WIP) Recital
Neel Performing Arts Center, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
PMP students will perform a variety of chamber music compositions to close out the Winter Residency.
Tickets: $10
A limited number of tickets for free events will be available at three ticket distribution locations from Monday, December 4 through Saturday, December 9 from 10:00am until 2:00pm each day. Free tickets allow early entrance (30 minutes prior to event start time) into the PMP/Suncoast Performance Tent (those without tickets may enter 15 minutes prior). Tickets for Bach to Jazz at the Tent on December 20, Super Strings on December 30 and the Chamber Music Works-in-Progress Recital on January 6 will be available for purchase. Tickets for free events are limited to six per person (in any combination):
Mon. December 4 – Thurs. December 7     
USF Sarasota-Manatee Rotunda
8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Friday, December 8      Manatee Community Foundation
2820 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Saturday, December 9      The Violin Shop Sarasota
1407 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236
Tickets for all events are available for purchase online, including $7.50 e-tickets for early entrance to free events and $10-$80 tickets for special events. PMP/Suncoast Members ($75+) and Sponsors ($625+) do not need tickets to enjoy early entrance to free events. Additional benefits are also provided. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency is sponsored in part by The Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; Woman’s Exchange Inc.; the John J. Clopine Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; The Jewish Federation; Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen; and in partnership with University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
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About The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Inc. was formally established in May 2008 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to provide a permanent home for The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency, following four years of affiliation with other performing arts organizations. Founded by Toby Perlman, wife of internationally acclaimed concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, and based in New York, PMP augments its summer school and travel residency programs each December with a 17-day winter residency, providing valuable mentoring and performance opportunities for young string musicians, ages 12-20+, and offering approximately 20 free musical events to community audiences on the campus of University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
In addition, during the year, PMP/Suncoast brings alumni of PMP, now professional musicians, to our area for educational and outreach programs: PMP Alumni: In Schools takes the musicians into elementary, middle and high schools, as well as special needs schools, in Sarasota and Manatee counties to educate and interact with students and teachers; PMP Alumni: Around Town offers free or low-cost PMP alumni performances and events to people of all ages at local community venues.
For more information, visit
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast | 941-955-4942 |
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