After a season of canceled plans, revisions and reboots that led to 12 outdoor shows and two virtual presentations, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is gearing up for a 2021-22 lineup that includes many artists who couldn’t occur during the pandemic.
The organization announced its 26th season and the appointment of Daniel Jordan, Principal Violin of the Sarasota Orchestra, to succeed Joseph Holt as Director of Artist Programs.
Holt announced in May that he would be stepping down after planning the new season. He remains artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota and principal host of the SILL Music Mondays programs. It will also be featured in several Artist Series concerts, including the overture “Piano Grand V,” featuring four pianists playing together on Steinway concert grand pianos.
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Executive Director Marcy Miller said Holt “had one of his strongest seasons. We had some of these musicians scheduled for the end of the 2020 season and for the final year in programs that didn’t happen. We are glad he was able to reprogram them.
She also anticipates “that our audiences are eager to listen to live music and performances again. We had a great response to our outdoor programming during the pandemic, and we believe there is a pent-up demand for live performances. “
When hiring Jordan, she said the organization “was looking for someone who was highly respected with a lot of connections to the community.” It’s Dan. He is looking to collaborate with other local organizations, more than we have done, and I look forward to that. Fundamentally, I need him to fulfill our mission, which is to promote excellence in musical performance by recognizing the music stars of tomorrow, artists on the verge of national and international recognition. , and get them before we can afford them.
Jordan, who has been Principal Violin of the Sarasota Orchestra since 1998, began his work in the Artist Series on July 1 and will initially work remotely while he will spend his summer performing with the Santa Fe Opera.
He said he enjoyed watching the artist series grow from its “Bring These Great Guest Artists” debut who performed in the living room of founders Jerry and Lee Dougherty Ross.
Over the years, the series has expanded to larger theaters but still retains the intimate feel of its original programs, with some programs shown in the Fischer-Weisenborne Residence. Other concerts are presented at the Sarasota Opera House, the historic Asolo Theater and the Sinai Temple.
The Artist Series is launching a new collaboration with the State College of Florida this season and will participate in the school’s “Pianopalooza” (April 30-May 8) with performances by Antonio Chen Guang, winner of the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition ; Lin Ye, winner of the Vieness Artist Series and Piano Duo Piano Competition, featuring a husband and wife team consisting of Eva Schaumkell and Vijay Venkatesh.
The series will continue to feature lunch programs at the Bird Key Yacht Club and some dinner programs at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice.
Among the artists who have been rescheduled over the past year are violinist SooBeen Lee, who will be joined by pianist Dina Vainshtein (November 7); the eight-member Frisson ensemble, which will present a “classical Christmas” concert at the Opera (December 5); pianist Harumi Hanafusa in solo program on January 9 and in duet concert with her sister Mami on January 10; the Merz Trio (January 23); accordionist Hanzhi Wang (January 27); flautist Anthony Trionfo with pianist Albert Cano Smit (February 6); Nexus Chamber Music Chicago (February 20) and classical saxophonist Steven Banks (March 27).
Holt will join oboist Jonathan Gentry and bassoonist Fernando Traba for “Double Reeds Unite” on October 17th and 18th. Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harpist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic who last performed in Sarasota in 2019, returns for a lunch program on November 11, featuring works by Bach, Cras, Constant and Debussy.
Vocal performers include bass-baritone William Socolof, winner of the 2020 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, with pianist Gracie Francis, November 21-22. Soprano Kendra Colton, who last appeared on the series in 1997, will be joined by pianist Kayo Iwama on April 20.
Holt will also accompany acclaimed violinist Max Tan, former winner of the National Artist Series Concerts string competition on April 7; the tenor John Kaneklides from April 17 to 18 and the BoyGirlBoyGirl quartet, with Don Lobacz, Tommy Lueck, Laura Monagle and Michaela Ristaino on March 23.
The season will also feature the Rick Costa Jazz Quartet on February 7; Quartet Amabile, winners of the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions first prize, on February 20; Eva Schaumkell and Vijay Venkatesh’s Vieness Piano Duo on May 8 and 2 Hot 2 Tango with Ben Bogart on the bandoneon, pianist Winnie Cheung and tango dancers Fernanda Ghi and Silvio Grand on May 22.
On February 24, the series will feature Emerging Stars of Sarasota featuring participants in the Sarasota Youth Orchestra programs.
Jordan will join fellow Sarasota Orchestra musicians Samantha Bennett, Rachel Halvorson, Natalie Helm and John Miller in a program featuring pianist Lin Ye on May 4.
Jordan said he is not looking to remake the organization.
“It is not an organization that is down and needs to be fixed,” he said. “There was already a strong organization that had a great artistic vision over the past 25 years from Lee to Joe. I want to further the legacy they have built.
He did note, however, that Holt and Ross both have vocal and piano music backgrounds, while his is instrumental, which he can focus on more.
“But I’m always looking for ways to break out of the tightness that can sometimes happen with classical music,” he said. “I like the idea of trying to develop this, to attract new audiences.”
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