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SRQ DAILY Jan 2, 2015

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"Sarasota has become a second home for us over the years. We love coming here and look forward to next year."

- Toby Perlman, PMP/Suncoast

[Music]  PMP/Suncoast Takes the Stage
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Students and faculty of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast take the stage under the baton of famed violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Sarasota Opera House on Jan. 3 for the 11th annual Celebration Concert. The concert marks the culmination of the 11th season of the PMP/Suncoast Winter Residency, bringing talented students from around the world together under the tutelage of professional musicians for two weeks of intense training, and the second performance in PMP’s Hear and Now Concert Series.

Highlights of this year’s selections include a choral presentation of the overture from The Barber of Seville, bringing the students, faculty and the Perlmans on stage singing together, Giuseppe Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor arranged for the orchestra and a special rendition of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 featuring a violin solo broken apart and rearranged by Perlman to run seamlessly through the entire violin section.

“The PMP is all about equality and giving opportunities to students,” said Elizabeth Power, executive director for PMP/Suncoast. “They’re all exceptionally gifted, and this highlights all of them equally.”

In addition to Perlman, the young performers from PMP/Suncoast will be performing with the likes of Paul Katz, internationally renowned cellist formerly of the Cleveland Quartet, and Mary Peckham, a founding cellist of the Cavani Quartet.

For most students, the Winter Residency is a return to PMP, having attended programs elsewhere in their journey to becoming working professionals. “This is a lifelong friendship that they are all entering,” said Elizabeth Power, executive director for PMP/Suncoast. “We have no idea where they’re going from here, but it’s amazing to see them in a snapshot of where they are in their training and development.”

Said Toby Perlman, violinist, founder of PMP and Itzhak’s wife, “Sarasota has become a second home for us over the years. We love coming here and look forward to next year.”

The PMP/Suncoast Celebration Concert is this Saturday, Jan. 3, at 5pm in the Sarasota Opera House.  

[Daily Shop]  Salvaging the IceHouse
Shane Donglasan

Sarasota Architectural Salvage has opened a second location to house custom-made, upcycled statement pieces in the historic Old IceHouse building. The light and airy boutique store contains an eclectic mixture of furniture, objects d’art and other charming home accessories created by staff, artisan groups or imported overseas. More than just a salvage shop, SAS offers a place to explore and be inspired. While the original warehouse space still has salvaged architectural elements and raw material, the new store showcases diamonds in the ruff transformed into finished original pieces giving fresh, new life to forgotten relics.  

[From The Chef]  Bechamel Nibble

If you are looking for a quick nibble perfect in the new year, caterer Diane Gordon, who has catered for the Tribeca Film Festival and a number of world leaders, shared with us this recipe sure to impress guests still lingering after the holidays. The mini croque monsieur, Gordon reports, is a popular classic that fills the bill, because it’s easy on the budget, simple to assemble and will feed a small army. “I love this particular version, because we use quality ingredients that are easily accessible and it can be whipped up at a moment’s notice,” she said.

Mini Croque Monsieurs

Ingredients for Bechamel Sauce: 2 tablespoons butter; 3 tablespoons flour; 2 cups of whole milk, warmed over low heat; 1/2 cup grated Jarlsberg cheese; Pinch of nutmeg; Salt and pepper

Over low heat, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and stir for about one minute. Slowly pour in warmed milk and cook whisking constantly until the sauce thickens. Add the grated cheese off the heat and stir until it melts. Season with the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Set the sauce aside.

Ingredients for sandwiches: 16 slices brioche or white bread, crusts trimmed; 1/4 cup Dijon mustard; 16 slices French ham (or Black Forest); 8 slices Jarlsberg cheese; 1/2 stick butter, melted; 2 cups bechamel sauce (recipe below); 1/2 cup Jarlsberg cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush one side of eight bread slices with Dijon mustard. Place ham slice on top, cover with bechamel sauce, add second ham slice and one slice of Jarlsberg cheese. Finish with slice of bread; gently press on each sandwich.

Brush both sides of the sandwiches with the melted butter. Heat a non-stick pan and saute sandwiches over medium flame until golden brown on both sides. Transfer sandwiches to a parchment lined baking sheet.  Cut each sandwich into quarters and top each quarter with bechamel sauce (save any extra for another use). Sprinkle grated cheese on top and place the baking sheet in oven. Bake 4 – 5 minutes until the cheese turns golden – be careful not to let the cheese burn.

Photo courtesy BakedBree.com 

[Recognition]  Ring Of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

The Circus Ring of Fame announced its inductees for 2015, whose names and biographies will be featured on plaques in St. Armands Circle. Among the inductees are: H.S.H. Prince Rainier of Monaco, creator of the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo; the Del Moral Troupe, innovators and originators in perch-pole balancing; Fred D. Pfening, Jr., historian and author; Miguel Vasquez, the first trapeze artist to complete the quadruple somersault to his catcher; and Jacqueline Zerbini, trapeze artist and animal trainer. A panel discussion among inductees or representatives will take place Jan 10 at Sailor Circus Arena at 9:30am. 

Sarasota Circus Ring of Fame, P.O. Box 17591, Sarasota

[Education]  Cortez High Withdraws Charter Application

Cortez High School officially withdrew its charter school application on December 29, prior to a final hearing before the Florida Department of Education. The Florida Charter Review Appeal Commission heard the Charter School appeal filed by Cortez High School earlier this month. The District and its counsel argued that the grounds for denial were legally sufficient and were based upon competent evidence as required under Florida statute. The Florida Charter Review Application Commission agreed with the District and recommended denial of the appeal. 

Manatee County School District

[Development]  Oakridge Want Multi-Family Instead of Hotel

Oakridge Apartments is requesting approval from the City of Sarasota with respect to changing the use of the subject lot from a 121-unit hotel/motel to a 121-dwelling unit multi-family residential development.  The lot contains a total of three building with two of the buildings being two-story and housing the residential units.  The third building is one story and contains a restaurant (leased by a sole-proprietor) and reception office.   No changes to the buildings are proposed at this time. Access is taken from North Tamiami Trial.     

City of Sarasota

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