PMP/Suncoast To Rock The Gardens



The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast continues its Classic and Classical series next week, bringing a string quartet of PMP alumni to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and The Ringling Museum for four concerts celebrating both classical music and classic Sarasota splendor. Each features the music of Mozart, Brahms and Ravel—performed by PMP alumni Caeli Smith (viola), Nico Olarte-Hayes (cello) and Doori Na and Siwoo Kim (violins)—but with two performances at Selby Gardens and two within the galleries of The Ringling, each also promises something a little different.

The music begins mid-week at Selby Gardens on May 17, with a special addition to the Gardens’ Chagall Nights exhibition. The doors open at 6:30pm, giving attendees ample time to explore the gardens, peruse the Chagalls in Payne Mansion and enjoy a signature cocktail and hors d’oeuvres from Michael’s on the Bay before the performance begins at 8pm. “It’s a whole evening experience,” says PMP/Suncoast Executive Director Elizabeth Power, with the intimate, 30-minute concert at the end the cherry on top. Tickets for this event are $50 for the general public and $40 for Selby Gardens members.

The following day sees the quartet heading to The Ringling for a pair of evening performances in Gallery 21. Surrounded by the museum’s collection of fine art and with seating limited to 100 attendees, the experience is nigh “magical,” says Power. “It’s like you’re immersed in this vibrational field.” Extending the set to a cool 45 minutes, the musicians will perform twice in the space—once at 5:30pm and again at 7pm. The shows will be identical. Tickets are $15 and include admission to The Ringling’s permanent and special exhibitions.

The final performance comes Sunday, May 21, with a full-blown 90-minute concert back at Selby Gardens. Beginning at 1pm, Mozart, Brahms and Ravel get the royal treatment from the PMP performers with the longest performance of their visit. Moving the performance inside this year, speakers will broadcast the music across the grounds, where guests can sit by the Bayfront and enjoy the natural and musical beauty as one. “And who doesn’t like being in the gardens, seeing the bay and listening to music?” asks Power.

And for those looking for something a little more active or kid-friendly before the concert, the day begins at Selby Gardens at 10am with the PMP/Suncoast Instrument Petting Zoo. With instruments such as violins, violas, cellos and percussion provided by Sarasota Violin Shop, music teachers and young musicians will be on hand to provide introduction and instruction to the curious and the bold.  

Pictured, from left: Doori Na, Siwoo Kim, Caeli Smith and Nico Olarte-Hayes. Photo courtesy of PMP/Suncoast.

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