Sarasota Orchestra Sparkles in December 2023 Concerts

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Sarasota Orchestra brings the cheer for a festive end to the year. The 75th Anniversary season celebration continues with a Masterworks program featuring Mozart and Mendelssohn, a holiday-themed Great Escapes, and jubilant programs in the Discoveries and Chamber Soirées series. Masterworks: The Scottish - Violinist Randall Goosby, who has wowed audiences since his debut at age nine, joins conductor Johannes Debus and Sarasota Orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Composed when Mozart was only 19, the work has long been a favorite of both violinists and listeners. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 evokes the sweeping beauty of the Scottish landscape with swaggering tunes. In an exuberant start to this program, John Corigliano’s playful STOMP features the Orchestra enjoying a “stomping” good time. Johannes Debus is Music Director of Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company. Violinist Randall Goosby was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Sphinx Concerto Competition. Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm, Sunday, December 3, 2:30pm, Van Wezel. Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. Great Escapes: Holiday Party - The holiday season means parties, and Sarasota Orchestra offers one that’s not to be missed. Concertgoers will revel in the sounds of the season with selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, as well as favorite holiday songs including “White Christmas” and “Greensleeves.” Conductor Kelly Corcoran makes her Sarasota debut with festive Hanukkah tunes, sleigh rides, and everything needed to brighten that “most wonderful time of the year.” Named “Best Classical Conductor” by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is the former Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony and founder of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra. Wednesday, December 6, 5:30pm, Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm, Friday, December 8, 5:30pm, Saturday, December 9, 7:30pm, Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm, Holley Hall. Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. Discoveries: Cheers to the Music of Dance - This evening of music inspired by dance will put a spring in the step of any listener. Gluck’s gentle Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Poulenc’s elegant and witty Sinfonietta, and Brahms’ instantly recognizable Hungarian Dance No. 5 will have the audience swaying in their seats, while Johann Strauss Jr.’s waltzes create the atmosphere of a Viennese New Year’s ball. Conductor Yue Bao leads a concert that will keep toes tapping the whole way through. Assistant Conductor with the Houston Symphony, Yue Bao made her subscription series debut on the opening night concert of their 2020-2021 season. December 20, 7:30pm, Sarasota Opera House. Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434.

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