SARASOTA’S LA MUSICA ANNOUNCES

SPRING FESTIVAL



Sarasota Opera House

Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 13 at 5:00pm

Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30pm

SARASOTA, FL., March 21, 2024 - In her second year as Artistic Director of the acclaimed La Musica Chamber Music Festival, Wu Han has announced the much anticipated Spring Festival at the Sarasota Opera House. Internationally-renowned musicians at the top of their game present three programs alive with blazing virtuosity, featuring works by close to a dozen great composers, including Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Arensky, Foss, Kodály, Schumann and more. 

Under Wu Han’s direction, the Festival will present a stellar roster of performing artists, including pianists Wu Han and Michael Stephen Brown; violinists Julian Rhee, James Thompson and Danbi Um; violist Paul Neubauer; cellists David Finckel and Nicholas Canellakis.

TICKETS & INFORMATION

 

Sarasota Opera House

61 N. Pineapple Street

Sarasota, Florida



Single tickets may be purchased online or by calling the

box office: 941.347.9656 (9:00am-5:00pm, M-F)

lamusicafestival.org/tickets

Tickets

FESTIVAL PROGRAMS

MENDELSSOHN, BRAHMS & HAYDN

Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm

Pre-concert Talk at 6:45 pm


The first of three programs: vivacious, exhilarating, celebratory. And so much fun for audiences and players alike.


Haydn Piano Trio, Hob. XV18

Mendelssohn Piano Quartet, op. 1

Brahms String Sextet no. 2 op. 36


Julian Rhee, James Thompson, Danbi Um, violins; Paul Neubauer, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, David Finckel, cellos; Michael Stephen Brown, Wu Han, pianos

MOZART, KODÁLY & ARENSKY

Saturday, April 13 at 5 pm

Pre-concert Talk at 4:15 pm


A classically elegant program featuring Mozart’s own arrangement of his masterful Piano Concerto; the fiery Hungarian folk tunes of Kodály; Arensky’s children’s songs, and his dark-hued and rarely performed Cello Quartet.


Mozart Piano Concerto no. 12 in A major, K. 414

Kodály Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, op. 12

Arensky Six Children’s Pieces for Piano, Four Hands, op. 34

Arensky Quartet no. 2 in A minor for Violin, Viola and Two Cellos, op. 35


Julian Rhee, James Thompson, Danbi Um, violins; Paul Neubauer, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, David Finckel, cellos; Michael Stephen Brown, Wu Han, pianos

SCHUMANN, SMETANA & MORE

Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 pm

Pre-concert Talk at 6:45 pm


Personal tributes and private storms make up this final program: Smetana’s Piano Trio is a heart-wrenching response to the death of his young daughter; Schumann’s Piano Quintet offers a glowing tribute to his wife Clara’s virtuosity and concert career; and Lukas Foss’s dazzling Capriccio is six minutes of ultimate instrumental virtuosity.


Dvorak Miniatures for two violins and viola, op. 75a

Foss Capriccio for Cello and Piano

Bulgarian Traditional Gankino Horo for Cello and Piano (arr. Canellakis)

Ellis Bulgarian Bulge for Cello and Piano (arr. Canellakis)

Smetana Piano Trio in G minor, op. 15

Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat major, op. 44


Julian Rhee, James Thompson, Danbi Um, violins; Paul Neubauer, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Michael Stephen Brown, Wu Han, pianos

ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Pianist, educator, and cultural entrepreneur Wu Han is the recipient of Music America’s Musician of the Year Award and enjoys a multi-faceted musical life that encompasses performing, recording and artistic direction at the highest levels. Currently artistic co-director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo, she also serves as artistic director for Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music in the Barn series and for Palm Beach’s Society of the Four Arts.

La Musica has established itself as an artistic and critical success and an outstanding American cultural institution. From the beginning, the Festival was notable for bringing audiences into the creative process through open rehearsals, lectures, and other opportunities to meet the musicians. La Musica today fulfills its mission to bring together the finest musicians from around the world to present exciting programs of familiar and seldom-heard chamber music, communicating a joy in performance to enthusiastic audiences.

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