Fans of classical music, performed by international musicians both familiar and new to Sarasota audiences, will be showing up at the Sarasota Opera House April 3, 6, 9 and 12 for the 31st annual La Musica International Chamber Music Festival.
This year’s fest, dubbed “The Search Continues,” welcomes back mainstays of the event like artistic director Bruno Giuranna and associate artistic director Derek Han (both of whom have been with La Musica since the beginning) but also brings to town some relative newcomers, including guitarist Jason Vieaux, who will be making his La Musica debut this season.
While the four Opera House concerts are the highlights of the spring festival, daily rehearsals are open to the public as well, at the Sainer Pavilion on the New College of Florida campus, April 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11, and are free of charge for series subscribers, faculty and students. Non-subscribers may purchase a pass to all rehearsals for $75 in advance, or a daily pass for $15 at the door. Two special events of the festival, the Musical Chefs interactive dinner and the Meet the Musicians party, are already sold out.
Here's a peek at the music audiences will be hearing.
April 3, 8 p.m.
Mendelssohn, Piano Trio in D minor No. 1, Op. 49
Webern, Langsamer Satz for String Quartet
- Strauss, Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13
April 6, 8 p.m.
J.C. Bach, Keyboard Quartet in G major, WB 66
Mozart, Divertimento for String Trio in E flat major, K563
Dvorak, Piano Quartet in D major, Op. 23
April 9, 2:30 p.m.
Schubert, String Trio in B flat major, D. 581
Mendelssohn, String Quintet in A major, No. 1, Op. 18
Smetana, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
April 12, 8 p.m.
Paganini, Quartet in A minor for Violin, Viola, Guitar and Cello, No. 15
Boccherini, Quintet in D major for Guitar and String Quartet, G448 No. 4 “Fandango”
Schumann, Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
That final concert, by the way, is a collaboration with GuitarSarasota that highlights the role of classical guitar in chamber music performances.
Visit lamusicafestival.org for tickets, schedule and more info, or call the Opera House box office, (941) 366-8450, option 7.