Music to the Ears

Sarasota Concert Association Announces 2018 Great Performers Season

The series commences in January and welcomes international musicians to Sarasota.

By Kay Kipling May 11, 2017

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Pianist Emanuel Ax, performing April 3, 2018.


The Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 season includes the return of some famous names in the classical music world, along with a long-established ensemble making its first North American tour.

The recently announced Great Performers season, the association’s 73rd, runs January through April of next year, with five of the six concerts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and one at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. Subscriptions for all six concerts are $130, $200, $275, $355 and $420; single tickets go on sale Aug. 1.

Here’s what to expect.

The season opens Thursday, Jan. 11, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring conductor and violin soloist Pinchas Zukerman performing a program of works by Weber, Beethoven and Dvorak. That’s followed by one of America’s great orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, with conductor Franz Welser-Möst wielding the baton on Monday, Jan. 29.

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Violinist-conductor Pinchas Zukerman


Violinist Gil Shaham (Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year) and pianist Akira Eguchi team for a concert Wednesday, Feb. 21. Then the Staatskapelle Weimar, conducted by Kirill Karabits, makes its debut in Sarasota, Monday, Feb. 26. The orchestra is one of the oldest in the world, but is just making its first North American tour now, with soprano Catherine Foster and pianist Sunwook Kim taking center stage.

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Soprano Catherine Foster

Image: Stephan Ernst


The Takacs Quartet returns to town Friday, March 16, with a program of works by Mozart, Dohnanyi and Beethoven. This concert takes place at the Riverview High venue.

Closing out the season will be one of the world’s greatest pianists, Emanuel Ax, on Tuesday, April 3. He will present a program featuring Bach, Beethoven and Liszt.

For subscription information, call (941) 225-6500.

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