Sarasota Concert Association Looks to 2022 Great Performers Season

After 2021's season could not take place due to Covid, SCA plans a return to live music.

By Kay Kipling April 21, 2021

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, will open the Sarasota Concert Association's 2022 season.

The Sarasota Concert Association is among the latest of area arts organizations to look forward to a more normal, live and in-person 2022 season, after the cancellation of the past season due to the pandemic.

The SCA has just announced its schedule for the coming season, with several international performers whose appearances could not take place in 2021 set to take their bows this season—the group’s 77th—instead.

“We’re thrilled to be able to return to the concert hall and resume our Great Performers series in January 2022,” said SCA executive director Linda Moxley. She added that, “We were able to bring back three of the artists who were scheduled to be part of our canceled 2021 season.”

Performances are now planned to take place Jan. 20 through March 15. Here’s the lineup at a glance.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and music director Jader Bignamini in a program highlighted by Dvorák’s Cello Concerto and Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Pianist Emanuel Ax performs Feb. 1.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel. Pianist Emanuel Ax, a returning favorite, will perform an all-Chopin program, including Sonata No. 3, Scherzo No. 4 and Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61, after having to cancel his appearance last season.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel. The Russian National Orchestra, under the baton of Kirill Karabits, will present Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, and will be joined by 19-year-old pianist Alexander Malofeev for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Pianist Alexander Malofeev

Friday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center. Violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, also originally scheduled for last season, will perform works by Gershwin and Kreisler, as well as Ravel’s Sonata No. 2 and John Adams’ Road Movies.

Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Takács Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang, also planned for last season, will close out the coming series with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 2, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major.

The Takacs Quartet.

Season subscriptions are on sale now; single tickets go on sale Aug. 2. For info, call (941) 966-6161 or visit

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