Following a 2022 season that was sometimes disarranged by Covid-19, the Sarasota Concert Association is moving ahead with plans for the 2023 Great Performers Series, with a lineup that includes both returning artists and first-time presentations, announced by SCA executive director Linda Moxley.
First up: the Emerson Quartet, performing here as part of their farewell concert tour. The quartet will offer musical highlights of their 47-year history, Jan. 30, 2023, at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. And pianist Awadagin Pratt will also perform at Riverview (Feb. 15), with a varied program of works ranging from Philip Glass to Rachmaninoff and Liszt.
Acclaimed music director Riccardo Muti brings the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Sarasota in his final season with the company, March 1 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, where the program will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Then the English Chamber Orchestra takes center stage, March 12 at Van Wezel, in a program that presents works by Elgar, Mozart and Haydn.
Concluding the Great Performers Series, music director JoAnn Falletta returns to town with the Buffalo Philharmonic, March 27 at the Van Wezel, in a program highlighting Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7.
Two special events will also take place during the Sarasota Concert Association’s season. First, Grammy Award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer presents a Christmas concert, Nov. 29, 2022, at the Sarasota Opera House. And the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine is set to appear Jan. 18, 2023, at the Venice Performing Arts Center, with a program including Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Given world events now happening in and around Ukraine, and the number of South County residents of Ukrainian descent, this could prove to be an emotional performance.
Only subscribers to the Great Performers Series are able to purchase tickets to these two special offerings at this time. Three-concert mini-subscriptions and full-priced single tickets will go on sale in the fall. To purchase a subscription, visit scasarasota.org or call (941) 966-6161.