Whether you’re looking for a string trio by Beethoven or the greatest hits of the Rat Pack, Artist Series Concerts has a program for you this winter. Five concerts in February and March each feature young, cutting edge artists making names for themselves in the worlds of classical music and jazz.
Selby Gardens will be swinging on February 17 at 5:30 p.m., as Luca Stine and the Crosscurrent Quartet bring their unique jazz perspective to the beauty of Selby Gardens. The group offers fresh takes on American Songbook selections by Cole Porter and George Gershwin, as well as their own genre-blending compositions. Trumpeter Stine is a native Sarasotan and a two-time Suncoast Scholarship winner who has been honing his skills at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music—one of the country’s premier jazz programs. Already a rising star in the Miami jazz scene, Stine brings his quartet home to Sarasota for this stylish program.
February 20 features a 4 p.m. performance by NEXUS Chamber Music Chicago at Temple Sinai. Co-founded by cellist Alexander Hersh, a former Artist Series Concerts competition winner, NEXUS Chamber Music is a collective of international artists committed to stimulating interest in chamber music. Hailed by the Chicago Classical Review for their “supremely high-level music making,” the young artists of NEXUS have a mission of inclusiveness and accessibility, and their programs showcase a broad spectrum of chamber music to a wide range of audiences. Their program at Temple Sinai will feature violinist Maria Ioudenitch, violist Chloé Thominet, and Hersh in a program that includes music by Beethoven, Sibelius, and 20th century Hungarian composers Ernst von Dohnányi and György Kurtág. The exceptional acoustics of Temple Sinai make it an extraordinary venue for the intimacy of chamber music for strings, and this program promises to be fascinating.
On Thursday, February 24, Bird Key Yacht Club will be the venue for a program titled “Emerging Stars of Sarasota,” which showcases the exceptional talents of some of Sarasota’s finest high school–aged musicians, each of whom has participated in Sarasota Orchestra’s long-running youth programs. Sarasota Orchestra’s Youth Program has served our region for over 60 years and has provided the early musical training for thousands of students. Artist Series Concerts will spotlight five current stars of the program, including violinists Olivia Leichter and Margaret Toth, bassoonist Sophia Tarlton, bassist Haley Sprague, and pianist Kristian Mendoza, in an 11 a.m. concert. The program will include music by Vivaldi, Koussevitzky, Bruch, Mozart, and Chopin and will be followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m.
For jazz lovers, March 23 offers a dinner performance by BoyGirlBoyGirl, a jazz vocal quartet that has been called “Milwaukee’s Manhattan Transfer.” From the greatest hits of the Rat Pack to the tender and tight harmonies of old-time radio, BoyGirlBoyGirl performances offer some of the best four-part vocal jazz in the history of the charts. Plantation Golf and Country Club is the gorgeous venue for the evening, which features a fabulous dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a trip down memory lane during the toe-tapping performance.
March concludes with another performance at Temple Sinai, this time by the extraordinary saxophonist Steven Banks on March 27 at 4:00 p.m. Banks is the only saxophonist in history to have been awarded first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and he has been astounding audiences with his mastery of the saxophone in both the classical and jazz realms. His program will feature music by Brahms as well as original works by Banks himself. The intimacy of the Temple Sinai venue provides a rare opportunity to see and hear performers in vivid detail. If you’ve never been up close and personal with the gorgeous sound of the saxophone, you will be amazed by the versatility and incredible expressiveness of the instrument in the hands of a master like Banks.
Whether you prefer classical or jazz, morning, afternoon, or evening concerts, vocal or instrumental music, Artist Series Concerts continues to bring a fascinating array of young artists to the Sarasota area. Check out the abundance of riches at ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202!