Sanibel Music Festival 2014

Arts and Entertainment

February 13, 2014

From: Sanibel Music Festival


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist

Our season begins with an exiting young pianist, Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the coveted gold medal in the 14th Cliburn Competition. He captured the attention of the jury, audience and critics alike with "performances that brought the audience to their feet, cheering a rock star" (Cincinnati Enquirer.) Kholodenko also took home prizes in two other categories: best performance of the piano quintet and of a commissioned work. While on a plane flying from his home in Moscow to the competition, he composed his own "fascinatingly contrapuntal" cadenza for his performance of Mozart's C Major Concerto. The San Francisco Classical Voice praised this feat as "showing the guts of a true super-artist."


24 Preludes, Opus 28
12 Etudes, Opus 25

Cost: $35.00

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Amelia Piano Trio

Known for their charismatic and extroverted performances, the Amelia is considered one of the great young chamber ensembles. Isaac Stern became a mentor to them after they appeared in his Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and he presented their Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Recently, the Amelia was honored as NPR's Young Ensemble-in-Residence. They have won the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. and they record CDs with Cedille Records and Naxos. The members are professors at the Hartt School of Music and Connecticut College. In summer, they are in residence at the Green Lake Chamber Music Camp, working with gifted high school and college students.


Rachmaninoff Trio No. 1 in G minor
Badajanian Trio No. 1, Op. 8
Brahms Trio in B major, Op. 8

Cost: $35.00

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Boston Chamber Music Society with Ann Hobson Pilot, Harp

We welcome back this ensemble of superbly versatile musicians, who come together in different instrumental combinations to perform chamber music. The Boston Globe calls them "vivid, compelling and first-rate." They are New England's longest-running chamber music society, and they have built a reputation for impassioned performances, with "a perfect combination of control and freedom" that comes from years of working together. In the Boston area, they present a six-concert series at Harvard's historic Sanders Theater, a four-week Summer Series and two December holiday concerts. In 2010, they were Ensemble-in-Residence at MIT. They have recorded 6 critically-acclaimed CDs and tour nationally and internationally.


Mozart Quartet in D major for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello
Turina Quartet in A minor for Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Saint-Saens Fantasie for Violin and Harp
Faure Piano Quartet in C minor

Cost: $35.00

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo

The two Jons have both appeared for SMF, but not as a duo. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu was first here in I998, after he won the Cliburn gold medal. Jon Manasse, who is principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and of Mostly Mozart, was here as guest clarinetist with the American Chamber Players in 2012. In 2004, they became a highly acclaimed duo, appearing on many of the nation's most prestigious series, including Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, Washington's National Gallery, and Fort Worth's Van Cliburn Foundation. They are also co-directors of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.


Brahms Sonata in E-flat major for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2
von Weber Grand Duo Concertant in E-flat major, J. 204
Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1962)
D'Rivera: Lecuonerias from "The Cape Cod Files" (Clarinet Solo)
Novacek: Four Rags for Two Jons (2006)
Novacek: Four More Rags for Two Jons (2013)

Cost: $35.00

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

America Sings!

An entertaining and informative look at the development of music theater in America.

Join Opera Theater of Connecticut and Alan Mann for an exciting evening of beautiful music as it evolved from the European operettas of Lehar and Gilbert & Sullivan into the classic musicals of the American Stage. Alan Mann's light-hearted narrative will make it a delightful evening of song and stories and bring to life the composers, lyricists, and other characters that helped develop our unique art form.


Works by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Romberg, Gilbert & Sullivan, Friml, Lerner & Loewe, Berlin, Bernstein, and Gershwin

Cost: $45.00

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Opera Theater of Connecticut

For 29 years, OTC has given young professional singers on the cusp of major opera careers an invaluable opportunity to practice their craft. It also brings the performing arts into underserved communities at affordable prices. Its educational outreach Program, Overtures, has made presentations to over 8,500 people, from children to seniors. Many of OTC's artists have gone on to debut with such companies as The Met, Chicago's Lyric, and San Francisco. Artistic Director Alan Mann will supplement each segment with supertitles and his always witty commentary. The 2014 concert has the intriguing title of "The Bad Boys and Wicked Women of Opera."


"The Bad Boys and Wicked Women of Opera"

Cost: $45.00

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Generally considered the best quartet to come along after the renowned Emerson, the St. Lawrence, Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford, is now celebrating its 24th year. Several contemporary composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov and David Bruce have written quartets for the ensemble. The Dean of the Juilliard School wrote of them, "The members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet approach what they do with the vigor, freshness and enthusiasm of a 20-year-old, combined with the wisdom of their two decades of experience." Their recordings have been honored with the coveted German Critics Award, Canada's Juno award and two Grammy nominations.


Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3
Verdi String Quartet
Osvaldo Golijov "Qohelet"
Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3

Cost: $45.00

Date: March 4-25, 2014

Time: All Concerts Starts at 8:00pm

Sanibel Congregational Church
2050 Periwinkle Way,
Sanibel, FL

Cost: $250.00 Season Pass