Sanibel Music Festival 2015

Arts and Entertainment

March 3, 2015

From: Sanibel Music Festival

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Jon Nakamatsu, Piano

Jon Nakamatsu has been delighting our audiences ever since he was brought to global attention by winning the Cliburn Gold Medal in the world's most prestigious piano competition. Since then, he has enjoyed a continuously-expanding career. In 2014, he and renowned clarinetist Jon Manasse played an electrifying concert for our Festival, in which he showed both his mastery of the piano and an impish sense of humor. The two Jons also serve as artistic directors of the Cape Cod Music Festival. In 2015, Jon Nakamatsu comes here to solo directly from judging the National Chopin Competition in Miami. He is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, with recital tours and festival appearances throughout the world.

Saturday March 7, 2015

Claremont Piano Trio

The Claremont was so enthusiastically received at their 2012 concert that we are delighted to bring them back. Widely regarded as "one of America's finest young chamber groups" (Strad), the Claremont was the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and is the first winner of the prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. Juilliard-educated twin sisters Emily (violin) and Julia (cello) Bruskin are joined by pianist Andrea Lam, a semifinalist in the 2009 Cliburn Competition. They have given master classes at the Eastman School, Boston Conservatory and many others, and will conduct our annual Outreach Program at the Sanibel School.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sara Daneshpour, Piano

Sara is a graduate of Curtis Institute, where she studied under Leon Fleisher. She has a master's degree from Juilliard. At age 21, she has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Her international awards include 2nd prize in the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland, plus First Prize and Gold Medal at the 2007 Russian Music Piano Competition. The Washington Post wrote: "she created transfixing poetry" with the Baltimore Symphony. The Baltimore Sun said she "delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1, producing enough tone for two pianists in the process."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson stands apart in the history of string quartets, with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year." When the Quartet played for us in 2007, their cellist was David Finckel, co-director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Finckel retired from the Quartet in 2013. New cellist Paul Watkins, a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor and dedicated chamber musician, has already infused the Emerson with a rich tone and vibrant sense of humor.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The American Chamber Players with guest Clarinetist Chad Burrow

This flexible and talented group consists of a piano quartet plus flute and clarinet. Led by violist and NPR commentator Miles Hoffman, they are masters at using varied instrumental combinations. Cellist and DePaul Professor Stephen Balderston studied under Lynn Harrell at Juilliard and was Assistant Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony for ten years. Guest clarinetist Chad Burrow (music faculty of U. of Michigan) won the Fischoff and the 2001 Young Concert Artists International. Violinist Joanna Mauer performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is a chamber orchestra concertmaster. Flutist Sara Stern solos with the 21st Century Consort at the Smithsonian and played solo recitals at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Pianist Anna Stoytcheva won the prestigious Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition in Milan when she was only seventeen. At Juilliard, she won the Vladimir Horowitz and the William Petchek scholarships.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Opera Theater Of Connecticut
Puccini: Selections from La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot

Giacomo Puccini was known for his verismo operas, which used commonplace, often gritty settings, and characters who were ordinary people, rather than royalty. These have been called the predecessors of modern movie and TV thrillers. It was Puccini's memorable melodies and lush orchestrations which made his operas so beloved. Opera Theater of Connecticut will present selections from four of his most famous operas, sung by young artists on the cusp of their national and international careers.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Opera Theater Of Connecticut: An Evening Of Rodgers And Hammerstein
Selections from Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma and South Pacific

"It's a grand night for singing," as Rodgers and Hammerstein so famously wrote. This composing team created a string of popular Broadway musicals that began what is considered "the golden age" of musical theater. Their partnership - Rodgers composing the music and Hammerstein writing the lyricsâ€"has been called one of the greatest of the 20th century. The selections for this concert have been chosen from four of their classic audience favorites. Many of the songs you will hear have become part of the very fabric of American popular culture. To perform them, we are presenting an exciting cast of singing actors.

Date: March 3, 2015 - March 28, 2015

Time: 8:00pm

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ
2050 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957

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