Sanibel Music Festival 2020

Arts and Entertainment

February 12, 2020

From: Sanibel Music Festival

The Festival presents seven concerts each “Save March for Music” season, with piano, chamber music, recital and vocal ensemble.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday March 3, 2020

7:30 pm Manhattan Chamber Players

Mark Dover, Clarinet
Katie Hyun, Violin
Michael Katz, Cello
Luke Fleming, Viola
Francesca dePasquale, Violin
Adam Golka, Piano

The Manhattan Chamber Players are a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level. Formed in 2015 by Artistic Director Luke Fleming, MCP is comprised of an impressive roster of musicians who all come from the tradition of great music making at the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and Perlman Music Program, and are former students of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Colburn School, New England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music.

Saturday March 7, 2020

7:30 pm Rolston String Quartet

Luri Lee - Violin
Emily Kruspe - Violin
Hezekiah Leung - Viola
Jonathan Lo - Cello

The 2018 recipient and first international ensemble chosen for the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, Canada’s Rolston String Quartet continue to receive acclamation and recognition for their musical excellence. In 2016, a monumental year, they earned First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). In that same year, the quartet’s winning included Astral’s National Auditions and Grand Prize of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.

Tuesday March 10, 2020

7:30 pm Boston Chamber Music Society with Ann Hobson Pilot, Harp

Max Levinson, piano
Markus Placci, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Marcus Thompson, violist and BCMS Artistic Director
Jennifer Grim, flute

The Boston Chamber Music Society, BCMS, is an ensemble of superb musicians who come together in different combinations to prepare and perform chamber music. Since its founding in 1982, BCMS has built a reputation for impassioned performances, ripened over time by the long personal and professional histories of its member musicians.

Ann Hobson Pilot was principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to the end of Tanglewood 2009 season, having joined the BSO in 1969 as assistant principal harp and principal with the Boston Pops

Saturday March 14, 2020

7:30 pm National Chopin Piano Competition Winner

The Sanibel Music Festival proudly welcomes the winner of the 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition. The competition will conclude on March 1st 2020, and the winner will be announced as soon as the results are available.

The National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States (NCPC) is designed to offer performance opportunities and financial support to young American pianists, and to enable the Prize Winners to take part in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Initiated in 1975, and held in Miami every five years, the NCPC’s rules reflect closely the regulations and requirements of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

The Competition is open to pianists holding U.S. citizenship (native born or naturalized), born between 1990 and 2004, demonstrating a professional level of performance.

Saturday March 21, 2020

7:30 pm Gould Trio with Robert Plane, Clarinet

Gould Trio with Robert Plane, Clarinet
Lucy Gould, Violin
Benjamin Frith, Piano
Richard Lester, Cello
Robert Plane, Clarinet

The Gould Piano Trio, directly compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their “musical fire” and “dedication to the genre” in the Washington Post, have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for a quarter of a century. Launched by their first prize at the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition and subsequently selected as YCAT Artists, they were “Rising Stars,” making a highly successful debut at New York’s Weill Recital Hall, described by Strad Magazine as “Pure Gould.” Their many appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall have included the complete piano trios of Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schubert-plus in the 2017-18 season, a Beethoven cycle, to celebrate 25 years since their first appearance at this iconic venue.

Tuesday March 24, 2020

7:30 pm Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber, Superstar of Song and Stage, Presented by Opera Theater of Connecticut

Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most successful composer of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Cats (1994), Evita (1996), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004). Along the way he has collected a variety of honors, including knighthood, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Oscar and Kennedy Center recognition.

Celebrate Webber’s amazing and brilliant career with Opera Theater of Connecticut and a group of first-rate professional singers through an exciting selection of moving pieces from his acclaimed shows.

The concert will be punctuated with appropriate, humorous, and informative narrations from the stage by OTC’s Artistic Director Alan Mann, a noted speaker and opera/music theater historian.

Saturday March 28, 2020

7:30 pm Emerson String Quartet

Eugene Drucker, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton - viola
Paul Watkins - cello

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its stature as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. The quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”. The Emerson frequently collaborates with some of today’s most esteemed composers to premiere new works, keeping the string quartet art form alive and relevant. They have partnered in performance with stellar soloists including Reneé Fleming, Barbara Hannigan, Evgeny Kissin, Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, to name a few.

Date: Tuesday March 3, 2020 - Saturday March 28, 2020

Time: 7:30pm

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

Admission: $25.00 – $50.00

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