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Friday, October 11, 2019
 

Sarasota Music Club’s 90th Anniversary Concert Schedule

Sarasota Music Club’s 90th Anniversary season begins on October 11, 2019.

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Fincher and Gonzalez Sing Out the Season

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Sarasota Music Club heard our last program of the 2018-19 season in the Sunnyside Village Eicher Auditorium on March 15th.

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On an excellent concert by Katherine Siochi (and challenging conditions for musicians)

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Katherine Siochi, new harpist with the Sarasota Orchestra, looks youthful enough to still be in high school, but she plays like the seasoned pro she is. With two degrees from Juilliard and experience playing on a fill-in basis with major US orchestras, she can definitely be called seasoned. In February, she brought her beautiful Lyon and Healy concert harp to the very appreciative full house in Eicher Auditorium.

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A Fine Performance by Jason Stearns + Lee Dougherty Ross

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He was supposed to sing for us a year ago, but came down with the Skrog and could not even croak on pitch, so instead we got a lovely last-minute program from Amy Connours and Lee Dougherty Ross. This season, he came, in good voice, and it was well worth the wait.

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Sunnyside Singers Share Joyful Sounds

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One advantage of being a long-time member of the Sarasota Music Club is that it allows for a long view of the club and its activities. The membership of the SMC is about the same in number, from year to year, as new members come in, replacing those who have gone on to sing in the Heavenly Choir. Due to a healthy bequest quite a while ago coupled with their annual dues, the SMC has been able to provide concerts every third Friday in ‘the season’ for our members and any others who wish to come, and to give many scholarships to help young musicians continue their education at colleges and music schools across the country.  These activities are exactly what the Music Club founders intended.

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Mike Markaverich, Jazz Piano & Vocals

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Mike Markaverich shared his considerable musical talent at Sarasota Music Club's November meeting. 

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SMC Opens with Delightful Jensen Duo

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Sarasota Music Club’s delightful season opening concert by Dale and Barbara Jensen was made even more interesting by Dale’s sharing his knowledgeable (and of course, witty) explanations and demonstrations of the various instruments in the flute family.

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Suncoast Music Scholarship 2018 Awards Luncheon

So, there we were – the culmination of the season’s activities, the Scholarship Awards Luncheon of 2018. The Sarasota Music Club has been doing this since its founding in 1930, and the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota since its founding in 1996. This is the third year of the two organizations’ partnership, and they -we- combined organizational and financial resources to award $20,000 in scholarships to eight very talented young area musicians. They, their parents, teachers, accompanists, and many members of the two sponsoring organizations were gathered to celebrate. As a bonus to us, the four 12th grade winners performed at the luncheon.

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Rhonda Liss, Soprano, Gives a Great Performance

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The small-ish crowd at Sarasota Music Club’s March meeting/program was treated to a cabaret show given by a lady who really knows how to give a cabaret show. Seventeen of her favorite songs, strung together by a script that gave brief introductions to the songs by telling us a little bit about the origin of the song, or its writers/composers, or the whys behind its inclusion in this group. Plus occasional bits about her life...yes, her husband of 26 years was, in fact, in a hospital in Cleveland at that moment, and she did, in fact, leave his bedside to fly back to Sarasota for this show. Such is the dedication, the Credo of a committed professional...‘I said I’d be there, and dammit, the show will go on!’

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Duo-Ridenours Deliver Delightful Performance

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What a pair! The Ridenours, Rich and Stacy, graced Eicher Auditorium with their enormous skills last Friday, at the Sarasota Music Club’s February meeting. He of the outgoing and enthusiastic stage presence and she of the self-effacing, introverted mien, both pianists of great ability, kept the full house totally engaged and wanting more. The program consisted of standard works (for band, orchestra or soloist) that Rich has arranged for piano, four hands, inelegantly known in music circles as ‘four buns on a bench.’

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On Accompanists & The Lyric Duo

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Young classical pianists who start to dream about a career performing music in public usually imagine themselves playing inspired programs of powerful Beethoven sonatas, intricate preludes and fugues by Bach, or spikey suites by Debussy, Bartok, or Vivaldi. Very few imagine a career as an accompanist. Yet, if they want to make a living...
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Sunnyside Singing, Plus, for Holiday Cheer

The Sarasota Music Club always has interesting programs at their once-a-month meetings. Occasionally, club business will actually be conducted, but the meeting is primarily an excuse to hear some music. The music at the December meeting last Friday was mainly provided by the Sunnyside Singers, a group of thirty who are primarily residents of Sunnyside Village, conducted by Suzanne Stearns. Musicians are supposed to watch their conductor, and in this case, they could hardly not – her conducting is of the energetic, insistent sort, and sure enough, all eyes were on her. No shrinking violets here, they all sang with big, full voices, and produced a very satisfying choral sound, with nice part-singing.
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Overnight Miracle - Amy Jo Connours

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Noted baritone Jason Stearns, of US Army Chorus and Metropolitan Opera fame, was to have been the Sarasota Music Club’s program on Friday, the 17th of November. As sometimes happens, he got the flu and realized he would not be able even to croak his way through a program on Thursday evening, less than 18 hours before the intended start time on Friday. He informed his accompanist, the indomitable Lee Dougherty Ross, who said, “Not to worry! I have a friend.” And, indeed she did. 
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Margot Zarzycka's Marvelous Music Opens the Season

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The Zigeunerzeit of Sarasota Music Club, according to Dale Jensen

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Sarasota Earlye Musicke Consort Concert

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Grigorios Zamparas - February 17 Concert


Well, our Program Chairperson, Barbara Roth-Donaldson, has done it again! She found a wonderful performer and brought him to a capacity crowd of very appreciative Sarasota Music Club listeners.

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Music to End and Begin the Year


HOLIDAY PROGRAM

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Season Opened with Siren Song's Enchanting Performance


Sarasota Music Club's 2016-2017 performance season kicked off with a delightful performance by Siren Song. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed a program ranging from opera to Broadway, deliciously delivered by Johanna Fincher, soprano, Robyn Rocklein, mezzo-soprano, and Donna Smith, piano.

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2015-2016 Performance Season Review

The 2015-2016 season offered many wonderful performances that were enjoyed by Sarasota Music Club members and guests. October through December performances were nicely covered in previous blogs, and here is an overview of the rest of the season.

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I Solisti d'Oneco performed "The Old, The New, The In-Between"

The Sarasota Music Club hosted the woodwind quintet I Solisti d’Oneco at its monthly concert on November 20. The group performed a wide variety of music, dating from the 18th century Sonata in B flat by Mozart to a piece written in 2015 by Peter Tavalin.

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