Lucas Coura, Stephen Runner-Up, on the right
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.
Suncoast Music Scholarships, a new Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota partnership, awarded $22,000 to nine talented young musicians from Sarasota and Manatee counties. The scholarship funds are to be used to pay for music education expenses.
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.
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.
Well, Barbara Roth-Donaldson has done it again...another interesting morning of music at the Sarasota Music Club meeting in Sunnyside Village. This one was at the hands of Bob Constantino on piano and the voice of Lyn Purmort, in their slick selection of songs "From Broadway to Hollywood." They are billed as "Just Friends," and very good friends they must be, from the well-worked-out stylings they shared with the very receptive audience.
Having heard the Singing Tree duo before, I was already expecting a very skilled and artistic performance; I was not disappointed. Ray Belanger on hammered dulcimer and Lloyd Goldstein on double bass are each masters of the technical aspects of their instruments. Fortunately, along with the great musical heart they possess individually, they share a sensitivity to each other's efforts. Like two people in a good marriage, they can finish each others' sentences.
In recognition of its 85th anniversary, Sarasota Music Club has selected 10 Sarasota and Manatee county organizations to receive $8,500 in donations. These nonprofit organizations share the club’s mission of promoting music education and/or performance.
A full house was the sight that greeted Traba and Losey, the estimable Flute and Harp Duo from the Sarasota Orchestra. The SMC is doing a great job of inviting members and guests to the monthly meeting/concerts, and Program Chairman Barbara Roth-Donaldson continues to do a great job of lining up talent.
The Sarasota Music Club's upcoming 85th Anniversary inspired a campaign to donate $8,500 to organizations that share its mission of promoting music education and performance. Any Sarasota or Manatee county organization dedicated to music performance and/or education can apply.
The Sarasota Music Club always has interesting programs, along with really nice coffee and sugary things to ruin my diet. Last Friday it was cinnamon rolls, made by hand in the Sunnyside Village kitchen - mmm, good! I actually never learned to like coffee, though I do like the smell. (When I was a kid, my favorite aisle in our old A&P was where the coffee grinders were...what, you, too?)
The Seminole District of the Florida Federation of Music Club met on Saturday, November 17, in Sarasota.
The wife-and-husband team of Karen and Christopher Romig returned to the Sarasota Music Club to open the 2014-2015 season on October 17.