Then & Now 6/14: Sarasota Music Festival
On this date in 1985, John Harbison’s Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings, had its premiere in Sarasota, with oboist Sarah Bloom and clarinetist Charles Russo, with the New College Festival Orchestra, conducted by Paul Wolfe. Of course we now know that festival by its current name; the Sarasota Music Festival.
And we have plenty of music on the radio from this year’s Festival which is underway now. Join Bethany Cagle this afternoon as Sarasota Music Festival piano student Vijay Venkatesh and clarinet student Micah Wright stop by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio for live music and conversation. Music selections will include The Maiden and the Nightingale by Enrique Granados, the Preludes 1 and 3 by George Gershwin, and the second movement from the Sonata in E-flat, by Brahms. That’s this afternoon at 2:00. Then tomorrow night Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 will bring you a broadcast of the Sarasota Music Festival’s first “Saturday Symphony” concert recorded at the Sarasota Opera House. Listen tomorrow night at 7:00 as the festival orchestra performs Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No. 5 conducted by Jeffrey Kahane. Also, renowned flutist, and former Sarasota Music Festival student, Jasmine Choi will play the Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert. Thursday night at 7:00 on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.