“The Sarasota Orchestra’s new season was announced this weekend at the final Masterworks concerts of the year, in which Anu Tali conducted the orchestra with Finnish pianist Antti Siirala in a program of works by Halvorsen, Chopin and Sibelius,” writes Susan Rife in Sunday’s (4/3) Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL). “Next year’s Masterworks series will continue to display Tali’s love for the Russian composers to close to her heart, and the Scandinavian composers closest to her Estonian homeland: Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür. Tüür’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Strata’ was commissioned for Tali.” Also planned is a program featuring “the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt’s Credo for chorus and solo piano, and Mozart’s Requiem K. 626. Booking the Estonian chamber choir came about because of orchestra CEO Joseph McKenna’s love for choral music.” Guest conductors in 2016-17 include Case Scaglione, who will lead works by Beethoven and Brahms; and Han-na Chang, who will conduct Rossini, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Among composers featured in eight chamber concerts are Dvořák and Shostakovich as well as Theodor Burkali (TraInspOrt), and George Crumb (Vox balanae: Voice of the Whale). The season will feature three pops concerts and six “Great Escapes” programs blending pops and light classics.
Posted April 5, 2016