Sarasota Orchestra among area arts groups with programming changes resulting from COVID-19 rates

Posted on: January 6, 2022

“Positive COVID-19 test results and concerns about the expanding impact of the omicron variant are forcing program changes and cancellations for several Sarasota arts organizations,” writes Jay Handelman in Tuesday’s (1/4) Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL). “Just three weeks after announcing plans for its new Stage III series, Florida Studio Theatre said it will postpone the shows for a year. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is delaying the opening of its world premiere musical ‘Ruby’ by two weeks, and the Sarasota Orchestra had to do a last-minute change of conductors for this weekend’s concerts.… At the Sarasota Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, music director of the Sarasota Music Festival, was scheduled to lead a series of three concerts with guest pianist Garrick Ohlsson dubbed ‘Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff.’ But the organization said that due to a COVID exposure, he will not be able to travel. He will be replaced by two-time Grammy winner David Alan Miller, music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The concerts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, include Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.”