A Dawning of a New Season
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“A Dawning of a New Season” was the perfect appellation for our Sarasota Orchestra’s offering to its Suncoast audience. As most of you know, this is the Orchestra’s 65th Anniversary of bringing fine musical programs to the greater Sarasota community. And, along with our planned festivities for the season, we welcomed our newest arrival, Anu Tali, our fifth and newest Music Director, who was recently recruited from her native Estonia after an intensive and diligent search effort made by our Search Committee of many candidates. Her three-day Van Wezel debut proved to be a spectacular one for the young and talented conductor.
One of my concert-going friends chatted with me during intermission and imparted a very cogent description of his feelings for Anu’s style of conducting. He said, “It was totally refreshing – She gave me A new look at the old!” Being somewhat jaded by always hearing the traditional renderings of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and other mid-European composers, he now felt that the eastern-European pieces Anu offered and which were magnificently soloed by Czech piano virtuoso, Lukas Vondracek and our gifted orchestra, gave him “Old music with a new look!” I think the sold-out audience, by virtue of their post-concert ovations, agreed with my friend’s thoughts.
Let’s also give some kudos to our talented pre-concert soloist, Maria Wirries, a young, talented Sarasota teenager, for her beautiful rendition of our National Anthem. We are raising some great kids here on the Suncoast. Hope you will encourage them to avail themselves of the many opportunities in the music field that are available to them by means of the many learning programs.
Although Anu can conduct only two concerts this season because of previous commitments she must honor in Europe, be assured that she will return to resume her new role as our talented Music Director and reside here in Sarasota for more of our season next year.
We welcome you, Anu, and wish you continued success as you lead our great Orchestra on its “Dawning of a New Era” and our sincerest thanks for joining us.