Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Renowned performers headline SO benefit concert

Slated for the Sarasota Orchestra's very first benefit concert, held 8 p.m. Jan. 16, will be two world-renowned performers: Bradenton resident and Grammy Award-winning vionlinist James Ehnes and Sarasota Music Festival artistic direct Robert Levin.

Ehnes will perform Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" and Levin, a Mozart scholar and Harvard University professor, will perform Mozart's "Piano Concerto." The orchestra, lead by artistic director Leif Bjaland, will feature Dvoark's "Carnival Overture" and Rimsky Korsakov's "Capriccio espagnol."

The festivities will be at the Sarasota Opera House. Tickets are $50-$100 with proceeds benefiting the musicians. Guests will also have the opporturnity meet and greet the musicans during a champagne and dessert reception. Tickets will be sold separately for the after-concert event for $50 each.

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-January Holmes

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