Monday, 25 February 2019

To Sarasota With Love




















To Sarasota With Love

Anu Tali, Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra will be returning to her native Estonia after her six great years with us.



I was happy to be at her penultimate Sarasota Concert yesterday afternoon  (24th Feb). My neighbour Barbara B joined me.

The Concert featured eight shorter pieces, some chosen to show-case and honour the virtuosity of various principal players; some because they challenge the audience; and some because they are all time crowd pleasers!  Ms. Tali is smart!

The Sibelius "Rakastava", and the Richard Strauss "Duet Concertino"  (featuring the Sarasota Orchestra Clarinet, and Bassoon principals) were challenging.

The crowd pleasers included Glinka's "Russlan and Ludmilla"  Overture;  Grieg's Peer Gynt "Suite # 1" ....

... and best of all  the utterly gorgeous Intermezzo from Mascagni's "Cavellenia Rusticano"

This is music to speak to the soul and bring tears to the eyes.



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And who is that good looking Horn Player at the top of this blog?  He hails from San Antonio, TX.  He is the co-Principal horn player at the Sarasota Orchestra. His name happens to be Joshua Horne!

He was the featured player at Sunday's Concert for the brief and lovely "Reverie" by the Russian composer Glasunov.


I was "tickled pink" to see Josh centre stage at the concert, for I know him a bit.

We've encountered each other and had a few serious conversations at Arlington Park as Josh has walked his dog "Luke Sky Barker" and I've walked Zion.




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