Sarasota Concert Association presents George Nickson, percussion, and Samantha Bennett, violin In a Music Matinees Performance

January 17  David Cohen Hall

The two Sarasota Orchestra principals and EnsemblenewSRQ co-founders will perform works

by Bach, Prokofiev, Piazzolla and Bricusse and Newley in this free concert.

 

(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association’s free Music Matinees series continues its 2017-2018 season with Sarasota Orchestra principals and EnsemblenewSRQ co-founders George Nickson, percussion, and Samantha Bennett, violin, Wednesday, January 17, noon, in David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The program will include J.S. Bach’s Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996; Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin Solo, Op. 115; Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango; and Bricusse and Newley’s Pure Imagination. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Music Matinees, email Gail Berenson at berenson@ohio.edu or Katherine Oarr at dkoarr@gmail.com or visit www.scasarasota.org.

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a violinist “full of subtlety and poise,” Samantha Bennett is an active and varied performer around the globe. Bennett is principal second violin of the Sarasota Orchestra and is also co-founder and artistic director of ensemblenewSRQ. She performs regularly with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and has been guest concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony. A fierce advocate of new music, Bennett has premiered works by Gunther Schuller, Toshio Hosokawa, Oliver Knussen, John Cage, George Benjamin, Augusta Read Thomas, and Philip Glass. She has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, Spoleto Festival USA, the Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where she performed for two seasons with the New Fromm Players, a group that specializes in contemporary music performance.

A percussionist of great versatility and virtuosity, George Nickson has been hailed as “a performer handling his role with ease and flair” by The New York Times. Nickson is principal percussionist of the Sarasota Orchestra and performs with the orchestras of Boston, Detroit, Washington D.C., Toronto, and Honolulu. An enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music, George is co-founder, conductor and artistic director of ensemblenewSRQ.

Music Matinees is a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. The 2018 Music Matinees concert season continues with Sarasota Orchestra principal bassist John Miller, in swing mode with the John Miller Jazz Trio (Wednesday, February 7); the State College of Florida Chamber Choir conducted by Melodie Dickerson (Wednesday, March 28); and “keyboard tour de force,” pianist Tom Purviance (Wednesday, April 18).

All Music Matinee performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is open; no reservations taken. For more information about Music Matinees, email Gail Berenson at berenson@ohio.edu or Katherine Oarr at dkoarr@gmail.com or visit www.scasarasota.org.

Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series includes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring conductor and violin soloist Pinchas Zukerman (January 11, 2018); the return of the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst (January 29, 2018); violinist Gil Shaham, performing with pianist Akira Eguchi (February 21, 2018); the historic Staatskapelle Weimar, conducted by Kirill Karabits, with Catherine Foster, soprano, and Vadym Kholodenko, piano (February 26, 2018); the Takács Quartet (March 16, 2018); and the return of acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax (April 3, 2018).

Five of the Great Performers Series concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The March 16th concert is at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way in Sarasota. Subscriptions for all six concerts are $130, $200, $275, $355, and $420.  Mini subscriptions are also available. For subscriptions and single tickets, call 941-225-6500 or visit www.scasarasota.org.

 

About the Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters greater appreciation for world-class classical music by offering the community two engaging programs from November to April. The Great Performers Series, in its 73rd season, brings world-renowned orchestras and chamber groups to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Music Matinee Series features outstanding regional artists in free community concerts at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Hall and other venues. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.