Sarasota Concert Association presents Staatskapelle Weimar (State Orchestra of Weimar, Germany)

With Kirill Karabits, conductor

Catherine Foster, soprano

Vadym Kholodenko, piano

February 26 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Founded in 1491, the orchestra is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world.

The program features works by Wagner, Beethoven and Strauss.


(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series season continues with the Staatskapelle Weimar, one of the oldest orchestras in the world and one of Germany’s leading ensembles. Kirill Karabits will conduct, with soloists Catherine Foster, soprano, and Vadym Kholodenko, piano. The concert is Monday, February 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. The evening’s program includes Wagner’s Overture to the Flying Dutchman, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Wagner’s Wesendonck Songs, and Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration. Individual tickets are $30-$94. Mini subscriptions are also available. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-225-6500 or online at

The Staatskapelle Weimar, founded in 1491, is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and one of Germany’s leading ensembles. Its illustrious history has been peopled with some of the world’s best-known musicians and works—and the orchestra continues this tradition of excellence with its current music director and principal conductor, Kirill Karabits. Karabits was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards—the highest recognition for live classical music in the United Kingdom, honoring this musician whose charisma, imagination, scholarly intelligence, and vivid communication have touched audiences wherever he performs.

British soprano Catherine Foster has become one of the most renowned Brünnhildes on stage today. In 2013, Foster was invited to sing in the 200th anniversary of The Ring of the Nibelungen production in Bayreuth and made her United States debut in Washington, D.C., in the renowned Francesco Zambello RING in 2016 to great acclaim. Foster’s recent engagements included the Munich State Opera, the Opera of Cologne and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation, heralded for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Winner of the coveted gold medal and all special prizes at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, he is forging an international career throughout Europe, Asia, and North America to great acclaim.

Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series continues with the the Takács Quartet, hailed by the Chicago Classical Review as “a world-class ensemble at the height of its powers,” (March 16 at Riverview Performing Arts Center); and the return of acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax, renowned for his performances with major symphony orchestras throughout the world, as well as for his chamber music collaborations with Isaac Stern, Young Uck Kim and his longtime friend Yo-Yo Ma (April 3, at the Van Wezel).

Five of the six 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. For tickets, call 941-225-6500 or visit


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 December 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