Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn with Pianist Louis Lortie
General Event Information
The 2013 Great Performers Series concludes with the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, conducted by Stefan Blunier with pianist Louis Lortie on March 19, 2013, 8:00 p.m. The Bonn Orchestra is considered a pillar of cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding region. The orchestra is the official orchestra of the Bonn Opera House, playing 115 concerts a year in addition to touring worldwide. Conductor Stefan Blunier was an established concert pianist before turning to conducting. Since 2008, he has been the music director of both the Bonn Orchestra and the Bonn Opera. Canadian pianist Louis Lortie made his debut at age 13 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and attained international recognition by is mid-20s. He is especially renowned for his interpretations of Chopin, Ravel and Beethoven and has been described as "one of half a dozen pianists who is worth dropping everything to go and hear." (The Daily Telegraph, London.)
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) exists to foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations that are not otherwise available in the community, through a not-for-profit, organized-audience plan. SCA aims to set the fees for all performances as reasonably as possible, in order to make the concerts available to as much of the community as possible. The organization is not designed to make a profit but does intend to be self-supporting. It provides outreach to all members of the regional community by offering a series of free concerts, Munchtime Musicales, held from November through April every year. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.