The former Florida West Coast Symphony opened its 60th season with a new name and a new look - changes prompted by months of community research by Sarasota's regional orchestra. The orchestra's Artistic Director and conductor Leif Bjaland talked with WUSF classical music host Coleen Cook about a new way to 'do music" for a growing arts community and he begins by explaining to her the reasons behind the name change to Sarasota Orchestra. You can hear the story and experience the music when Maestro Leif Bjaland leads the Sarasota Orchestra in the story of Beethoven&#146;s journey from personal despair to pure genius, including a performance of his famous Fifth Symphony, Saturday night October 18th at 8 o&#146;clock. For more information go to www. SarasotaOrchestra.org.
Surviving the Economic Uncertainty
This week, we revisit portions of two shows we produced earlier this year that ring true now more than ever. We'll hear how three area managers operate during a budget crisis. Plus, we'll revisit our discussion on reinventing yourself in a tough economy. It's advice for both managers and workers, this week on Florida Matters.
Renda Gander-Agnew and Florence Foster
Florence Foster began her appointment as a Hillsborough circuit court judge in 1990. After more than a decade on the bench, Foster was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that interferes with nerve pathways and causes muscle weakness and loss of coordination. After being forced to step down in 2003 due to her disease, Florence started a support group for women with MS where she met Renda Gander-Agnew. Both Renda and Florence discuss the difficulties of the disease and the stress that it places on their families.