Sarasota Concert Association: Academy of St Martin in the Fields
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Jeremy Denk, piano, perform in Sarasota on February 21. The Academy is celebrated for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of great orchestral music. Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, the Academy quickly gained a preeminent international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. Today, the Academy is led by music director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original conductor-less ensemble. Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The New York Times lauded Denk as “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination—both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” The evening’s program includes Albinoni’s Concerto Op. 5, No. 5 in A Minor, a new commission by the British composer, Sally Beamish, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.
At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236