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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Features Harp, Cello, and Guitar in April

| Suncoast Post Staff |

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents three programs featuring harp, cello, and guitar in April: Cheryl Losey Feder, harp, and Abraham Feder, cello, perform at Temple Sinai on April 9; award-winning guitarist JIJI brings her adventurous style to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on April 20; and rising star Cameron Crozman, cello, joined by Meagan Milatz, piano, present a Lunch and Listen concert atSarasota Yacht Club on April 27. For more information and tickets, visit Artist Series Concerts or call (941) 306-1202.

Feder DuoCheryl Losey Feder, harp, and Abraham Feder, cello – will present a program which includes their own transcriptions of music by Bach and Johann Strauss, Jr. on April 9, 4:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai. The couple met when they began their orchestral careers on the same day in 2008 as they assumed principal positions in the Sarasota Orchestra. He is now assistant principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony and she a sought-after soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.

Guitarist JIJI was selected by the Washington Post as “one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow.” Her virtuosic performances of music range from traditional classical to free improvisation, played on both acoustic and electric guitar. The first guitarist to win the Concert Artist Guild competition first prize in 30 years, JIJI has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and has been featured on PBS and NPR. She performs on April 20, 5:30 p.m., outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.       

Cameron Crozman, named “Canada’s next big cello star” by CBC Music, is making a name for himself as the next superstar of the classical music world. He will be joined by pianist Meagan Milatz in a program titled “Wanderlust,” which features music inspired by composers’ vacation trips. Crozman and Milatz perform at the Sarasota Yacht Club on April 27; the 11:00 a.m. performance is followed by lunch.

Artist Concert Series

For tickets and more information, visit Artist Series Concerts or call (941) 306-1202.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Inc.’s 2022-2023 season is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes); The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
Remaining 2022-2023 Season at a Glance

Michelle Cann, piano
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Featured Young Artist

Winner of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recognizing extraordinary classical Black and Latinx musicians, Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Her program includes repertoire by Florence Price, whose music Cann has championed. Single ticket: $30-$50. Artist sponsored by the late Jane Riggin, and Joseph Holt and Paco Martinez-Alvarez. Michelle Cann appears by arrangement with the Curtis Institute of Music.

Samantha Bennett, violin
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 11:00 a.m. performance, 12:15 p.m. luncheon
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota

Featured Young Artist

Former principal second violin of Sarasota Orchestra, Bennett’s program will include music that has inspired her career. She will perform works by Prokofiev and Berio, as well as perhaps the most famous unaccompanied violin piece of all, the Chaconne of JS Bach. Single ticket: $60.

Feder Duo
Cheryl Losey Feder, harp, and Abraham Feder, cello
Sunday, April 9, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

Cheryl Losey and Abraham Feder began their orchestral careers on the same day in 2008 as they both assumed principal positions in the Sarasota Orchestra. He introduced himself as she was tuning her harp, and the rest is history. He is now assistant principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony and she a sought-after soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. They return to Sarasota for a program of music for harp and cello, including their own transcriptions of music by Bach and Johann Strauss, Jr. Single ticket: $40. Artists sponsored by Peter and Tova Phillipes.

JIJI, guitar
Thursday, April 20, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Campus, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota

Featured Young Artist

Selected by the Washington Post as “one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow,” JIJI is an adventurous artist known for her virtuosic performances of music ranging from traditional classical to free improvisation, played on both acoustic and electric guitar. The first guitarist to win the Concert Artists Guild competition 1st prize in 30 years, JIJI has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and has been featured on PBS and NPR. Single ticket: $40. Artist sponsored by Miles and Barbara Capron.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Cameron Crozman, cello, and Meagan Milatz, piano
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 11:00 a.m. performance, 12:15 p.m. luncheon
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota

Featured Young Artist

Named “Canada’s next big cello star” by CBC Music and “2019-20 Classical Revelation Artist” of Radio-Canada, Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman is making a name for himself as the next superstar cellist of the classical music world. His program is titled “Wanderlust” and features music inspired by composers’ vacation trips. Single ticket: $60.

Vivaldi and Mendelssohn
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Nikki Chooi, Jun Iwasaki, Emerson Millar, violins
Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

Featured Young Artist

Superstar concertmasters from four American orchestras share the role of soloist in Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons. Mendelssohn’s beloved String Octet sees all four together, with four additional artists, performing the masterpiece Mendelssohn composed when he was only 16. Single ticket: $30-$60; post-concert reception sold separately for $35. Concert sponsored by J. Russell and Margarete Wiltshire.

Viola Royale
Paul and Steven Laraia, violas
Sunday, May 14, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota

Featured Young Artists

The sultry alto voice of the string family gets its moment in the spotlight in this program by the Laraia brothers, both world class violists. Paul is with the Grammy Award-winning Catalyst String Quartet and has been acclaimed by The Strad for his “eloquent” and “vibrant” playing. Steven is with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, having begun his career as principal violist of the Sarasota Orchestra. Their program features music by composers who played the viola, including a viola quintet by Mozart where they will be joined by several Sarasota Orchestra colleagues. Single ticket: $40.

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