La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Announces 36th Season
The critically-acclaimed La Musica International Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 36th season in 2022, with events from February 15 to April 13. Four concerts will be held at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. The season kick-off event, and the first concert with special guest pianist Wu Han, will celebrate the legacy of co-founder and associate artistic director Derek Han, who passed away in April of 2021. Subscriptions to all four concerts are $195 and include a festival rehearsal pass; single concert tickets range from $50-$65. For more information: La Musica Festival
Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m.
Derek Han Memorial Concert
Celebrate the legacy of La Musica’s co-founder and associate artistic director Derek Han. His friends and colleagues, including special guest pianist Wu Han, perform the music he loved.
Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Innocence and Illicit Passion
The 15-year-old Mozart celebrated completion of his second set of string quartets by composing his sunny first viola quintet. One hundred years later, Franck created his piano quintet, secretly dedicated to his young lover. Is passion audible?
Sunday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.
Strut and Fret
Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux returns to perform in contemporary and Classical quintets, contrasted with the lush Dvořák quintet for piano and strings.
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
From Darkness Into Light
Mozart’s dark and stormy piano quartet may have deterred its publisher, but it showed the way from the Classical to the Romantic – so Tchaikovsky owes Mozart (and Florence) for his inspiration. This souvenir is beyond festive – think 1812 without the cannons.
The season also includes a variety of special events and offerings, including Sonata a Due, pre-concert talks, open rehearsals, a recital at Selby Gardens, Meet the Musicians at the Dolphin Aviation hangar, Musical Chefs Dinner at Michael’s Wine Cellar, and free concert tickets for music students age 18 and under and accompanying parents.
Photo credit for Wu Han is Lisa-Marie Mazzucco; photo credit for of Jason is Tyler Boye