23 Feb Concert Series
SUN MAR 11, 2018 ♦ 4:00 PM – First Brass of Sarasota presents “Celtic Fest” Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Brass, bagpipes, organ, and Irish dancers will inspire you in the magnificent setting of Roser Community Church. Combining these instruments and dance will create an emotional celebration of our Celtic heritage. This concert will bring smiles, tears, and goosebumps. Doors open at 3:00. A free-will offering makes it possible to bring you these dynamic events.
The concerts will be held in the Roser Community Church Sanctuary. Roser Church is located near the Anna Maria City Pier at 512 Pine Avenue. Come early, bring the family and enjoy the day on beautiful Anna Maria Island. For more information call the church office at 941-778-0414, email firstname.lastname@example.org, go to www.roserchurch.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook/roserchurch.
SUN DEC 11, 2016 ♦ The Ditchfield Family Singers: A Christmas Celebration Known throughout the country for their superb harmonies, rich blend and genuine family warmth, The Ditchfields present a Christmas show like none other…full of happy holiday memories, nostalgic favorites, joyous carols and lots of special surprises! Come and enjoy an unforgettable Christmas celebration with this remarkably talented 9-member family ensemble! This is a concert that’s not to be missed!! The Ditchfield family has been entertaining together for over 20 years. Their specialty is their annual Christmas shows that they perform all over the state of Florida. The overwhelming appeal of their shows can be attributed to the gifted soloists, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets within the ensemble, providing a delightful variety of music and styles….there’s something for everyone!
SUN JAN 29, 2017 ♦ Bob Milne: Ragtime and Boogie Woogie – Piano at its best! Bob Milne has to be seen to be believed. He has been filmed and documented by the Library of Congress for “unusual musical abilities” and is referred to as a “national treasure”. Performing over 200 times per year all over the U.S. and parts of the world, he is rated among the top ragtime players in all of history. Milne will present a program of ragtime and boogie-woogie with historical narratives woven throughout. He is likely to insert anything else, such as light classical or country-western. With no set program, in his words, he “just begins.” Milne is an amazing musician who can play multiple complex rhythms simultaneously while carrying on a conversation, lecturing on ragtime music, and cracking jokes. He has a “four-track mind”— the unusual ability to mentally “play” up to 4 symphonies in his head simultaneously according to Penn State neuroscientist Kerstin Bettermann. Bettermann, who has studied Milne’s ability for several years, says our brains just aren’t wired to use both sides simultaneously as Milne does. Milne can play in three different time signatures at once—3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 time, playing one on his left hand, another with the thumb of his right hand, and the last with the rest of his right hand. Since childhood, Milne has had the prodigy-like ability to hear any musical score and replicate it on the keys. Once Milne hears a song, he remembers every note, whether it’s a ragtime song or a Beethoven symphony. “I’ve never practiced piano a day in my life,” he says. “I always thought everyone could just play like this.”
SUN FEB 12, 2017 ♦ Sarasota String Quartet. Founded in 1967, the Sarasota String Quartet is one of Florida’s premier ensembles and a favorite among area music lovers. For over thirty years the group has performed throughout the state of Florida, and has been a regular participant in the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs’ State Touring Program. One of four resident ensembles of the Sarasota Orchestra, the Sarasota String Quartet performs chamber music as part of the Salon Series at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center in Sarasota. Milestones in the Quartet’s history include a successful New York debut, and performances at the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. The program will consist of works by Webern, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Ensemble members from left to right: Daniel Jordan, Samantha Bennett, Steven O. Laraia, and Natalie Helm.
SUN FEB 26, 2017 ♦ The Wyndbreakers, Celtic Duo The Wyndbreakers feature Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland – from traditional to Celtic rock, from fiddle to flute to electric guitar and drums, from songs to jigs and reels. Orlando-based musicians Ennis and Craig describe their program as “music, comedy, lots of instruments, and a couple of kilts. If you don’t have a great time at this show, you just must hate fun!” Ennis Pruitt and his musical friends have been playing music in Central Florida for over 20 years, including gigs at Universal Studios, Sea World, Disney, Discovery Cove, Silver Springs, and Cypress Gardens. His various groups include Saddlesore (classic Country), the Beachbreakers (Key West), the Wyndbreakers (Irish and Scottish), and the Breakers (50’s-80’s Rock). Whether it’s a Celtic festival with pipes and whistles, a classic rock gig with smokin’ electric guitars, or just wastin’ away in Margaritaville, Ennis and friends have a good time and take the audience along with them!
SUN APR 23, 2017 ♦ Ring Sarasota Now in its 7th season, Ring Sarasota, the area’s premier handbell ensemble, is making music throughout the Gulf Coast. Dedicated to bringing ringing prime time, the group showcases over 200 bells rung by 30 hands to create a symphony of sound. Their music has been described as an inspirational mix of melody and muscle. Inspired by the toe tappin’ and finger snappin’ tunes of the last 50 years, Ring Sarasota will present “We’ve Got Rhythm” – a dynamic concert that includes selections from Glenn Miller, Abba, the Beatles, and Beethoven. You won’t want to miss this lively and entertaining performance!
SUN JAN 28, 2018 ♦ 4:00 PM – Songeaters, Voice & Piano Duo Created by acclaimed pianist Eunmi Ko and Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, Songeaters is a voice-piano duo offering a new look at art song. Rather than more traditional programming based on a single composer or nationality, Songeaters produces programs that thread together a diverse repertoire based on story and text theme, seeking to explore the widest range of perspectives and experiences by pairing selected popular chestnuts with lesser known gems and newly composed responses that expand the world of classical song and deepen understanding. For this performance Lobo and Ko will present ‘Seasonscape’, a program tracing the course of the year through a wide variety of eras and countries.
SUN FEB 18, 2018 ♦ 4:00 PM – Paul Todd & Paul Todd, Jr. The experience of a Paul Todd concert is totally different from anything anyone has ever seen before. Although Paul is first and foremost a Christian artist, his concerts also include original, classical, popular, and Broadway selections. Paul accompanies himself by playing six keyboards simultaneously. His fingers and feet move at lightning-fast speed, which the audience can see on a large mirror set up behind the keyboards. Known also for his smooth and powerful vocals, he combines talent with a sparkling wit to help make his concerts an unforgettable family night out. Columnist Jack Moss said it best, “I’ve seen Todd do his thing in concert and I think he’s impossible to top as an entertainer.” Paul continues to perform over fifty concerts a year, most of them as fundraisers for charities. Paul travels with his son, Paul Todd Jr., who is a gifted singer, songwriter, and percussionist.