Sanibel Music Festival
All concerts at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way.
All concerts begin at 7:30pm.
For information, call 344-7025.
Jon Nakamatsu, American Pianist and Gold Medalist at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since winning the Cliburn Gold Medal in 1997, Mr. Nakamatsu has toured year-round with leading conductors and orchestras and in recitals and chamber music world-wide. His recording of Gershwin’s ‘Concerto in F’ and ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ topped Billboard’s charts for six months. He serves as Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and is now Artist-in-Residence of the Chautauqua Piano Program.
Program: Chopin, Schubert
American Chamber Players Piano Trio
American Chamber Players’ Founder & Artistic Director, longtime NPR music commentator Miles Hoffman, has created a program with a delightful mix of instrumental combinations. Cellist Stephen Balderston is a former Assistant Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony., Joanna Maurer is an Associate 1st Violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.Pianist Anna Stoytcheva won the prestigious Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition at age 17. Sara Stern is solo flutist of the 21st Century Consort at the Smithsonian Institution.
Program: Gaubert, Ibert, Schubert, Bach, Brahms
The Boston Trio
Pianist Heng-Jin Park, who made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 15, is the Trio’s Founding Member and Artistic Director of Halcyon Music Festival. Cellist Jonah Ellsworth has performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Philharmonic, among others. Violinist Grace Park is winner of the 2018 Naumberg International Violin competition and is a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.
Program: Beethoven, Faure, Haydn, Brahms
Members of the Julliard String Quartet
with Anna Polonsky, piano
Guest pianist Anna Polonsky joins the Juilliard following the January death of their distinguished violist, Roger Topping. Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble performs in Sanibel as part of a world tour honoring its 75th anniversary. The quartet is in residence at Juilliard, and its members are sought-after teachers in the String and Chamber music faculties. During the summer, they work with students at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Program: Mozart, Penderecki, Brahms
American Pianist Ken Broberg is the Silver Medalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017, followed by a bronze medal at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Mr. Broberg’s most recent honor was winning first prize in the 2021 American Pianists Awards.
Program: Medtner, Faure, Schumann
Opera Theater of Connecticut
Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber
‘Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber: Superstar of Song and Stage,’ features the music of Jesus Christ Superstar, ‘‘Cats,’ ‘Evita,’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ Webber’s honors include a knighthood, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy awards and an Oscar. Alan Mann, noted speaker and opera historian, hosts the concert with humorous and informed narratives.
Emerson String Quartet
The Emerson’s list of achievements spans more than four decades, more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys (including two for the Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s ‘Ensemble of the Year.’ They were inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, the Emerson received The Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, the highest award in classical chamber music.
Program: Beethoven, Schubert
MARCH 26 & April 5
Emerging Artists Series
Florida Gulf Coast University
Bower School of Music
Under the direction of Dr. Kyle Szabo, head of strings studies and Orchestra Director at FGCU. Emerging Artist Series concerts are free, donations encouraged.