“We’re proud to present some of the finest artists in classical music,” says Sarasota Orchestra President and CEO Joseph McKenna. “Our 2022-2023 season brings five Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated guests to the stage.” Among the musicians will be pianist Joyce Yang, who earned a 2018 Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.” Her recording partner, violinist Augustin Hadelich, will join Yang as she launches the Masterworks season with Grieg’s emotional Piano Concerto. Conductor Paul Daniel currently leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, and he was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Classical Compendium” category in 2015. Daniel will conduct Masterworks 5: Emperor for the Sarasota Orchestra, which will pair Beethoven’s epic Piano Concerto No. 5 with Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony. Violinist Gil Shaham earned a Grammy this year for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” with his album that pairs the warhorse concertos of Beethoven and Brahms. Shaham will join the Sarasota Orchestra for the Masterworks season finale, A Hero’s Life, performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Carlos Miguel Prieto , photo courtesy of Benjamin Ealovega.


Another violin superstar, James Ehnes—a Bradenton-area resident—shared a long artistic partnership with Tovey, with whom he won a Grammy in 2008. Ehnes will perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in Masterworks 3: Mahler: A View of Heaven. With his 19 Grammy wins and 29 nominations, cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a classical music legend. This year, he shared the prize for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” with pianist Emanuel Ax. Ma will be the guest of honor at Sarasota Orchestra’s “Special Concert and Gala,” performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. As the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida (operating since 1949), the 76-member Sarasota Orchestra performs classical, pops, chamber music and community outreach concerts.

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