The Sarasota Concert Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a lineup of world-renowned classical artists and ensembles. The Great Performers Series, which runs January through March, features the pianist Behzod Abduraimov (Jan. 15), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Jan. 29), Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor Riccardo Muti (Feb. 12), The Knights with violinist Gil Shaham (Feb. 25), Pacifica Quartet with pianist Orion Weiss (March 12) and Musicians from Marlboro (March 30). Four of the concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and two concerts are at Riverview Performing Arts Center.

The 2020 Great Performers Series Season:

Jan. 15: Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Winner of the London International Piano Competition at the age of 18, Abduraimov has already performed with such leading orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, exhibiting depth of musicality paired with phenomenal technique. (Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.)

Jan. 29: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

“Champions of Collaboration,” the Grammy-award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1972 to create a conductorless orchestra with the intimacy of a chamber ensemble. (Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.)

Feb. 12: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Led by the preeminent conductor Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been recognized as “one the five top orchestras in the world” by Gramophone magazine. (Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.)

Feb. 25: The Knights and Gil Shaham, violin

Dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music, The Knights share the stage with one of the foremost violinists of our time, Gil Shaham.  Riverview Performing Arts Center)

March 12: Pacifica Quartet and Orion Weiss, piano

Orion Weiss, acclaimed as “one of the most sought-after soloists of his generation,” joins forces with the Pacifica Quartet — an ensemble widely praised for its gripping interpretations of string quartet cycles. (Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.)

March 30: Musicians from Marlboro

An offshoot of the Marlboro Festival created by Rudolf Serkin, the Musicians from Marlboro are acclaimed both for their joyous, thoroughly prepared performances and for fostering artists at the beginning of their careers—including such luminaries as Yefin Bronfman, Richard Goode and Richard Stoltzman. (Riverview Performing Arts Center).

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