The Great American Orchestra Series
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Soloist: André Watts, Piano
Sat. Feb. 9 2013 @ 8 PM
Renowned for its distinctive sound, The Philadelphia Orchestra is admired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making. While wholly committed to the exploration of classical music and repertoire, the Orchestra also continues to develop compelling programs that resonate with contemporary audiences. The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world and is one of the prestigious “Big 5” American Orchestras.
Liszt: Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No.3 [16']
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 [30']
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 [31']
Sat. Feb. 23 @ 8 PM
Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Soloist: Denis Matsuev, Piano
For more than 100 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The PSO prides itself on artistic excellence and a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. With a long and distinguished history of touring, both domestically and overseas, the PSO has earned critical acclaim for each tour abroad beginning in the early 1900s, solidifying its ranking as a world-class orchestra.
Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov): Night on Bald Mountain [12’]
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 [33’]
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, op. 64, E minor [50’]
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, Conductor
A Tribute to Barbra Streisand featuring Ann Hampton Calloway
Fri. Mar. 1 2013 @ 8 PM
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is "...the best-known, most recorded and arguably most popular orchestra in the United States." —The New York Times
Otherwise known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops, with conductor Keith Lockhart performs hundreds of shows in Boston, across the US and internationally. The Boston Pops is always a sellout at the Van Wezel. The program will include a tribute to Barbra Streisand featuring Ann Hampton Calloway.
Orchestra Series Specials
Salute to Vienna, New Year’s Concert 2013
Strauss Symphony of America
Imre Kollár, conductor (Budapest)
Patricia Nessy, soprano (Vienna)
Wolfgang Gratschmaier, tenor (Vienna)
Dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and International Champion Ballroom Dancers
Tues. Jan. 1, 2013 @ 8PM
Patterned after Vienna's world famous, "Neujahrskonzert", Salute to Vienna returns for a glorious 14th season. A fresh, new program with a lighthearted blend of popular Strauss waltzes, polkas and famous operetta excerpts from “Die Fledermaus”, “The Merry Widow” and more. Something for everyone to enjoy!
March 14, 2013 @ 8 pm
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates. Itzhak Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world. A major presence in the performing arts on television, Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy Awards. Sarasota holds a special place in Mr. Perlman’s heart and Van Wezel patrons respond in king---his shows always sell out!
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The Van Wezel Seating Chart
Student Rush Tickets
For this performance, can be obtained through the Box Office by the following:
- Students (LIMIT 1 EACH WITH ID at the Box Office)
- Teachers (LIMIT 1 EACH WITH ID at the Box Office)
- City Employees (LIMIT 2 EACH WITH ID at the Box Office)
- Ushers (LIMIT 1 EACH)
- Active Military Service Personnel (LIMIT 1 EACH WITH VALID ID AT BOX OFFICE ONLY)
*Based on seating availability*
Curtain Calls are your opportunity to learn more about the creative process with our visiting artists. These informal pre- or post-performance discussions, all held at the Van Wezel, are FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required. Please join us!
A group begins with as few as 20 people attending the same performance, and is a great way to get together with friends and family or treat your employees and clients.
Group purchases enjoy a 10% discount from regular prices for most performances. We also offer personal group representatives to aid with handling the specific details of your event. Convenient motor coach parking is available to make arrivals and departures a snap, and pre-show meals can be easily handled by our special on-site catering. Pre or post show performer chats are also sometimes available for many performances.
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The Van Wezel strives to ensure that all people, regardless of ability, can enjoy our programming and our facility. Both the Main and Bayside lobbies are now completely accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a special request for accessible seating or special assistance materials, please contact the Box Office at 941-953-3368 at least three weeks in advance of the event. Elevators in both lobbies provide easy access to all levels of the Hall, including the Grand Foyer and Auditorium. In the auditorium, wheelchair seating is available in Sections A and C. Wheelchair patrons can be accommodated in restrooms off both lobbies.
For the Hearing Impaired
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is the first theater in Sarasota to install the revolutionary Hearing Loop System for those who suffer from hearing loss, thanks to financial support from Sertoma Sarasota. The hearing loop is the only system that transmits performersâ€™ voices from a microphone directly into a hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with telecoils, allowing wearers to use hearing aids as wireless loudspeakers. This system complements the existing Sennheiser Infrared Listening System. Wireless headsets can be used at any seat in the auditorium and are available in both the Main and Bayside Lobbies.
Patrons in Wheelchairs
Patrons in wheelchairs may enter through automatic doors in both Main and Bayside lobbies on ground level (no stairs). Only disabled patrons with tickets in wheelchair section may use the free parking facilities on the circle outside the Main Entrance. Your cooperation is requested. Additional free parking for handicapped is provided in the regular parking area. Cars must have necessary identification to qualify for these special arrangements. Wheelchair patrons can be accommodated in restrooms off both lobbies. There is a wheelchair on the premises for emergency use, thanks to the generosity of Easter Seals.