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Boston Trio joins the Sanibel Music Festival’s 35th Anniversary season on March 12. “Pianist Heng-Jin Park, violinist Grace Park, and cellist Jonah Ellsworth have appeared with major orchestras and leading chamber music festivals throughout the United States and Europe,” said Deborah Larson, Sanibel Music Festival Vice President. “Renowned for their brilliance and virtuosity, we are elated to welcome the Boston Trio to Sanibel Music Festival’s 2022 season.”
Tickets are on sale now at Sanibel Music Festival website; in-person in Sanibel at Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way (check and cash only); by mail to Sanibel Music Festival, PO Box 1623, Sanibel, FL 33957; or by phone at 239-344-7025. American Chamber Players will perform at 7:30pm March 12 at Sanibel Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island.
“Boston Trio is acclaimed for their superb sense of ensemble and balance,” continued Larson, a cellist, violinist, and pianist who performs with the McLean (VA) Symphony. “Yet each musician is distinguished in their own right.”
Pianist Heng-Jin Park, founding member of the Boston Trio, made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at the age of fifteen, and is artistic director of Halcyon Music Festival. Violinist Grace Park is winner of the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition, and has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada at venues such as Walt Disney Hall, Kennedy Center, Rudolfinum (Prague), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jordan Hall, and Tri-Noon at Rockefeller University. Johan Ellsworth has performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, and New Bedford Symphony, and attended the Marlboro Music Festival from 2014 to 2016.
The program March 12 starts with the Beethoven Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1, and the Faure’ Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120. Next the trio will perform Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 35 in C Major, Hob. XV:21. The concert will conclude with the Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101. The evening is sponsored by Sanibel resident Patricia Thurber In Memory of Davis Thurber.
During the month of March, Sanibel Music Festival features seven ensembles at evening concerts at 7:30 p.m. plus one matinee at 2 p.m. This signature series is followed by two Emerging Artist Series concerts featuring the popular FGCU Bower School of music chamber ensembles on March 29 and April 5.
The season continues March 15, presenting members of the celebrated Juilliard String Quartet with guest pianist Anna Polonsky. Polonsky has been included for this concert following the January death of the quartet’s distinguished violist, Roger Topping. On March 19, Haochen Zhang, Gold Medalist at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, performs.
Opera Theater of Connecticut returns March 22 by popular demand with “Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber- Superstar of Song and Stage”. Performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will include hits from Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Evita, and the Phantom of the Opera, punctuated by commentary from Artistic Director Alan Mann, noted speaker and opera historian.
Classical Music Hall of Fame members, the Emerson String Quartet, performs March 26. Their unparalleled list of achievements spanning four decades includes more than thirty renowned 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.” In 2015, the Emerson received The Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, the highest award in classical chamber music.
The season concludes with the two Emerging Artist Series concerts featuring the Bower School of Music Orchestra and String Ensembles under the direction of Dr Kyle Szabo. Featured soloists are Glen Basham, concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic and Dr. Kyle Szabo, head of strings studies and Orchestra Director at FGCU. Emerging Artist Series concerts will be presented in the morning at 11 a.m. on March 29 and April 5.
Multiple discount packages are available and student tickets are half price. Emerging Artist Series concerts are performed for free will donations on the Sanibel Music Festival website or at the concert. Pre-register on the website to assure seating at the Sanibel Music Festival website. All concerts will take place at Sanibel Congregational U.C.C. at 2050 Periwinkle Way, in the center of the island across from Periwinkle Place.
Sanibel Music Festival is a volunteer organization focused on bringing chamber music, piano recital, and vocal ensemble of the highest caliber to southwest Florida. An honored Festival tradition is to house artists locally with host families. “Special thanks for the warm hospitality shown by our Sanibel hosts at their residences for the 2022 Sanibel Music Festival,” said Larson. “Anyone interested in participating in the host program is welcome to call our hotline at 239-344-7025.”