Perlman Music Program Returns to USFSM

Itzhak Perlman

From December 23, 2013 to January 3, 2014, the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast will hold the 10th PMP Sarasota Winter Residency at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Toby Perlman, wife of renowned concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, founded the residency program to offer students life-changing musical training. Violin, viola, cello and bass students from around the globe, aged 12 to 20+, receive unparalleled instruction from Mr. Perlman and internationally acclaimed music faculty. The public residency events include free orchestra and chorus rehearsals, individual recitals and viola and cello master classes. The Perlmans, PMP students and faculty participate in question and answer sessions following many of these events.

“We’re really energized by this monumental anniversary,” says Elizabeth Power, executive director of PMP/Suncoast. “It’s amazing how fast the years have gone by—and how much we’ve accomplished in those years. We’re deeply touched with how the community welcomes our programs each year.”

The public is invited to attend approximately 20 free events, including orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress recitals. New this year is an open rehearsal and performance with the “PMP/Suncoast Super Strings,” young violinists from Sarasota and Manatee counties who will join the PMP student orchestra in performing a Vivaldi violin concerto under the direction of Itzhak Perlman on January 2.                                              

“It is such a pleasure to host this wonderful program on our campus,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, regional chancellor. “The Perlman Music Program showcases talented students and is an extraordinary opportunity for our community.”

The full schedule of events is below. Unless otherwise indicated, all events are located in a heated tent at USF Sarasota-Manatee: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.

Winter Residency Event Schedule

Monday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. Student Recital 
Tuesday, December 24 at 5:00 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal
Thursday, December 26 at 5:00 p.m. Chorus Rehearsal & 7:00 p.m. Student Recital
Friday, December 27 at 11:00 a.m. Cello Master Class & 5:00 p.m. Chorus Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. Student Recital
Saturday, December 28 at 7:00 p.m. Student Recital at Temple Sinai
Sunday, December 29 at 5:00 p.m. Chorus Rehearsal & 7:00 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal
Monday, December 30 at 7:00 p.m. Student Recital
Tuesday, December 31 at 4:00 p.m. Chorus Rehearsal & 6:00 p.m. Student Recital
Thursday, January 2 at 11:00 a.m. Viola Master Class & 4:00 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal including PMP/Suncoast Super Strings & 7:00 p.m. Student Recital
Friday, January 3 at 3:30 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal & 5:00 p.m. Chorus Rehearsal & 7:00 p.m. Student Recital
Saturday, January 4 at 5:00 p.m. – “10th Annual Celebration Concert” at Sarasota Opera House

Tickets are priced $40, $60 and $80 and are available through the Sarasota Opera House box office (941-366-8450) or through Student and teacher rush tickets are available one hour before the concert for $10. The “10th Annual Celebration Gala, immediately following the concert, celebrates the Perlmans, faculty, students, and PMP/Suncoast sponsors and patrons. This gala dinner is at Michael’s on East in Sarasota. For gala tickets and information, call 941-350-2338.

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