Dear friends and patrons,
We welcome you to another great season of the Venice Community Concert Series. It is our desire to provide exceptional talent in a sacred space. This year we focus our attention on artists from our own community. Each concert will feature artists from Venice, Sarasota, and West Palm Beach. Our concerts will offer excellent music and entertainment for every age group to enjoy. This season yet again showcases an eclectic array of programing.
Jamal H. Sarikoki
Venice Community Concert Series
Friday, December 6 at 7pm
Starting off the Christmas Season, we welcome back Michelle Kuhl and Jamal Sarikoki. Michelle, who has toured on keyboard with The King’s Brass, will be joining us from Michigan before heading out on the Christmas tour once again. Kuhl’s technical skill and exquisite interpretation will blend with the dynamic qualities of our own Jamal Sarikoki’s playing and singing to bring an inspiring blend of musicianship. They will be collaborating in a concert featuring beloved Christmas Carols for piano and organ duet, organ for “four hands and four feet,” as well as music for baritone solo. Join us for many well-loved classics to kick off your holiday season.
Saturday, January 18 at 7pm
The Jazz Masters is a six-member jazz ensemble made up of some of South Florida’s top jazz artists. The Jazz Masters will perform a program of classic jazz standards, music from the Great American Songbook, as well as original music written by members of the group. The group includes Peter BarenBregge (woodwinds), former director of the renowned Airmen of Note; Dick Hyman, the legendary jazz pianist, Tom Jestadt (drums), one of Toronto’s busiest percussionists; Mark Neuenschwander (bass) South Florida’s most sought after bassist; Randy Sandke (trumpet), one of the country’s leading jazz trumpeters; and Venice Presbyterian’s own Michael Treni (trombone), former New York studio arranger, trombonist, and jazz educator. This is one concert you don’t want to miss!
Meet the Artists reception to follow.
Saturday, February 8 at 3pm
One of the most anticipated concerts of each concert series in recent years is the Masterworks Concert. We have been delighted to fill every inch of the chancel with many of the finest musicians in Southwest Florida and in so doing, we have filled the entire sanctuary with glorious music. This edition of the Masterworks concert features music for flute and orchestra. We welcome Venice’s own Karen Romig and a new young artist Luis Diaz as our starred flautists for the evening. This program features not only works for solo flute by John Rutter and Mozart, but also duets based on popular operas such as Verdi’s Rigoletto and Bizet’s Carmen. The concert will feature both chamber orchestra and a full 50-piece orchestra conducted by Jamal Sarikoki. Surely, this program of sophisticated and virtuosic music will not disappoint.
Meet the artists reception to follow.
Friday, February 21 at 7pm
We are excited for Steinway Artist Tao Lin and Catherine Lan to present a concert of music for piano. It will be captivating to watch and listen as this married couple performs piano 4 hands as well as music for 2 pianos. Duo Beaux Arts was formed in 2008 by internationally renowned concert pianists Tao Lin and Catherine Lan. The duo has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Asia to both critical and audience acclaim and just made its European début in France and Switzerland. In December 2018, the duo will be making its début in Barcelona, Spain. The Beaux Arts Duo performs music from the Baroque to the contemporary eras, including tango and ragtime. We look forward to this vibrant couple gracing our Steinway this spring.
Meet the artists reception to follow.
Sunday, March 8 at 4pm
For the first time on the Venice Community Concert Series, we welcome the concert choir of Venice Presbyterian Church. The choir singers will present a hymn festival centered on telling the biblical history of the Christian faith. There will be scripture readings, hymns, and choral music that move us through scenes of the Christian faith such as Creation, Praise and Adoration, The Birth of Christ, His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus’ death and His resurrection. Join us for a night of worship and great choral music accompanied by brass and organ. Reception to follow.
$30 ticket price (proceeds of this concert will go to supporting the missions projects of Venice Presbyterian Church).