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Sarasota Music Festival begins 46th season

The Sarasota Music Festival opens its 46th season this week. Pianist Susan Starr is featured in a pair of concerts. Today, she plays Chopin's Nocturne in D and the Scherzo No. 1 in the Artist Showcase concert at Holley Hall, and then on Saturday, she is the soloist in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Sarasota Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Silverstein at the Sarasota Opera House. The festival runs through June 19 and has concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Holley Hall and the opera house. Here are a few highlights:

• Violinist Martin Chalifour, violist Barbara Westphal and cellist Timothy Eddy play Dohnányi's Serenade in C on Friday.

• Larry Rachleff conducts Stravinsky's Pulcinella on June 12.

• Pianist Claude Frank plays Mozart and Schubert on June 17.

• Festival artistic director Robert Levin is the piano soloist in Beethoven's Emperor Concerto June 19.

For a complete schedule, see sarasotamusicfestival.org. $20-$50. (941) 953-3434.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

Sarasota Music Festival begins 46th season 06/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:02pm]

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