La Musica, now in its third decade, has established itself as an artistic and critical success and an outstanding American cultural institution. Guided by Artistic Director, Bruno Giuranna (left), and Associate Artistic Director, Derek Han (right), La Musica fulfills its mission to bring together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present exciting programs of familiar and unusual chamber music, communicating a joy in performance to enthusiastic audiences. La Musica is steered by executive director Sally Faron and a dedicated board of directors.
In 1992, La Musica moved from the Historic Asolo Theater to the Sarasota Opera House to perform its concerts. Also that year, La Musica was invited to the University of South Florida/New College for rehearsals and lectures, where it remains in residence in Mildred Sainer Hall, New College of Florida. Starting in 1994, new festival activities were added: special rehearsals for young people, pre-concert lectures, colloquia, and lectures by visiting scholars. Other highlights included a collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the addition of a fifth festival concert, and in 1996, a 10th anniversary celebration for which a piece was commissioned.
La Musica began its second decade with four of its musicians chosen to open the chamber music season at La Scala. The second decade also brought new directions in programming and the addition of new instruments. A joint performance with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida marked the 1998 Festival. La Musica also began a thematic excursion, exploring ways in which music relates to other art forms and movements. Romanticism, the visual arts, film, and poetry were examined in those years. A program was developed with the Ringling College of Art and Design for student art shows and poster contests.
The millennium was celebrated with the commission of a new work to demonstrate the continuity of the artistic spirit. In 2001, La Musica joined a commissioning consortium to sponsor a piece written for La Musica’s oboist, and in 2002, as a part of the many flavors of La Musica, we asked the eminent jazz composer and pianist, Dick Hyman to write a sextet for piano and strings. The year 2003 focused on the relationship of music and architecture, and in 2004, we took a voyage on “the River of Music.” 2005 brought Dick Hyman to us again for an examination of the process of composing—what is “Behind the Notes.” Our 20th anniversary was a joyous celebration; in 2007, we crossed musical bridges in new surroundings while in 2008, we examined composers’ “roots.” In 2009, La Musica celebrated “Coming Home,” not only our return to the Opera House but ways in which composers viewed “home.”
Click on the image to the left to listen to our new 2012 Podcast about our
26th annual festival posted on Classical Music Discoveries.