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Sarasota Concert Association Presents Pianist Richard Ridenour

The Sarasota Concert Association’s free Munchtime Musicales series opens the 2014-2015 season with pianist Richard Ridenour in “Rags to Rich’s,” an interesting play on words that celebrates American ragtime and jazz music, November 19, at noon, in David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The concert, which will feature works by Scott Joplin, William Bolcom, Billy Joel, Ira Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Don Schlitz, is free and open to the public.

     Hailed by critics as "a dazzling pianist,” Richard Ridenour has enjoyed a formidable career arranging and performing piano standards, from classical masterworks to American ragtime, jazz and rock. He serves as Dearborn Symphony Orchestra’s Pops conductor and has developed numerous educational programs in public schools around the nation. Ridenour and his wife Stacy, also a concert pianist, moved to Sarasota in 2013. The couple recently teamed up with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County to create the “Sarasota Keys” public art project in which six colorfully painted pianos were placed at various downtown locations, inviting passersby to sit and play. In this Munchtime Musicales concert, Ridenour’s wife will perform with him on a few duets for one piano, four-hands.

     Munchtime Musicales is a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. The 2014-15 concert season continues with the Marc Mannino Jazz Quartet, featuring veteran jazz guitarist Marc Mannino performing with drummer Bob Lunergan, bassist Perry Orphanella, and saxophonist Rodney Rojas (December 10, 2014); Heqing Huang and Emily Charlson, two young Floridian pianists who took first and second place at the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s 2014 Competition for Piano (January 21, 2015); Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra conducted by Paul Wolfe, co-founder of the Sarasota Music Festival (February 18, 2015); Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota's ambassadors of opera, who bring this musical form to stages beyond the walls of the Sarasota Opera House (March 18, 2105); and the State College of Florida Chamber Choir, an 18-person vocal ensemble that performs repertoire spanning from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary jazz (April 8, 2015).

     The series is free and open to the public. Seating is open; no reservations taken.

 

Location: Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467.

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