From Robert Sirota: “Luminous Bodies”

Robert Sirota, composer

Robert Sirota

Saturday June 23, 2018 | 8:00 pm | Sarasota Opera House

The world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Luminous Bodies, commissioned by the Sarasota Music Festival, is the focal point of a program you will find captivating. The work’s title, “Luminous Bodies,” refers to the composers Sirota found most influential: Gershwin, Copland, Lili Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn (Felix Mendelssohn’s sister), and Leonard Bernstein. One of music’s great geniuses, Mozart set a new standard for all who came after—especially in his piano concertos, which he intended for himself as soloist. The Piano Concerto No. 14, composed at the height of Mozart’s popularity as a performer, mixes the energy of comic opera with the grace of Classical form. From the opening invocation of joy to the jubilant horn calls in the finale, Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 will bring a grand and joyful conclusion to the 2018 Festival.


Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595

Jeffrey Kahane, pianist

Jeffrey Kahane, piano

Luminous Bodies*

Jeffrey Kahane, piano; yMusic

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*World Premiere performance. Luminous Bodies was commissioned by the Sarasota Music Festival.

About Robert Sirota:
Over four decades, composer Robert Sirota has developed a distinctive voice, clearly discernible in all of his work – whether symphonic, choral, stage, or chamber music. Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Allan Kozinn asserts: “Sirota’s musical language is personal and undogmatic, in the sense that instead of aligning himself with any of the competing contemporary styles, he follows his own internal musical compass.”

Robert Sirota’s works have been performed by orchestras across the US and Europe; ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Sequitur, yMusic, Chameleon Arts, and Dinosaur Annex; the Chiara, American, Ethel, Elmyr, and Blair String Quartets; the Peabody, Concord, and Webster Trios; and at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Yellow Barn, and Cooperstown music festivals; Bowdoin Gamper and Bowdoin International Music Festival; and Mizzou International Composers Festival. Recent and upcoming commissions include the American Guild of Organists, the American String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Naumburg Foundation, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and yMusic.

Recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Information Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, Sirota’s works are recorded on the Capstone, Albany, New Voice, Gasparo and Crystal labels. His music is published by Muzzy Ridge Music, Schott, Music Associates of New York, MorningStar, Theodore Presser, and To the Fore.

A native New Yorker, Sirota studied at Juilliard, Oberlin, and Harvard and divides his time between New York and Searsmont, Maine with his wife, Episcopal priest and organist Victoria Sirota. They frequently collaborate on new works, with Victoria as librettist and performer, at times also working with their children, Jonah and Nadia, both world-class violists.

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