enSRQ’s 2022-23 season includes new works, tributes to legends

Even though they are primarily working out of the Dallas area this season, ensembleNEWSRQ founders George Nickson and Samantha Bennett are continuing to grow with their Sarasota-based contemporary classical music group.

The group has expanded its board of directors, which is now led by Dwight Currie, the retired associate director of museum programs for The Ringling, where he helped put together the Ringling International Arts Festival.

The board expansion means that Nickson, principal percussionist for the Dallas Symphony, and Bennett, principal second violinist for the Sarasota Orchestra who will also be performing with the Dallas Opera this season, can focus more of their time on planning concerts and artistic decisions.

Violinist Samantha Bennett and percussionist George Nickson are the founders of ensembleNEWSRQ, a contemporary classical music group in Sarasota.

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“We don’t have to do all of the administrative stuff,” Bennett said in a recent Zoom interview. “Even if we were still both full time in Sarasota, we’d need to move beyond that. enSRQ has grown a lot in the last couple of years and it was getting to be too much for us.”

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