Sarasota Music Festival adds a twist of jazz to mostly Baroque concert

Susan L. Rife, Special to the Herald-Tribune

Although the theme for the June 17 Sarasota Music Festival concert is “Basically Baroque,” ​​French hornist-composer Jeff Scott’s composition “Startin’ Sumthin’” is anything but basic, and not at all Baroque.

Instead, it fuses the New York-born musician’s love for both the jazz and classical idioms.

“It’s a modern take, if you would, on ragtime music. It’s kind of a shuffle, more of a dance style,” said Scott in a Memorial Day telephone interview before taking his family to a park for a picnic in Oberlin, Ohio, where he is an associate professor of horn at the Conservatory of Music. “The idea was to take an ensemble type that is traditionally used for purely classical music. You never hear wind quintets playing anything of this sort, and making the instruments swing.”

Pianist Robert Levin, former artistic director of the Sarasota Music Festival, will be the guest soloist in a June 18 festival concert.

Arts Newsletter:Sign up to receive the latest news on the Sarasota area arts scene every Monday

Return of a summer tradition:Sarasota Music Festival plans season of renewal

Scott, who is new to the Sarasota Music Festival faculty this year, will be joined on the Sarasota Opera House stage by Anastasia Samsel, flute, Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe, Kean Xiong, clarinet, and Frank Morrelli, bassoon. The program also includes Caroline Shaw’s “Stucco & Brocatelle,” excerpts from Handel’s “Water Music” and Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. (Shaw will be performing in a June 21 “creative Voices” concert with Gabriel Kahane.)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.