Thursday, April 5, 2012

La Musica's Meet the Musicians Party

How could you not be enchanted overlooking the bay on the back lawn of Piero and Rachele Rivolta's Bird Key home, which was dripping with bougainvillea?  It was magical just to be among La Musica's fans for the kick-off party, "Meet the Musicians".  Especially as we near the end of a very long season, I sometimes forget to appreciate what treasures we have here in Sarasota - the interesting people, the beautiful homes, the stunning scenery, and our unique and outstanding cultural organizations.

Some of you may ask, "What is La Musica?"  It does fly a bit under the radar at times.  La Musica's mission is "to bring outstanding European and American chamber music musicians together in Sarasota to present exciting programs of familiar and seldom heard chamber music." 

The La Musica International Chamber Music Festival performances start tonight at the historic Sarasota Opera House downtown.  The 2012 Festival - Something in the Air - will have five performances, open rehearsals, and pre-concert lectures.

We are fortunate to have a festival of such international renown right here in our community.  If you have never been to a chamber music performance, these would be an excellent start for first-timers.  As you can see by the photos below, all the cool kids attend!  You can find all the info for tickets, lectures, performances, etc. on the La Musica website.  See you there!

Renee Hamad with Associate Artistic Director, Derek Han

Hostess Rachele Rivolta

 Janet Hunter with Executive Director, Sally Faron welcoming guests at the front door

Deborah Beacham and Susan Brainerd

Host and board president Piero Rivolta

Adrienne Vittadini and Susan Jones

Renzo Rivolta with Beathe and Jerry Elden

Unni and Phil Kaltenbacher

Rob Isaacs with mom, Chari and Bob Peterson

Brenda Landry and Monica Slater Van Buskirk

Michael Miner and Cynthia Frank

Sally Schule and Louis Wery

Gary Heard and Susan Brainerd

Jack and Isabelle Wright

Musician Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Susan Jones, and musician Julie Albers

Michael's On East friendly staff, lead by Henry, cooking up delish food for the crowd bayside

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