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Free Ariel Quartet concert
Free Ariel Quartet concert

Sarasota, Florida -- The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) announces its next event in classical music performance and education: The acclaimed Ariel Quartet.

The quartet will be in schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties, May 1-7, 2013, as part of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast's "Education Outreach Program."

Now in its fourth year, PMP/Suncoast's Education Outreach Program brings Perlman Music Program alumni into area schools as professional teaching artists three weeks every year to present interactive performances and hands-on training for music students and their teachers.

In May, the Ariel Quartet will visit Johnson Middle School, Southeast High School, and Manatee School for the Arts in Manatee County; and McIntosh Middle School and Laurel Nokomis School (K-8) in Sarasota County.

As part of PMP/Suncoast's "Emerging Artists Performance Series," the Ariel Quartet will perform a free concert, May 4, 7 p.m., at Venice Church of the Nazarene, 1535 E. Venice Ave., Venice. For early admission seating ($5 surcharge), visit http://www.perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org/Venue/12/Details/.

The Ariel Quartet will also perform an interactive chamber music concert, May 6, 7-8 p.m., at the Polo Grill & Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, in Lakewood Ranch. This free performance, presented in collaboration with the Polo Grill & Bar, and sponsored by the Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club, follows the pattern of the group's interactive in-school presentations.

"This concert offers area audiences a unique opportunity to experience the Ariel Quartet's in-school interactive presentations," explains Elizabeth Power, executive director of PMP/Suncoast. "Audiences can listen to inspired chamber music in a non-traditional setting and, at the same time, learn what to listen for and what makes the musical selections special." Power explains that the performance includes an informal conversation about the music and the composers, offering opportunities for the audience to engage and ask questions.