November 27, 2021

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Young composer featured in Sarasota Orchestra chamber concert

Susan L. Rife, Correspondent

Caroline Shaw, who became the youngest Pulitzer Prize winner for music in 2013, will have her composition “Entr’Acte” performed by the Sarasota Orchestra.

Violinist and composer Caroline Shaw was just 30 when she won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2013 for her “Partita for 8 Voices.” She was the youngest Pulitzer winner for music since the award’s inception in 1943.

She wrote “Entr’Acte” two years before her big award, and has joked that it is “a gateway drug for new music,” said Christopher Takeda, violinist for the Sarasota Orchestra, which will open its “Inspirations” concerts Jan. 14-17 with Shaw’s piece.

“It’s accessible not only to the ears but in the technique,” said Takeda, who will perform “Entr’Acte” with Daniel Jordan, violin, Rachel Halvorson, viola, and Natalie Helm, cello. 

The program also includes Antonin Dvorak’s 1883 composition, Nocturne in B Major, Op. 40, and Josef Suk’s 1892 composition Serenade for Strings. Dvorak was Suk’s teacher at the Prague Conservatory and future father-in-law when the 19-year-old wrote the Serenade at the behest of Dvorak, who encouraged his young student to move outside his melancholic compositions and write something a bit lighter.

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