On Saturday, local music lovers will get a chance to see and hear the future of classical music.
Every year, some of the best young musicians in the world come to Sarasota for two weeks of intensive instruction through the Perlman Music Program.
The Perlman Music program was founded by Toby Perlman, the wife of Itzhak Perlman, who is perhaps the world's most famous and acclaimed violinist. The program's centerpiece is a seven-week summer session in New York state. The program's musicians augment that summer training with a two-week intensive residency in December here in Sarasota, in partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
The program presents several free performances, and many of its rehearsals are open to the public.
But for fans, the highlight of the winter program is this weekend's Celebration Concert, in which Itzhak Perlman conducts the PMP String Orchestra and chorus master Richard Romano directs the PMP Chorus.
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast was founded in 2004, so this will be the 10th annual edition of the Celebration Concert.
The young musicians, who range in age from 12 to 20, will perform their annual concert Saturday at the Sarasota Opera House.
Details: 5 p.m. Jan. 4, Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $40, $60, $80. Information: 941- 955-4942, www.pmpsuncoast.org.
-- Marty Clear