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Celebration puts wrap on fifth Perlman winter residency

Bravo! The fifth winter residency of the Perl- man Music Program concluded with a sold-out celebration concert and gala held Saturday night at the Sarasota Opera House.

New this year was the “Perlman and Pearls Gala,” chaired by Dottie Baer Garner, Liz Barzell, Sally Yanowitz and Mickey Fine.

A crowd enjoyed pre-concert cocktails in an outdoor tent which was quickly transformed into an elegant dining space for the après-performance banquet.

About 35 young musicians traveled from around the world to study in the unique professional development program founded by renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby. As part of their experience, the performers gave public master classes and “works-in-progress” concerts that were attended by more than 12,000 people.

It takes more than a village to put on a program like this; it takes a university. Fortunately, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee partnered with the music program to provide the needed classroom and performance facilities.

The USF contingency at the gala included local campus CEO Dr. Arthur Guilford and his wife, Lynn, Joanne and Dave Eckel, Alexis Upham, Jerry Gray, Jim Talley and Harriat Smith. Others seen at the event included Scott Anderson, John and Ellen Cavanaugh, and Ron and Jackie Van Ostenbridge.

Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. She has been active in many local organizations as a volunteer or an employee.