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Venice Symphony’s ‘Night at the Museum’ premiers Ravel work

Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck will perform the violin solo in Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” during “Night at the Museum. COURTESY PHOTO

Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck will perform the violin solo in Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” during “Night at the Museum. COURTESY PHOTO

The Venice Symphony follows up its sold-out holiday concerts with “Night at the Museum” on Jan. 6-7.

Music Director Troy Quinn promises it to be “the blockbuster of the season.”

The showpiece of the concert is the Venice Symphony premier of Modest Mussorgsky’s stunning and powerful “Pictures at an Exhibition,” orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.

Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck performs the iconic and evocative violin solo in Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre.” Maestro Quinn, who has performed on soundtracks for television and film, will share memories and firsthand experiences as the orchestra plays movie favorites that he has worked on, including “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “A Night at the Museum.”

The concert is sponsored by Sean and Esther Kelly; season sponsors are Gulf Coast Community Foundation and proceeds from the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax.

Concerts are Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 7 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave., Venice.



The Symphony will offer its popular and free pre-concert talks at 6:30 p.m. before evening concerts and 2:30 p.m. before the afternoon concert.

The insightful and entertaining programs featuring Maestro Quinn and guest artists and moderated by Maestro Joseph Caulkins, conductor of Sarasota’s Key Chorale and noted guest conductor for area symphonies, including Venice Symphony.

The talks are sponsored by FourThought Private Wealth in Venice.

The “Night at the Museum” concerts part of the Venice Symphony’s popular Saturday Night Series.

Discount packages are still available to this three-performance series that continues with the Saturday evening concerts of “Cinematic Romance” on Feb. 4 and “The Movie Maestro: A Tribute to John Williams” on Feb. 25.

The Venice Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art venue on the campus of Venice High School that offers 100% unobstructed seating and superior acoustics, as well as free parking and free valet.

Founded in 1974, The Venice Symphony is a 501(c)(3) organization, a professional orchestra deeply rooted in the community, offering concerts from November through May at the Venice Performing Arts Center, Patriotic Pops at Cool Today Park on Memorial Day Weekend, special events, a chamber music program and long-standing music education programs throughout the year.

The orchestra is led by Music Director/ Conductor Troy Quinn.

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