The Sarasota Orchestra’s “Roman Festivals” Rebroadcasting

Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays at 7pm for our Evening Masterwork series featuring the Sarasota Orchestra! This week, we rebroadcasted the orchestra’s Roman Festivals concert with guest conductor JoAnn Falletta. Also, the concert featured works from renowned composers Max Bruch, Edward Elgar, and Ottorino Respighi. This specific concert was originally performed in December of 2019 with Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and “Roman Festivals” being the centerpiece of the performance.

The Conductor

JoAnn Falletta is the Music Director for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. During her tenure, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra released eighteen recordings, premiered numerous new works, and performed at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Falletta served on the National Council on the Arts from 2008 to 2012. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducted her as a member. She also received a Grammy in 2019 for her work with the London Symphony Orchestra.[1]

The Works

The concert opens with English composer Edward Elgar’s concert overture “In The South” (Alassio). This work was the product of a visit to the Italian Riviera in the winter of 1903. In addition, Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1″ compliments the imagery of the Italian countryside evoked by Elgar’s overture. Both of these works depict a peaceful serenity through excellent performance orchestral writing. Finally, Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome” and “Roman Festivals” serenade’s the listener and continues the pastoral theming throughout the concert.

Stay Connected

Remember to listen in on Tuesday’s at 7pm for another Evening Masterwork with the Sarasota Orchestra. We want to thank the Sarasota Orchestra for providing us with these broadcasts to bring to you during these unprecedented times. This way, we can all continue to enjoy the classical music we all love and enjoy. You can tune in to Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 every Tuesday to listen to these broadcasts or you can stream Classical WSMR live from your smartphone with the WUSF Public Media App. If you miss a broadcast, you can listen on-demand at for 30 days after the airdate. You can read more on the Sarasota Orchestra’s Roman Festivals concert at Be sure to check out the Sarasota Orchestra’s website at

The Trevi Fountain


[1] JoAnn Falletta – Biography,