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“Listen Hear” salon concert series is “an interactive exhibition for music”

Marisa Gupta

Marisa Gupta

Soundbox Ventures continues its season of the “Listen Hear” salon concerts in March, a series it offers in partnership with St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key. Curated by violinist Max Tan, each salon-style event includes a classical music program, insights from the artists and conversations with the audience.

Founded in November 2022 by Tan, Soundbox Ventures is a project-based performing arts management organization headquartered in Sarasota. Tan explains that the mission is to “build meaningful connections between musicians and audiences by organizing artist residencies and concerts that focus on making the artist process accessible.”

He says that the group’s pilot “Listen Hear” series was incubated at the Sarasota Art Museum last season.

The “Listen Hear” series is “an interactive exhibition for music,” says Tan. “Each program examines a specific way we hear expression and meaning. Imagine walking into a musician’s living room and witnessing music being written, or artists gathering to explore chamber music — all with food and drink!”

Max Tan

Max Tan

He adds that the series was inspired by Alex Ross’ book “Listen to This.”

The two upcoming concerts are as follows:

“Ned Rorem’s Centenary: Celebrating His Life in Music and Words” (March 8)

Curated by pianist Marisa Gupta and baritone Tom Meglioranza, this program honoring the centenary of the late American composer Ned Rorem centers on his masterpiece “Aftermath,” written in the wake of 9/11. Through 10 heart-wrenching songs for baritone and piano trio, Rorem’s “Aftermath” focuses on the universal experience of grief and loss and invites us to contemplate what it means to be human and at peace.

• Max Tan and Marisa Gupta: Carnegie Hall Recital Debut Preview (March 20)

Tan presents a concert previewing his Carnegie Hall recital debut on April 3. The program features Clara Schumann’s “Three Romances,” Thomas Ades’ “Märchentänze,” Igor Stravinsky’s “Divertimento,” Eugène Ysaÿe’s “Ballad” Sonata No. 3 for solo violin, and Richard Strauss’s Violin Sonata.



Each program is free, but registration is required.

“One of the joys of being an artist is to connect with a local community of friends and to produce art that is homegrown,” says Tan. “Think of Soundbox as the musician’s sandbox; it provides the resources to enable them to develop a project and then share it with the local community. I am extremely excited for this series and other projects ahead. Stay tuned!”

Soundbox Ventures empowers artist-curators, and cultivates the voices of today to support the music of tomorrow. Its programs use music to explore the world. In addition to presenting concerts, Soundbox launched the new annual Suncoast Composer Fellowship Program in partnership with ensembleNewSRQ and Tyler Kline’s “Modern Notebook” show on WSMR.



Mia Laity, executive director of Soundbox Ventures, says that the Soundbox team “believes in facilitating as many opportunities as we can for every individual to engage with music in a way that nourishes their inner artist. I’m especially excited to watch the ‘Listen Hear’ series further spread its wings in the grand space of St. Boniface’s sanctuary. The space is ideal for gathering; the room is an acoustical instrument in itself; and the context of the sacred space is in perfect harmony with the invitation to contemplate profound beauty in community.”

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