“After a season of chamber concerts performed for limited audiences and offered for home streaming, the Sarasota Orchestra plans to return to a full schedule of [in-person concerts] and resume its search for a new music director in the fall,” writes Jay Handelman in Thursday’s (4/8) Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL). “ ‘It’s been extraordinary to us how much people have missed the orchestra. I hear that continually,’ said Joseph McKenna, president and CEO…. The pandemic hit while the orchestra was in the middle of a search to find a new music director to succeed Anu Tali, who stepped down in 2018…. The season opens Nov. 5-7 with Marcelo Lehninger … leading a program that includes guest artist Blake Pouliot performing Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, and … Mussorgsky ‘Pictures at an Exhibition.’ [Teddy] Abrams will conduct a program … that includes his own ‘Overture in Sonata Form,’ Ellen Reid’s ‘Petrichor’ and Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ and … Conrad Tao performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1…. Beethoven is featured in three of the seven concerts in a delayed celebration of his 250th birthday, said Kerry Smith, director of artistic planning.” Among conductors leading concerts will be Jeffrey Kahane, Yaniv Dinur, JoAnn Falletta, Kensho Watanabe, Bramwell Tovey, Sameer Patel, and Stephen Mulligan.