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A Taste of Downtown Food & Wine Festival
Sep 19
1:00 - 4:00 PM
A Taste of Downtown Food & Wine Festival is back for its second year! Enjoy menu samplings and culinary delights from over twenty of your favorite downtown restaurants along with fine wine pairings and beer tastings. All proceeds benefit Sarasota Youth Opera.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Around the World
Sun. Sep. 20
4:00 PM
VALERIE COLEMAN Umoja; ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR Architectonics I (1984); ARNOLD Divertimento for Wind Trio; BRAHMS Piano Quartet in C Minor, (Werther) Join us for a musical trip around the world as we enjoy great works from composers with four different nationalities. We start our musical excursion at home with American composer Valerie Coleman. Her vibrant Umoja was named one of the “Great American Works” by Chamber Music America. Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür describes his pieces as “abstract dramas in sound.” Britain’s Sir Malcolm Arnold, knighted in 1993, is known for the infectious melodies in his works. German composer Johannes Brahms’ piano quartet was a private love letter to Clara Schumann, two decades in the making. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/around-the-world or 941.953.3434
Chamber Soiree 2: Quintets and Tuba
Thu. Oct. 1
5:30 PM
Rounds and Dances, BACH, Wind Quintet, Op. 43, NIELSEN, Tuba Concerto (2014), CARLSON. Featuring: Jay Hunsberger, principal tuba. Tickets: $32-$42.
Location: Holley Hall at the Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Tr.
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Quintets & Tuba
Thu. Oct. 1
5:30 PM
Jan Bach Rounds and Dances; NIELSEN Wind Quintet, Op. 43; DAVID CARLSON Concerto for Tuba (2014); Winds and brass normally sit at the back of the orchestra, but we give them the spotlight for this Soiree. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see Principal Tuba Jay Hunsberger take center stage in David Carlson’s tuba concerto. Our brass principals will make you want to jump and dance with American Jan Bach’s Rounds and Dances. It is said of Carl Nielsen that his love of wind instruments was connected to his love of nature and his zest for life. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/quintets-and-tuba or 941.953.3434
Station 2 Innovation Center Grand Opening
Oct. 2
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Through coworking -- bringing people together to work in a shared space - we are creating better places to work and as a result, a better way to work. Community events educate, empower and develop entrepreneurs. Business incubation programming, access to advisers and mentors, and preparation for funding accelerates and strengthens business growth. Soft landing services attract companies expanding into the region and fast track their entry into this marketplace. Our goals are to create a rich environment for growing sustainable, high-wage jobs that will stay in the local area and to attract entrepreneurs and capital for building new businesses in the region. Stronger business growth means more jobs, higher wages, and a diversified and fortified place to live, work and play.
Location: Station 2 Innovation Center, 912 7th Ave. E. Bradenton
Information: www.station2innovation.com or 941.877.1599
Sarasota Orchestra presents Movie Night
Wed. Oct. 14
5:30 PM
Whether it is Bugs Bunny or Jurassic Park, music is central to film. Enjoy a bag of complimentary popcorn, listen to great movie music, and then watch a screening of Chaplin’s classic short film The Lion’s Cage. Featuring Betsy Traba, principal flute and Cheryl Losey, principal harp, performing Mozart from the movie Amadeus. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: hwww.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/movie-night or 941.953.3434
Understanding Opera = It's a Scandal!
Thu. Oct. 15
10:30 AM
Hear about history's great operatic scandals and fiascos with featured speakers Richard Russell and Greg Trupiano. Price: $25
Location: Jonas Kamlet Library/Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Movie Night
Thu. Oct. 15
7:30 PM
Whether it is Bugs Bunny or Jurassic Park, music is central to film. Enjoy a bag of complimentary popcorn, listen to great movie music, and then watch a screening of Chaplin’s classic short film The Lion’s Cage. Featuring Betsy Traba, principal flute and Cheryl Losey, principal harp, performing Mozart from the movie Amadeus. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/movie-night or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Movie Night
Fri. Oct. 16
5:30 PM
Whether it is Bugs Bunny or Jurassic Park, music is central to film. Enjoy a bag of complimentary popcorn, listen to great movie music, and then watch a screening of Chaplin’s classic short film The Lion’s Cage. Featuring Betsy Traba, principal flute and Cheryl Losey, principal harp, performing Mozart from the movie Amadeus. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/movie-night or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Movie Night
Sat. Oct. 17
8:00 PM
Whether it is Bugs Bunny or Jurassic Park, music is central to film. Enjoy a bag of complimentary popcorn, listen to great movie music, and then watch a screening of Chaplin’s classic short film The Lion’s Cage. Featuring Betsy Traba, principal flute and Cheryl Losey, principal harp, performing Mozart from the movie Amadeus. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/movie-night or 941.953.3434
Meet the Artists of La boheme
Tue. Oct. 20
5:00 PM
Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director Richard Russell will take turns interviewing the singers and artistic staff responsible for bringing La boheme to the Sarasota Opera stage. Price: $20
Location: Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: ww.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Understanding Opera -The Tenor Voice
Thu. Oct. 22
10:30 AM
Delve into the history and development of the all-mighty tenor with Executive Director Richard Russell. Price: $25
Location: Jonas Kamlet Library/Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: ww.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
7th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
Oct 23 & 24
Noon - 10:00PM
Oct 24
Noon - 8:00 PM
The annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival benefits The Lazarus Foundation Inc. Kids Force. Come visit our Pumpkin Patch and Maze, Free Hayrides, Live Demonstrations, Kids Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Carnival Rides and Games, Pie Eating Contests, Safe Trick or Treating, Large Variety of Cuisine and Family Activities to amuse all ages. Affordable Family Fun!
Location: Payne Park,, 2110 Adams Lane
Information: www.SarasotaPumpkinFestival.com or 941.219.8410
The 5k Zombie Night Run
Sat. Oct. 24
7:00 PM
In this run you can choose to outrun hungry zombies through a 3.1 mile trail, or you can BE a zombie and try to pull flags from runners' belts!
Location: Nathan Benderson Park at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Information: the5kzombierun.com or 813.928.8433
Curtain Raiser Dinner
Sun. Oct. 25
6:30 PM
Traditionally the start of Sarasota Opera's social season, this event is where long time patrons reunite and new friends are made among fellow opera lovers. In the beautiful ambiance of Michael's Wine Cellar, you will enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner and an exciting performance by our Studio Artists. Tickets: $195
Location: Michael's on East Wine Cellar
Information: ww.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
The 5k Color Blast Sarasota
Sun. Oct. 25
8:30 AM
Come have a BLAST with us! Run through 5 color zones at your own pace. After, enjoy the color dance party with our awesome DJs and fun giveaways. Fun for the whole family!
Location: Nathan Benderson Park at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Information: www.the5kcolorblast.com or 813.928.8433
Understanding Opera - Opera vs. Opera
Thu. Oct. 29
10:30 AM
What happens when two great composers write operas on the same subject? With Richard Russell and Greg Trupiano. Price: $25
Location: Jonas Kamlet Library/Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: ww.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Percussion Perfect
Thu. Oct. 29
5:30 PM
TAKEMITSU Rain Tree; M. DAVIDOVSKY Flashbacks; A. PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel; A. AKIHO LIgNEouS 1; Don’t miss this plethora of percussion.This concert showcases the skills of Principal Percussion George Nickson. Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Tree combines percussion trio with effective lighting to produce one of the most dramatic percussion pieces ever created. Argentine-American Mario Davidovsky is one of the most significant names in American composition and his Flashbacks is now a brilliant textbook for young composers. Take a turn to the serene side with Arvo Pärt’s beautiful Spiegel im Spiegel for cello and piano, highlighted in the Oscar-winning film Gravity. The satire and whimsy of Andy Akiho’s LigNEouS 1 is sure to put a smile on your face. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/percussion-perfect or 941.953.3434
La boheme by Giacomo Puccini
Oct, 30, Nov. 4, 10, 12, 17
7:30 PM
Nov. 1, 15
1:30 PM
Sarasota Opera presents Puccini's most beloved opera: La boheme. Relive Mimi and Rodolfo's first encounter, walk through Paris' Latin Quarter with the two lovers, and celebrate Christmas Eve at the Cafe Momus. You'll laugh in great fun as the four friends' joke and prank, and feel the pain of the poet's broken heart as he realizes his lover's impending demise. This is the perfect work for newcomers as well as an opera worth seeing over and over. Price: $19 - $125
Location: Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: ww.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Le Barge Cruise
Sun. Nov. 1
11:00 AM
Learn local history on our Annual Fall narrated by John McCarthy, noted Sarasota Historian. $40.00 per person $50.00 VIP
Location:
Information: www.hsosc.com or 941.364.9076
Sarasota Orchestra presents The Emperor
Fri. Nov. 6
8:00 PM
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture; BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor); SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5; Music Director Anu Tali launches our season with two works by Shostakovich and the “Emperor” of all piano concertos. Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 5 is among the most popular in the repertoire. It will shine even brighter in the hands of pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5 expresses the pain of Soviet-era repression hidden from Stalin, beneath the surface theme of Russian patriotism. Far more exuberant, Shostakovich’s overture earns the “Festive” name with its abundant energy. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/the-emperor or 941.953.3434
Forbidden Music - Works banned by the Nazis
Sat. Nov. 7
8:00 PM
Jewish artists were at the very center of cultural life in Germany in the 1930s, but as the Third Reich was rising, their art became increasingly isolated, and ultimately forbidden. In partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, this concert features music by composers who were banned by the Nazis. Price: $10 - $35
Location: Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents The Emperor
Sat. Nov. 7
8:00 PM
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture; BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor); SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5; Music Director Anu Tali launches our season with two works by Shostakovich and the “Emperor” of all piano concertos. Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 5 is among the most popular in the repertoire. It will shine even brighter in the hands of pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5 expresses the pain of Soviet-era repression hidden from Stalin, beneath the surface theme of Russian patriotism. Far more exuberant, Shostakovich’s overture earns the “Festive” name with its abundant energy. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 Tamiami Trail
Information: http://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/the-emperor or 941.953.3434
Bowls of Hope
Nov. 8
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Bring your friends and family for soup, entertainment and more. Select a beautiful, handcrafted bowl to keep as a reminder of the empty bowls you help fill. Get your tickets today! $25 advance, $30 day of, $100 VIP, kids $10
Location: Phillippi Estate Park
Information: www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/special-events/bowls or 941.379.6333
Sarasota Orchestra presents The Emperor
Sun. Nov. 8
2:30 PM
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture; BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor); SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5; Music Director Anu Tali launches our season with two works by Shostakovich and the “Emperor” of all piano concertos. Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 5 is among the most popular in the repertoire. It will shine even brighter in the hands of pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5 expresses the pain of Soviet-era repression hidden from Stalin, beneath the surface theme of Russian patriotism. Far more exuberant, Shostakovich’s overture earns the “Festive” name with its abundant energy. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 Tamiami Trail
Information: http://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/the-emperor or 941.953.3434
Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists
Fri. Nov. 13
12:00 PM
Sarasota Opera Studio and Apprentice Artists present an hour long program of arias and scenes from Sarasota Opera's 2015-2016 season. Price: $5
Location: Sarasota Opera House (Harold and Kay Ronson Grand Atrium), 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Brundibar by Hans Krasa
Nov 14
1:30 & 7:30 PM
Sarasota Youth Opera, the most comprehensive youth opera program in the United States, will present Brundibar by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krasa. Originally performed by children at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during WWII, this allegorical tale store has three heroes- a sparrow, a cat and a very wise dog-- helping Annette and Little Joe raise the money needed to save their ailing mother, despite the evil organ grinder Brundibar. Price: Children $12; Adults $25; Family $55 (2 Adults/4 Children); Premium Seating $40
Location: Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Fair
Nov. 14
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Appraisals by noted professionsals, Bruce Crissy, Don Elder, Julie McClure and Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers. Local artisans and crafters with future collectibles for sale in the yard and demonstrations on site. Appraisals 11a-2p $10 each or 3 for $25
Location:
Information: www.hsosc.com or 941.364.9076
Palates and Palettes
Sun. Nov. 15
4:30 pm
Farmhouse Market to Farmhouse Dinner on the Lawn, with foods from the market turned into gourmet groupings, by Chef Paul Mattison. The Light Chasers Plein Air Painters will be selling their "wet off the palette" paintings, as well as their own gorgeous artworks of Sarasota County. $100.00 per person.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.farmhousemarket.org/ or 941.861.5000
Sarasota Orchestra presents Eroica
Fri. Dec. 4
8:00 PM
SJ. BILIK Symphony in M-L (World Premiere); SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D Minor; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 (Eroica); Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No. 3, the Eroica, marks the beginning of the Romantic era, breaking through many of the barriers and constraints of previous music. You’ll be immediately transported to a place of exaltation. The resplendent Sibelius Violin Concerto is beloved by audiences and performers alike for its dreamlike beauty. You’ll also experience the world premiere of a symphony by American composer Jerry Bilik. Add the talent of two of the most in-demand young artists, conductor Perry So and violinist Leila Josefowicz, and this concert has it all. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 Tamiami Trail
Information: http://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/eroica or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Eroica
Sat. Dec. 5
8:00 PM
J. BILIK Symphony in M-L (World Premiere); SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D Minor; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 (Eroica); Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No. 3, the Eroica, marks the beginning of the Romantic era, breaking through many of the barriers and constraints of previous music. You’ll be immediately transported to a place of exaltation. The resplendent Sibelius Violin Concerto is beloved by audiences and performers alike for its dreamlike beauty. You’ll also experience the world premiere of a symphony by American composer Jerry Bilik. Add the talent of two of the most in-demand young artists, conductor Perry So and violinist Leila Josefowicz, and this concert has it all. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/eroica or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Snow Globe
Wed. Dec. 9
5:30 PM
Don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday spirit. There may not be snow in Florida, but the Orchestra will get you in the mood with delightful holiday favorites, including The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, The Snow Maiden, The Holly and the Ivy and more. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/snow-globe or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Snow Globe
Thu. Dec. 10
7:30 PM
Don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday spirit. There may not be snow in Florida, but the Orchestra will get you in the mood with delightful holiday favorites, including The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, The Snow Maiden, The Holly and the Ivy and more. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/snow-globe or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Snow Globe
Fri. Dec. 11
5:30 PM
Don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday spirit. There may not be snow in Florida, but the Orchestra will get you in the mood with delightful holiday favorites, including The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, The Snow Maiden, The Holly and the Ivy and more. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/snow-globe or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Snow Globe
Sat. Dec. 12
8:00 PM
Don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday spirit. There may not be snow in Florida, but the Orchestra will get you in the mood with delightful holiday favorites, including The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, The Snow Maiden, The Holly and the Ivy and more. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/snow-globe or 941.953.3434
Snow Fest Sarasota
Dec. 18-20
Noon-10:00 PM
Celebrate the winter season with real snow in Florida! Come play in the snow, snow slides, pictures with Santa, Appearances by Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman, live shows, kids amusement area complete with carnival rides and games, live entertainment and more
Location: Payne Park,, 2110 Adams Lane
Information: www.SnowFestSarasota.com or 941.219.8410
Sarasota Orchestra presents Winter Dreams
Thu. Jan. 7
8:00 PM
DUNAYEVSKY The Children of Captain Grant Overture; RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3; TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.1 (Winter Dreams); Fireworks result when three Russian musical geniuses are brought together in this unique program. Tchaikovsky’s lush first symphony proves his brilliance as a master melodist. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was made more famous in the movie Shine and is renowned as one of the most difficult to perform in the piano repertoire. Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll is garnering international accolades. The concert opens with Dunayevsky’s Overture. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Neel, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/winter-dreams or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Winter Dreams
Sat. Jan. 9
8:00 PM
DUNAYEVSKY The Children of Captain Grant Overture; RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3; TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.1 (Winter Dreams); Fireworks result when three Russian musical geniuses are brought together in this unique program. Tchaikovsky’s lush first symphony proves his brilliance as a master melodist. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was made more famous in the movie Shine and is renowned as one of the most difficult to perform in the piano repertoire. Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll is garnering international accolades. The concert opens with Dunayevsky’s Overture. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/winter-dreams or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Winter Dreams
Sun. Jan. 10
2:30 PM
DUNAYEVSKY The Children of Captain Grant Overture; RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3; TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.1 (Winter Dreams); Fireworks result when three Russian musical geniuses are brought together in this unique program. Tchaikovsky’s lush first symphony proves his brilliance as a master melodist. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was made more famous in the movie Shine and is renowned as one of the most difficult to perform in the piano repertoire. Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll is garnering international accolades. The concert opens with Dunayevsky’s Overture. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/winter-dreams or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Crazy for Classics
Wed. Jan. 13
5:30 PM
We’re all crazy for great, memorable music. In this survey of all-time favorites, we share wonderful music you know and love, from Flight of the Bumblebee to Sleeping Beauty, and from Oklahoma to Blue Danube and Swan Lake. Featuring Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet, performing Mozart. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/crazy-for-classics or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Crazy for Classics
Thu. Jan. 14
7:30 PM
We’re all crazy for great, memorable music. In this survey of all-time favorites, we share wonderful music you know and love, from Flight of the Bumblebee to Sleeping Beauty, and from Oklahoma to Blue Danube and Swan Lake. Featuring Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet, performing Mozart. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/crazy-for-classics or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Crazy for Classics
Fri. Jan. 15
5:30 PM
We’re all crazy for great, memorable music. In this survey of all-time favorites, we share wonderful music you know and love, from Flight of the Bumblebee to Sleeping Beauty, and from Oklahoma to Blue Danube and Swan Lake. Featuring Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet, performing Mozart. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/crazy-for-classics or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Crazy for Classics
Sat. Jan. 16
8:00 PM
We’re all crazy for great, memorable music. In this survey of all-time favorites, we share wonderful music you know and love, from Flight of the Bumblebee to Sleeping Beauty, and from Oklahoma to Blue Danube and Swan Lake. Featuring Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet, performing Mozart. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/crazy-for-classics or 941.953.3434
Sunday in the Park
Sun. Jan. 17
Outside – Plein Air Painters local chapter “Light Chasers” with paintings for sale off the easel. Inside – Local musicians led by Sal Garcia for your listening and dancing pleasure. Nibbles and beverages included. $20 per person - $15 for members. Reservations required.
Location: Pioneer Park, 1260 12th Street
Information: www.hsosc.com or 941.364.9076
Sarasota Orchestra presents Memories of my Favorite Things
Fri. Jan. 22
8:00 PM
This unique concert of Broadway music showcases the brilliance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Guest vocalists Norm Lewis and Elizabeth Southard (both Phantom of the Opera) perform a variety of songs from musicals including Sound of Music, Cats, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, plus other favorites. Tickets $32 - $77
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/memories-of-my-favorite-things or 941.953.3434
The Opera Gala: An Evening on the Nile
Sat. Jan. 23
6:30 PM
The annual Opera Gala celebrates the beginning of Sarasota Opera's Winter Festival and the opening of Sarasota's social season. This year's gala will feature an Egyptian theme in conjunction with Verdi's Aida. This elegant affair will include a cocktail hour, delectable four course dinner, a special performance by our principal artists, and live music for dancing. This is one of Sarasota's largest and most elegant fundraisers of the season, so we encourage you to invite your friends and put together a table. Don't miss one of the premier social events in Sarasota! Tickets: $295
Location: The Ritz-Carlton
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Memories of my Favorite Things
Sat. Jan. 23
8:00 PM
This unique concert of Broadway music showcases the brilliance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Guest vocalists Norm Lewis and Elizabeth Southard (both Phantom of the Opera) perform a variety of songs from musicals including Sound of Music, Cats, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, plus other favorites. Tickets $32 - $77
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/memories-of-my-favorite-things or 941.953.3434
Pops Concert: Memories of My Favorite Things
Sat. Jan. 23
8:00 PM
This unique concert of Broadway music showcases the brilliance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Guest vocalist Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera) performs a variety of songs from musicals including Sound of Music, Cats, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, sunset, Boulevard, plus other favorites. Tickets: $32-$77.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Meet the Artists of Aida
Tue. Jan. 26
5:00 PM
Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director Richard Russell will take turns interviewing the singers and artistic staff responsible for bringing Aida to the Sarasota Opera stage. Price: $20
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Mozart Fest 1
Fri. Jan. 29
5:30 PM
MOZART Clarinet Trio (Kegelstatt); MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish); Ever the unpredictable composer, Mozart was said to have created the charming Kegelstatt Trio during a game of lawn bowling. Nicknamed “Turkish,” Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 is full of surprises, including its exotic final movement. In our unexpected twist, we offer three different soloists for the three movements of this heartfelt concerto. Concertmaster Daniel Jordan and Associate Concertmaster Christopher Takeda are showcased on this masterpiece, joined by masterworks guest artist Sergey Dogadin for the third movement. Join us in celebrating the 260th birthday of Mozart with a piece of cake and some breathtaking music. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/mozart-fest-1 or 941.953.3434
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Jan 30
7:00 PM Feb. 7, 20, Mar. 15
1:30 PM Feb. 4, 10, 23, 28, Mar. 2, 5, 15, 19
7:30 PM
One of opera's most beloved tales of the mythic love triangle between a slave, a vengeful princess, and a great warrior will make its Sarasota Opera debut opening the season on January 30th. Conducted by Victor DeRenzi, staged by Stephanie Sundine and with new sets by David P. Gordon, this opera features arias such as "Celeste Aida" and "O patria mia." This is truly grand opera at its grandest! Price: $19 - $125
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Mozart Fest 2
Sun. Jan. 31
4:00 PM
MOZART Oboe Quartet; MOZART Clarinet Quintet (Stadler); We continue the Mozart Fest with two rarities among his prolific career: his only Oboe Quartet and Clarinet Quintet. Both were written to highlight two master instrumentalists. Adored by oboists and audiences alike, Mozart’s moving Oboe Quartet has endured for two hundred years partly because of its humorous finale. The Clarinet Quintet was written during the hardest year of Mozart’s life, when his finances and health were at their lowest. This suffering is embedded into the soul of this work; nevertheless, the characteristic joy of Mozart’s music has the final word. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/mozart-fest-1 or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents All About Mozart
Thu. Feb. 4
8:00 PM
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major MOZART Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) Mozart’s genius shines when performed by our guest artists, a father-son duo. Sergey Dogadin, renowned as a musical prodigy, is joined by his famous father Andrei for Mozart’s sprightly Sinfonia Concertante. An ode to Mozart’s teacher Joseph Haydn opens the concert. Mozart’s 41st and final symphony, dubbed “Jupiter,” closes the concert. Considered by some to be Mozart’s greatest symphonic achievement, this masterpiece boasts a glorious finale. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Neel, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/all-about-mozart or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents All About Mozart
Fri. Feb. 5
8:00 PM
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn; MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major; MOZART Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter); Mozart’s genius shines when performed by our guest artists, a father-son duo. Sergey Dogadin, renowned as a musical prodigy, is joined by his famous father Andrei for Mozart’s sprightly Sinfonia Concertante. An ode to Mozart’s teacher Joseph Haydn opens the concert. Mozart’s 41st and final symphony, dubbed “Jupiter,” closes the concert. Considered by some to be Mozart’s greatest symphonic achievement, this masterpiece boasts a glorious finale. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/all-about-mozart or 941.953.3434
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Feb. 6, 9, 11, 17, 26, Mar. 4
7:30 PM
Feb. 14, 21
1:30 PM
Mar. 12
8:00 PM
"Cosi fan tutte" literally means "All women do this." Two young soldiers are convinced to pull a prank on their brides-to-be, and put the women's faithfulness to the test. Mozart's enthralling comedy and masterful score will lighten your heart and make for an evening of great fun. Price: $19 - $125
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents All About Mozart
Sat. Feb. 6
8:00 PM
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn; MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major; MOZART Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter); Mozart’s genius shines when performed by our guest artists, a father-son duo. Sergey Dogadin, renowned as a musical prodigy, is joined by his famous father Andrei for Mozart’s sprightly Sinfonia Concertante. An ode to Mozart’s teacher Joseph Haydn opens the concert. Mozart’s 41st and final symphony, dubbed “Jupiter,” closes the concert. Considered by some to be Mozart’s greatest symphonic achievement, this masterpiece boasts a glorious finale. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/all-about-mozart or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents All About Mozart
Sun. Feb. 7
2:30 PM
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn; MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major; MOZART Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter); Mozart’s genius shines when performed by our guest artists, a father-son duo. Sergey Dogadin, renowned as a musical prodigy, is joined by his famous father Andrei for Mozart’s sprightly Sinfonia Concertante. An ode to Mozart’s teacher Joseph Haydn opens the concert. Mozart’s 41st and final symphony, dubbed “Jupiter,” closes the concert. Considered by some to be Mozart’s greatest symphonic achievement, this masterpiece boasts a glorious finale. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/all-about-mozart or 941.953.3434
Meet the Artists of "Fidelio"
Tue. Feb. 9
5:00 PM
Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director Richard Russell will take turns interviewing the singers and artistic staff responsible for bringing Fidelio to the Sarasota Opera stage. Price: $20
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents A Song In My Heart
Wed. Feb. 10
5:30 PM
This Valentine’s week concert features Ray Charles standards such as Ain’t that Love and Georgia on My Mind, as well as I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables, a celebration of Marvin Hamlisch favorites, La Vie en Rose, and the Overture from The Barber of Seville. Enjoy Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2 performed by Concertmaster Daniel Jordan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/a-song-in-my-heart or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents A Song In My Heart
Thu. Feb. 11
7:30 PM
This Valentine’s week concert features Ray Charles standards such as Ain’t that Love and Georgia on My Mind, as well as I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables, a celebration of Marvin Hamlisch favorites, La Vie en Rose, and the Overture from The Barber of Seville. Enjoy Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2 performed by Concertmaster Daniel Jordan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/a-song-in-my-heart or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents A Song In My Heart
Fri. Feb. 12
5:30 PM
This Valentine’s week concert features Ray Charles standards such as Ain’t that Love and Georgia on My Mind, as well as I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables, a celebration of Marvin Hamlisch favorites, La Vie en Rose, and the Overture from The Barber of Seville. Enjoy Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2 performed by Concertmaster Daniel Jordan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/a-song-in-my-heart or 941.953.3434
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Feb. 13, 18, 24, Mar. 1, 11
7:30 PM Feb. 28, Mar. 5
1:30 PM
Sub-titled The Triumph of Married Love, Beethoven's only opera tells the story of Leonore a faithful wife who disguises herself as a young man and adopts the name Fidelio to save her beloved husband, Florestan, from prison by a ruthless tyrant. Her undying love and perseverance saves him from certain death. Price: $19 - $125
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents A Song In My Heart
Sat. Feb. 13
8:00 PM
This Valentine’s week concert features Ray Charles standards such as Ain’t that Love and Georgia on My Mind, as well as I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables, a celebration of Marvin Hamlisch favorites, La Vie en Rose, and the Overture from The Barber of Seville. Enjoy Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2 performed by Concertmaster Daniel Jordan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/a-song-in-my-heart or 941.953.3434
Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists
Fri. Feb. 19
12::00 PM
Sarasota Opera Studio and Apprentice Artists present an hour long program of arias and scenes from Sarasota Opera's 2015-2016 season. Price: $5
Location: Sarasota Opera House (Harold and Kay Ronson Grand Atrium), 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Maestro
Fri. Feb. 19
8:00 PM
BRAHMS Tragic Overture in D Minor; STENHAMMAR Piano Concerto No. 1; STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra; Conducting legend Neeme Järvi leads our Orchestra in three epic pieces. From the onset of the majestic opening crescendo of Also sprach Zarathustra, you’ll experience the power of the piece made more famous by its use in 2001 A Space Odyssey. Stenhammar’s melodic concerto was thought lost until 1983. Recently featured in the hit film The Soloist, our guest pianist Per Tengstrand will display this work’s virtuosity and power. The concert opens with romantic emotion in Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/maestro or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Maestro
Sat. Feb. 20
8:00 PM
BRAHMS Tragic Overture in D Minor; STENHAMMAR Piano Concerto No. 1; STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra; Conducting legend Neeme Järvi leads our Orchestra in three epic pieces. From the onset of the majestic opening crescendo of Also sprach Zarathustra, you’ll experience the power of the piece made more famous by its use in 2001 A Space Odyssey. Stenhammar’s melodic concerto was thought lost until 1983. Recently featured in the hit film The Soloist, our guest pianist Per Tengstrand will display this work’s virtuosity and power. The concert opens with romantic emotion in Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/maestro or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Maestro
Sun. Feb. 21
2:30 PM
BRAHMS Tragic Overture in D Minor; STENHAMMAR Piano Concerto No. 1; STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra; Conducting legend Neeme Järvi leads our Orchestra in three epic pieces. From the onset of the majestic opening crescendo of Also sprach Zarathustra, you’ll experience the power of the piece made more famous by its use in 2001 A Space Odyssey. Stenhammar’s melodic concerto was thought lost until 1983. Recently featured in the hit film The Soloist, our guest pianist Per Tengstrand will display this work’s virtuosity and power. The concert opens with romantic emotion in Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/maestro or 941.953.3434
Meet the Artists of "The Battle of Legnano"
Tue. Feb. 23
5:00 PM
Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director Richard Russell will take turns interviewing the singers and artistic staff responsible for bringing The Battle of Legnano to the Sarasota Opera stage. Price: $20
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Chamber Soiree 6: Splendid Strings
Thu. Feb. 25
5:30 pm
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10, No. 1, DEBUSSY, String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2, BEETHOVEN. Tickets: $32-$42.
Location: Holley Hall at the Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Tr.
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Splendid Strings
Thu. Feb. 25
5:30 PM
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G Minor; BEETHOVEN String Quartet, Op.59, No.2 in E Minor, “Razumovsky”; No two pieces better express the immense beauty of the string quartet than Debussy’s in G Minor and Beethoven’s second Razumovsky. Experience these groundbreaking pieces and hear historic turning points in music as each marked major shifts in musical voice. Debussy’s String Quartet prophesied the transition from the Romantic era to the modern age with its frequent tonal shifts, creating an intoxicating sensuality. Beethoven’s Razumovsky Quartets are often described as the most symphonic of Beethoven’s quartets, and No. 2 is known for its spiritual second movement. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/splendid-strings or 941.953.3434
Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists
Fri. Feb. 26
12:00 PM
Sarasota Opera Studio and Apprentice Artists present an hour long program of arias and scenes from Sarasota Opera's 2015-2016 season. Price: $5
Location: Sarasota Opera House (Peterson Great Room), 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
SnowLight Chasers 5th Annual Art Show/Sale
Feb. 26
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Artwork for sale,at the Opening Gala in the Phillippi Mansion, by Master Plein Air Artists, from around the country. A portion of all proceeds goes toward the restoration of the historic, 100 yr old Farmhouse at the Park.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.861.5000
Light Chasers 5th Annual Art Show/Sale Saturday Gala
Feb. 27 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
More works by the Light Chasers of the Sun Coast Plein Air Painters at this Gala in the Phillippi Mansion. Local, as well as nationally known artists will be in attendance. A portion of the proceeds will be used to complete the restoration of the Farmhouse on the Phillippi Estate, in time for its 100th anniversary this year.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.861.5000
Sarasota Orchestra presents Thrill of a Lifetime
Sat. Feb. 27
7:30 PM
Share this “Thrill of a Lifetime” as the Youth Philharmonic performs side-by-side with the professional musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra. The first half features the student winners of the Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Concerto Competition performing with the Sarasota Orchestra. Tickets $15
Location: Neel, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/special-events/thrill-of-a-lifetime or 941.953.3434
"The Battle of Legnano" by Giuseppe Verdi
Feb. 27, Mar. 3, 8, 16, 18
7:30 PM
Mar. 6, 12
1:30 PM
Opening on February 27, 2016, Verdi's The Battle of Legnano will be the final opera presented as part of the Verdi Cycle. As a nation struggles to break away from Barbarossa's grip, love for the same woman will test the friendship of two warriors as honor calls them into battle. Together with Verdi's monumental Aida, this tale of love, broken friendship, and war will help close the Verdi Cycle. Price: $19 - $125
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Light Chasers 5th Annual Art Show/Sale
Feb. 28
Noon - 5:00 PM
Continuation of the weekend's Light Chasers of the Sun Coast Show and Sale. Open to the Public, plenty of Free parking. A portion of all proceeds goes directly to the restoration of the Farmhouse Fund.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.861.5000
Sarasota Orchestra presents Unforgettable
Wed. Mar. 2
5:30 PM
Nat King Cole was truly Unforgettable, as are the rest of the greats on this program of music that made an impression then and now. Enjoy Mancini’s Moon River, a salute to Irving Berlin and a medley of famous Broadway themes, all orchestral, all unforgettable. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/unforgettable or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Unforgettable
Thu. Mar. 3
7:30 PM
Nat King Cole was truly Unforgettable, as are the rest of the greats on this program of music that made an impression then and now. Enjoy Mancini’s Moon River, a salute to Irving Berlin and a medley of famous Broadway themes, all orchestral, all unforgettable. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/unforgettable or 941.953.3434
Covers at 3
Fri. Mar. 4
3:00 PM
Studio Artists who are covering (understudying) principal roles on the mainstage will sing excerpts from the season's operas. Price: $5
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Unforgettable
Fri. Mar. 4
5:30 PM
Nat King Cole was truly Unforgettable, as are the rest of the greats on this program of music that made an impression then and now. Enjoy Mancini’s Moon River, a salute to Irving Berlin and a medley of famous Broadway themes, all orchestral, all unforgettable. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/unforgettable or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Unforgettable
Sat. Mar. 5
8:00 PM
Nat King Cole was truly Unforgettable, as are the rest of the greats on this program of music that made an impression then and now. Enjoy Mancini’s Moon River, a salute to Irving Berlin and a medley of famous Broadway themes, all orchestral, all unforgettable. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/unforgettable or 941.953.3434
Chamber Soiree 7: Brass to Bassoon
Sun. Mar. 6
4:00 PM
Fanfare from La Péri, DUKAS, A Brass Menagerie, CHEETHAM, Sonate en trio pour Flûte, Alto et Harpe, DEBUSSY, Bassoon Concerto in G Major, RV 493, No. 30, VIVALDI. Featuring Fernando Traba, principal bassoon. Tickets: $32-$42.
Location: Holley Hall at the Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Tr.
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Brass to Bassoon
Sun. Mar. 6
4:00 PM
DUKAS Fanfare from La Péri; CHEETHAM A Brass Menagerie; DEBUSSY Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp; VIVALDI Bassoon Concerto No. 30 in G Major You’ll delight in this serendipitous potpourri of exceptional chamber works. Vivaldi wrote 39 concertos for the bassoon, and this is the most famous one. Principal Bassoon Fernando Traba will showcase this divergent piece’s quick moves between tranquility and intensity. Paul Dukas’ Fanfare is now more popular than the ballet from which it originates and will grab your attention at its onset. John Cheetham’s A Brass Menagerie maintains a suspenseful pulse that will keep you on the edge. Debussy’s Sonata is everything audiences love about his music: beautiful, fluid, expressive, and carefree. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/brass-to-bassoon or 941.953.3434
Artists Choice Concert
Wed. Mar. 9
7:30 PM
A Sarasota Opera tradition! Our Principal and Studio Artists perform their choice of the best of opera, Broadway, and everything in between. Price: $10 - $40
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Our Town
Fri. Mar. 11
8:00 PM
COPLAND Our Town; BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major; DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 8; One of the greatest violin concerti of all time calls for one of the greatest living violinists. Enter Guy Braunstein, the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Berlin Philharmonic, who has since led a successful solo career. Dvo?ák’s 8th Symphony, considered one of this master’s greatest accomplishments, takes us on a journey into an idyllic world, upbeat and jubilant. Our Town is the second of Copland’s many successful film scores and is a sentimental depiction of rural life. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Neel, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/our-town or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Our Town
Sat. Mar. 12
8:00 PM
COPLAND Our Town; BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major; DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 8; One of the greatest violin concerti of all time calls for one of the greatest living violinists. Enter Guy Braunstein, the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Berlin Philharmonic, who has since led a successful solo career. Dvo?ák’s 8th Symphony, considered one of this master’s greatest accomplishments, takes us on a journey into an idyllic world, upbeat and jubilant. Our Town is the second of Copland’s many successful film scores and is a sentimental depiction of rural life. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/our-town or 941.953.3434
Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists
Sun. Mar. 13
12::00 PM
Sarasota Opera Studio and Apprentice Artists present an hour long program of arias and scenes from Sarasota Opera's 2015-2016 season. Price: $5
Location: Sarasota Opera House (Peterson Great Room), 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra presents Our Town
Sun. Mar. 13
2:30 PM
COPLAND Our Town; BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major; DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 8; One of the greatest violin concerti of all time calls for one of the greatest living violinists. Enter Guy Braunstein, the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Berlin Philharmonic, who has since led a successful solo career. Dvo?ák’s 8th Symphony, considered one of this master’s greatest accomplishments, takes us on a journey into an idyllic world, upbeat and jubilant. Our Town is the second of Copland’s many successful film scores and is a sentimental depiction of rural life. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/our-town or 941.953.3434
The Young Verdi
Thu. Mar. 17
7:30 PM
He is known as the preeminent opera composer of the 19th century, and regarded by many as the reigning master of opera of all time. But before all the fame, the young Giuseppe was a talented man with dreams and aspirations. Meet the young Verdi in this concert with music composed before his first opera, Oberto. This concert will be part of the Verdi Festival week and include recently discovered music. Price: $15 - $100
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org or 941.328.1300
Pops Concert: Disney in Concert
Fri. Mar. 18
8:00 PM
This multi-media experience features acclaimed vocalists and scenes from your favorite Disney movies projected above the Orchestra. Experience Academy Award winning music from Disney movies including Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, the Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more. Tickets: $32-$77
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Disney in Concert
Fri. Mar. 18
8:00 PM
This multi-media experience features acclaimed vocalists and scenes from your favorite Disney movies projected above the Orchestra. Experience Academy Award winning music from Disney movies including Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more! Tickets $32 - $77
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/disney-in-concert or 941.953.3434
Pops Concert: Disney in Concert
Sat. Mar. 19
8:00 PM
This multi-media experience features acclaimed vocalists and scenes from your favorite Disney movies projected above the Orchestra. Experience Academy Award winning music from Disney movies including Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, the Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more. Tickets: $32-$77
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Disney in Concert
Sat. Mar. 19
8:00 PM
This multi-media experience features acclaimed vocalists and scenes from your favorite Disney movies projected above the Orchestra. Experience Academy Award winning music from Disney movies including Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more! Tickets $32 - $77
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/disney-in-concert or 941.953.3434
Special Performance By STASH
Sat. Mar. 26
10:00 PM
Catch a special performance by STASH at the Ivory Lounge for Cream Thursdays!
Location: Ivory Lounge, 1413 Main St ,
Information: www.dancestash.com/event/details/ivory-lounge-sarasota-florida/ or 941.388.7869
Sarasota Orchestra presents Legends
Fri. Apr. 1
8:00 PM
HALVORSEN Bergensiana; CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1; SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite (Legends); Anu Tali brings the season to a close with a musical trip to Scandinavia. The Nordic myth, Lemminkäinen, Sibelius’ cherished tone poem, is highlighted by the Swan of Tuonela. It is colorful in its musical narrative. You’ll discover why Halvorsen is considered one of the great Norwegian composers with the piece that opens this concert. Chopin is synonymous with spectacular piano pieces. In the hands of Finnish pianist and rising star Antti Siirala, this seminal concerto promises to move you. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Neel, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/legends or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Legends
Sat. Apr. 2
8:00 PM
HALVORSEN Bergensiana; CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1; SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite (Legends); Anu Tali brings the season to a close with a musical trip to Scandinavia. The Nordic myth, Lemminkäinen, Sibelius’ cherished tone poem, is highlighted by the Swan of Tuonela. It is colorful in its musical narrative. You’ll discover why Halvorsen is considered one of the great Norwegian composers with the piece that opens this concert. Chopin is synonymous with spectacular piano pieces. In the hands of Finnish pianist and rising star Antti Siirala, this seminal concerto promises to move you. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/legends or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Legends
Sun. Apr. 3
2:30 PM
HALVORSEN Bergensiana; CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1; SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite (Legends); Anu Tali brings the season to a close with a musical trip to Scandinavia. The Nordic myth, Lemminkäinen, Sibelius’ cherished tone poem, is highlighted by the Swan of Tuonela. It is colorful in its musical narrative. You’ll discover why Halvorsen is considered one of the great Norwegian composers with the piece that opens this concert. Chopin is synonymous with spectacular piano pieces. In the hands of Finnish pianist and rising star Antti Siirala, this seminal concerto promises to move you. Tickets $30 - $86
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/masterworks/legends or 941.953.3434
Pops Concert: The Beat Goes On
Fri. Apr. 15
8:00 PM
The Orchestra and incredible guest vocalists turn back the clock to the 1960s when the "Fab Four" took the world by storm, the Beach Boys made summer "endless" and the Supremes put Motown on the map. Reminisce with music that was first played on a "45" yet still rocks the house. Featuring acclaimed guest conductor Jack Everly. Tickets: $32-$77.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents The Beat Goes On
Fri. Apr. 15
8:00 PM
The Orchestra and incredible guest vocalists turn back the clock to the 1960s when the “Fab Four” took the world by storm, the Beach Boys made summer “endless,” and the Supremes put Motown on the map. Reminisce with music that was first played on a “45” yet still rocks the house. Featuring acclaimed guest conductor Jack Everly. Tickets $32 - $77
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/the-beat-goes-on or 941.953.3434
Pops Concert: The Beat Goes On
Sat. Apr. 16
8:00 PM
The Orchestra and incredible guest vocalists turn back the clock to the 1960s when the "Fab Four" took the world by storm, the Beach Boys made summer "endless" and the Supremes put Motown on the map. Reminisce with music that was first played on a "45" yet still rocks the house. Featuring acclaimed guest conductor Jack Everly. Tickets: $32-$77.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents The Beat Goes On
Sat. Apr. 16
8:00 PM
The Orchestra and incredible guest vocalists turn back the clock to the 1960s when the “Fab Four” took the world by storm, the Beach Boys made summer “endless,” and the Supremes put Motown on the map. Reminisce with music that was first played on a “45” yet still rocks the house. Featuring acclaimed guest conductor Jack Everly. Tickets $32 - $77
Location: Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/pops/the-beat-goes-on or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Cello Time
Thu. Apr. 21
5:30 pm
In a truly unique chamber music experience, the concert opens with eight celli and percussion alone on the stage. This version of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres exhibits both frantic energy and sublime stillness, capturing the composers observation that “the instant and eternity are struggling” within us. Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites are the zenith of beauty and poignant power, and his 6th suite will showcase Assistant Principal Cello Christopher Schnell. We close our chamber season with a cello concerto composed by Joseph Haydn. Sweeping in its impact, this work is full of vigor. Acting Principal Cello Jake Muzzy is featured in this lyrical masterpiece. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall at the Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Tr.
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Cello Time
Thu. Apr. 21
5:30 PM
ARVO PÄRT Fratres; BACH Cello Suite No. 6; HAYDN Cello Concerto in C Major; In a truly unique chamber music experience, the concert opens with eight celli and percussion alone on the stage. This version of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres exhibits both frantic energy and sublime stillness, capturing the composers observation that “the instant and eternity are struggling” within us. Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites are the zenith of beauty and poignant power, and his 6th suite will showcase Assistant Principal Cello Christopher Schnell. We close our chamber season with a cello concerto composed by Joseph Haydn. Sweeping in its impact, this work is full of vigor. Acting Principal Cello Jake Muzzy is featured in this lyrical masterpiece. Tickets $32 - $42
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/chamber/cello-time or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Latin Nights
Wed. May. 4
5:30 PM
While we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’ll recognize a wide range of Latin music with that very special beat. You’ll enjoy classics such as Man of La Mancha, the popular La Bamba and a thrilling tribute to Miami’s Gloria Estefan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/latin-nights or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Latin Nights
Thu. May. 5
7:30 PM
While we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’ll recognize a wide range of Latin music with that very special beat. You’ll enjoy classics such as Man of La Mancha, the popular La Bamba and a thrilling tribute to Miami’s Gloria Estefan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/latin-nights or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Latin Nights
Fri. May. 6
5:30 PM
While we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’ll recognize a wide range of Latin music with that very special beat. You’ll enjoy classics such as Man of La Mancha, the popular La Bamba and a thrilling tribute to Miami’s Gloria Estefan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/latin-nights or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Latin Nights
Sat. May. 7
8:00 PM
While we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’ll recognize a wide range of Latin music with that very special beat. You’ll enjoy classics such as Man of La Mancha, the popular La Bamba and a thrilling tribute to Miami’s Gloria Estefan. Tickets $36 - $79
Location: Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/great-escapes/latin-nights or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra presents Outdoor Pops
Sat. May. 14
Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a family-friendly outdoor Pops at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the Outfield. Winning Pops songs, vocals by a fan favorite and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs. Tickets from $15
Location: Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org/special-events/outdoor-pops or 941.953.3434

 

 

 

Recurring Events

Handz-on Family Program
Every Sunday
1:00-3:00 PM
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to bring their favorite adult to the Ringling Museum for Handz-On!  Guided by creative Museum educators, families will explore the galleries, enjoy family-friendly activities, and make fabulous works of art
Location:  John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Information:  To reserve your space, call Janine Packard, Education Specialist at 941-359-5700 ex 1-3703, or email jpackard@ringling.org   www.ringling.org
Palm Singles
Every Monday
6:00 PM
Over 50's singles group meets for dinner at 6 pm followed by a program. We also offer a full monthly calendar of events. This is a great time to come out and make new friends.
Location:  Church of the Palms 3224 Bee Ridge Road
Information:  For dinner reservation call Dotty, 941.924.7430
Meet The Sky
First Monday of the Month from Jan - Sep
Dusk
Join Eve Plews and other sky observers as we explore the infinite night sky. See constellations, stars and planets through telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free for all ages!
Location:  Siesta Key Beach Pavilion
Information:  941.952.1200
Free Yoga On Siesta Beach
Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat
9:00 AM
Bring your own mat and water to the Siesta Beach Main Entrance. Taught by Avananda (with over 35 years of teaching experience in Hawaii and around the world. If your  coming for the first time it would be good to call.
Location:  Siesta Beach
Information:  941-320-6693 or email yogaonsiesatabeach@yahoo.com hathayogalesson.com
Sarasota African Violet Society
Every 3rd Tuesday  except June, July, August
10:00 AM - Noon
Learn and share America's favorite and most recognized house plant,including monthly workshops.
Location:  First Baptist Church 265 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Information:  941.343.0976
Art on the Boardwalk
Every Tuesday, Feb. & March
Noon - Dusk
This exhibit is a juried, weekly event showcasing the fine art and quality craftsmanship of approximately 30 outstanding local and regional artists.
Location:  The Boat Yard Village, 1508 Stickney Pt Rd
Information:  941.539.7972
MOMS Club of Sarasota North
Every 1st Wednesday
10:00 AM
We discuss club business and activities planned for the month while children play or make a craft. You and your children are WELCOME to join us.
Location:  St. James United Methodist, 2049 N. Honore Ave.
Information:  941.306.3649 or momsclubofsarasotanorth.com
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Thursday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance.
Location:  Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information:  www.mote.org/mommyandme
Preschool Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 & 11:15 AM
For ages 3 and up. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location:  Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information:  941.316.1181
Not-Two-Young Storytime
Every Thursday
10:00 AM & 11:15 AM
For 2-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Read-aloud stories, music, films, finger games, and community guests.
Location:  Selby Public Library, 1331 First St.
Information:  941.316.1181
Sarasota Shell Club
2nd Thrusday of the Month, Sep - Apr
7:00 PM
Meetings include:  Guest speaker, raffle, door prizes,business meeting, refreshments, and a whole lot of shell talk. Don't miss the fun.  Everyone Welcome.
Location:  Waldemere Fire Station, 2nd Floor
Information:  sarasotashellclub@hotmail.com
Positively Speaking Toastmasters
Every Friday
6:00 PM
Do something different on Friday nights by challenging your mind and having loads of fun with a great group of people. Guests are always welcome.
Location:  Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Information:  941.685.1614 or posspeaking.freetoasthost.org
>Live from Downtown it's Friday Night!
Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday night downtown has never been better, featuring a different downtown Sarasota neighborhood each week. Every month a new theme to showcase and celebrate Sarasota's unique seasons and holidays.
Location:  1st Friday Palm Ave, Main St, 1st St & Whole Foods
2nd Friday Burns Square (South Pineapple)
3rd Friday Towles Court (Adams & Washington)
4th Friday Rosemary District (Fruitville & Central)
Information: 
Sarasota Farmers Market
Every Saturday
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Every Saturday, rain or shine, the Downtown Farmers' Market is is a potpourri of fresh produce, food, flowers and plants, fine artisanship, friends and fun. It has become a community happening - a gathering place for people to bring families, friends and even dogs to peruse the displays of garden-fresh produce and unique craft products.
Location:  Main St. and Lemon Ave
Information:  www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org
Mommy and Me at Mote
Every Saturday
9:50 AM
Ocean education for small fry! Kids ages 2-5 and their favorite adults learn together through marine-themed games, songs, stories, crafts, role plays, and guided visits to the Mote exhibits. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Aquarium Entrance at 9:50 AM.
Location:  Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Information:  www.mote.org/mommyandme