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February


"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Tue. Feb. 9
7:30 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
The Book of Mormon
Tue. Feb. 9
8:00 PM
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” Entertainment Weekly declares, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Wed. Feb. 10
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
The Book of Mormon
Wed. Feb. 10
8:00 PM
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” Entertainment Weekly declares, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Thu. Feb. 11
7:30 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
The Book of Mormon
Thu. Feb. 11
8:00 PM
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” Entertainment Weekly declares, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
Music Compound Open House
Fri. Feb. 12
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Open House Night at Music Compound. Live performances by rising stars. Complimentary food and drinks. Families welcome. Tours and chances to win the Music Compound Experience. The Music Compound provides a home for children with a love for music. The MCwill allow children with the same interest to inspire, collaborate, and learn from each other. Our mission is to transform musical dreams into reality by creating a safe and drug free place for children from age five to eighteen.
Location: 1747 Cattlemen road
Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-at-music-compound-tickets-20627693988 or 941.809.2656
The Book of Mormon
Fri. Feb. 12
8:00 PM
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” Entertainment Weekly declares, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
The Book of Mormon
Sat. Feb. 13
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” Entertainment Weekly declares, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sat. Feb. 13
7:30 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
Perennial Vegetable Crops for Florida
Sat. Feb. 13
10:00 AM
Learn growth requirements, methods of growing, and nutritional content of the various perennial vegetable plants we can grow easily here in Sarasota. Included in the presentation are Moringa, Katuk, Chaya, Okinawa Spinach, Cassava (Yuca), Ube Yam, sweet potatoes, Cuban Oregano, Ginger, Turmeric, Galangal, Taro, Malanga, Papaya, and many others. Snack on some of these plants through prepared vegetables and teas during class. A water bottle and a notebook and pen are recommended. Instructor: Nick Keebler. $20/person. Crowley members get a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
Jazz in the Park
Sat. Feb. 13
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
There's a Jazz in the Park free concert featuring Shawn Brown and His band from Tampa. Free admission.
Location: Fredd Atkins Park, Washington Court and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Information:
Nature and Mindfulness: Photography as Meditation
Sat. Feb. 13
12:30 PM
Use your camera as a meditation tool! Slow down, become more present, explore nature, and have fun. You need not be a "good" photographer. This class is not so much about photography as it is learning to "be" and to "see". Several methods will be taught. Bring a camera of some sort, (smart phone is fine) with plenty of memory available. Also bring a pen, notebook and bottle of water. Dress appropriately for the weather. Some gentle walking included. Instructor: Anne Cederberg. $20/person. Crowley members receive a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
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
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Sun. Feb. 14
1:30 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
The Book of Mormon
Sun. Feb. 14
1:30 PM & 7:00 PM
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” Entertainment Weekly declares, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Natural Vegetable Fermentation & Kombucha Combination Workshop
Sun. Feb. 14
10:00 AM
Learn to make fermented vegetables (kim chee, sauerkraut, etc.) & Kombucha (a naturally carbonated, healthy drink). We will snack on samples of both at the end of class. Bring a water bottle and pen and notebook. Instructor: Nick Keebler. $20/person. Crowley members get a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
Intro to Agro-forestry (How to Grow a Food Forest)
Sun. Feb. 14
10:00 AM
An agroforestry system or food forest, is an intensively planted, bio-diverse, perennial garden that mimics the design of a natural forest ecosystem. Once established, a properly designed food forest yields more food with less human inputs required. Agroforestry is an ancient method of growing food sustainably. Western agriculturalists are now studying it as a sustainable, environmentally responsible and economically profitable alternative to mono cropped, annual agricultural systems. Bring water bottle and pen and notebook. Instructor: Nick Keebler. $20/person. Crowley members receive a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
Neil Berg's 107 Years of Broadway
Wed. Feb. 17
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Back for its annual celebration of Broadway’s greatest songs this dazzling all-new features five of Broadway’s finest stars performing songs from the best and most-beloved Broadway musicals of the past! Direct from New York, 107 YEARS OF BROADWAY recreates the finest moments from hit shows such as Jersey Boys, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and classics from Broadway composers. Last year this perennial favorite sold out quickly!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Wed. Feb. 17
7:30 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
Light Chasers Quick Draw Painting Contest
Wed. Feb. 17
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
These Plein Air Artists, from around the nation will be painting from 10:00 - Noon, coinciding with the weekly Farmers Market. Paintings will be for sale, right Off the Easel after prizes are awarded in the Market, at noon. Bill Farnsworth, Master Artist from Venice, will award the prizes.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.316.1309
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Thu. Feb. 18
7:30 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
Michael Feinstein and his 17-Piece Band
Thu. Feb. 18
8:00 PM
Welcome back Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer! His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the White House and Buckingham Palace and, of course, here at the Van Wezel! Enjoy romantic classics by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Johnny Mercer and friends, all in swing tempo, including ‘Night And Day’, ‘I Wanna Be Around’, ‘The Song Is You’ and many others.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists
Fri. Feb. 19
12:00 AM
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
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Sat. Feb. 20
1:30 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
Manatee Community Concert Band--A Tribute to George Gershwin
Sat. Feb. 20
7:30 PM
This FREE Concert will feature several of Gershwin's most famous pieces along with "Rhapsody in Blue" performed by former Manatee School of Arts Music Chairman and Internationally known pianist, Rod Keiser. In addition, The Band will be performing "Highlights from Porgy and Bess," a "Gershwin Medley," "Summertime," "I Got Rhythm," "Strike up the Band," and many more of Gershwin's well known musical selections.
Location: Manatee High School Auditorium, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton
Information: www.manateeconcertband.org or 260.410.4126
Color Vibe 5K
Sat. Feb. 20
9:00 AM
Get ready Sarasota for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You'll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you're about to get tagged!
Location: Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Information: www.thecolorvibe.com/sarasota.php or 435.554.0134
Nature as Healer: Forest Medicine and Earthing Experience
Sat. Feb. 20
12:30 PM
Into the woods! Learn how recent scientific research validates what indigenous peoples have always known nature heals! Learn how to better let the nature in you heal and experience the healing force of nature all around you. Very experiential. Bring a pen, notebook, and bottle of water. Dress appropriately for the weather. Some gentle walking included. Instructor: Anne Cederberg, Interpretive Naturalist. $15/person. Crowley members receive a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
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
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Sun. Feb. 21
1:30 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
Grapevine Wreath Making
Sun. Feb. 21
10:00 AM
Make grapevine wreaths using locally harvested grapevines, other natural items, ribbons, shells, and more! Bring water bottle and any decorations, ribbons, etc. you would like to use in your wreath. Grapevines and some decorations will be provided. Instructor: To be announced. $15/person. Crowley members receive a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
Nature Journaling: An Inner and Outer Experience
Sun. Feb. 21
12:00 PM
"Most people are on the world, not in it; have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them," wrote Naturalist John Muir in the late 1800's. Observing and journaling helps us regain our sense of being part of the natural world. We can draw, write poetry, express our feelings, or document observations and experiences while in the outdoors. You don't have to be an artist or a writer. Learn basic sensory awareness and nature observation skills and journaling methods. A basic beginning class journal will be provided. Bring a pen, any art supplies you'd like such as colored pencils or chalks, and your imagination! Please dress appropriately for the weather. Some gentle walking included. Instructor: Anne Cederberg. $20/person. Crowley members receive a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
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
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Tue. Feb. 23
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
Patti LaBelle
Tue. Feb. 23
8:00 PM
Philadelphia maven Patti LaBelle returns to the Van Wezel by popular demand to belt out her Soul and R&B classics, pop hits, blues and spirituals – as only Ms. Patti can! As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. From her days in the girl group Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells, to the top of charts as a solo Superstar, she is simply one of the most exciting live performers today!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
Moscow Festival Ballet - Cinderella
Wed. Feb. 24
7:00 PM
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko brought together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. CINDERELLA, a full-length ballet, will delight the audience with Prokofiev’s beautiful score and an abundance of entertaining dance and elegant costumes!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Wed. Feb. 24
7:30 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
The Beach Boys
Thu. Feb. 25
7:30 PM
The ever-popular The Beach Boys has tallied up dozens of hits and sold albums by the tens of millions, but the greater significance lies in the fact that this band changed the musical landscape so profoundly that almost every pop act since has drawn from their influence. Celebrate their return to Sarasota with their songs like “I Get Around,” “California Girls” and Surfin’ USA!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
Light Chasers 5th Annual Art Show/Sale
Fri. Feb. 26
5:00 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. FREE, Donations greatly appreciated.
Location: Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information: www.lightchasersinc.com or 941.861.5000
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Fri. Feb. 26
7:30 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
Vince Gill & Lyle Lovett
Fri. Feb. 26
7:30 PM
Join Vince and Lyle as they perform together on stage at the Van Wezel with an evening of songs and stories! Vince Gill, winner of 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, made his name in traditional Country (“Victim of Life’s Circumstance,” “If It Weren’t For Him” and “Oklahoma Borderline”). Vince has also explored different musical moods: ballads, contemporary up-tempo and acoustic/bluegrass music. Singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett’s career has spanned 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, Lyle fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in his live performances.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes
Fri. Feb. 26
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Junior League of Sarasota, Inc. (JLS) announces the 2016 Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes. The fundraiser for JLS will feature homes in Granada Park, Prospect Street and Osprey Avenue. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting the JLS headquarters. Each home will host demonstrations by chefs, artists, and designers, so visitors can not only enjoy the architectural design and decoration of the homes, but will come away with tips and tricks on how to entertain in their own homes.
Location: TBA
Information: www.jlsarasota.org/simply-sarasota-tour or 941.953.5600
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
Light Chasers 5th Annual Art Show/Sale Saturday Gala
Sat. 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
China Smith Presents The Golden Gloves
Sat. Feb. 27
6:00 PM
Former WBF North American Heavyweight champion China Smith and Team China Smith Promotions brings Sarasota's Premier Golden Gloves Boxing Event featuring Florida's top boxers.
Location: Robarts Arena - 3000 Ringling Blvd
Information: www.csfightnight.com or 941.587.1671
"The Battle of Legnano" by Giuseppe Verdi
Sat. Feb. 27
7:30 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
Kristin Chenoweth
Sat. Feb. 27
8:00 PM
Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth takes the lead in a spectacular career that effortlessly spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In her live show, the acclaimed star brings iconic songs from her best known shows like Wicked, Glee and On the Twentieth Century – as well as popular standards and classics from Broadway, Hollywood and beyond! For Ms. Chenoweth’s triumphant return, she promises a very fun evening with new songs and some exciting surprises.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes
Sat. Feb. 27
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Junior League of Sarasota, Inc. (JLS) announces the 2016 Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes. The fundraiser for JLS will feature homes in Granada Park, Prospect Street and Osprey Avenue. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting the JLS headquarters. Each home will host demonstrations by chefs, artists, and designers, so visitors can not only enjoy the architectural design and decoration of the homes, but will come away with tips and tricks on how to entertain in their own homes.
Location: TBA
Information: www.jlsarasota.org/simply-sarasota-tour or 941.953.5600
Small scale Bio char production and Composting Combination Workshop
Sat. Feb. 27
10:00 AM
Learn how to make and use these different kinds of soil amendments. Bio-char is pure crystalline carbon created by burning wood chips or other woody material in a special, low oxygen environment. This form of carbon is highly stable and will stay within the soil for over 1000 years, helping to mitigate carbon levels in the atmosphere long term. Bring a water bottle and pen and notebook. Instructor: Nick Keebler. $20/person. Crowley members receive a 10% discount.
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
Firestarting
Sat. Feb. 27
12:30 PM
Learn seven different ways to start fires without matches! Instructor: Riley Wimans $30/person. Crowley members receive a 10% discount. . Ages 8 thru adult (children under 15 accompanied by parent.)
Location: Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road
Information: crowleyfolkschool.org or 941.322.1000
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
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sun. Feb. 28
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
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Sun. Feb. 28
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
Light Chasers 5th Annual Art Show/Sale
Sun. Feb. 28
12:00 AM - 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
The Australian Bee Gees Show
Mon. Feb. 29
8:00 PM
It’s Saturday Night Fever every night with The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees. One of the most successful and adored acts in musical history is recreated on stage in a multi-media concert event. The group’s authentic take on the trio’s clothes, style and moves showcase five decades of the Brothers Gibb’s success as rock and disco legends. Groove to their memorable music and immerse yourself in the disco era with hits like “Staying Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Jive Talkin.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

March


"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Tue. Mar. 1
7:30 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
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Tue. Mar. 1
8:00 PM
With acclaimed Cellist/Conductor Dmitry Yablonsky at the helm the JERUSALEM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs a diverse repertoire which ranges from the Baroque and the Classical Periods, through the Romantic period and even extending to contemporary composers. The Symphony has partnered with many of the world’s greatest musicians and continues that tradition with Yablonsky. Israeli teenage virtuoso Danielle Akta will be the guest soloist on the cello.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Wed. Mar. 2
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
The McCartney Years
Wed. Mar. 2
8:00 PM
There are many Beatles tributes. But there’s only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid 1970s. And this is it! Praised Sid Bernstein – the promoter who brought the original Beatles to North America – as “the best on the scene today”, The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a 1973 Wings over America concert.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
"The Battle of Legnano" by Giuseppe Verdi
Thu. Mar. 3
7:30 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
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Thu. Mar. 3
8:00 PM
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a magical musical full of unforgettable songs, including “Go Go Go Joseph”, “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door”.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Fri. Mar. 4
7:30 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
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Fri. Mar. 4
8:00 PM
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a magical musical full of unforgettable songs, including “Go Go Go Joseph”, “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door”.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sat. 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
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Sat. Mar. 5
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 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
"The Battle of Legnano" by Giuseppe Verdi
Sun. Mar. 6
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
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
"The Battle of Legnano" by Giuseppe Verdi
Tue. Mar. 8
7:30 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
Disney Fantasia Live in Concert
Wed. Mar. 9
8:00 PM
DISNEY FANTASIA LIVE IN CONCERT presents the music and imagery from the legendary animated films, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. Recreated by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Ted Sperling, the breathtaking score takes on an astounding new power as it is performed live in unison with the classic films displayed on the backdrop!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
The Joffrey Ballet
Thu. Mar. 10
8:00 PM
“America’s Company of Firsts” is classically trained to the highest standards - proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company repertoire, which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. “Transcendent from first step to last!” cheers the Chicago Sun-Times.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Fri. Mar. 11
7:30 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 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
"The Battle of Legnano" by Giuseppe Verdi
Sat. Mar. 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
"Cosi fan tutte" by W.A. Mozart
Sat. 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 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 AM
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
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Tue. Mar. 15
1:30 PM & 7:00 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
Saturday Night Fever
Wed. Mar. 16
3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
A beloved dance story in a spectacular new production, this is the coming-of-age tale of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970's Brooklyn. Based on the movie, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees, including "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "Jive Talkin'” and "How Deep is Your Love," plus several new songs written especially for this production.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
'The Battle of Legnano' by Giuseppe Verdi
Wed. Mar. 16
7:30 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
The Young Irelanders
Thu. Mar. 17
8:00 PM
The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song and dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime! Between them they have performed for many heads of state, at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the US Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
'The Battle of Legnano' by Giuseppe Verdi
Fri. Mar. 18
7:30 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
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
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
The Disco Ball - Benefiting The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund
Sat. Mar. 19
6:00 PM
Dancin' Queens and Super Freaks... Hustle on over and get down with some dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin' at the 2016 Disco Ball. Feel free to dress the part prizes will be awarded for the best theme-dressed guests. All proceeds will serve to benefit the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. Cost: $175.00
Location: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club
Information: 941.556.5442
"Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi
Sat. Mar. 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 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
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
The Peking Acrobats
Sun. Mar. 20
7:00 PM
The Peking Acrobats, China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts, make a triumphant return to the Van Wezel with their Gala 30th Anniversary North American Tour and Year of the Monkey Celebration! The acrobats are complemented by live musicians playing exotic traditional Chinese instruments as they perform their 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatics. This year’s tour pulls out all the stops, featuring exciting new acts and innovative twists on old favorites.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Challenge Ballroom Dance Championship
Sun. Mar. 20
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Leading one day pro/am competition in the World! We have dancers coming from all over United States, Canada, South Africa, Israel and etc... World Class Professional Show Extravaganza!!!. Make sure attend our Formal Gourmet Dinners! 2016 promises to be the best year yet, so make plans now and do not miss opportunity experience the world's finest ballroom dance championship.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Information: www.sarasotachallenge.com or 941.799.0800
Bullets Over Broadway
Mon. Mar. 21
8:00 PM
Hailed by Time Magazine as, “Musical Theatre Gold!”, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is a hilarious musical comedy about young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is written by Woody Allen, with original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
STOMP
Tue. Mar. 22
8:00 PM
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for all ages.. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Irish Tenors
Wed. Mar. 23
8:00 PM
The Irish Tenors’ powerful vocal line-up of Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan are unquestionably the leading brand of this genre. All classically trained singers, each having performed in leading concert halls across the world, together they combine to produce a sound and concert experience which touches hearts and stirs the emotions. They lend this exceptional vocal prowess to not only Irish classics like “Danny Boy” and “Whiskey in the Jar,” but also pop classics like “My Heart Will Go On.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Linda Eder with Robert Cuccioli
Thu. Mar. 24
8:00 PM
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Her performance as the tragic character “Lucy” in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, blew the roof off each night with signature songs, “Someone Like You” and a “A New Life.” This role earned her a Drama Desk Award, securing her spot as one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic live performers.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Midtown Men
Fri. Mar. 25
8:00 PM
They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time! Now, The Midtown Men are bringing their magic to the Van Wezel, singing their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Rascals, Motown, The Four Seasons and more! This sensational production reunites Four Stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ‘60s.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Million Dollar Quartet
Sat. Mar. 26
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Inspired by the electrifying true story behind the impromptu collaboration between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to the stage. It’s a tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations with timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Hound Dog”!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
An Evening with Sophia Loren
Thu. Mar. 31
8:00 PM
Synonymous with grace, beauty and artistry, Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren will captivate you with an intimate onstage conversation and question-and-answer session as well as film clips from her prolific career spanning more than five decades. This legendary star earned a remarkable array of notable accolades including the first Academy Award presented for a foreign-language film with Two Women. Two decades later, in 1991, Loren received an Honorary Award from the Academy in acknowledgment of her indelible contributions to world cinema. Don’t miss this very special evening!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

April


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
Broadway! The Big Band Years
Mon. Apr. 4
8:00 PM
Featuring hits from shows like Gypsy, 42nd Street, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and West Side Story, BROADWAY: THE BIG BAND YEARS is a thrilling musical adventure! The Great White Way was a magnificent platform for a staggering number of hit songs during the Big Band Era, including standards like "The Lady is a Tramp," "My Funny Valentine," "Luck Be a Lady," "I Got Rhythm," and "I Get a Kick Out of You."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chris Botti
Tue. Apr. 5
8:00 PM
Returning by popular demand with an intimate live concert, trumpeter Chris Botti will again thrill you with his soaring musical imagination. The world’s largest-selling jazz instrumentalist, he’s equally at home playing a jazz solo, an operatic piece or a pop standard. Be prepared to hear your favorites such as “When I Fall In Love” and “Flamenco Sketches” as well as new melodies!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Natalie Cole
Sun. Apr. 10
8:00 PM
Nine-time Grammy Award-winner, singer, songwriter, and performer Natalie Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and two Grammy awards. With her latest Grammy-nominated album, Natalie Cole En Espanol, she has re-emerged as one of the most beloved pop artists of the last 40 years. It promises to be an "Unforgettable” evening!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Celtic Nights - Spirit Of Freedom
Tue. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
Spirit of Freedom tells the story of Irish independence, beginning 100 years ago with the Easter Rising. Akin to our 4th of July, the Easter Rising of 1916 created the Ireland we know and love today. Through music, song, dance and storytelling Celtic Nights honors the struggle of a people fighting to gain freedom, independence and true democracy.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
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
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
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
Paula Poundstone
Sun. Apr. 17
7:00 PM
Thirty-two years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country -- stopping in at open-mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. What separates Paula from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd. The Boston Globe writes: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Mamma Mia!
Tue. Apr. 19
8:00 PM
Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! remains one of Broadway’s top-selling musicals. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone is having the time of their lives! You’ll be singing “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” Money, Money, Money” and “Mamma Mia!” all the way home!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Out-of-Door Academy Upper School Musical Presents: Cats
Wed. Apr. 20
7:00 PM
Based on T.S. Eliot's 1939 collection of poems, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," this 1983 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is the night of the Jellicle Ball, during which Old Deuteronomy will select the cat to go to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn to a new Jellicle life. Over the course of the evening, the cats of the tribe step forward to introduce themselves and audition for the chance to be selected. This evening promises to delight audiences as the show is primarily made up of song and movement (little dialogue) with a rather large cast that will be on stage the majority of the time. There are a few cameo appearances by members of the Out-of-Door faculty, as well.
Location: Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive
Information: www.oda.edu or 941.554.5958
Mamma Mia!
Wed. Apr. 20
8:00 PM
Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! remains one of Broadway’s top-selling musicals. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone is having the time of their lives! You’ll be singing “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” Money, Money, Money” and “Mamma Mia!” all the way home!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Out-of-Door Academy Upper School Musical Presents: Cats
Thu. Apr. 21
7:00 PM
Based on T.S. Eliot's 1939 collection of poems, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," this 1983 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is the night of the Jellicle Ball, during which Old Deuteronomy will select the cat to go to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn to a new Jellicle life. Over the course of the evening, the cats of the tribe step forward to introduce themselves and audition for the chance to be selected. This evening promises to delight audiences as the show is primarily made up of song and movement (little dialogue) with a rather large cast that will be on stage the majority of the time. There are a few cameo appearances by members of the Out-of-Door faculty, as well.
Location: Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive
Information: www.oda.edu or 941.554.5958
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
The Out-of-Door Academy Upper School Musical Presents: Cats
Fri. Apr. 22
7:00 PM
Based on T.S. Eliot's 1939 collection of poems, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," this 1983 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is the night of the Jellicle Ball, during which Old Deuteronomy will select the cat to go to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn to a new Jellicle life. Over the course of the evening, the cats of the tribe step forward to introduce themselves and audition for the chance to be selected. This evening promises to delight audiences as the show is primarily made up of song and movement (little dialogue) with a rather large cast that will be on stage the majority of the time. There are a few cameo appearances by members of the Out-of-Door faculty, as well.
Location: Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive
Information: www.oda.edu or 941.554.5958
Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk
Fri. Apr. 22
8:00 PM
Enter the world of Pedal Punk, where cycling is the way to escape the technology-obsessed society. Experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes, and repairs more than broken pieces. This new production showcases Creative Director Chris Lashua’s innate passion and fascination for all things bicycles and cycling. The New York Times calls it “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Out-of-Door Academy Upper School Musical Presents: Cats
Sat. Apr. 23
7:00 PM
Based on T.S. Eliot's 1939 collection of poems, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," this 1983 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is the night of the Jellicle Ball, during which Old Deuteronomy will select the cat to go to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn to a new Jellicle life. Over the course of the evening, the cats of the tribe step forward to introduce themselves and audition for the chance to be selected. This evening promises to delight audiences as the show is primarily made up of song and movement (little dialogue) with a rather large cast that will be on stage the majority of the time. There are a few cameo appearances by members of the Out-of-Door faculty, as well.
Location: Out-of-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Drive
Information: www.oda.edu or 941.554.5958
Brian Regan
Sat. Apr. 23
8:00 PM
Welcome Brian Regan, the comedian who can turn mundane situations into side-splitting stand-up material, as he makes his Sarasota debut! With 28 Late Show With David Letterman performances under his belt, Brian has the perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality to fill theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Jerry Seinfeld proclaims, “He is one of my favorite, favorite stand-up comedians!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Billy Gardell
Fri. Apr. 29
8:00 PM
Billy Gardell works hard. He’s from Pittsburgh and hard work is the honor code in Pittsburgh. Not only is he the star of the hit CBS series Mike & Molly, he is also hosting the new Monopoly Millionaires Club Game Show on ABC. His powerhouse stand-up show is grounded and down-to-earth and hits a strong chord with audiences. Be prepared for an evening of great stories and great laughs!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Celtic Woman
Sat. Apr. 30
7:30 PM
The Irish music sensation brings its newest musical journey to Sarasota in 2016! Named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Music Artist six times, the all-female ensemble has sold over eight million albums with platinum sales in nine countries. This breathtaking new tour of Celtic Woman delivers a wide selection of treasured Irish classics, fan favorites and contemporary pop songs and features three angelic vocalists, a dazzling Celtic violinist and a dynamic band that includes bagpipers and Irish dancers.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Information: vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

May


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
Edson Keith Mansion Historic Tours
Wednesdays through April 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Tour this Italian Renaissance Mansion, built in 1916. Docents will take guests through the house, recounting its history, its occupants and the early days of the Sarasota Community. Donations gratefully accepted.
Location:  Phillippi Estate Park 5500 S. Trail
Information:  941.316.1309 or www.farmhousemarket.org
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