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November


Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2018
Fri. Nov. 23
8:00 PM
In a career that spans more than three decades, legendary and Grammy®-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns with his 21st annual Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2018. Special Guests joining Dave this year will be: Mindi Abair, pop/blues saxophonist/singer who will be making her first Christmas Tour appearance; South African guitarist/singer, Jonathan Butler, returning for another season; and Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko Matsui.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
KC and the Sunshine Band
Sat. Nov. 24
8:00 PM
Grammy Award®-winner KC and The Sunshine Band has celebrated over 40 years of making booties shake! Led by Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, a Florida native, and his band are best known for hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes” and “Rock Your Baby.” Come and “Shake Your Booty” – you’ll be dancing in the aisles!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Black Violin
Tue. Nov. 27
7:30 PM
Florida natives Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) return to the Van Wezel stage with their Classical Boom Tour. They will delight you with an “unexpected blend of classically-trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.” - The Miami Herald
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas
Wed. Nov. 28
7:30 PM
Be part of the holiday concert tradition of the season with Grammy®-nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman as he celebrates A Joyful Christmas, delivering the sound and spirit of the season with carols, classics and original songs on his 22nd annual holiday tour. Holiday music brings yuletide memories to life as he helps you escape from the holiday hustle-bustle and keeps your days merry and bright. Bring your family, friends or that special someone and make Jim Brickman your new holiday tradition. Celebrate the faith, love and togetherness that we value most this time of year and share in the celebration of A Joyful Christmas.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Green Pottery Open Studio Event
Thu. Nov. 29
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sarasota potters Anja Palomo and Joan Libby Hawk welcome visitors to Sarasota Green Pottery's inaugural open studio presenting handmade clay pieces, individually crafted from start to finish. Come and meet the artists, learn more about the pottery and how it's created. The artists exhibit locally and teach in the ACE program of Suncoast Technical College.
Location: Sarasota Green Pottery, 2429 Burlington Lane
Information: facebook.com/sarasotagreenpotteryopenstudioevent or 941.266.9979
Asian Film Series
Thu. Nov. 29
5:00 PM
“The Road,” a 2015 documentary by Zhang Zanbo on the impact of a huge highway project on rural life in the Hunan province of China.
Location: Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
Information: www.ncf.edu/about/news-and-events/events-and-conferences/mellon/
Sarasota Orchestra - Perfect Pairs
Fri. Nov. 30
8:00 PM
Ward Stare leads Sarasota Orchestra in a program pairing exquisite French music with rich German orchestral fare. Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton provide double the drama in Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, while Ravel’s masterwork appropriately uses the word "delicious" in its subtitle. Mozart’s music from Thamos, King of Egypt is a rarely heard delight and German Romantic giant Richard Strauss’ operatic suite concludes the program in an explosion of orchestral virtuosity.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Art & Handmade Show
Fri. Nov. 30
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
100 of the nations top artists: art glass, furniture,ceramics,paintings, jewelry, leather, wood, fiber,metal,sculpture, mixed media photography, and wearable art. Tickets:Adults: $12, Seniors $11, Students $6.
Location: Roberts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd.
Information: www.sarasotaartandhandmadehomeshow.com

 

December


Sarasota Orchestra - Perfect Pairs
Sat. Dec. 1
8:00 PM
Ward Stare leads Sarasota Orchestra in a program pairing exquisite French music with rich German orchestral fare. Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton provide double the drama in Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, while Ravel’s masterwork appropriately uses the word "delicious" in its subtitle. Mozart’s music from Thamos, King of Egypt is a rarely heard delight and German Romantic giant Richard Strauss’ operatic suite concludes the program in an explosion of orchestral virtuosity.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Art & Handmade Show
Sat. Dec. 1
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
100 of the nations top artists: art glass, furniture,ceramics,paintings, jewelry, leather, wood, fiber,metal,sculpture, mixed media photography, and wearable art. Tickets:Adults: $12, Seniors $11, Students $6.
Location: Roberts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd.
Information: www.sarasotaartandhandmadehomeshow.com
Native Plant Sale
Sun. Dec. 2
1:30 PM
Tom Heitzman (Sweet Bay Nursery) will bring a truck of native plants to sell, along with info on where to plant and how much sun and water each plant needs. $5 donation
Location: Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center, 999 Center Road
Information: www.sarasotaaudubon.org
Sarasota Orchestra - Perfect Pairs
Sun. Dec. 2
2:30 PM
Ward Stare leads Sarasota Orchestra in a program pairing exquisite French music with rich German orchestral fare. Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton provide double the drama in Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, while Ravel’s masterwork appropriately uses the word "delicious" in its subtitle. Mozart’s music from Thamos, King of Egypt is a rarely heard delight and German Romantic giant Richard Strauss’ operatic suite concludes the program in an explosion of orchestral virtuosity.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Art & Handmade Show
Sun. Dec. 2
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
100 of the nations top artists: art glass, furniture,ceramics,paintings, jewelry, leather, wood, fiber,metal,sculpture, mixed media photography, and wearable art. Tickets:Adults: $12, Seniors $11, Students $6.
Location: Roberts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd.
Information: www.sarasotaartandhandmadehomeshow.com
Sonata a Due
Tue. Dec. 4
6:00 PM
La Musica kicks off its 33rd season with its own spin on a gala event. Take in the beauty of the historic mansion during the cocktail reception. Relax while a duo of our musicians performs a recital. Cap the evening with an exquisite dinner.
Location: The Field Club, 1400 Field Rd.
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
The King and I
Tue. Dec. 4
7:30 PM
Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - 'Tis The Season
Wed. Dec. 5
5:30 PM
One of the most popular Great Escapes of the season is our holiday themed concert. Each year, Principal Pops Conductor Andrew Lane finds new ways to freshen up holiday delights and classic favorites we have all come to know and love. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a joyous concert?
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The King and I
Wed. Dec. 5
7:30 PM
Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Non-Fiction Storytelling Workshop
Thu. Dec. 6
2:30 PM
This workshop showcases non-fiction writing specialists Eric Deggans and Margo Hammond, as well as New College Writer in Residence Sarah Gerard on how they collect their material and craft vivid stories for books, newspapers and magazines. The program is organized and will be moderated by New College Professor Maria Vesperi.
Location: Jane Bancroft Cook Library Room 141, New College of Florida
Information: www.ncf.edu/about/news-and-events/events-and-conferences/mellon/
Sarasota Orchestra - 'Tis The Season
Thu. Dec. 6
7:30 PM
One of the most popular Great Escapes of the season is our holiday themed concert. Each year, Principal Pops Conductor Andrew Lane finds new ways to freshen up holiday delights and classic favorites we have all come to know and love. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a joyous concert?
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - 'Tis The Season
Fri. Dec. 7
5:30 PM
One of the most popular Great Escapes of the season is our holiday themed concert. Each year, Principal Pops Conductor Andrew Lane finds new ways to freshen up holiday delights and classic favorites we have all come to know and love. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a joyous concert?
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armands
Fri. Dec. 7
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
“Holiday Night of Lights." St. Armands is THE holiday destination on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Watch as the Circle magically comes to light and life with grace and elegance. “Holiday Night of Lights” is St. Armands official “kick off” to the holiday season. The event begins with a special performance at 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Join in with our annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-long beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by Santa’s arrival in his spectacular sleigh and our tree-lighting ceremony. Photos with Santa are available throughout the evening from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy holiday entertainment, special store promotions and gracious hospitality provided by our many shops and restaurants. We do recommend making your dinner reservations in advance at one of our many fine Circle restaurants. A special evening for the young and young at heart.
Location: St. Armands Circle
Information: www.starmandscircleassoc.com
3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl
Sat. Dec. 8
5:00 PM
The 3rd annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is here on Dec 8th and we want the city of Sarasota to join in on the fun. Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell ROCK! Ticket includes: ???? Signature Ugly Sweater Crawl Koozie at registration ???? Decorative Santa hat ???? Registration party to kick off the crawl w/ comp shot. ???? Professional photographer on site to capture the fun ???? DJ's playing holiday music at multiple stops ???? Themed Discounted Drink specials at participating bars ???? Ugly Sweater Crawl Map to help guide you bar to bar ???? Hundreds of crawlers dressed in the ugliest holiday gear. ???? Voted one of the most fun & organized holiday crawls by Yelp 2017
Location: Evie's Tavern,1560 Main St.
Information: www.facebook.com/events/454985131606729/
Sarasota Orchestra - 'Tis The Season
Sat. Dec. 8
8:00 PM
One of the most popular Great Escapes of the season is our holiday themed concert. Each year, Principal Pops Conductor Andrew Lane finds new ways to freshen up holiday delights and classic favorites we have all come to know and love. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a joyous concert?
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Atomic Holiday Bazaar
Sat. Dec. 8
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The antidote to the big-box, Black Friday-esque shopping culture during the holiday season has a name: Atomic Holiday Bazaar. The two-day extravaganza, with its crafts and arts for the world’s delightful irregulars is back, bigger and badder than before. Want to bolster the local small-business economy while hunting for the most eye-catching, conversation-starting items in Southwest Florida? Tickets $5 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.atomicholidaybazaar.com/ or 941.539.9044
Sarasota Orchestra - 'Tis The Season
Sun. Dec. 9
2:30 PM
One of the most popular Great Escapes of the season is our holiday themed concert. Each year, Principal Pops Conductor Andrew Lane finds new ways to freshen up holiday delights and classic favorites we have all come to know and love. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a joyous concert?
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Atomic Holiday Bazaar
Sun. Dec. 9
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The antidote to the big-box, Black Friday-esque shopping culture during the holiday season has a name: Atomic Holiday Bazaar. The two-day extravaganza, with its crafts and arts for the world’s delightful irregulars is back, bigger and badder than before. Want to bolster the local small-business economy while hunting for the most eye-catching, conversation-starting items in Southwest Florida? Tickets $5 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.atomicholidaybazaar.com/ or 941.539.9044
Brian Wilson Presents: The Christmas Album Live
Tue. Dec. 11
7:30 PM
Harmonies. That’s what Christmas songs are all about for music legend Brian Wilson. From the seminal 1964 classic The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album to his acclaimed 2005 solo effort What I Really Want for Christmas Wilson has been bringing holiday cheer to the world for more than five decades. This holiday season, for the first time Wilson and his crack band of musicians and vocalists along with long time bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will be performing the Christmas Album in its entirety along with cuts from his solo Christmas album and other holiday fan favorites.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sarasota Ballet
Fri. Dec. 14
7:30 PM
Featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patinuers and Enigma Variations, and George Balanchine’s Diamonds
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday
Fri. Dec. 14
8:00 PM
Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday is an annual tradition! Featuring Adrian Cunningham on reeds, James Suggs on trumpet, John Lamb on bass and Mark Feinman on drums.
Location: Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Information: app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=gpac or 941.552.5325
The Sarasota Ballet
Sat. Dec. 15
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patinuers and Enigma Variations, and George Balanchine’s Diamonds
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Christmas Carol
Sun. Dec. 16
6:00 PM
Woven throughout Charles Dickens’ classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Good Christian Men Rejoice," "Greensleeves," "The Boar’s Head Carol" and many more. Featuring a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic from Nebraska Theatre Caravan.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Itzhak Perlman: In The Fiddler's House
Mon. Dec. 17
7:30 PM
Almost twenty-three years have passed since internationally-acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, “In the Fiddler’s House.” In this upcoming live performance, Perlman revisits this meaningful, personal project, featuring the world-renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band, with members from the original recording, released in 1995. Repertoire will include songs from the album, along with a few surprises.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Celtic Thunder X
Tue. Dec. 18
7:30 PM
Celtic Thunder’s dynamic live music experience and uplifting songs will be accentuated by a full symphony orchestra. The performance will include magnificent set displays and dazzling songs from their new 10th anniversary album Celtic Thunder X. Celtic Thunder’s five male soloists, Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Emmet Cahill, Neil Byrne and Michael O’Dwyer, will perform solo and ensemble numbers. Twice hailed as Billboard’s Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2009, 2011 and 2015), their mass appeal and devoted fan base continue to grow with impressive statistics to prove it.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sound of Music
Wed. Dec. 19
7:30 PM
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Van Wezel! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®-, Grammy®- and Academy Award®- winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sound of Music
Thu. Dec. 20
2:00 PM 7:30 PM
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Van Wezel! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®-, Grammy®- and Academy Award®- winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker
Fri. Dec. 21
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Music Compound December concert
Fri. Dec. 21
6:00 PM
oin us December 21st at Music Compound for a fun-filled night of music and song! Our students and teachers will be performing Holiday Songs at this months Holiday Show! This concert will be free and open to the public so invite your friends and family and come for a great time!
Location: Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Sat. Dec. 22
6:30 PM
The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Hidden Holiday Treasures
Sat. Dec. 22
7:30 PM
Experience three centuries of festive music. Sarasota Contemporary Dance joins the Orchestra in interpreting Birthday of the Infanta Suite. Based on a story by Oscar Wilde, the work portrays a dwarf in love with a princess. Renaissance composer Gabrieli wrote some of the most glorious brass music ever composed. Get to know the Berlioz his contemporaries called “gentle and simple” in his overture from “The Birth of Christ”. Hindemith’s folk-inspired Tuttifäntchen Suite depicts the story of a puppet made from a fir tree in search of a heart. Finally, thrill to the joyful brilliance of Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
On Your Feet!
Wed. Dec. 26
7:30 PM
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Featuring some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
On Your Feet!
Thu. Dec. 27
7:30 PM
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Featuring some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
On Your Feet!
Fri. Dec. 28
7:30 PM
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Featuring some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
On Your Feet!
Sat. Dec. 29
7:30 PM
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Featuring some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
New Year's Eve Gala at the Powel Crosley
Mon. Dec. 31
8:00 PM
Here’s the lowdown: Start your evening in one of three grand Parlours for a delicious, five course menu and live music. At 9:30 p.m, the dinner hall changes to a jazzing Speakeasy Soiree. Join the card games (the house will comp a little poker dough) and dance under the stars with our swinging DJ.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate
Information: www.crosleysupperclub.com or 941.312.0000
The Sweet Caroline Tour
Mon. Dec. 31
9:00 PM
Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Van Wezel. Attend The "Sweet Caroline" Tour: A Neil Diamond Concert Celebration, starring the #1 Neil Diamond Performer in the world, Jay White. Proceeds benefit Parkinson Place and the Parkinson Research Foundation, supporting initiatives to increase awareness and fund research to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. The full New Year's Eve event encompasses a VIP cocktail reception, five-star dining experience, Neil Diamond tribute concert starring Jay White and After Party featuring Chameleon, Florida's premier dance band.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

January


Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert
Wed. Jan. 2
7:00 PM
This holiday season, the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant New Year. A Sarasota tradition for 23 years, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with full symphony orchestra for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Holiday Camp at Music Compound
Wed. Jan. 2
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dates: January 2nd-4th This camp is perfect for students ages 4-18 with an interest in music. Each session will focus on a different instrument/aspect of music. No experience is necessary. Camp is for students of all ages and students will be divided into groups based on their ages and taught in independent groups so that way everyone is able to engage and learn from camp. Camp consists of morning sessions from 9-noon, and afternoon sessions from 1-4pm. Before and after care is available. Full day campers must provide their own lunch. Snacks will be offered by our staff daily. There is a 5% discount for siblings. Registration is required.
Location: Music Compound 1751 Cattlemen Road
Information: www.musiccompound.com or 941.379.9100
Jay Leno
Thu. Jan. 3
8:00 PM
From “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Summer To Winter
Fri. Jan. 4
8:00 PM
Experience the seasons in reverse. The promise of warm summer nights comes to life in Mendelssohn’s irrepressible overture. Schumann’s Spring Symphony overflows with the joyous sounds of nature reawakening. Finally, Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes, who makes his home in Bradenton, joins Sarasota Orchestra for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1. Shostakovich put this rich, “subversive” work on the shelf for seven years, until after Stalin’s death. The concerto depicts winter’s harsh, crystalline beauty, with anti-Stalinist themes ever present beneath the surface.
Location: Neel PAC , Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Summer To Winter
Sat. Jan. 5
8:00 PM
Experience the seasons in reverse. The promise of warm summer nights comes to life in Mendelssohn’s irrepressible overture. Schumann’s Spring Symphony overflows with the joyous sounds of nature reawakening. Finally, Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes, who makes his home in Bradenton, joins Sarasota Orchestra for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1. Shostakovich put this rich, “subversive” work on the shelf for seven years, until after Stalin’s death. The concerto depicts winter’s harsh, crystalline beauty, with anti-Stalinist themes ever present beneath the surface.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Summer To Winter
Sun. Jan. 6
2:30 PM
Experience the seasons in reverse. The promise of warm summer nights comes to life in Mendelssohn’s irrepressible overture. Schumann’s Spring Symphony overflows with the joyous sounds of nature reawakening. Finally, Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes, who makes his home in Bradenton, joins Sarasota Orchestra for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1. Shostakovich put this rich, “subversive” work on the shelf for seven years, until after Stalin’s death. The concerto depicts winter’s harsh, crystalline beauty, with anti-Stalinist themes ever present beneath the surface.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Something Rotten!
Mon. Jan. 7
7:30 PM
SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Something Rotten!
Tue. Jan. 8
7:30 PM
SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
3 Redneck Tenors
Wed. Jan. 9
8:00 PM
3 Redneck Tenors is a mixture of down-home laughs with big city music! It has been said that if “Larry the Cable Guy, Il Divo, and Mrs. Doubtfire had a baby, that child would be The 3 Redneck Tenors.” These trailer park singing sensations have a great many stories to tell, taking us on one sidesplitting ride of comedy and audience interaction. Audiences spend an evening wowed by veteran singers showcased through a smorgasbord of songs ranging from Gospel and Country to Broadway, Pop, and Classical.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Blue Suede The Premier Elvis Birthday Bash
Thu. Jan. 10
8:00 PM
Delivering the most authentic “King of Rock ‘n Roll” Experience this side of Heaven, Scot Bruce and Mike Albert will knock your socks off! “Powerful, Reverent, Rockin’! - Newsweek
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - La La Land In Concert
Fri. Jan. 11
8:00 PM
Relive the wonder of the Oscar® winning smash La La Land as we screen the film with a live performance by Sarasota Orchestra. Follow the musical love story of an aspiring actress and jazz musician, and lose yourself in the captivating film that won six Academy Awards® including Best Original Score.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - La La Land In Concert
Sat. Jan. 12
2:30 PM
Relive the wonder of the Oscar® winning smash La La Land as we screen the film with a live performance by Sarasota Orchestra. Follow the musical love story of an aspiring actress and jazz musician, and lose yourself in the captivating film that won six Academy Awards® including Best Original Score.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - La La Land In Concert
Sat. Jan. 12
8:00 PM
Relive the wonder of the Oscar® winning smash La La Land as we screen the film with a live performance by Sarasota Orchestra. Follow the musical love story of an aspiring actress and jazz musician, and lose yourself in the captivating film that won six Academy Awards® including Best Original Score.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Harry Allen and the Four Others
Sun. Jan. 13
2:00 PM
Harry Allen is a rara avis in the World of contemporary Jazz. His musical roots are not, like most of his saxophone peers, in the styles of John Coltrane or Michael Brecker, but in the mainstream school Stan Getz, Al Cohn or Zoot Sims. Amongst his musical idols are also several of the great saxophonists of the swing era, like Ben Webster or Lester Young.
Location: Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Information: app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=gpac or 941.552.5325
Sarasota Orchestra - French Flair
Sun. Jan. 13
4:00 PM
With wonderful melodies and a fascinating melange of musical styles, this program of early twentieth-century French music is ‘fantastique.’ Milhaud intermingles Baroque elegance with borrowings from jazz and other musical styles. Ravel’s work is a miniature concerto for harp, replete with exciting virtuoso writing for the instrument. Fauré said his Piano Quintet has “a deceptive air of spontaneity,” full of rapturous lyricism and impressionist textures.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
One Thing I Wish You Knew
Sun. Jan. 13
4:00 PM
This event, open to the entire community, will highlight the vulnerability of mental health. The program will feature candid narratives from four community members, followed by a panel with leading mental health professionals and a mental health community resource fair. The event is free; however, : RSVP's are requested
Location: The Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Larry Greenspon Campus for Jewish Life, 582 McIntosh Road
Information: www.facebook.com/events/334710690411380/ or 941.928.2220
Air Supply
Sun. Jan. 13
7:00 PM
Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock have been singing together for over 40 years and this season they return to the Van Wezel to share some of their famous hits including "Lost in Love,” "All Out of Love,” "The One That You Love,” "Sweet Dreams,” "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All," "Goodbye,” "It's Never Too Late" and “Dance With Me.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Righteous Brothers
Tue. Jan. 15
8:00 PM
The Lovin’ Feelin’ is Back – The Righteous Brothers Live! Blue-eyed soul pioneers The Righteous Brothers are back! Original Brother Bill Medley is joined by Bucky Heard in a concert experience that features their biggest hits, including the most played song in radio history: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Ax Plays Beethoven
Thu. Jan. 17
8:00 PM
Witness the dramatic power of music. The “Fate” motive in Verdi’s overture kicks off this robust concert. International superstar Emanuel Ax, widely regarded as one of today’s greatest pianists, plays Beethoven’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 1. Prokofiev described his Symphony No. 5, written in 1944, as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.“ Despite WWII ravaging Europe during its composition, this mighty work develops into a powerful testament to the human spirit and is hopeful at its conclusion.
Location: Neel PAC, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Linda Eder
Thu. Jan. 17
8:00 PM
Welcome Linda Eder, one of the original stars of Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde, back to the Van Wezel! Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, her diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz, making her one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic live performers.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Ax Plays Beethoven
Fri. Jan. 18
8:00 PM
Witness the dramatic power of music. The “Fate” motive in Verdi’s overture kicks off this robust concert. International superstar Emanuel Ax, widely regarded as one of today’s greatest pianists, plays Beethoven’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 1. Prokofiev described his Symphony No. 5, written in 1944, as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.“ Despite WWII ravaging Europe during its composition, this mighty work develops into a powerful testament to the human spirit and is hopeful at its conclusion.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Ax Plays Beethoven
Sat. Jan. 19
8:00 PM
Witness the dramatic power of music. The “Fate” motive in Verdi’s overture kicks off this robust concert. International superstar Emanuel Ax, widely regarded as one of today’s greatest pianists, plays Beethoven’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 1. Prokofiev described his Symphony No. 5, written in 1944, as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.“ Despite WWII ravaging Europe during its composition, this mighty work develops into a powerful testament to the human spirit and is hopeful at its conclusion.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Ax Plays Beethoven
Sun. Jan. 20
2:30 PM
Witness the dramatic power of music. The “Fate” motive in Verdi’s overture kicks off this robust concert. International superstar Emanuel Ax, widely regarded as one of today’s greatest pianists, plays Beethoven’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 1. Prokofiev described his Symphony No. 5, written in 1944, as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.“ Despite WWII ravaging Europe during its composition, this mighty work develops into a powerful testament to the human spirit and is hopeful at its conclusion.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Pilobolous
Tue. Jan. 22
7:30 PM
In 2009, Pilobolus created Shadowland, the first show of its kind, which it has since performed in 32 countries for over a million people. Now, Pilobolus is proud to present Shadowland: The New Adventure. Employing animation, video, and live shadow theater, this madcap adventure dips its toe into the genres of science fiction, film noir, and romantic comedy to tell a love story about two people and their quest to save a magical bird.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Shuffle
Wed. Jan. 23
5:30 PM
The audience takes control as concert repertoire is picked from a menu of options. From Broadway to the movies, jazz to light classical and more, it's all up for grabs as audience members surprise the Orchestra with their picks. Join us for a dynamic format with conductor Chung Park and Sarasota Orchestra!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Howie Mandel
Wed. Jan. 23
8:00 PM
Howie Mandel’s versatile career of more than 30 years has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award®-winning St. Elsewhere to the international animated children’s series Bobby’s World, Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene, with specials on both cable and network TV. Don’t miss this special night of comedy!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Shuffle
Thu. Jan. 24
7:30 PM
The audience takes control as concert repertoire is picked from a menu of options. From Broadway to the movies, jazz to light classical and more, it's all up for grabs as audience members surprise the Orchestra with their picks. Join us for a dynamic format with conductor Chung Park and Sarasota Orchestra!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Shuffle
Fri. Jan. 25
5:30 PM
The audience takes control as concert repertoire is picked from a menu of options. From Broadway to the movies, jazz to light classical and more, it's all up for grabs as audience members surprise the Orchestra with their picks. Join us for a dynamic format with conductor Chung Park and Sarasota Orchestra!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Midtown Men
Fri. Jan. 25
8:00 PM
Howie Mandel’s versatile career of more than 30 years has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award®-winning St. Elsewhere to the international animated children’s series Bobby’s World, Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene, with specials on both cable and network TV. Don’t miss this special night of comedy!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Midtown Men
Fri. Jan. 25
8:00 PM
This sensational production reunites Four Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of 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. Don't miss this electrifying and soulful new production with its top-shelf choreography, incredible vocal performances and legendary onstage chemistry.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Shuffle
Sat. Jan. 26
8:00 PM
The audience takes control as concert repertoire is picked from a menu of options. From Broadway to the movies, jazz to light classical and more, it's all up for grabs as audience members surprise the Orchestra with their picks. Join us for a dynamic format with conductor Chung Park and Sarasota Orchestra!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Gladys Knight
Sat. Jan. 26
8:00 PM
Gladys Knight, the “Empress of Soul,” returns to the Van Wezel stage! This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jeff Rupert Quartet with Veronica Swift Sunday Jan 27 at 2:00pm Jeff Rupert brings an all-star qua
Sun. Jan. 27
2:00 PM
Jeff Rupert brings an all-star quartet and an award-winning vocalist to Sarasota for a stop on their whirlwind Florida tour! This hard-swinging group has shared the stage for years, raising the bar for jazz in Central Florida and beyond.
Location: Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Information: app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=gpac or 941.552.5325
Sarasota Orchestra - Shuffle
Sun. Jan. 27
2:30 PM
The audience takes control as concert repertoire is picked from a menu of options. From Broadway to the movies, jazz to light classical and more, it's all up for grabs as audience members surprise the Orchestra with their picks. Join us for a dynamic format with conductor Chung Park and Sarasota Orchestra!
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Pine Shores Concert Series - Organist John Dixon
Sun. Jan. 27
5:00 PM
Born in England in 1957, John Dixon moved to America in 1988. Although he earned degrees in engineering and business, music has always been an important part of his life. His composing has flourished at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, where he has served as organist and composer-in-residence since 1998. John now has nearly 700 compositions to his credit, and his music has been performed around the world. He holds the Colleague certificate of the American Guild of Organists.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
Organist John Dixon
Sun. Jan. 27
5:00 PM
Free Concert. Born in England in 1957, John Dixon moved to America in 1988. Although he earned degrees in engineering and business, music has always been an important part of his life. His composing has flourished at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, where he has served as organist and composer-in-residence since 1998. John now has nearly 700 compositions to his credit, and his music has been performed around the world. He holds the Colleague certificate of the American Guild of Organists.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sun. Jan. 27
7:00 PM
Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the original Million Dollar Quartet along with Elvis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, is one of the all-time best singer-songwriters, musicians, and pianists. A true American Stylist, he is an architect of great genres such as Rock n' Roll and Rockabilly as well as a commander of Country music and the Blues. “The Killer” holds numerous awards including Grammys® and the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is truly rock’s first great wildman and shows no signs of stopping – don’t mis this great concert! Hits include "Crazy Arms," "Whole Lotta Shakin,’", and "Great Balls of Fire"
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tony Orlando
Mon. Jan. 28
8:00 PM
Grammy® Nominee Tony Orlando has sold millions of records, including five number one hits: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” “Candida,” “My Sweet Gypsy Rose” and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).” He is one of America’s most endearing and enduring iconic stars and 2019 finds him bringing his exhilarating energy, warmth and humor to a premiere live concert here at the Van Wezel as he celebrates over five decades as a beloved entertainer.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dick Fox's Golden Boys
Tue. Jan. 29
7:30 PM
Teen heartthrobs in the late 50’s and 60’s, Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell have been performing together as Dick Fox’s Golden Boys in packed venues across the country since 1985. Always a fan favorite, they return to the Van Wezel stage to take the audience on a trip down memory lane! Hear all-time greatest hits like “Venus” (Frankie Avalon); “Tiger” (Fabian) and “Volare” (Bobby Rydell). The Golden Boys have done it all – from topping the charts as teen idols and selling out countless shows to appearing in major films and television.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Neil Berg's 110 Years of Broadway
Wed. Jan. 30
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Neil Berg returns to the Van Wezel celebrating a record-breaking decade of annual performances with an exciting all new show! 110 YEARS OF BROADWAY recreates the finest moments from the most memorable shows of the century featuring the actual Broadway stars of shows like Jersey Boys, Wicked and Mamma Mia! Backed by an excellent New York-based band, Neil Berg presents skillful arrangements of Broadway classics as well as electrifying numbers from Broadway’s freshest hit shows.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Round Trip To Paris
Thu. Jan. 31
8:00 PM
George Gershwin’s jazzy overture opens this lively program. Clark Rundell, a highly sought-after American conductor based in England, will guest conduct. Violinist Viviane Hagner, praised for her masterful displays of technique and artistry, promises to dazzle in two showpieces: Saint-Saëns’s virtuosic masterpiece and the demanding and imaginative Concerto No. 5 by Vieuxtemps. Barber’s dreamlike Night Flight recalls the composer’s own experiences in the US Air Force while Bernstein's film score On the Waterfront offers a gritty depiction of New York City.
Location: Neel PAC, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434

 

February


Sarasota Orchestra - Round Trip To Paris
Fri. Feb. 1
8:00 PM
George Gershwin’s jazzy overture opens this lively program. Clark Rundell, a highly sought-after American conductor based in England, will guest conduct. Violinist Viviane Hagner, praised for her masterful displays of technique and artistry, promises to dazzle in two showpieces: Saint-Saëns’s virtuosic masterpiece and the demanding and imaginative Concerto No. 5 by Vieuxtemps. Barber’s dreamlike Night Flight recalls the composer’s own experiences in the US Air Force while Bernstein's film score On the Waterfront offers a gritty depiction of New York City.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Round Trip To Paris
Sat. Feb. 2
8:00 PM
George Gershwin’s jazzy overture opens this lively program. Clark Rundell, a highly sought-after American conductor based in England, will guest conduct. Violinist Viviane Hagner, praised for her masterful displays of technique and artistry, promises to dazzle in two showpieces: Saint-Saëns’s virtuosic masterpiece and the demanding and imaginative Concerto No. 5 by Vieuxtemps. Barber’s dreamlike Night Flight recalls the composer’s own experiences in the US Air Force while Bernstein's film score On the Waterfront offers a gritty depiction of New York City.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Round Trip To Paris
Sun. Feb. 3
2:30 PM
George Gershwin’s jazzy overture opens this lively program. Clark Rundell, a highly sought-after American conductor based in England, will guest conduct. Violinist Viviane Hagner, praised for her masterful displays of technique and artistry, promises to dazzle in two showpieces: Saint-Saëns’s virtuosic masterpiece and the demanding and imaginative Concerto No. 5 by Vieuxtemps. Barber’s dreamlike Night Flight recalls the composer’s own experiences in the US Air Force while Bernstein's film score On the Waterfront offers a gritty depiction of New York City.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Travis Tritt
Tue. Feb. 5
8:00 PM
Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy award® -winning country artist, Travis Tritt. Experience this rare opportunity featuring the multi-platinum artist in an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. In this up-close and personal event, punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences, Tritt performs some of his biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.” The Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Lords of 52nd Street
Wed. Feb. 6
8:00 PM
The Lords of 52nd Street are Billy Joel’s original band. They do not need to copy or reinvent the original music, since they are the guys you saw playing at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Nassau Coliseum and the countless other venues during those Billy Joel concerts of the 1970’s and 1980’s! The Lords of 52nd Street are the legendary bandmates who recorded and toured the world for many years with the “Piano Man.” They helped to create one of the most recognizable sounds in music recording the sax, drum and guitar solos on over 150 million albums sold with Billy Joel as well. They performed all over the world for decades with Billy as well as their own personal careers.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Baroque Fireworks
Thu. Feb. 7
5:30 PM
Relish a grand musical feast. Four Sarasota Orchestra principal violins step up to the table for the main course, Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons. From the thunderstorms of spring and the oppressive heat of summer to the hunters of fall and frosty snows of winter, the seasons come alive in Vivaldi’s iconic set of concertos. The opening appetizer for this concert is Telemann’s energetic quartet from his collection Table Music.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Thu. Feb. 7
8:00 PM
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The IPO plays in subscription and in special concerts and series throughout Israel as well as the world. In 1969 Zubin Mehta was appointed Music Advisor to the IPO and in 1977 he became Music Director. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was named IPO Laureate Conductor in 1988, in 1992 Kurt Masur (1927-2015) was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor and since 2011 Gianandrea Noseda has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor. The IPO appointed Zubin Mehta Music Advisor in 1969, Music Director in 1977, and Music Director for Life in 1981.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Patti LaBelle
Fri. Feb. 8
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
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Party Under the Stars in the Grove
Sat. Feb. 9
6:00 PM
Party Under the Stars in the Grove is a festive evening “under the stars,” featuring music, dancing, dining and a silent and live auction with fabulous prizes. All event proceeds provide non-medical, financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Join us!
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: foundation.flcancer.com/stars2019/ or 941.993.4647
"Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
Sat. Feb. 9
7:30 PM
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org/ or 941.328.1300
New Shanghai Circus
Sun. Feb. 10
3:00 PM
New Shanghai Circus, founded in 1951, has won more Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in domestic and international circus competitions than any other Chinese acrobatic company. Breathtaking and polished to perfection, their skills have their roots in everyday lives of the village peasants, farmers and craftsman of the Han Dynasty.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Baroque Fireworks
Sun. Feb. 10
4:00 PM
Relish a grand musical feast. Four Sarasota Orchestra principal violins step up to the table for the main course, Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons. From the thunderstorms of spring and the oppressive heat of summer to the hunters of fall and frosty snows of winter, the seasons come alive in Vivaldi’s iconic set of concertos. The opening appetizer for this concert is Telemann’s energetic quartet from his collection Table Music.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
"Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
Tue. Feb. 12
7:30 PM
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org/ or 941.328.1300
Boston Pops on Tour
Tue. Feb. 12
8:00 PM
Boston Pops on Tour returns to the Van Wezel with Lights, Camera, Music...Six Decades of John Williams. Conducted by Keith Lockhart, this blockbuster program will immediately bring you back to some of the greatest movies ever to hit the silver screen. Hear some of your most beloved film themes performed live, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Schindler's List, Star Wars, and more!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - A Many Splendored Thing
Wed. Feb. 13
5:30 PM
Our annual Valentine’s week concert has romance as its theme. What a Moonlight Serenade you will enjoy, whether you are a beauty or a beast, as we search together Somewhere in Time for Someone to Watch Over Me. Enjoy romantic favorites in a concert of music that is A Many Splendored Thing.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Michael Bolton: Symphony Sessions
Wed. Feb. 13
8:00 PM
From “When a Man Loves a Woman” to “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and more, Michael Bolton’s time, love and tenderness has created the soundtrack of our lives. Join the Grammy Award®-winner for an evening of timeless hits and a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards and even classical, specially arranged for symphony orchestra.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Ed Metz trio with Rosanno Sportiello and Nicki Parrott
Wed. Feb. 13
8:00 PM
The Eddie Metz Jazz Trio, featuring bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott, pianist Rossano Sportiello and drummer Eddie Metz Jr., return to central Florida by audience demand! Metz has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, the Les Brown Orchestra and many others. Metz has also worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Arturo Sandoval, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Chick Corea, and Patti Page. He continues to record with top jazz artists and perform at jazz festivals and events around the country.
Location: Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Information: app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=gpac or 941.552.5325
"Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
Thu. Feb. 14
7:30 PM
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org/ or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra - A Many Splendored Thing
Thu. Feb. 14
7:30 PM
Our annual Valentine’s week concert has romance as its theme. What a Moonlight Serenade you will enjoy, whether you are a beauty or a beast, as we search together Somewhere in Time for Someone to Watch Over Me. Enjoy romantic favorites in a concert of music that is A Many Splendored Thing.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Carol Burnett
Thu. Feb. 14
7:30 PM
Carol Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - A Many Splendored Thing
Fri. Feb. 15
5:30 PM
Our annual Valentine’s week concert has romance as its theme. What a Moonlight Serenade you will enjoy, whether you are a beauty or a beast, as we search together Somewhere in Time for Someone to Watch Over Me. Enjoy romantic favorites in a concert of music that is A Many Splendored Thing.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - A Many Splendored Thing
Sat. Feb. 16
8:00 PM
Our annual Valentine’s week concert has romance as its theme. What a Moonlight Serenade you will enjoy, whether you are a beauty or a beast, as we search together Somewhere in Time for Someone to Watch Over Me. Enjoy romantic favorites in a concert of music that is A Many Splendored Thing.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
"Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
Sun. Feb. 17
1:30 PM
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org/ or 941.328.1300
Sarasota Orchestra - A Many Splendored Thing
Sun. Feb. 17
2:30 PM
Our annual Valentine’s week concert has romance as its theme. What a Moonlight Serenade you will enjoy, whether you are a beauty or a beast, as we search together Somewhere in Time for Someone to Watch Over Me. Enjoy romantic favorites in a concert of music that is A Many Splendored Thing.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Stomp
Sun. Feb. 17
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. 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. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Finding Neverland
Tue. Feb. 19
7:30 PM
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®- winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
"Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
Wed. Feb. 20
7:30 PM
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org/ or 941.328.1300
Finding Neverland
Wed. Feb. 20
7:30 PM
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®- winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - To Sarasota With Love
Thu. Feb. 21
8:00 PM
Anu Tali’s penultimate concert as Music Director is a musical love letter to our community. The concert features Ravel’s Boléro, with solos for all orchestra sections as its single, seductive theme builds into a compelling 13-minute crescendo. The program includes an epic love story, a magical story of adventure and a duet based on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast.
Location: Neel PAC, Bradenton
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Bernadette Peters
Fri. Feb. 22
8:00 PM
est known for her work in the theater, Bernadette Peters recently starred on Broadway as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the hit musical, Hello, Dolly! One of Broadway’s most critically-acclaimed performers, she has won numerous accolades including three Tony® Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy® Awards, a Drama Desk Award, three Emmy® nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You’ve seen her on NBC-TV’s Smash and ABC-TV’s Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty. Bernadette has lit up the silver screen in 17 films including Pennies From Heaven, The Jerk and The Longest Yard. Don’t miss this special evening!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - To Sarasota With Love
Sat. Feb. 23
8:00 PM
Anu Tali’s penultimate concert as Music Director is a musical love letter to our community. The concert features Ravel’s Boléro, with solos for all orchestra sections as its single, seductive theme builds into a compelling 13-minute crescendo. The program includes an epic love story, a magical story of adventure and a duet based on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - To Sarasota With Love
Sun. Feb. 24
2:30 PM
Anu Tali’s penultimate concert as Music Director is a musical love letter to our community. The concert features Ravel’s Boléro, with solos for all orchestra sections as its single, seductive theme builds into a compelling 13-minute crescendo. The program includes an epic love story, a magical story of adventure and a duet based on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Pine Shores Concert Series - Florida Southern College Chamber Singers
Sun. Feb. 24
5:00 PM
The Chamber Singers is the premiere touring choir of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Composed of undergraduate students majoring in a variety of fields, the Chamber Singers represents the highest caliber of student at Florida Southern and it’s Department of Music. The group is chosen by audition and performs a mixture of many different kinds of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. Many members have strong solo backgrounds as well, studying opera and musical theatre.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
Florida Southern College Chamber Singers
Sun. Feb. 24
5:00 PM
Free Concert. The Chamber Singers is the premiere touring choir of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Composed of undergraduate students majoring in a variety of fields, the Chamber Singers represents the highest caliber of student at Florida Southern and it’s Department of Music. The group is chosen by audition and performs a mixture of many different kinds of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. Many members have strong solo backgrounds as well, studying opera and musical theatre.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
The Beach Boys
Mon. Feb. 25
7:30 PM
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Christian Love and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Hits include: “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” and “Kokomo.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Russian National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Wed. Feb. 27
7:30 PM
The Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa’s career, is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. It is a grandiose and refined blending of the traditional mime, expressive pas d’action and spectacular divertissements in a lavish theatrical setting and set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Gran Partita
Thu. Feb. 28
5:30 PM
Friends inspire great things in life. Enjoy the results of musical camaraderie in a program showcasing two great chamber music composers. With his Gran Partita, intended for wind player friends, Mozart took eighteenth-century wind music to a new level. As one contemporary enthused, “Oh, what an effect it made--glorious and grand, excellent and sublime.” Dvorak wrote the passionate Terzetto for himself, his neighbor, and his neighbor’s teacher.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
David Foster
Thu. Feb. 28
8:00 PM
Sixteen-time Grammy®-winner David Foster makes his Sarasota premiere at the Van Wezel! A prolific songwriter, David played a key role in the discovery and career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé and has written for dozens of other stars. A performer in his own right, he hosted “Foster & Friends” — two star-studded concert events that were filmed for Great Performances on PBS. David’s Hit Man and The Hit Man Returns became PBS’ highest-rated pledge drive shows. This concert will feature many of David’s well-known hits, with musicians and vocalists performing along with him.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

March


Sarasota Orchestra - An Evening With Judy Garland
Fri. Mar. 1
8:00 PM
The legendary vocals of Judy Garland are combined with live music by Sarasota Orchestra to create a unique concert event. You’ll enjoy Garland standards accompanied by film footage and photos tracing Garland’s illustrious career.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - An Evening With Judy Garland
Sat. Mar. 2
2:30 PM & 8:00 PM
The legendary vocals of Judy Garland are combined with live music by Sarasota Orchestra to create a unique concert event. You’ll enjoy Garland standards accompanied by film footage and photos tracing Garland’s illustrious career.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
"Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
Sun. Mar. 3
1:30 PM
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org/ or 941.328.1300
Celtic Woman
Sun. Mar. 3
3:00 PM
Experience the Grammy® Nominated Celtic Woman Live in Concert on their 2019 World Tour celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, Celtic Woman combines the country's finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
Tue. Mar. 5
8:00 PM
In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press). Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road with Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Maryville College Concert Choir
Fri. Mar. 8
7:00 PM
Free Concert. The Maryville College Concert Choir was organized in 1917 for the purpose of singing vesper services and was originally named the Vesper Choir. It became a part of the music curriculum in 1936 and underwent a name change to the “Maryville College Concert Choir” in 1954. Of the numerous fine directors, the one with the longest tenure is Dr. Harry H. Harter, who led the group from 1947 until his retirement in 1981. Current director is Stacey Murphy Wilner, who is the director of choral activities at Maryville College. Wilner has served as past president and as the repertoire and standards chair of the Tennessee chapter of ACDA.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
"Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
Fri. Mar. 8
7:30 PM
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaopera.org/ or 941.328.1300
The Sarasota Ballet
Fri. Mar. 8
12:00 AM
Featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Sarasota Ballet
Sat. Mar. 9
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Lion King
Thu. Mar. 14
8:00 PM
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING. More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Lion King
Fri. Mar. 15
8:00 PM
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING. More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Lion King
Sat. Mar. 16
2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING. More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Wed. Mar. 20
5:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Thu. Mar. 21
7:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Fri. Mar. 22
5:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Sat. Mar. 23
8:00 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Four Freshmen
Sun. Mar. 24
2:00 PM
From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and the present, the Freshmen deliver a world of music that will send some listeners back to the bygone era of their youth, while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment that is surely to leave them wondering "Why haven't I gone to see them earlier?" One thing is for sure. When you go to a Four Freshmen concert you will not forget it..
Location: Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Information: app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=gpac or 941.552.5325
Sarasota Orchestra - Sounds Of The Stage
Sun. Mar. 24
2:30 PM
From George M. Cohan to Gilbert and Sullivan, music has sparked the imagination and enhanced the experiences of theatergoers. In this concert, we focus on the music that set the stage and enriched memorable theatrical moments. Enjoy orchestral highlights from some of the best musicals of all time.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Pine Shores Concert Series - State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble
Sun. Mar. 24
5:00 PM
The State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble consists of approximately 10 to 15 classical/acoustic guitarists that come from many diverse musical backgrounds. Entry into the ensemble is by audition. The group plays a wide range of musical styles that include the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and many modern styles such as bossa nova, pop, rock, and avante garde. In any given year they may play a fugue by Bach, a serenade by Mozart, a newly commissioned work dedicated to them, and even the music of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and more.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble
Sun. Mar. 24
5:00 PM
Free Concert. The State College of Florida (SCF) Guitar Ensemble consists of approximately 10 to 15 classical/acoustic guitarists that come from many diverse musical backgrounds. Entry into the ensemble is by audition. The group plays a wide range of musical styles that include the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and many modern styles such as bossa nova, pop, rock, and avante garde. In any given year they may play a fugue by Bach, a serenade by Mozart, a newly commissioned work dedicated to them, and even the music of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and more. Led by SCF Music Instructor, Rex Willis, an internationally recognized composer, the ensemble has performed premieres of Willis’ original works, with many of these pieces receiving publication. In addition to playing local concerts in SCF’s Neel Performing Art Hall and area high schools, the ensemble has performed out of town including the Guitar Sarasota Concert Series, River Walk Festivities and in Ybor City/Tampa for the FSMTA Collegiate Convocation. The SCF Guitar Ensemble takes pride in both authentic period performance and in “pushing the envelope” with the unexpected.
Location: Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave.
Information: www.pineshorespres.org or 941.922.1597
Sarasota Orchestra - Music Of The Americas
Sun. Mar. 31
4:00 PM
Savor a distinctly Latin flavor of exciting discovery. Puerto Rican composer Cordero will have you dancing in your seat. Golijov’s Last Round, at once driving and dreamlike, is an imaginative homage to tango. Copland’s Clarinet Concerto was composed when he was living in Rio de Janeiro. Commissioned by Benny Goodman, it is distinctive for its jazzy elements. In the closing work, Argentinian composer Ginastera presents a delicious, folk-inspired soundscape of his homeland.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434

 

April


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Thu. Apr. 4
7:30 PM
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works. The troupe incorporates comedy by exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The men dance all the parts — heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies — enhancing rather than mocking, the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Orchestra - Peace And Joy
Fri. Apr. 5
8:00 PM
Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony, penned when the composer was deaf, is widely considered the most iconic work of western music. Join Sarasota Orchestra as we celebrate Anu Tali’s six-year tenure as Music Director with a finale that is a true “Ode to Joy.” Opening the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s Peace on Earth, for chorus and orchestra, full of complex harmonies and rich choral writing. It is a natural pairing for Beethoven’s beloved anthem to his cherished belief in the virtues of humankind. Concert features four guest vocal soloists and chorus.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Peace And Joy
Sat. Apr. 6
8:00 PM
Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony, penned when the composer was deaf, is widely considered the most iconic work of western music. Join Sarasota Orchestra as we celebrate Anu Tali’s six-year tenure as Music Director with a finale that is a true “Ode to Joy.” Opening the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s Peace on Earth, for chorus and orchestra, full of complex harmonies and rich choral writing. It is a natural pairing for Beethoven’s beloved anthem to his cherished belief in the virtues of humankind. Concert features four guest vocal soloists and chorus.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Peace And Joy
Sun. Apr. 7
2:30 PM
Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony, penned when the composer was deaf, is widely considered the most iconic work of western music. Join Sarasota Orchestra as we celebrate Anu Tali’s six-year tenure as Music Director with a finale that is a true “Ode to Joy.” Opening the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s Peace on Earth, for chorus and orchestra, full of complex harmonies and rich choral writing. It is a natural pairing for Beethoven’s beloved anthem to his cherished belief in the virtues of humankind. Concert features four guest vocal soloists and chorus.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert I
Mon. Apr. 8
8:00 PM
Bohuslav Martin?, Serenade No.2 for Two Violins and Viola, H.216 Marta Kowalczyk, Federico Agostini, Daniel Palmizio Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op.70 No.2 Ruth Lenz, Dmitri Atapine, Derek Han Antonín Dvo?ák, String Sextet, Op.48 Federico Agostini, Marta Kowalczyk, Bruno Giuranna, Daniel Palmizio, Christine J. Lee, Dmitri Atapine
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
Tue. Apr. 9
7:30 PM
More than two decades ago Jonathan Larson’s RENT opened on Broadway and forever changed American theatre. It continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to our stage with its vibrant 20th anniversary tour. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner
Wed. Apr. 10
6:00 PM
A lively, interactive dinner event featuring La Musica artists joining Philip Mancini and Michael’s On East’s Executive Chef Jamil Pineda to lead guests in cooking demonstrations to create the evening's meal. This event is a tremendous amount of fun and the food you and your tablemates prepare is always delicious.
Location: Michaels Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
Wed. Apr. 10
7:30 PM
More than two decades ago Jonathan Larson’s RENT opened on Broadway and forever changed American theatre. It continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to our stage with its vibrant 20th anniversary tour. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert II
Thu. Apr. 11
8:00 PM
Mozart, Flute Quartet in D major, K.285 Händel, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55 (Sweet Bird) Léo Delibes, Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) Félicien David, La Perle du Bresil, Charmant Oiseau (Delightful Bird) Julius Benedict, The Gypsy and the Bird, for Soprano, Flute and Piano Brahms, Piano Quintet, Op.34
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Meet the Musicians
Fri. Apr. 12
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Mingle with the La Musica musicians among airplanes and enjoy wine, light bites and a mini concert.
Location: Dolphin Aviation Hangar, 8191 N. Tamiami Trail #100
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Sarasota Orchestra - Hollywood Hits
Fri. Apr. 12
8:00 PM
Experience majestic music from some of the world's greatest films. Video montages, film clips, and vintage still images accompany the scores and vocals from blockbuster movies such as Gone With The Wind, The Magnificent Seven, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, James Bond, The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ben-Hur and more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Hollywood Hits
Sat. Apr. 13
2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Experience majestic music from some of the world's greatest films. Video montages, film clips, and vintage still images accompany the scores and vocals from blockbuster movies such as Gone With The Wind, The Magnificent Seven, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, James Bond, The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ben-Hur and more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Peter Gros
Sun. Apr. 14
2:00 PM
In his popular live presentations, Peter Gros (Original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom) shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences and timeless tales. He highlights his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming. Peter’s fascinating stories have been thrilling and educating audiences across the country for years.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert III
Sun. Apr. 14
3:00 PM
Frank Bridge, An Irish Melody, “The Londonderry Air” H.86 Claude Debussy, Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp Nikolai Kapustin, Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op.86 Robert Schumann, Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Sarasota Orchestra - Cinematic Sounds
Sun. Apr. 14
4:00 PM
Best known for their film scores, the three composers on this program were also brilliant and accomplished within classical music. When not collaborating with Hitchcock, Hermann composed a romantic and gorgeous clarinet quintet. The mastermind behind the music for The Godfather, Rota violence behind in his rapturously lyrical Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Viola, Cello, and Harp. While Korngold wrote for Errol Flynn, his Piano Quintet offers a rich musical portrait full of breath and depth.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Music of Cream
Mon. Apr. 15
8:00 PM
Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. The bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together on the Van Wezel stage to pay tribute to Cream's legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. Feel the fire and the freedom of "Spoonful,” "Strange Brew,” "Sunshine of Your Love,” "White Room,” "Crossroads" and "Badge"
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Second City: It's Not You. It's Me.
Tue. Apr. 16
8:00 PM
The Second City has been laughing at love and its various side effects for decades. It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections, and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, parents and blind date will all find something achingly familiar to laugh at!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Menopause the Musical
Wed. Apr. 17
7:30 PM
Come join our sisterhood! Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 16 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert IV
Wed. Apr. 17
8:00 PM
Wolfgang Mozart, Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K.493 Marta Kowalczyk, Daniel Palmizio, Dmitri Atapine, Derek Han Amy Marcy Beach, Piano Trio, Op.150 Ruth Lenz, Christine J. Lee, Derek Han Arnold Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 Federico Agostini, Marta Kowalczyk, Bruno Giuranna, Daniel Palmizio, Dmitri Atapine, Christine J. Lee
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: www.lamusicafestival.org/ or 941.366.8450
Boz Scaggs - Out of The Blues Tour 2018
Thu. Apr. 18
8:00 PM
Grammy Award®-winner (“Lowdown”) Boz Scaggs returns to our stage with his Out of The Blues Tour, celebrating his new album. It’s appropriate since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. "Music has been a constant companion and I'm feeling more free with it than ever," Scaggs comments. "I feel like I've found my voice through all these years, and I've gotten closer to where I want to be with my approach." Come and hear old favorites and new songs!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Alan Cumming - Legal Immigrant
Sat. Apr. 20
8:00 PM
Tony Award®-winner (Cabaret) Scottish-born Alan Cumming returns to the Van Wezel with his new show Legal Immigrant, celebrating his ten years as a US citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America. The show is a true old-fashioned cabaret, a smorgasbord of songs and tales; laughter, tears and, of course, provocation! Alan is also known for his role as Eli Gold on The Good Wife and as co-host of the Tony Awards in 2015.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Lea Salonga
Tue. Apr. 23
8:00 PM
Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award®-winning role in Miss Saigon. She has also won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Lea is a “Disney Legend” for her singing voices of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Rosanne Cash and Band
Thu. Apr. 25
8:00 PM
She Remembers Everything, Rosanne Cash’s highly anticipated follow-up to her triple-Grammy®-winning masterpiece The River and The Thread is a powerfully insightful and strikingly universal collection of new songs. Both confessional and cathartic the material reverberates with an urgency of a woman who has found and owns her story and her voice and who is driven to speak when time feels ever shorter. Songs from this record, which will be released in October 2018, will be featured in concert along with selections from Norma Rae – the musical she is writing with John Leventhal (book by John Weidman) based on the 1979 hit film.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Temptations and The Four Tops
Fri. Apr. 26
8:00 PM
The Temptations were known for smooth stepping: The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style. Their legendary tunes include “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The Four Tops, who have been marveling audiences since 1954, are known for chart-topping hits “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and so many more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Whoopi Goldberg
Sat. Apr. 27
8:00 PM
Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won a Grammy® (“Whoopi Goldberg,” 1985), an Academy Award® (Ghost, 1991), a Golden Globe (The Color Purple, 1985 and Ghost, 1991), an Emmy® (host of AMC’s “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” 2002), a Daytime Emmy for “The View,” 2009) and a Tony® (Producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002). She is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle
Sun. Apr. 28
7:00 PM
Award-winning country music icons Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle bring their hits to the Van Wezel! Lee’s hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out,” ”Dixie Road” and “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” just to name a few! Lee also won CMA Song of the Year for writing “God Bless the USA,” voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Illusionists
Tue. Apr. 30
7:30 PM
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists™ Live from Broadway™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage, packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

May


Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Wed. May. 1
5:30 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Thu. May. 2
7:30 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Fri. May. 3
5:30 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - Dance! Dance! Dance!
Sat. May. 4
8:00 PM
Everyone in the audience is sure to be moving in their seats for this concert of music composed for dance. From the subtle charm of the Brazilian Samba to the exuberant energy of a Las Vegas show, revel in the popular dance music from around the world featured on this rousing finale to the Great Escapes season.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - American All Stars
Fri. May. 10
8:00 PM
Join Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium. This sixth annual concert showcases stirring music by American composers about America. Vocalists will perform a wide range of popular music. Get yourself some ballpark fare, sit back in the stands and enjoy the Orchestra performing from the field. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of hits and home runs.
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Orchestra - American All Stars
Sat. May. 11
8:00 PM
Join Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium. This sixth annual concert showcases stirring music by American composers about America. Vocalists will perform a wide range of popular music. Get yourself some ballpark fare, sit back in the stands and enjoy the Orchestra performing from the field. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of hits and home runs.
Location: Ed Smith Stadium
Information: www.sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival
Sat. May. 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival comes to Nathan Benderson Park. This event brings together culture, sport and international flavors that blend a 2,500-year-old tradition with the fun and excitement of an outdoor festival.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Information: www.gwndragonboat.com/Default.asp?id=sarasota&l=1 or 416.962.8899

 

 

 

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