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February


Neil Berg's 111 Years of Broadway
Wed. Feb. 19
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! 111 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 Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Art of Art Recovery: Recovering Stolen and Looted Works of Art
Thu. Feb. 20
5:30 PM
with Christopher A. Marinello, CEO of Art Recovery International. Art crime is an ugly fact of art history. Fortunately, Christopher A. Marinello is on the case. His case studies offer a compelling glimpse at the painstaking detective work and tenacious legal wrangling that goes into recovering looted treasures. Tickets $15
Location: New College of Florida, Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Information: ncf.edu/new-topics or 941.487.4888
An Evening with Michael Feinstein Singing Gershwin
Thu. Feb. 20
8:00 PM
Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award® nominations to his Emmy® nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe – in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House – his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tunes, Trucks and Treasures
Thu. Feb. 20
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Come enjoy the FREE CONCERTS, Food Trucks and Arts/Crafts /Authors and more! Formerly known for over 15 years as the Brown Bag Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park Gazebo area
Information: scgov.net/parks or 941.861.5000
Sounds Of Nobility
Fri. Feb. 21
8:00 PM
Spend an evening with musical royalty. Sir William Walton’s Symphony No. 1, long viewed as one of the greatest symphonies of the modern age, is an emotionally searing, melodic commentary on love lost. Get acquainted with two emerging stars, violinist Simone Porter and cellist Joshua Roman, as they shine in one of the most rapturous concertos ever composed. Berlioz’s Rob Roy Overture, based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel, opens this program of high drama and heartfelt emotion led by world-renowned British conductor Bramwell Tovey.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Carmina Burana
Sat. Feb. 22
7:00 PM
Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Sarasota Young Voices and Venice Symphony’s percussion section breathe new life into Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. SCD Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott’s strikingly original choreography, commissioned by Choral Artists in 2017, illuminates the dramatic and well-known score. Soloists are Catherine Wethington, soprano; Luis González, baritone; and John Kaneklides, tenor. Andrew Lapp and Michael Stewart are featured pianists and the Venice Symphony percussion section will dazzle with three separate percussion selections.
Location: Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave, Venice
Information: choralartistssarasota.org/concerts-events/ or 941.387.4900
Sounds Of Nobility
Sat. Feb. 22
8:00 PM
Spend an evening with musical royalty. Sir William Walton’s Symphony No. 1, long viewed as one of the greatest symphonies of the modern age, is an emotionally searing, melodic commentary on love lost. Get acquainted with two emerging stars, violinist Simone Porter and cellist Joshua Roman, as they shine in one of the most rapturous concertos ever composed. Berlioz’s Rob Roy Overture, based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel, opens this program of high drama and heartfelt emotion led by world-renowned British conductor Bramwell Tovey.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sounds Of Nobility
Sun. Feb. 23
2:30 PM
Spend an evening with musical royalty. Sir William Walton’s Symphony No. 1, long viewed as one of the greatest symphonies of the modern age, is an emotionally searing, melodic commentary on love lost. Get acquainted with two emerging stars, violinist Simone Porter and cellist Joshua Roman, as they shine in one of the most rapturous concertos ever composed. Berlioz’s Rob Roy Overture, based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel, opens this program of high drama and heartfelt emotion led by world-renowned British conductor Bramwell Tovey.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Carmina Burana
Sun. Feb. 23
3:00 PM
Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Sarasota Young Voices and Venice Symphony’s percussion section breathe new life into Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. SCD Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott’s strikingly original choreography, commissioned by Choral Artists in 2017, illuminates the dramatic and well-known score. Soloists are Catherine Wethington, soprano; Luis González, baritone; and John Kaneklides, tenor. Andrew Lapp and Michael Stewart are featured pianists and the Venice Symphony percussion section will dazzle with three separate percussion selections.
Location: Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave, Venice
Information: choralartistssarasota.org/concerts-events/ or 941.387.4900
Gina Chavez
Sun. Feb. 23
7:00 PM
Come see award-winning Latin pop artist Gina Chavez on her tour to promote her new album, La Que Manda, out March 20th! She will be bringing her fiery sound and bilingual music.
Location: Fogartyville Community Media Arts Center
Information: ginachavez.com
The Knights & Gil Shaham, Violin
Tue. Feb. 25
7:30 PM
Repertoire • Colin Jacobsen — New opening work based on the “Kreutzer” story • Beethoven — “Kreutzer Concerto” arr. for Solo Violin and Chamber Orchestra • Janáček — “Kreutzer” String Quartet • Brahms — Hungarian Dances “The performances, in every case spirited and vital, survived amplification and the elements surprisingly well….” — The New York Times “Gil Shaham was a magnificent soloist in the concerto, bringing vigor and clarity to the outer movements and a certain clipped lyricism to the paired instrumental arias that serve as a double centerpiece.” — San Francisco Chronicle
Location: Riverview PAC
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500
Les Miserables
Wed. Feb. 26
7:30 PM
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Les Miserables
Thu. Feb. 27
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Symphony To Serenade
Thu. Feb. 27
5:30 PM
An abundance of riches awaits the listener in this program featuring works for large ensembles. Dutch composer Jan Koetsier's work challenges the power and agility of today’s brass instruments as ten master players bring this tuneful work to life. Jacques Ibert’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Harp provides moments of wit and ethereal repose. Finally, nine string players take the stage for Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, one of the sunniest the Czech master ever penned.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Tunes, Trucks and Treasures
Thu. Feb. 27
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Come enjoy the FREE CONCERTS, Food Trucks and Arts/Crafts /Authors and more! Formerly known for over 15 years as the Brown Bag Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park Gazebo area
Information: scgov.net/parks or 941.861.5000
Les Miserables
Fri. Feb. 28
7:30 PM
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Child Protection Center Volunteer Training
Fri. Feb. 28
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
We are looking for members of the community to join our team of volunteers. Our volunteers supervise visits between children and their families to ensure a safe and neutral environment as they spend quality time together. Lunch is provided.
Location: Child Protection Center
Information: cpcsarasota.org/ or 941.492.6491
Les Miserables
Sat. Feb. 29
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Les Miserables
Sat. Feb. 29
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

March


Les Miserables
Sun. Mar. 1
1:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Symphony To Serenade
Sun. Mar. 1
4:00 PM
An abundance of riches awaits the listener in this program featuring works for large ensembles. Dutch composer Jan Koetsier's work challenges the power and agility of today’s brass instruments as ten master players bring this tuneful work to life. Jacques Ibert’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Harp provides moments of wit and ethereal repose. Finally, nine string players take the stage for Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, one of the sunniest the Czech master ever penned.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Thrill Of A Lifetime
Sun. Mar. 1
7:30 PM
Share in this “Thrill of a Lifetime” for the members of the Youth Philharmonic. The first half of the program showcases the student winners of the 2019 Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Concerto Competition, performing their winning pieces with the professional Sarasota Orchestra. The second half of the concert features the professionals and students performing together.
Location: Riverview High School
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Russian National Ballet: Cinderella
Tue. Mar. 3
7:30 PM
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Celtic Woman
Wed. Mar. 4
7:00 PM
Since its debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman’s concerts continue to capture the hearts of an audience that spans the globe. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
ABBA The Concert
Thu. Mar. 5
8:00 PM
ABBA The Concert brings one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life in a truly authentic tribute! Don’t miss the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” and “Dancing Queen.” Sing, dance and have the time of your life as ABBA The Concert returns to the Van Wezel stage!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tunes, Trucks and Treasures
Thu. Mar. 5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FREE CONCERTS, Food Trucks and Arts/Crafts /Authors and more! Formerly known for over 15 years as the Brown Bag Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park Gazebo area
Information: scgov.net/parks or 941.861.5000
Whiskers and Waves
Fri. Mar. 6
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Guests at Cat Depot’s “Whiskers & Waves” Gala will enjoy a magical evening “under the sea” while supporting hundreds of needy cats in the Sarasota area. The evening will include a cocktail reception, plated dinner, silent auction, and special entertainment all to benefit the cats and kittens in Cat Depot’s care.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Information: www.catdepot.org or 941.366.2404
Florida Creativity Conference
Fri. Mar. 6
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
If you are open to awakening more of your creative potential, this conference is the great opportunity to explore creativity in many wonderful forms! FCC provides hands-on and interactive learning, music and movement, connecting and innovating. Participants walk away with a fresh ‘tool kit’ of creative problem solving skills and productive practices for their personal and professional life, and a sparked imagination which can positively impact every area of life!
Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.flcreativity.com or 941.744.7258
My Favorite Things
Fri. Mar. 6
8:00 PM
Big vocals and iconic hits take center stage when Sarasota Orchestra's Principal Pops Conductor, Andrew Lane, presents his all-time favorites with sensational Broadway actress Maria Wirries by his side. The energetic voices of the Center Stage Singers round out the sound for a joyful concert that includes great songs and scores from The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, Funny Girl, Les Misérables, Titanic, Schindler's List, Harry Potter and more!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
My Favorite Things
Sat. Mar. 7
2:30 PM
Big vocals and iconic hits take center stage when Sarasota Orchestra's Principal Pops Conductor, Andrew Lane, presents his all-time favorites with sensational Broadway actress Maria Wirries by his side. The energetic voices of the Center Stage Singers round out the sound for a joyful concert that includes great songs and scores from The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, Funny Girl, Les Misérables, Titanic, Schindler's List, Harry Potter and more!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Florida Creativity Conference
Sat. Mar. 7
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
If you are open to awakening more of your creative potential, this conference is the great opportunity to explore creativity in many wonderful forms! FCC provides hands-on and interactive learning, music and movement, connecting and innovating. Participants walk away with a fresh ‘tool kit’ of creative problem solving skills and productive practices for their personal and professional life, and a sparked imagination which can positively impact every area of life!
Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.flcreativity.com or 941.744.7258
My Favorite Things
Sat. Mar. 7
8:00 PM
Big vocals and iconic hits take center stage when Sarasota Orchestra's Principal Pops Conductor, Andrew Lane, presents his all-time favorites with sensational Broadway actress Maria Wirries by his side. The energetic voices of the Center Stage Singers round out the sound for a joyful concert that includes great songs and scores from The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, Funny Girl, Les Misérables, Titanic, Schindler's List, Harry Potter and more!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Georgia On My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles
Sun. Mar. 8
7:00 PM
Celebrate the legendary music of Ray Charles at the Van Wezel with Emmy Award® winner Clint Holmes, 10-time Grammy Award®-winning band Take 6, six-time Grammy® nominee and Downbeat vocalist of the year Nnenna Freelon and sax phenom Kirk Whalum. This 90-minute feel-good extravaganza includes dazzling soulful performances of hit songs including “Hit The Road Jack,” “What'd I Say,” “I Got a Woman,” “I Can't Stop Loving You,” “Baby It's Cold Outside,” “Alexander's Ragtime Band,” “Georgia On My Mind” and many more classic hits.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Florida Creativity Conference
Sun. Mar. 8
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
If you are open to awakening more of your creative potential, this conference is the great opportunity to explore creativity in many wonderful forms! FCC provides hands-on and interactive learning, music and movement, connecting and innovating. Participants walk away with a fresh ‘tool kit’ of creative problem solving skills and productive practices for their personal and professional life, and a sparked imagination which can positively impact every area of life!
Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre
Information: www.flcreativity.com or 941.744.7258
The Color Purple
Tue. Mar. 10
7:30 PM
THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Paul Anka Sings Sinatra
Wed. Mar. 11
8:00 PM
“Back by popular demand! The Anka Sings Sinatra tour will honor a great artist who has influenced me more than anyone else throughout my career, Frank Sinatra. It will also feature the hits that have spanned my career on this 61st anniversary year. It will be a night filled with his songs, my songs, my way!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Pacifica Quartet & Orion Weiss, Piano
Thu. Mar. 12
7:30 PM
Orion Weiss, piano, joins violinists Simin Ganatra and Austin Hartman, violist Mark Halloway, and cellist Brandon Vamos. Repertoire • Beethoven — Quartet in F major, Op. 18, no. 1 • Ligeti — Quartet No. 1, “Metamorphoses Nocturnes” • Dvořák — Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 “The Pacifica Quartet…is nothing short of phenomenal….” The Telegraph “Few pianists have the prodigious speed, stamina, and musicality of Orion Weiss.” San Francisco Classical Voice.
Location: Van Wezel PAH
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500
Beethoven To Bartok
Thu. Mar. 12
8:00 PM
Hear Bartok’s music alongside his idol Beethoven in a virtuosic showcase led by Keith Lockhart, longtime Boston Pops conductor and Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Festival. The program features critically-acclaimed soloist Jeremy Denk,“a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs,” according to The New York Times, in Beethoven’s famously challenging Piano Concerto No. 4. The evening opens with Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the composer’s childhood in a Slovakian town. Bartók’s iconic and exhilarating Concerto for Orchestra will provide a breathtaking end to this dazzling program.
Location: 2:30 pm
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Tunes, Trucks and Treasures
Thu. Mar. 12
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FREE CONCERTS, Food Trucks and Arts/Crafts /Authors and more! Formerly known for over 15 years as the Brown Bag Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park Gazebo area
Information: scgov.net/parks or 941.861.5000
Beethoven To Bartok
Fri. Mar. 13
8:00 PM
Hear Bartok’s music alongside his idol Beethoven in a virtuosic showcase led by Keith Lockhart, longtime Boston Pops conductor and Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Festival. The program features critically-acclaimed soloist Jeremy Denk,“a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs,” according to The New York Times, in Beethoven’s famously challenging Piano Concerto No. 4. The evening opens with Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the composer’s childhood in a Slovakian town. Bartók’s iconic and exhilarating Concerto for Orchestra will provide a breathtaking end to this dazzling program.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Beethoven To Bartok
Sat. Mar. 14
8:00 PM
Hear Bartok’s music alongside his idol Beethoven in a virtuosic showcase led by Keith Lockhart, longtime Boston Pops conductor and Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Festival. The program features critically-acclaimed soloist Jeremy Denk,“a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs,” according to The New York Times, in Beethoven’s famously challenging Piano Concerto No. 4. The evening opens with Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the composer’s childhood in a Slovakian town. Bartók’s iconic and exhilarating Concerto for Orchestra will provide a breathtaking end to this dazzling program.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Beethoven To Bartok
Sun. Mar. 15
2:30 PM
Hear Bartok’s music alongside his idol Beethoven in a virtuosic showcase led by Keith Lockhart, longtime Boston Pops conductor and Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Festival. The program features critically-acclaimed soloist Jeremy Denk,“a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs,” according to The New York Times, in Beethoven’s famously challenging Piano Concerto No. 4. The evening opens with Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the composer’s childhood in a Slovakian town. Bartók’s iconic and exhilarating Concerto for Orchestra will provide a breathtaking end to this dazzling program.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Great Romantic Piano
Sun. Mar. 15
4:00 PM
World acclaimed Russian virtuoso Eleonora Lvov, popular recording artist and teacher, plays a wide spectrum of music – with the artist's own personal impressions and historical remarks. Experience romance and poetry with this “luminous, boldly emotive pianist with staggering technique who emanates ardent passion and spirituality through music” FREE Concert!
Location: Yamaha Recital Hall: 4223 S. Tamiami Tr
Information: www.eleonoralvov.com or 941.358.0235
"Cool Vibes" featuring the Errol Rackipov Group
Sun. Mar. 15
7:00 PM
Modern Marimba presents “Cool Vibes”, a new jazz series featuring South Florida jazz vibraphonist, marimbist, and composer Errol Rackipov and his group. Rackipov will present jazz music that pushes into new unexplored territories: the strong influence of Bulgarian folk music in the use of odd meters, modal harmonic colors and rhythm changes to create contrasting moods. His music always keeps listeners attentive and involved.
Location: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
Information: wslr.org/event/errol-rackipov-group/ or 941.894.6469
An American in Paris
Mon. Mar. 16
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
In post war Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breathtaking production. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret - and realizes he is not her only suitor. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite production features your favorite Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “'S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Choir of Man
Tue. Mar. 17
8:00 PM
The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub (free beer anyone?!?) that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend! CHEERS!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Latin Beats
Wed. Mar. 18
5:30 PM
The Great Escapes season wraps up with this high-energy, deeply-passionate concert with a Latin twist. Exotic beats from salsa, rumba, tango and bossa nova genres inspire this energizing mix of thrilling sounds. Enjoy music from Carmen, The Girl from Impanema, DeFalla’s Ritual Fire Dance, Rodrigo’s beautiful flute concerto, Charbier’s España and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell
Wed. Mar. 18
8:00 PM
With the inspiration that Nat King Cole’s tv show brought to the American public including so many amazingly talented singers such as Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae and many others, John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell will be paying homage to Nat King Cole and these iconic singers with their new show, “Nat King Cole and Ladies of Song”. Songs throughout the evening will include some of Nat King Cole’s most memorable hits such as “Route 66”, “Straighten Up & Fly Right” and “Paper Moon” along with the timeless works from Ladies of Song.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sarasota Opera Studio Artists
Wed. Mar. 18
12:00 PM
Bring a friend! Enjoy free concerts from accomplished, regional musicians who perform a vast array of musical styles.
Location: David Cohen Hall
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500
Latin Beats
Thu. Mar. 19
7:30 PM
The Great Escapes season wraps up with this high-energy, deeply-passionate concert with a Latin twist. Exotic beats from salsa, rumba, tango and bossa nova genres inspire this energizing mix of thrilling sounds. Enjoy music from Carmen, The Girl from Impanema, DeFalla’s Ritual Fire Dance, Rodrigo’s beautiful flute concerto, Charbier’s España and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
America
Thu. Mar. 19
8:00 PM
The iconic classic-rock favorite AMERICA has amassed numerous gold and/or platinum albums, with their first greatest hits collection, “History,” hitting four million plus in sales. The Grammy® Award winners’ widely renowned singles--including “Horse With No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “I Need You,’ “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross the River,” “Tin Man” and “Lonely People”--were considered cornerstones of the 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tunes, Trucks and Treasures
Thu. Mar. 19
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FREE CONCERTS, Food Trucks and Arts/Crafts /Authors and more! Formerly known for over 15 years as the Brown Bag Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park Gazebo area
Information: scgov.net/parks or 941.861.5000
Latin Beats
Fri. Mar. 20
5:30 PM
The Great Escapes season wraps up with this high-energy, deeply-passionate concert with a Latin twist. Exotic beats from salsa, rumba, tango and bossa nova genres inspire this energizing mix of thrilling sounds. Enjoy music from Carmen, The Girl from Impanema, DeFalla’s Ritual Fire Dance, Rodrigo’s beautiful flute concerto, Charbier’s España and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota Challenge
Sat. Mar. 21 thru Sun. Mar. 22
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
One of most elegant, fun events this year featuring world-renowned artists and athletes that have inspired and captivated audiences around the globe through the art of ballroom dance.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Information: www.sarasotachallenge.com or 941.779.0800
Itzhak Perlman in Recital
Sat. Mar. 21
8:00 PM
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. Itzhak Perlman’s recordings have garnered 16 GRAMMY® Awards and regularly appear on the best-seller charts. In 2008, Mr. Perlman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Latin Beats
Sat. Mar. 21
8:00 PM
The Great Escapes season wraps up with this high-energy, deeply-passionate concert with a Latin twist. Exotic beats from salsa, rumba, tango and bossa nova genres inspire this energizing mix of thrilling sounds. Enjoy music from Carmen, The Girl from Impanema, DeFalla’s Ritual Fire Dance, Rodrigo’s beautiful flute concerto, Charbier’s España and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
An Intimate Evening with David Foster: HITMAN Tour Feat. Katharine McPhee
Sun. Mar. 22
7:00 PM
Sixteen-time Grammy®-winner David Foster returns to Sarasota with special guest Katharine McPhee! A prolific songwriter, David played a key role in the career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and more. Some of his most beloved hits include “And Love Goes On”, “Follow Me”, “Only You” and “Please Hold On”. A performer in his own right, he hosted “Foster & Friends” — two star-studded 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 performance will feature many of David’s top hits, with musicians and vocalists performing along with him.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Up, Up and Away starring Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Tue. Mar. 24
8:00 PM
Returning to the Van Wezel are Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. – the original stars and lead singers of the legendary group, The 5th Dimension! McCoo and Davis launched hits including "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," "Worst That Could Happen," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Sweet Blindness," "Wedding Bell Blues" and "One Less Bell to Answer." After leaving The 5th Dimension in 1975, Marilyn and Billy recorded "You Don't Have to be a Star (To Be in My Show)," a chart-topping #1 record.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Bachelor Bromance: A Novel Evaluation of Male Gorilla Social Bonding
Thu. Mar. 26
5:30 PM
with Austin Leeds, research manager at Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment. Human beings are social animals. The same applies to one of our closest relatives—Western lowland gorillas. Austin Leeds reveals the social bonding and “bromances” that regulate the gorilla society. His lessons apply to gorillas in zoos and the wild—and possibly ourselves. Tickets $15
Location: New College of Florida, Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Information: ncf.edu/new-topics or 941.487.4888
Tunes, Trucks and Treasures
Thu. Mar. 26
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Come enjoy the FREE CONCERTS, Food Trucks and Arts/Crafts /Authors and more! Formerly known for over 15 years as the Brown Bag Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park Gazebo area
Information: scgov.net/parks or 941.861.5000
Tunes, Trucks and Treasures
Thu. Mar. 26
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FREE CONCERTS, Food Trucks and Arts/Crafts /Authors and more! Formerly known for over 15 years as the Brown Bag Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs!
Location: Phillippi Estate Park Gazebo area
Information: scgov.net/parks or 941.861.5000
25th Anniversary of Allegro Music, Dance and Etiquette Academy
Sun. Mar. 29
3:00 PM
Allegro Music, Dance and Etiquette Academy is celebrating 25th Anniversary with concert by the Bay Arts Trio. Admission is free. Refreshments follow the concert.
Location: 241 Whitfield Ave
Information: www.allegromusicacademy.com or 941.358.8511
An Evening with Bruce Hornsby
Sun. Mar. 29
7:00 PM
Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, always has succeeded on his exceptional gifts, his training and his work ethic. He has collaborated with Ricky Skaggs and the Grateful Dead. He has scored films and performed with symphony orchestras. Hornsby describes his new album Absolute Zero as “a compendium of what I like and moves me.” Prepare for a multi-faceted ride.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Musicians from Marlboro
Mon. Mar. 30
7:30 PM
Repertoire • Respighi — Il Tramonto for Voice and String Quartet • Brahms — String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 67 • Mendelssohn — Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 Lauren Pearl Eberwein, soprano • Abi Fayette, violin • Alina Kobialka, violin • Anna Lee, violin • Scott St. John, violin • Kei Tojo, viola • Sharon Wei, viola • Tony Rymer, cello • Judith Serkin, cello “This was truly accomplished music-making. There are chamber groups of longtime standing that fail to come close to this ad-hoc group’s sense of shared purpose.” The New York Times
Location: Riverview PAC
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500

 

April


The Pointer Sisters
Thu. Apr. 2
8:00 PM
The Pointer Sisters return to the Van Wezel! Known for hits such as “I’m So Excited”, "He's So Shy", "Slow Hand", "Jump (for my love)", “Neutron Dance”, “Automatic” and "Fire", The Pointer Sisters are music industry legends, securing a place in pop music history as a dynamic female group. The Pointer Sisters were the first black female group to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and they were the first contemporary act to perform at the San Francisco Opera House, releasing a live recording of the performance.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Jackie Evancho: The Debut
Fri. Apr. 3
8:00 PM
A worldwide sensation when she was only ten years old, Jackie Evancho has moved past the exuberant promise of a child prodigy vocalist, becoming a mature young adult with a clear direction as to where she is. Since gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Jackie Evancho has released a string of platinum and gold albums. Along the way, she has also made history as the youngest solo platinum artist, the youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the U.K., the youngest person to give solo concert at Lincoln Center and the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All seven of Jackie’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. The magnitude of her success led Billboard twice (in 2010 and 2012) to include Jackie on its list of “music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21.” With her upcoming new album, “The Debut”, multi-platinum recording artist, Jackie Evancho will match her extraordinary voice with one of the most exciting re-emerging genres in popular music today: Broadway’s New American Songbook. She returns to the Van Wezel this spring for an evening of music you won’t want to miss!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
American Impressions
Fri. Apr. 3
8:00 PM
Sometimes called the “greatest American symphony,” Aaron Copland’s expansive, tuneful, and highly original Symphony No. 3 is the centerpiece of this exploration of American influence led by conductor Teddy Abrams. Twenty-five-year-old Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot brings his artistry to the fantastically dramatic shifts and unbridled emotion of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, composed shortly after the composer’s return to the Soviet Union following two decades in the West. Abrams kicks off the program with one of his own compositions.
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
American Impressions
Sat. Apr. 4
8:00 PM
Sometimes called the “greatest American symphony,” Aaron Copland’s expansive, tuneful, and highly original Symphony No. 3 is the centerpiece of this exploration of American influence led by conductor Teddy Abrams. Twenty-five-year-old Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot brings his artistry to the fantastically dramatic shifts and unbridled emotion of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, composed shortly after the composer’s return to the Soviet Union following two decades in the West. Abrams kicks off the program with one of his own compositions.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
American Impressions
Sun. Apr. 5
2:30 PM
Sometimes called the “greatest American symphony,” Aaron Copland’s expansive, tuneful, and highly original Symphony No. 3 is the centerpiece of this exploration of American influence led by conductor Teddy Abrams. Twenty-five-year-old Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot brings his artistry to the fantastically dramatic shifts and unbridled emotion of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, composed shortly after the composer’s return to the Soviet Union following two decades in the West. Abrams kicks off the program with one of his own compositions.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Terry Fator: It Starts Tonight
Fri. Apr. 10
8:00 PM
For the past ten years at the Mirage Hotel, world famous singer, comedian, impressionist and ventriloquist Terry Fator has sold out night after night with a show featuring his cast of characters that includes everyone from Winston the Impersonating Turtle to Elton John, to Elvis. In addition to winning America’s Got Talent, Terry has won Las Vegas’s best show, best all-around performer, best family show and best overall show.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Reza - Edge of Illusion
Sat. Apr. 11
7:30 PM
Reza has taken the art of illusion to a new level, delivering his rock concert style magic show to audiences across the globe. Young and fresh, Reza’s new show, “Edge of Illusion,” has earned various awards including “Magician of the Year.” Don’t miss this Sarasota premiere – LIVE on the Van Wezel stage! A world-class entertainer, Reza’s unique brand of illusion has landed him on popular reality shows across 31 countries, including recent US TV appearances on A&E’s Duck Dynasty and The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Audiences can expect to witness such mega illusions as passing through the spinning blades of an industrial fan, a record-breaking recreation of Houdini’s most famous stunt and the appearance of a real helicopter, live on stage. More than a magic show, Reza infuses state of the art production elements, masterful comedic timing and numerous interactive & inspirational moments, allowing the audience to experience the magic first hand.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Angela Galestro, flute, and Jonathan Smith, guitar
Wed. Apr. 15
12:00 PM
Bring a friend! Enjoy free concerts from accomplished, regional musicians who perform a vast array of musical styles.
Location: David Cohen Hall
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500
Johnny Mathis
Thu. Apr. 16
8:00 PM
Celebrating his 64th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records’ longest-signed artist. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories -- from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
American Playlist
Fri. Apr. 17
8:00 PM
Chanteuse Storm Large (from the popular group Pink Martini) and NEA Jazz Master and musical icon Branford Marsalis, a saxophonist who has garnered legendary status, join forces for an electrifying Pops extravaganza that will have audiences swaying in their seats. Enjoy everlasting classics such as I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Goin’ Out of My Head, It’s Alright with Me, Summertime, My Funny Valentine and more!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
American Playlist
Sat. Apr. 18
2:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Chanteuse Storm Large (from the popular group Pink Martini) and NEA Jazz Master and musical icon Branford Marsalis, a saxophonist who has garnered legendary status, join forces for an electrifying Pops extravaganza that will have audiences swaying in their seats. Enjoy everlasting classics such as I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Goin’ Out of My Head, It’s Alright with Me, Summertime, My Funny Valentine and more!
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Guiding Principals
Sun. Apr. 19
4:00 PM
This concert of high emotion showcases 12 Sarasota Orchestra principal musicians. The Sarasota Wind Quintet opens the concert with Jim Parker’s irrepressible Mississippi Five, a celebration of early 20th-century jazz greats. Golijov’s Mariel for cello and marimba was written in memory of a friend of the composer who died suddenly and depicts the composer's shock at his sudden loss. Dvořák's string quintet features a double bass for added warmth and serves as a glorious finale to this rich and diverse concert.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
An Evening with Chris Botti
Sun. Apr. 19
7:00 PM
For over two decades, Grammy Award®-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has amassed a spectacular variety of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums, to become the nation’s largest selling instrumental artist. His mesmerizing performances with a stunning array of legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli have cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene. Whether he’s performing with illustrious symphonies or at renowned venues around the globe, his unparalleled crystalline and poetic sound transcends musical boundaries.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Listen to the Earth
Sun. Apr. 19
7:00 PM
Our planet Earth, the only home we’ve ever known, is front and center in this performance as we celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Our sun, moon, planet, and universe are all highlighted in this unique program, recognized as a sister-related cultural activity with the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism Symposium in Washington, DC (April 2020). Several Sarasota premieres and a WORLD PREMIERE of Listen to the Earth by James Grant are featured in this performance. Be the first to hear this stunning world premiere which was commissioned by Choral Artists of Sarasota along with the families of Richard and Daniel Moe, honoring the legacy of their contributions to society.
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: choralartistssarasota.org/concerts-events/ or 941.387.4900
A Bronx Tale
Tue. Apr. 21
7:30 PM
A BRONX TALE, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies), A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. The New York Times hails A BRONX TALE as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Common Ground: The Intersection of Biophilic Design and Urbanism
Wed. Apr. 22
5:30 PM
with David Brain, professor of social sciences at New College, Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, and Dan Slone of Vertical Vision. Who says cities have to be unnatural? A fresh breed of urban innovators suggest an eco-friendlier alternative. David Brain will host a panel discussion on the new wave of urban design inspired by the patterns of nature. Tickets $15
Location: New College of Florida, Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Information: ncf.edu/new-topics or 941.487.4888
A Bronx Tale
Wed. Apr. 22
7:30 PM
A BRONX TALE, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies), A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. The New York Times hails A BRONX TALE as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Brian Culbertson
Thu. Apr. 23
8:00 PM
Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, R&B and funk. Mining the urban sounds of Chicago, he began his musical studies on piano and quickly picked up drums, trombone, bass and euphonium. Culbertson has 30 Billboard No. 1 singles and a deep catalogue of 18 albums, most of which have topped the Billboard contemporary jazz charts. He has earned nominations from the NAACP Image Awards and Soul Train Awards, and has worked and performed with industry all-stars such as Michael McDonald, Chris Botti and Natalie Cole.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Come From Away
Tue. Apr. 28
7:30 PM
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Come From Away
Wed. Apr. 29
7:30 PM
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Come From Away
Thu. Apr. 30
7:30 PM
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

May


Come From Away
Fri. May. 1
7:30 PM
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Come From Away
Sat. May. 2
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Discover Beethoven's Seventh
Sat. May. 2
7:30 PM
The Beethoven celebration season culminates with Symphony No. 7, one of the master’s most joyous and exuberant works, most recently recognized in the score to the movie The King's Speech. Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons is the inspiration for Richter's homage in this captivating, inspiring program.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Come From Away
Sun. May. 3
1:00 PM 4:37 PM
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Discover Beethoven's Seventh
Sun. May. 3
2:30 PM
The Beethoven celebration season culminates with Symphony No. 7, one of the master’s most joyous and exuberant works, most recently recognized in the score to the movie The King's Speech. Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons is the inspiration for Richter's homage in this captivating, inspiring program.
Location: Sarasota Opera House
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
One Night of Queen
Wed. May. 6
8:00 PM
In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up. Gary began touring on his own, and in 2002, formed a band (“The Works”) to pay tribute to rock legends, Queen. Since May 2002, “Gary Mullen and the Works” have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences. The outfit have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Bachelor Live On Stage
Thu. May. 7
8:00 PM
The most successful reality romance series in the history of television is coming to your hometown. The Bachelor Live On Stage Official Tour guarantees all the drama, the gossip and the romance of your favorite TV show in one delightful evening for the ultimate fan party. Previous Bachelor and Bachelorette favorites will serve as your hosts, as one eligible hometown Bachelor is introduced to local ladies from the audience for a chance at love. Come to enjoy the show, or come to fall in love! This engaging and hilarious experience will give you and your friends plenty to gossip about and fit an entire season of Bachelor drama into one evening!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Outdoor Pops
Fri. May. 8
8:00 PM
Join Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. This seventh annual concert showcases stirring music, big vocals, and 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: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Outdoor Pops
Sat. May. 9
8:00 PM
Join Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. This seventh annual concert showcases stirring music, big vocals, and 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: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434

 

July


American Fanfare
Sat. Jul. 4
4:00 PM
Celebrate Independence Day with this annual display of vocal fireworks set off by a program of inspiring patriotic songs and marches. The patriotic fervor lives on through Choral Artists of Sarasota! Once again we are thrilled to be joined by the Sarasota Concert Band for this spectacular 4th of July event!
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave
Information: choralartistssarasota.org/concerts-events/ or 941.387.4900

 

 

 

Recurring Events

Hatha Yoga in Arlington Park
Every Sunday 10 am, Tuesday 10 am, Wednesday 5:15 pm
For yoga, the prices are $95 per month for unlimited classes or $100 for a 10 class pass. The first class is free to attend. For the first month, meditation is free.
Location:  Arlington Park, 2560 Waldemere St.
Information:  Arlington Park or 941-554-2110
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 YogaOnSiestaBeach.com
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