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October


Orchid Show 2019: ‘Blossoms of Asia’
Mon. Oct. 14 thru Sun. Dec. 1
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ annual orchid show is focused on the “Blossoms of Asia” this year with an exhibition that includes Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection as well as references to traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices.
Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave.
Information: selby.org or 941.366.5731
Absolute Beginners Harmonica Class
Tue. Oct. 15
9:00 AM
The one hour class will use the book “Absolute Beginners' Harmonica”,which is the most popular Beginners Harmonica book on Amazon.com and includes aplay-along CD. For more information, email Richard Verrochi at Richard@RichardVerrochi.com or call him at (603)494-7436. $5 Members/$8 Non-Members
Location: Sarasota Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way
Information: friendshipcenters.org/locations/sarasota/ or 941.955.2122
Salute To Arthur Fiedler
Wed. Oct. 16
5:30 PM
Enjoy this homage to Arthur Fiedler, iconic former conductor of the Boston Pops. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of FiedlerÂ’s birth, the concert features delectable bites of musical joy: Saint Louis Blues March, themes from The Godfather and Mary Poppins, Seventy-Six Trombones, a snippet of BeethovenÂ’s Symphony No. 8, Leroy AndersonÂ’s Syncopated Clock and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Salute To Arthur Fiedler
Thu. Oct. 17
7:30 PM
Enjoy this homage to Arthur Fiedler, iconic former conductor of the Boston Pops. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of FiedlerÂ’s birth, the concert features delectable bites of musical joy: Saint Louis Blues March, themes from The Godfather and Mary Poppins, Seventy-Six Trombones, a snippet of BeethovenÂ’s Symphony No. 8, Leroy AndersonÂ’s Syncopated Clock and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Salute To Arthur Fiedler
Fri. Oct. 18
5:30 PM
Enjoy this homage to Arthur Fiedler, iconic former conductor of the Boston Pops. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of FiedlerÂ’s birth, the concert features delectable bites of musical joy: Saint Louis Blues March, themes from The Godfather and Mary Poppins, Seventy-Six Trombones, a snippet of BeethovenÂ’s Symphony No. 8, Leroy AndersonÂ’s Syncopated Clock and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Clays for Kids
Fri. Oct. 18
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Please join the ChildrenÂ’s Dream Fund for our second annual sporting clays tournament, Clays for Kids! All proceeds will help make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses in our community.
Location: Sarasota Trap, Skeet and Clay
Information: childrensdreamfund.org/event/clays-for-kids-2/ or 727.896.6390
Salute To Arthur Fiedler
Sat. Oct. 19
8:00 PM
Enjoy this homage to Arthur Fiedler, iconic former conductor of the Boston Pops. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of FiedlerÂ’s birth, the concert features delectable bites of musical joy: Saint Louis Blues March, themes from The Godfather and Mary Poppins, Seventy-Six Trombones, a snippet of BeethovenÂ’s Symphony No. 8, Leroy AndersonÂ’s Syncopated Clock and more.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Slime Blowout
Sat. Oct. 19
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
For the first time ever, the Slime Blowout, a slime convention is coming to Sarasota, Florida! The event will feature VIP slime-world superstars and a variety of exciting slime-related activities like a slime market, a slime swap, contests, classes, a DJ and more. To buy tickets or to register as a vendor, please go to our website.
Location: Robarts Arena
Information: slimeblowout.com
Tech Class
Wed. Oct. 23
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ongoing - iPhones, Andriod Phones, Tablets, Laptops, Desktops Please come in with your device or learn on our computers. You name it, we will teach it! $4 Members/$7 Non-Members
Location: Sarasota Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way
Information: friendshipcenters.org/locations/sarasota/ or 941.955.2122
Flip Flops & Fashion
Wed. Oct. 30
11:00 AM
Enjoy dazzling views of the Gulf, dine on tropical fare, and sip on tableside wine. The fashion show, presented by Bealls Stores, will take place on the beach to support at-risk children and families in our community. Enjoy a new twist on this year's "popping" event with a Bubble Bar.
Location: Sharky's on the Pier
Information: www.childrenfirst.net or 941.953.3877
Beethoven's Ghost
Thu. Oct. 31
5:30 PM
Spend Halloween with the bewitching sounds of Schoenberg and Beethoven. The concert opens with a charming wind quintet by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky. Verklärte nacht, heard here in its original version for string sextet, describes the conversation between a man and woman walking through a dark forest at night. Beethoven's piano trio acquired its nickname "Ghost" as a result of its eerie sounding second movement.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434

 

November


Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock and Roll
Fri. Nov. 1
8:00 PM
With a cast consisting of stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible rock & roll singers, Neil Berg tells the exciting and incredible story of the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of rock & roll in the 1940’s, through the glory years of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70’s, up until MTV in the early ‘80’s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll tells fascinating stories and features groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars, groups, and genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, Journey and others!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly – The Rock 'n' Roll Dream Tour
Mon. Nov. 4
8:00 PM
Rock Â’nÂ’ Roll legends Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly make their Sarasota debut this Fall at the Van Wezel! Accompanied by a live band and back-up singers, this cutting-edge holographic performance with remastered audio will transport the audience back in time for an unforgettable evening of Roy & BuddyÂ’s greatest hits onstage. Performing together for the first time, this once-in-a-lifetime show is sure to make your Rock Â’NÂ’ Roll Dreams come true!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Balance Movement/Falls Prevention
Mon. Nov. 4
9:00 AM & 10:00 AM

Location: Sarasota Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way
Information: friendshipcenters.org/locations/sarasota/ or 941.955.2122
Classical Romance
Fri. Nov. 8
8:00 PM
Richard StraussÂ’ revolutionary and exhilarating tone poem Don Juan anchors this concert. Soloist Lise de la Salle shines in MozartÂ’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Written for the composer to perform as a soloist, the work was also one of BeethovenÂ’s favorites. DvorakÂ’s lushly melodic Symphony No. 6 rounds out a concert experience rich in unforgettable melody.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Classical Romance
Sat. Nov. 9
8:00 PM
Richard StraussÂ’ revolutionary and exhilarating tone poem Don Juan anchors this concert. Soloist Lise de la Salle shines in MozartÂ’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Written for the composer to perform as a soloist, the work was also one of BeethovenÂ’s favorites. DvorakÂ’s lushly melodic Symphony No. 6 rounds out a concert experience rich in unforgettable melody.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Classical Romance
Sun. Nov. 10
2:30 PM
Richard StraussÂ’ revolutionary and exhilarating tone poem Don Juan anchors this concert. Soloist Lise de la Salle shines in MozartÂ’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Written for the composer to perform as a soloist, the work was also one of BeethovenÂ’s favorites. DvorakÂ’s lushly melodic Symphony No. 6 rounds out a concert experience rich in unforgettable melody.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
An Evening of Conversation with Julie Andrews
Thu. Nov. 14
7:00 PM
A true legend in every sense of the word, Julie Andrews has entertained millions for more than half a century. Ms. Andrews shares her extraordinary experiences from her early days of vaudeville in England to the popular projects and work she continues to create today, including her new book "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years". Opening with a beautiful video montage of her work, ‘An Evening of Conversation with Julie Andrews’ is a unique and unforgettable visit with one of the world's most beloved icons.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
One World, Many Voices
Sat. Nov. 16
4:00 PM
Honor the traditions of various faiths, uniting through one universal power: music. Enjoy hymns, chants and spiritual music from belief systems all around the world at this concert – a truly Zen experience. This concert features organist Ann Stephenson-Moe and an instrumental ensemble from professional orchestras in Sarasota.
Location: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave
Information: choralartistssarasota.org/concerts-events/ or 941.387.4900
Dwight Yoakam
Sat. Nov. 16
8:00 PM
Superstar Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. He is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY© Award winner and has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Yoakam is also the recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. Don’t miss this icon’s performance at the Van Wezel this Fall!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
America Recycles Day
Sat. Nov. 16
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Event to Feature: •2nd Annual Student Recycled Art Contest •Local vendors showcasing sustainable products and services •Games and activities for all ages •Dumpster painting •Information on Sarasota County's new single-stream recycling program •Display of garbage and recycling trucks •Composting demonstration •Educational presentations (proper recycling and living a more sustainable life) •Food trucks with food for purchase
Location: 8750 Bee Ridge Rd
Information: www.scgov.net/government/public-utilities-water/america-recycles-day or 941.861.5000
Straight No Chaser
Sun. Nov. 17
7:00 PM
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now!
Mon. Nov. 18
7:30 PM
This high-energy celebration marking 20 years of soul on stage features original Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe members, including Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, and many other audience favorites. Highlights will include songs from WBTT’s most memorable musicals, including original compositions, Broadway tunes spanning the decades and Motown hits — backed by the live WBTT house band. Special appearance by RCA recording artists Next Town Down, with Christopher Eisenberg!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Keep The Dream Alive
Mon. Nov. 18
7:30 PM
Keep the Dream Alive, hosted by Aviva- Senior Living supports our Benevolent Care fund which enables us to provide for residents who have outlived their planned retirement. Join us for an amazing dessert buffet at MichaelÂ’s On East and entertainment by the Manatee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $150.
Location: Michael's On East
Information: www.avivaseniorlife.org/the-aviva-foundation/keep-the-dream-alive-2019/ or 941.383.7969
Latin History for Morons
Tue. Nov. 19
7:30 PM
Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS, the most totally unique show of the season, reveals America’s unsung heroes, throughout past and present – all unforgettably told by Tony® and Emmy Award® winner John Leguizamo, one of the most incisive, insightful and entertaining personalities on stage today.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Fri. Nov. 22
7:30 PM
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family! Featuring the most unique cast of incomparable cirque artists, singers, dancers and talent, Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” Broadway singers perform original music and a new twist on seasonal favorites like “Deck the Halls”, “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock” in this groundbreaking holiday stage spectacular.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Sat. Nov. 23
2:00 PM
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family! Featuring the most unique cast of incomparable cirque artists, singers, dancers and talent, Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” Broadway singers perform original music and a new twist on seasonal favorites like “Deck the Halls”, “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock” in this groundbreaking holiday stage spectacular.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Collective Soul
Tue. Nov. 26
8:00 PM
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Collective Soul comes to the Van Wezel for their Sarasota debut! Known for their insightful songwriting and palpable chemistry, the band burst onto the scene in the early ‘90s with their debut album Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid and continue to play to sold-out crowds around the world.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2019
Fri. Nov. 29
8:00 PM
Chart-topping, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns to the road this holiday season with the 22nd annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2019. Joining Dave will be: South African guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler, who has accompanied Dave on numerous Christmas outings; GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, known for such mega-hits as “Midnight Blue” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud”; Copenhagen-born jazz/soul saxophonist Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker, singer, bassist and former musical director for Al Jarreau.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sebastian Maniscalco
Sat. Nov. 30
7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Fresh off a wildly successful, two-year-plus run on his Stay Hungry Tour, BillboardÂ’s inaugural "Comedian of the Year" Sebastian Maniscalco makes his Sarasota debut this Fall as he embarks on his You Bother Me tour!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

 

December


Celtic Angels Christmas
Sun. Dec. 1
7:00 PM
Celtic Angels Christmas captivates audiences of all ages with the magic of Christmas in an awe-inspiring show encompassing vocal and instrumental seasonal and Irish favorites, along with spectacular world-class champion Irish dancing! Celtic Angels Christmas features the beautiful vocal quintet starring Victoria Kenny, Eimear Crealy, Emily Carroll, Hollie O'Donoghue and Amy Penston, all hailing from Ireland. They have performed in musicals such as West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease in Ireland and the West End of London. Combined with the stunning dance routines of the Celtic Knight Dancers featuring lead dancer of Riverdance, Patrick OÂ’Mahoney, this family show is a true holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Escape to Margaritaville
Mon. Dec. 2
7:30 PM
Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it "A little slice of paradise!" and Entertainment Weekly raves, "It will knock your flip-flops off!" So don't let the party start without you.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Tony Bennett: The "I Left My Heart" Tour
Tue. Dec. 3
8:00 PM
Tony Bennett’s career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He has received 19 Grammy Awards® including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 2 Emmy Awards® and is a Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master. Bennett is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and now in the first two decades of the 21st century. Antonia Bennett, his daughter and a graduate of Berklee College of Music, will open the performance with jazz and pop standards.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Dance to the Holidays!
Wed. Dec. 4
8:00 PM
It's the hit Christmas spectacular for the whole family! Dance to the Holidays! is the dance sensation that's sweeping the country. For the first time at the Van Wezel, your favorite reality TV show stars come together, live and in person, for an unforgettable evening – featuring celebrity pros Tony Dovolani and Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars and finalists from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance! Directed and choreographed by Jaymz Tuaileva from Dancing with the Stars, Donny and Marie’s Las Vegas Christmas Show and So You Think You Can Dance, with thrilling dance arrangements by Oliver Marland (Cher's Music Director/Arranger), Dance to the Holidays! will be a new tradition for your family. Dance to the Holidays! is the happiest holiday gift - a star-studded evening you won’t ever forget!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Roman Festivals
Fri. Dec. 6
8:00 PM
Travel to ancient Rome, without leaving your seat. Respighi's beloved symphonic poems, Fountains of Rome and Roman Festivals, take the audience on a delightfully colorful tour of the legendary city. Elgar’s In the South connects the dots between a family vacation in Italy and ghosts of history past. Bruch’s touching and fiercely virtuosic Violin Concerto, featuring young violinist Alexi Kenney—“a talent to watch,” according to The New York Times—complements this musical journey.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Roman Festivals
Sat. Dec. 7
8:00 PM
Travel to ancient Rome, without leaving your seat. Respighi's beloved symphonic poems, Fountains of Rome and Roman Festivals, take the audience on a delightfully colorful tour of the legendary city. Elgar’s In the South connects the dots between a family vacation in Italy and ghosts of history past. Bruch’s touching and fiercely virtuosic Violin Concerto, featuring young violinist Alexi Kenney—“a talent to watch,” according to The New York Times—complements this musical journey.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Roman Festivals
Sun. Dec. 8
2:30 PM
Travel to ancient Rome, without leaving your seat. Respighi's beloved symphonic poems, Fountains of Rome and Roman Festivals, take the audience on a delightfully colorful tour of the legendary city. Elgar’s In the South connects the dots between a family vacation in Italy and ghosts of history past. Bruch’s touching and fiercely virtuosic Violin Concerto, featuring young violinist Alexi Kenney—“a talent to watch,” according to The New York Times—complements this musical journey.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sounds Of The Season
Wed. Dec. 11
5:30 PM
Festive short works fill this holiday themed, heart-warming concert. Making her Sarasota debut, conductor Michelle Merrill leads Sarasota Orchestra in excerpts from TchaikovskyÂ’s Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, BachÂ’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Holiday Hoedown, as well as A Holly and Jolly Sing-a-long and the Hanukkah Festival Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Francisca Mendoza, violin, and Aza Torshkoeva, piano
Wed. Dec. 11
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
Sounds Of The Season
Thu. Dec. 12
7:30 PM
Festive short works fill this holiday themed, heart-warming concert. Making her Sarasota debut, conductor Michelle Merrill leads Sarasota Orchestra in excerpts from TchaikovskyÂ’s Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, BachÂ’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Holiday Hoedown, as well as A Holly and Jolly Sing-a-long and the Hanukkah Festival Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Under the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays
Thu. Dec. 12
8:00 PM
Let’s get Hip to the Holidays as Under the Streetlamp celebrates with a joyous performance of your favorite holiday tunes, plus songs from the American Radio Songbook! Oh what fun it is to dance in the aisles while merrily singing along to songs from their live PBS Specials and studio album, Hip to the Holidays. Rockin’ your favorite tunes such as “White Christmas,” “Santa Bring My Baby Back,” “Someday at Christmas,” “Ave Maria” and many more – it’ll be a night to remember!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sounds Of The Season
Fri. Dec. 13
5:30 PM
Festive short works fill this holiday themed, heart-warming concert. Making her Sarasota debut, conductor Michelle Merrill leads Sarasota Orchestra in excerpts from TchaikovskyÂ’s Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, BachÂ’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Holiday Hoedown, as well as A Holly and Jolly Sing-a-long and the Hanukkah Festival Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Fri. Dec. 13
7:30 PM
The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of KingÂ’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Sat. Dec. 14
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of KingÂ’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sounds Of The Season
Sat. Dec. 14
8:00 PM
Festive short works fill this holiday themed, heart-warming concert. Making her Sarasota debut, conductor Michelle Merrill leads Sarasota Orchestra in excerpts from TchaikovskyÂ’s Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, BachÂ’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Holiday Hoedown, as well as A Holly and Jolly Sing-a-long and the Hanukkah Festival Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Atomic Holiday Bazaar
Sat. Dec. 14
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Atomic features a wide range of items for all: screen printed t-shirts, faux taxidermy, upcycled everything ranging from home decor, clothing, jewelry, (for example, think of “upcycled” as copper pipe that has been refitted into a desk lamp), vintage clothing, kitsch and jewelry, lowbrow to elegant fine art, holiday cards, jams, jellies and the best canned pickle selections ever, one of a kind baby clothing, humorous chatchkes, ornaments, knits, catnip toys, doggie stuff, felted art, plants, plushies (unusual and humorous creatures), pop culture-graphic art posters, dark sentiments, body products, candles, beachy vibe stuff, ethnic Latin textiles, rock n roll edgy clothing, sweet little creations that make you sigh, get the picture? No artsy stone unturned, Atomic has something for all. Tickets $5 Adults, Kids 12 and under free.
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.atomicholidaybazaar.com/ or 941.539.9044
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Sun. Dec. 15
1:00 PM
The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of KingÂ’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Sounds Of The Season
Sun. Dec. 15
2:30 PM
Festive short works fill this holiday themed, heart-warming concert. Making her Sarasota debut, conductor Michelle Merrill leads Sarasota Orchestra in excerpts from TchaikovskyÂ’s Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, BachÂ’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Holiday Hoedown, as well as A Holly and Jolly Sing-a-long and the Hanukkah Festival Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Atomic Holiday Bazaar
Sun. Dec. 15
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Atomic features a wide range of items for all: screen printed t-shirts, faux taxidermy, upcycled everything ranging from home decor, clothing, jewelry, (for example, think of “upcycled” as copper pipe that has been refitted into a desk lamp), vintage clothing, kitsch and jewelry, lowbrow to elegant fine art, holiday cards, jams, jellies and the best canned pickle selections ever, one of a kind baby clothing, humorous chatchkes, ornaments, knits, catnip toys, doggie stuff, felted art, plants, plushies (unusual and humorous creatures), pop culture-graphic art posters, dark sentiments, body products, candles, beachy vibe stuff, ethnic Latin textiles, rock n roll edgy clothing, sweet little creations that make you sigh, get the picture? No artsy stone unturned, Atomic has something for all. Tickets $5 Adults, Kids 12 and under free.
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail
Information: www.atomicholidaybazaar.com/ or 941.539.9044
Sounds of the Season
Sun. Dec. 22
5:00 PM
Ring in the holiday season with this cheerful concert highlighting choral music with brass and organ. Guest conductor Todd Craven, the Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and former Principal Trumpet with the Sarasota Orchestra, will lead a program featuring Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, works arranged by Daniel Moe and the Sarasota premiere of Eja! Eja! by James Grant.
Location: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.
Information: choralartistssarasota.org/concerts-events/ or 941.387.4900
The TEN Tenors - Home for the Holidays
Sun. Dec. 22
7:00 PM
Come Home for the Holidays with The TEN Tenors! With a generous mix of festive favorites and modern holidays hits, The TEN Tenors will walk you through a musical winter wonderland that truly captures the essence of the holidays for the whole family, as well as many of the rock and classical songs that have made this group world famous. There's nowhere in the world The TEN Tenors would rather be performing this show than in the USA during the holiday season.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
A Christmas Carol
Mon. Dec. 23
7:30 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 Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Sat. Dec. 28
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. The New York Times, “Hot Ticket!” Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Get tickets for the whole family now!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
New Year's Eve Gala at the Powel Crosley
Tue. Dec. 31
8:00 PM
Start your evening with a delicious menu. At 9:30 p.m, the dinner hall changes to a jazzing Speakeasy. Join the card games and dance under the stars until the midnight countdown. Get all dolled up in your finest. Dinner at 8 p.m. After party at 9:30 p.m. Dinner and Speakeasy Soiree: $145 per person, After Party $45 per person. 21+. Cash bar.
Location: Powel Crosley Estate
Information: www.crosleysupperclub.com or 941.312.0000

 

January


Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert
Thu. Jan. 2
7:00 PM
Waltz into 2020 with Salute to Vienna New YearÂ’s Concert, now an American Tradition! This dazzling performance evokes a golden age of Viennese music, brimming with energy, merriment, and romance. It is a glorious re-creation of the beloved Neujahrskonzert, the concert that has welcomed the New Year for more than 80 years in Vienna and all over the world.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Bugs Bunny At Symphony II
Fri. Jan. 3
8:00 PM
Join Bugs Bunny for a special concert honoring the "Rasically Rabbit's" 80th anniversary. This popular concert was created for all generations and features a special Looney Tunes screening of the cartoons that introduced classical music to much of the American public. Emmy Award-winning conductor George Daugherty joins Sarasota Orchestra for well-known classics like Wagner's The Valkyrie, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and so much more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Bugs Bunny At Symphony II
Sat. Jan. 4
2:30 PM
Join Bugs Bunny for a special concert honoring the "Rasically Rabbit's" 80th anniversary. This popular concert was created for all generations and features a special Looney Tunes screening of the cartoons that introduced classical music to much of the American public. Emmy Award-winning conductor George Daugherty joins Sarasota Orchestra for well-known classics like Wagner's The Valkyrie, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and so much more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Bugs Bunny At Symphony II
Sat. Jan. 4
8:00 PM
Join Bugs Bunny for a special concert honoring the "Rasically Rabbit's" 80th anniversary. This popular concert was created for all generations and features a special Looney Tunes screening of the cartoons that introduced classical music to much of the American public. Emmy Award-winning conductor George Daugherty joins Sarasota Orchestra for well-known classics like Wagner's The Valkyrie, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and so much more.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Sarasota String Quarter
Sun. Jan. 5
4:00 PM
Spend an afternoon with the Sarasota String Quartet and three of music history’s great masters. Haydn wrote 68 string quartets. Opus 76, Quartet No. 2, has been given the nickname “Fifths” in reference to a pattern of falling intervals that dominates the first movement. Webern’s 1905 String Quartet was inspired by the Italian painter Giovanni Segantini’s “Alpine Tryptich.” The program concludes with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, the last of Beethoven’s heroic, middle period quartets.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Il Divo
Sun. Jan. 5
7:00 PM
Making their Sarasota debut, Il Divo takes the Van Wezel stage for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the hall. The iconic group transcends categorization, uniting the classical and the popular in multiple languages and infusing the passion of opera into their performances worldwide for over a decade. The quartet has earned over a hundred gold and platinum awards in over 30 countries, and has solidified their status as a global sensation with a timeless sound.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Book of Mormon
Tue. Jan. 7
7:30 PM
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
European Grooves
Wed. Jan. 8
5:30 PM
Take a seat and keep the beat with great music from across the pond. On the classical side, enjoy rhapsodies and dances by Dvo?ák, Brahms and Liszt, as well as an excerpt from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a waltz by Strauss. Popular standards include music by the Beatles, James Bond through the years, Chariots of Fire and William Tell Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Book of Mormon
Wed. Jan. 8
7:30 PM
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
European Grooves
Thu. Jan. 9
7:30 PM
Take a seat and keep the beat with great music from across the pond. On the classical side, enjoy rhapsodies and dances by Dvo?ák, Brahms and Liszt, as well as an excerpt from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a waltz by Strauss. Popular standards include music by the Beatles, James Bond through the years, Chariots of Fire and William Tell Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Book of Mormon
Thu. Jan. 9
7:30 PM
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
European Grooves
Fri. Jan. 10
5:30 PM
Take a seat and keep the beat with great music from across the pond. On the classical side, enjoy rhapsodies and dances by Dvo?ák, Brahms and Liszt, as well as an excerpt from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a waltz by Strauss. Popular standards include music by the Beatles, James Bond through the years, Chariots of Fire and William Tell Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Book of Mormon
Fri. Jan. 10
7:30 AM
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Book of Mormon
Sat. Jan. 11
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
European Grooves
Sat. Jan. 11
8:00 PM
Take a seat and keep the beat with great music from across the pond. On the classical side, enjoy rhapsodies and dances by Dvo?ák, Brahms and Liszt, as well as an excerpt from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a waltz by Strauss. Popular standards include music by the Beatles, James Bond through the years, Chariots of Fire and William Tell Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Book of Mormon
Sun. Jan. 12
1:00 PM & 6:30 PM
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
European Grooves
Sun. Jan. 12
2:30 PM
Take a seat and keep the beat with great music from across the pond. On the classical side, enjoy rhapsodies and dances by Dvo?ák, Brahms and Liszt, as well as an excerpt from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a waltz by Strauss. Popular standards include music by the Beatles, James Bond through the years, Chariots of Fire and William Tell Overture.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Righteous Brothers
Mon. Jan. 13
8:00 PM
The Lovin’ Feelin’ is back as blue-eyed soul pioneers The Righteous Brothers return to the Van Wezel! 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 Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered
Tue. Jan. 14
8:00 PM
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is the definitive concert show celebrating the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Starring Michelle Berting Brett, who is accompanied by a 7-piece Nashville band, the show re-creates the Carpenters’ original sound. Experience an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of the pop music phenomenon that defined an era, and sing along to hits that include “Close to You,” “Yesterday Once More,” “Rainy Days & Mondays” and many more!
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
Wed. Jan. 15
7:30 PM
Repertoire • Chopin — 24 Preludes, Op. 28 • Debussy — Children’s Corner • Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition “With prodigious technique and rhapsodic flair, Mr. Abduraimov dispatched the work’s challenges, including burst upon burst of arm-blurring octaves, with eerie command.” The New York Times
Location: Van Wezel PAH
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500
The Naked Magicians
Thu. Jan. 16
8:00 PM
Seen in Las Vegas, London’s West End, in 250+ cities around the world and by over 50 million on TV (NBC, ABC, FOX, iTV) – The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show! The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Mozart And Mahler
Fri. Jan. 17
8:00 PM
The genius of Mozart and the profound depth of Mahler come together in one program. Among the most technically demanding of Mozart’s concerti, his Piano Concerto No. 21 was pronounced “astonishingly difficult” by the composer’s own father. Alongside this Classical treasure is Gustav Mahler’s spellbinding post-Romantic Titan Symphony. Delight in the sounds of nature and snippets of urban life, like street bands and klezmer, as you revel in Mahler’s expansive and fascinating commentary on the human condition.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Celebrating Sondheim
Sat. Jan. 18
4:00 PM
Toast to Broadway with this concert of show tunes written by Stephen Sondheim, celebrating his 90th birthday in 2020, including A Little Night Music, Company, Sweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park with George (learn more about Sondheim). This performance also features renowned musical theater artists Ann Morrison, Michaela Ristaino, Ben Pattison, and Matthew Nall as soloists.
Location: Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way
Information: choralartistssarasota.org/concerts-events/ or 941.387.4900
Mozart And Mahler
Sat. Jan. 18
8:00 PM
The genius of Mozart and the profound depth of Mahler come together in one program. Among the most technically demanding of Mozart’s concerti, his Piano Concerto No. 21 was pronounced “astonishingly difficult” by the composer’s own father. Alongside this Classical treasure is Gustav Mahler’s spellbinding post-Romantic Titan Symphony. Delight in the sounds of nature and snippets of urban life, like street bands and klezmer, as you revel in Mahler’s expansive and fascinating commentary on the human condition.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Mozart And Mahler
Sun. Jan. 19
2:30 PM
The genius of Mozart and the profound depth of Mahler come together in one program. Among the most technically demanding of Mozart’s concerti, his Piano Concerto No. 21 was pronounced “astonishingly difficult” by the composer’s own father. Alongside this Classical treasure is Gustav Mahler’s spellbinding post-Romantic Titan Symphony. Delight in the sounds of nature and snippets of urban life, like street bands and klezmer, as you revel in Mahler’s expansive and fascinating commentary on the human condition.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston
Tue. Jan. 21
8:00 PM
Whitney’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed tribute show described as “mind-blowingly spot on.” Be stunned by the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids – a RiSA chart-topping artist in her home country of South Africa - who has performed alongside the likes of Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole and Monica and featured on Fox TV’s Showtime at the Apollo and BBC1 TV’s Even Better Than the Real Thing.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Space And Beyond
Wed. Jan. 22
5:30 PM
Fly Me to the Moon captures the spirit of the repertoire in this program of celestial-inspired excerpts. Enjoy classical works featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey and popular scores from Star Wars, Star Trek and Apollo 13. Other favorites include When You Wish Upon a Star, Moonglow and excerpts from Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Wed. Jan. 22
8:00 PM
It’s not a concert…it’s a party! Spend a nostalgic evening saluting three of the world's most beloved musical groups who were instrumental in creating the rock & roll/doo wop sound: Cornell Gunter’s Coasters (“Charlie Brown,” “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy”); The Platters featuring four of America’s premier singers performing their greatest hits (“Only You,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “The Great Pretender”); and The Drifters, one of rock & roll’s founding vocal groups touring the U.S. again under the auspices of their original management team with their 50 year catalog of hits (“Under the Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” “This Magic Moment” and “On Broadway”).
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Russell Andrade, tenor, and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano
Wed. Jan. 22
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
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Thu. Jan. 23
8:00 PM
Steve Martin and Martin Short return to the Van Wezel by popular demand! Their celebrated comedy show, The Funniest Show in Town at the Moment: Steve Martin & Martin Short, featuring The First Ladies of Bluegrass redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Space And Beyond
Fri. Jan. 24
5:30 PM
Fly Me to the Moon captures the spirit of the repertoire in this program of celestial-inspired excerpts. Enjoy classical works featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey and popular scores from Star Wars, Star Trek and Apollo 13. Other favorites include When You Wish Upon a Star, Moonglow and excerpts from Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Waitress
Fri. Jan. 24
7:30 PM
Inspired by the beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest and the townÂ’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength to rebuild her own life. DonÂ’t miss this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Waitress
Sat. Jan. 25
2:00 PM
Inspired by the beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest and the townÂ’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength to rebuild her own life. DonÂ’t miss this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Waitress
Sat. Jan. 25
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Inspired by the beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest and the townÂ’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength to rebuild her own life. DonÂ’t miss this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Space And Beyond
Sat. Jan. 25
8:00 PM
Fly Me to the Moon captures the spirit of the repertoire in this program of celestial-inspired excerpts. Enjoy classical works featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey and popular scores from Star Wars, Star Trek and Apollo 13. Other favorites include When You Wish Upon a Star, Moonglow and excerpts from Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Waitress
Sun. Jan. 26
1:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Inspired by the beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest and the townÂ’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength to rebuild her own life. DonÂ’t miss this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Space And Beyond
Sun. Jan. 26
2:30 PM
Fly Me to the Moon captures the spirit of the repertoire in this program of celestial-inspired excerpts. Enjoy classical works featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey and popular scores from Star Wars, Star Trek and Apollo 13. Other favorites include When You Wish Upon a Star, Moonglow and excerpts from Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner
Tue. Jan. 28
8:00 PM
Iconic comedian and three¬-time Emmy Award® winner Louie Anderson is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics. His career has spanned over 30 years, and Comedy Central named him as “One of 100 Greatest Stand¬-Up Comedians of All Time.” The best-selling author is the star of his own standup specials and sitcoms and continues to tour the country performing for standing-room-only crowds worldwide.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Wed. Jan. 29
7:30 PM
Repertoire • Tchaikovsky/Montgomery — The Seasons, Op. 37a • Vivaldi — The Four Seasons “Orpheus demonstrated its conductorless ability to render the complex scores with taut precision and feverish excitement.” The New York Times
Location: Van Wezel PAH
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500
Chang Plays Dvorak
Thu. Jan. 30
8:00 PM
Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Sarah Chang has become one of the most celebrated violinists of our time. She brings her emotional depth to Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. Frogs, dragonflies and hens cavort through Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, an ode to Mother Nature. Guest conductor Ludovic Morlot pays homage to his French heritage with one of Debussy’s most beloved orchestral works, Iberia. Debussy offers vivid impressions of Spanish streets, festival mornings, and “the fragrance of the night.”
Location: Neel PAC
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Kristin Chenoweth in Concert
Thu. Jan. 30
8:00 PM
Emmy® and Tony Award®-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage, earning herself a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. She received an Emmy Award for her role in Pushing Daisies, won a Tony Award for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in the Broadway smash-hit Wicked.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Chang Plays Dvorak
Fri. Jan. 31
8:00 PM
Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Sarah Chang has become one of the most celebrated violinists of our time. She brings her emotional depth to Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. Frogs, dragonflies and hens cavort through Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, an ode to Mother Nature. Guest conductor Ludovic Morlot pays homage to his French heritage with one of Debussy’s most beloved orchestral works, Iberia. Debussy offers vivid impressions of Spanish streets, festival mornings, and “the fragrance of the night.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434

 

February


Chang Plays Dvorak
Sat. Feb. 1
8:00 PM
Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Sarah Chang has become one of the most celebrated violinists of our time. She brings her emotional depth to Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. Frogs, dragonflies and hens cavort through Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, an ode to Mother Nature. Guest conductor Ludovic Morlot pays homage to his French heritage with one of Debussy’s most beloved orchestral works, Iberia. Debussy offers vivid impressions of Spanish streets, festival mornings, and “the fragrance of the night.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Chang Plays Dvorak
Sun. Feb. 2
2:30 PM
Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Sarah Chang has become one of the most celebrated violinists of our time. She brings her emotional depth to Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. Frogs, dragonflies and hens cavort through Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, an ode to Mother Nature. Guest conductor Ludovic Morlot pays homage to his French heritage with one of Debussy’s most beloved orchestral works, Iberia. Debussy offers vivid impressions of Spanish streets, festival mornings, and “the fragrance of the night.”
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Steve Solomon's - My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy
Mon. Feb. 3
8:00 PM
Steve Solomon’s three-time award-winning show has been met with rave reviews and great audience acclaim throughout the country, becoming one of the longest-running one-man shows in Broadway history. Once again, we meet the people that we’re all too familiar with – the family members that make you remember why you left home in the first place. It’s a laugh-filled fest of everybody you know, have known, and some you’d want to forget, but can’t – all brought to life on stage by the comic magic of Steve Solomon.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Bandstand
Tue. Feb. 4
7:30 PM
From three-time Tony® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, comes an inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing. It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Bandstand
Wed. Feb. 5
7:30 PM
From three-time Tony® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, comes an inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing. It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Beethoven's Eroica
Thu. Feb. 6
8:00 PM
This special concert will explore the work that signaled the start of Beethoven's revolutionary middle period. Sarasota Orchestra Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane will present insights and musical examples that put Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, the "heroic" symphony, into 21st-century context. A performance of the full symphony that changed the course of music completes this fascinating concert experience.
Location: Van Wezel
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Love Triangle
Sun. Feb. 9
4:00 PM
The love triangle between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms has fascinated historians for more than a century. Surviving letters reveal that Brahms fell deeply in love with Clara after Robert was institutionalized. Although historians disagree on whether Brahms and Clara ever acted on their feelings, we can hear the depth of emotion in their music. Explore love in Clara's Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Robert's Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, and Brahms' Sextet in G Major, written in 1864 while visiting his beloved Clara.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Sun. Feb. 9
7:00 PM
Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles with unforgettable tunes like "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "December '63 - Oh What A Night," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and of course, "Grease." His songs have been omnipresent in other iconic movies such as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory and The Wanderers.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Stayin' Alive
Mon. Feb. 10
8:00 PM
Stayin' Alive offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees playlist, singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “You Should be Dancing,” “Nights on Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Fanny be Tender,” “Words” and “To Love Somebody” among other great hits.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Harry Miedema and The Blue Heron Sextet
Tue. Feb. 11
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
Heart And Soul
Wed. Feb. 12
5:30 PM
Get ready to swoon and sway with your heart and soul at our coveted ValentineÂ’s themed concert. From GershwinÂ’s Crazy for You to WilliamsÂ’ Far and Away to the ever-popular music from Titanic, Carousel and Saturday Night Fever, each romantic melody will provide a special spark for a memorable week of love.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Wed. Feb. 12
7:30 PM
Repertoire • Prokofiev — Selections from Romeo and Juliet • Prokofiev — Symphony No. 3, Op. 44 (“The Fiery Angel”)
Location: Van Wezel PAH
Information: scasarasota.org or 941.225.6500
Heart And Soul
Thu. Feb. 13
7:30 PM
Get ready to swoon and sway with your heart and soul at our coveted ValentineÂ’s themed concert. From GershwinÂ’s Crazy for You to WilliamsÂ’ Far and Away to the ever-popular music from Titanic, Carousel and Saturday Night Fever, each romantic melody will provide a special spark for a memorable week of love.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Pirates of Penzance
Thu. Feb. 13
7:30 PM
Everyone has pretended to be a pirate at some point. Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. On the coast of Cornwall, a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates the coming of age of Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Now, Frederic has vowed to devote his life to the extermination of piracy - until a ludicrous leap year snag threatens to keep him apprenticed to the pirates for life! Throw in a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King, the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley and youÂ’ve got what The New York Times calls "An endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances."
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Heart And Soul
Sat. Feb. 15
8:00 PM
Get ready to swoon and sway with your heart and soul at our coveted ValentineÂ’s themed concert. From GershwinÂ’s Crazy for You to WilliamsÂ’ Far and Away to the ever-popular music from Titanic, Carousel and Saturday Night Fever, each romantic melody will provide a special spark for a memorable week of love.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell
Sat. Feb. 15
8:00 PM
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the worldÂ’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the worldÂ’s greatest orchestral music. The Academy is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Under Bell's direction, and with the support of Leader/Director Tomo Keller and Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, the Academy continues to push the boundaries of play-directed performance to new heights, presenting symphonic repertoire and chamber music on a grand scale at prestigious venues around the globe.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
Heart And Soul
Sun. Feb. 16
2:30 PM
Get ready to swoon and sway with your heart and soul at our coveted ValentineÂ’s themed concert. From GershwinÂ’s Crazy for You to WilliamsÂ’ Far and Away to the ever-popular music from Titanic, Carousel and Saturday Night Fever, each romantic melody will provide a special spark for a memorable week of love.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
Mandy Patinkin in Concert
Sun. Feb. 16
7:00 PM
Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. DIARIES is a marriage of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
The Beach Boys
Tue. Feb. 18
7:30 PM
The Beach Boys return to the Van Wezel! The legendary band is led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who, along with Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Christian Love, Brian Eichenberger, Randy Leago and Scott Totten continue the group's legacy. The Beach Boys have birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. Their songs have forever changed the musical landscape, profoundly influencing countless performing artists to follow. Don’t miss your favorite hits including “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.”
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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 BroadwayÂ’s freshest hit shows.
Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Information: www.vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368
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
Sounds Of Nobility
Fri. Feb. 21
8:00 PM
Spend an evening with musical royalty. Sir William WaltonÂ’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. BerliozÂ’s Rob Roy Overture, based on Sir Walter ScottÂ’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 WaltonÂ’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. BerliozÂ’s Rob Roy Overture, based on Sir Walter ScottÂ’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 WaltonÂ’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. BerliozÂ’s Rob Roy Overture, based on Sir Walter ScottÂ’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
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 • Janá?ek — “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 Dvo?ák’s Serenade for Strings, one of the sunniest the Czech master ever penned.
Location: Holley Hall
Information: sarasotaorchestra.org or 941.953.3434
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
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 Dvo?ák’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 WomanÂ’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
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” • Dvo?ák — 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
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
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
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
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
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 AmericaÂ’s Got Talent, Terry has won Las VegasÂ’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 RecordsÂ’ 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 IÂ’ve Got You Under My Skin, GoinÂ’ Out of My Head, ItÂ’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 IÂ’ve Got You Under My Skin, GoinÂ’ Out of My Head, ItÂ’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. Dvo?ák'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 weÂ’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 InstitutionÂ’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
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 masterÂ’s most joyous and exuberant works, most recently recognized in the score to the movie The King's Speech. VivaldiÂ’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 masterÂ’s most joyous and exuberant works, most recently recognized in the score to the movie The King's Speech. VivaldiÂ’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 OriolesÂ’ 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 OriolesÂ’ 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