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Choose from one of our series, Masterworks, Pops, Great Escapes, Chamber, or one of our Special Events. Many concerts sold out last season. By subscribing, you guarantee your seats for a season filled with exceptional music as the Sarasota Orchestra continues on its path of artistic excellence!
Chamber Soiree 3
A zesty Baroque fanfare by Gabrieli is the perfect launching point for this celebration of classic chamber works. Beethoven’s Piano Quintet offers a peek into the bold and dramatic nature of the composer. Weber loved the clarinet, thrusting the instrument to the forefront for his Clarinet Quintet. The clarinet sings and soars in this lyrical piece featuring principal clarinet Bharat Chandra.Tickets and Info
Great Escapes 1
Every villain has a backstory, and even storybook heroes find themselves “Breaking Bad.” Join the Orchestra for an evening illuminating the tragic tales of misunderstood monsters and good guys gone bad. Selections include music from Wizard of Oz to Frankenstein to Phantom of the Opera as well as the theme to the popular television series of the same name.Tickets and Info
Chamber Soiree 4
We start our musical journey with a visit to Armenia in Arutiunian’s Armenian Scenes and then pass through Italy via Briccialdi and Austria with Schubert and soprano Sarah Wolfson, all on the way to a rousing conclusion in France with Tomasi’s Fanfares liturgiques. Featuring our sonorous brass including four horns, three trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, and percussion, this closing fanfare promises to thrill you.Tickets and Info
One of the most beautiful violin concertos ever written joins a piece so wild — Rite of Spring — that it incited a riot at its premiere. Prepare to be exhilarated by Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet score that packs a powerful wallop. Concertmaster Daniel Jordan will take the soaring melodies of Mendelssohn’s beloved concerto to new heights of serenity.Tickets and Info
Special Event Benefiting the Sarasota Youth Orchestras
Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 10:30am | Selby Gardens Great Room
Join us for a morning of great music, exciting new food stations and getting together with friends to support the Sarasota Youth Orchestras. John Miller and his jazz ensemble will feature musical performances by Youth Orchestra students, and Sarasota Orchestra musicians.Tickets and Info
Chamber Soiree 5
This program opens with an energetic, dance-like violin and piano sonata. The good times continue with a viola and cello duet in a piece inspired by Polish folk melodies. An explosive conclusion is in store for this dynamic concert with Richard Strauss’ thrilling Piano Quartet.Tickets and Info
If there are two iconic pieces that best describe America from the most divergent of perspectives, they may be Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Dvořák’s symphony From the New World. Violinist Vadim Gluzman is one of the biggest names in the classical music world and promises to bring extra fire to Prokofiev’s fierce concerto.Tickets and Info
Great Escapes 2
The weather outside is hardly frightful, but the seasonal sounds of the Orchestra certainly are delightful. Get in the holiday spirit with an enchanting evening of holiday classics that are sure to enliven your yuletide cheer. Don’t be surprised if you have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head.Tickets and Info
Passion explodes when two of the most venerated composers in classical music are on the same program. The energy of Brahms’ first symphony forever secured his place as Beethoven’s successor. Beethoven’s genius is on display in his Piano Concerto No. 3, performed by Yulianna Avdeeva. She is the recent winner of several international piano competitions including the Chopin Prize, the Bremen Piano Prize, the Concours de Genève and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition.Tickets and Info
Great Escapes 3
Some stories are magical in the way they captivate our hearts. Enjoy a spellbinding evening of selections from classic storybook tales including Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel Overture, and When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio, as well as scores from modern classics such as Harry Potter and Star Wars.Tickets and Info
Cavanaugh is renowned for his starring role in the Broadway musical, Movin’ Out, celebrating the work of Billy Joel. This year, the Grammy and Tony Award nominee returns to celebrate another titan of piano rock: Sir Elton John. In this tribute to the British piano legend, you’ll hear classics ranging from Benny and the Jets to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, to Candle in the Wind and more. Cavanaugh also pays tribute to other rock ‘n’ roll legends.Tickets and Info
Chamber Soiree 6
Imagine it is 1912, you’re on the Titanic and there aren’t enough lifeboats. In a remarkable testament to human fortitude, the musicians continued to play. This unique concert experience features Gavin Bryars’ innovative, new work. His moving interpretation explores how the music might have sounded as it reverberated from the waves and water. Take one last, meaningful journey with the musicians of the Titanic.Tickets and Info
The first four grand notes of Tchaikovsky's herculean piano concerto signals this work is a stirring tour de force, performed by renowned pianist Simon Trpčeski. A new symphony of great power by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür makes for a fascinating companion to Tchaikovsky’s concerto. Composed for Anu Tali, the American premiere of this trailblazing, multilayered work explores new realms of orchestral expression.Tickets and Info
Great Escapes 4
Get in the mood for romance with an amorous arrangement of music ranging from classical ballet to Broadway favorites including West Side Story and My Fair Lady as well as whimsical selections from Mozart and Tchaikovsky. This concert will light a spark of passion during Valentine’s week.Tickets and Info
Chamber Soiree 7
Principal trombone Brad Williams takes center stage in this intriguing concert featuring a wide range of instruments. The program features a variety of composers as well, from the dramatic Prokofiev to three living composers. The concert closes with a fascinating trombone concerto with chamber orchestra.Tickets and Info
Share in this “Thrill of a Lifetime” for the members of the Youth Philharmonic as they perform side-by-side with the professional musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra. The first half showcases the student winners of the Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Concerto Competition, performing their winning pieces with the Sarasota Orchestra. The second half of the concert features the professionals and students together as they perform selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien.Tickets and Info
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is world renowned with two Grammy Awards to its credit. Mozart’s Requiem is long venerated as one of the most poignant works for orchestra and choir ever composed. Arvo Pärt has become synonymous with renaissance-inspired choral tranquility and is the most performed living composer today.Tickets and Info
Susan Egan is no stranger to the spotlight on Broadway. The Tony-nominated actress, singer, dancer, and comedian is best known for her starring roles in Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Cabaret. Egan joins Eden Espinosa, Liz Callaway and the Sarasota Orchestra to honor the leading ladies of Broadway with a selection of all-time favorites. Expect a Wicked evening of Tony Award-winning music that celebrates the best of the Broadway stage.Tickets and Info
Chamber Soiree 8
Venture to the end of the nineteenth century and beyond with this exciting program showcasing the Sarasota String Quartet. Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 14 is his last ever, reflecting the maturity and richness of a life well lived. For the premiere of his String Quartet No. 3, Shostakovich is said to have renamed its five movements to war titles to escape the wrath of Soviet censors. What an intriguing way to finish our chamber season!Tickets and Info
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear "the Paganini of the trumpet,” Sergei Nakariakov, perform on the flugelhorn. You’ll be awed at the reinvented sound of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme as arranged and performed by Nakariakov. The exuberance of Bernstein’s Candide Overture makes a unique pairing to the majesty of Mahler’s massive Symphony No.1, called the "Titan."Tickets and Info
Great Escapes 5
The United States is a rich landscape of inspiration for the nation’s great composers. Join the Orchestra for an evening showcasing some of these greats—John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin, to name a few—whose music defines a nation.Tickets and Info
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is best known for its touching second movement that slowly builds into an intoxicating climax. It is also a work of surprising levity and dance-like rhythms. Audacious and bold, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 is loved for its originality, a perfect vehicle for the talents of Bertrand Chamayou.Tickets and Info
Great Escapes 6
Orchestra subscribers voted for works to be performed in this series finale. The selections include pieces performed within the last five years that have the support of audiences for an encore performance. Some of the favorites include music from La Boheme, Swan Lake, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain and more!Tickets and Info
Jazz vocalist Michael Andrew’s silky, smooth croon recalls a bygone era. The days of the Rat Pack may be behind us, but Andrew’s tribute to Frank Sinatra with the Sarasota Orchestra proves one thing: The Best is Yet to Come. This concert is a multi-media experience that combines classic favorites from the Sinatra songbook with video clips and narration that tells the life story of legendary Ol' Blue Eyes.Tickets and Info
Special Pops Event
Friday, May 12, 2017 | 8:00pm | Ed Smith Stadium
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 8:00pm | Ed Smith Stadium
Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops selections, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs.Tickets and Info
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ReviewsWritten byHerald Tribune
There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...Written byHerald Tribune
Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.Written byHerald Tribune
Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.Written byHerald Tribune
The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...Written byHerald Tribune
A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.Written byHerald Tribune
It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.Written byHerald Tribune
Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.Written byThe Observer
If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.Written byThe Observer
Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.Written byThe Observer
The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.«»
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