Sarasota Orchestra Friends

After 61 years, the Sarasota Orchestra Friends continues to be dedicated advocates and Ambassadors of our brilliant Sarasota Orchestra, Youth Orchestra and Music Festival. We’re a volunteer organization of like-minded people who have come together to share our collective talent and passion in support of great music.

Friends' Events

A fresh and intriguing concept, these programs will feature Orchestra musicians talking about their on-stage Masterworks experience.  You'll hear a stimulating discussion about the previous weekend's concert from the musicians' perspective. Something never-before offered. And there will be plenty of time to ask questions, too!

Come join us for a complimentary cup of coffee starting at 10:00am and say "hi" to other lovers of classical music. The program will start at 10:30am followed by a Q&A in David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.

Concert Perspectives is a benefit of Friends membership and is open to all members and guests at no charge.

November 11, 2019
Monday | 10:30 am | David Cohen Hall

February 11, 2020
Tuesday | 10:30 am | David Cohen Hall

February 24, 2020
Monday | 10:30 am | David Cohen Hall

April 6, 2020
Monday | 10:30 am | David Cohen Hall

November 6, 2019
Wednesday | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm | Holley Hall

February 12, 2020
Wednesday | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm | Holley Hall

Youth Orchestra TBD

January 12, 2020
Sunday | Following Great Escapes 3

March 3, 2020
Tuesday | 11:30 am | Michael's on East

The friends have a long history of advocacy and support for these important programs. We hope to see you at many of these events.

Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations

Enjoy one hour concert previews prior to each Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks concert. These are an informative and enjoyable opportunity for any classical music lover to learn more about music and to heighten appreciation of the works featured in that week's concert.

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Youth Orchestra Concerts

Youth Orchestra Concerts

Seven different orchestras rehearse weekly from September through April. Students progress through the program from string ensembles up to full orchestras.

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Sarasota Orchestra Friends

Join Us Today!

Be Inspired! If you have a passion for music, enjoy meeting new friends who share the love of great music, and would like to attend fun-filled social gatherings featuring exclusive live musical performances... then the Sarasota Orchestra Friends is for you.

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The Sarasota Orchestra Friends is a volunteer organization that, for 61 years, has furthered the mission of the Sarasota Orchestra by promoting musical knowledge and championing the Youth Orchestra Program in a welcoming, social environment.

Membership Benefits:

  • Meet Orchestra musicians – up close and personal
  • Experience special Orchestra open rehearsals
  • Member newsletters and monthly email updates
  • Attend fun-filled social gatherings
  • Special discount ticket pricing for select Friends events and Classical Conversations subscription

Come join us today!  Inspired volunteers supporting great music.


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 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.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund help sustain Sarasota Orchestra and ensure that our musicians can continue to serve our community in the months ahead. Please join our Sarasota Orchestra family by making a gift today, and help us share the healing power of music.

About Us

Our mission is to engage, educate, and enrich our community through high-quality, live musical experiences.

 709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236

 Box Office: 941.953.3434

 Administration: 941.953.4252

 Box Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm

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