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!

All events are presented in David Cohen Hall and begin at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and light bites are provided through the courtesy of Hotel Indigo.

Come join us for a cup of coffee and say “hi” to other lovers of classical music. Concert Perspectives is a benefit of Friends membership and is open to all members and guests at no charge.

December 3, 2018
Monday | 10:00 am | David Cohen Hall

February 4, 2019
Monday | 10:00 am | David Cohen Hall

April 8, 2019
Monday | 10:00 am | David Cohen Hall

An “Ambassador” is an ardent representative of an organization, someone with a passion and enthusiasm for what that organization epitomizes. Membership in the Friends signifies a love and enthusiasm for great music and youth music education. Therefore, our members can all be classified as Ambassadors for our brilliant Sarasota Orchestra.

The Sarasota Orchestra Friends continue to reimagine the future and reshape our organization to meet the ever-changing world around us. Members’ Meetings for the coming season will reflect our mission, while offering an entertaining, informational and socially engaging atmosphere.

Members’ Meetings take place in David Cohen Hall at the Orchestra Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34236 and are without cost to members and their guests.

October 31, 2018
Wednesday | 9:30 am | David Cohen Hall

A special member benefit - Masterworks Orchestra rehearsal with Music Director, Anu Tali. And Orchestra President & CEO, Joe McKenna, will share insights to the season ahead and provide an update on the conductor search and new concert hall.

January 21, 2019
Monday | 10:00 am | David Cohen Hall

Guest speaker, Alyson Rozier, Director of Education, will fill us in on what's happening in the Education Department and Youth Orchestra programs and the status of Arts Education in our community.

February 15, 2019
Friday | 10:00 am | David Cohen Hall

A grand celebration! We'll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Sarasota Orchestra and the 6th and final season Music Director and Conductor Anu Tali. Join us for an exclusive opportunity to thank and extend our best wishes to the Maestra.

March 20, 2019
Wednesday | 9:30 am | David Cohen Hall

A fascinating opportunity to observe a Great Escapes rehearsal entitled "Sounds of the Stage" with Andrew Lane, conducting. Following the rehearsal, we'll welcome Ryun Schienbein, Sarasota Orchestra VP of Artistic Planning, who'll present an entertaining history of the musical stage – including some extraordinary videos and sound clips.

April 9, 2019
Location TBA

A dazzling fun-filled luncheon party to close out the season. You'll enjoy superbly delicious food and libation, all wrapped together with the camaraderie of wonderful friends and great music!

Further details will be posted later this fall.

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.

Musical Musings

Read our blog about the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Music Festival.

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Written 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.  

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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

 Please Note:
The Box Office is closed for the summer and will reopen September 3rd. To leave a message, call 941.953.3434 opt. 2.

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