Sarasota Orchestra Friends

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Be Inspired! If you have a passion for music and would like access to exclusive Orchestra experiences... then the Sarasota Orchestra Friends is for you.

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The Sarasota Orchestra Friends is a volunteer organization that, for more than 60 years, has furthered the mission of the Sarasota Orchestra by promoting musical knowledge and championing the Youth Orchestra Program in a welcoming, friendly environment.

Membership Benefits:

  • Meet Orchestra musicians – virtually for 2020-2021 season!
  • Member newsletters and monthly email updates
  • Attend fun-filled virtual gatherings

Come join us today!  Inspired volunteers supporting great music.

Sarasota Orchestra Friends

Join Us Today!

Be Inspired! If you have a passion for music and would like access to exclusive Orchestra experiences... then the Sarasota Orchestra Friends is for you.

Download Membership Form

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.

A Special Offer

Over the summer, the Advisory Council of the Sarasota Orchestra Friends explored new ways for members to support Sarasota Orchestra's music and connect with musicians. Their efforts have resulted in a beautifullydesigned Sarasota Orchestra mask, which was gifted to each of the Orchestra's musicians. The Friends are now delighted to offer these high-quality, locally-handmade masks for sale! Proceeds from mask purchases go directly to the Orchestra to help sustain the organization through the pandemic period and beyond.

Masks are $25 each. To mail order your mask, fill out the order form and send your check made out to Sarasota Orchestra Friends to:

Attn: Face Mask Order
Sarasota Orchestra Friends
709 N. Tamiami Trl. Sarasota, FL 34236

Or call (941) 953-4252 to place your order.

Friends' Events

These live, Zoom talk programs are moderated by Orchestra staff and will feature Sarasota Orchestra musicians talking about their on-stage Classics Concerts experience. You'll hear a stimulating discussion about one of the previous concerts from the musicians' perspective. And there will be time to ask questions, too!

Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and come join us at 10:30 am.

These programs are produced and available only to members of the Sarasota Orchestra Friends and Orchestra donors at no charge.

JANUARY 25, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Dan Jordan, Carlann Evans & Natalie Helm talk about Classics 4

MARCH 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Samantha Bennett, Tomasz Kowalczyk & Ye Young Yoon talk about Classics 6

APRIL 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Lena Cambis, Nathan Frantz & Mia Laity talk about Classics 9

We plan to convene virtually (live on Zoom) with members and Orchestra staff for some educational and entertaining Members Meetings. 

These are exclusive to Friends members and their guests. 

DECEMBER 14, 2020 at 10:30 AM 

Chat with the Orchestra CEO

MARCH 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Education Update

MAY 5, 2021 at 10:30 AM  
Next Season, Insider Info w/ Kerry Smith

Musical Musings is a pre-recorded series featuring Sarasota Orchestra musicians in a casual setting, chatting about their instruments with information we bet you didn't know. Our Orchestra is especially fortunate to have so many professional musicians who possess such a wealth of knowledge and unique talent.  Put these dates on your calendar and plan to watch and listen to each presentation at your leisure. You’ll be fascinated and inspired!

NOVEMBER 16, 2020 

The Clarinet(s) - Laura Stephenson Petty and Calvin Falwell

FEBRUARY 15, 2021
Making Reeds with Fernando Traba and Nicholas Arbolino

APRIL 12, 2021
Explore the Timpani with Yoko Kita


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.  

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.

Contact Us


709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236


Box Office: 941.953.3434
Administration: 941.953.4252

 Box Office Hours:

Our staff is here to help by phone or email Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.
The office is currently closed to the public.

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About Us

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

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