Concert & Event Schedule

This season will deliver performances of unsurpassed energy, passion, and excellence.

Choose from one of our series, Masterworks, Pops, Great Escapes, Chamber Soirées, Discoveries, or one of our Special Events. Many concerts sold out last season. Buy your tickets today to guarantee your seats for a season filled with exceptional music as the Sarasota Orchestra continues on its path of artistic excellence!

  • Symphonic Carnival

    Symphonic Carnival

    Masterworks 2

    Friday, December 8, 2017 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Emotional intensity explodes from the orchestra in Stravinsky's Firebird. Described as "monstrously talented," soloist Benjamin Beilman joins guest conductor Larry Rachleff in this program filled with intensity and virtuosity.

    Program

    Larry Rachleff, conductor
    Benjamin Beilman, violin


    BERLIOZ
    Roman Carnival Overture


    BARBER
    Violin Concerto

    Benjamin Beilman, violin


    BERNSTEIN
    West Side Story, Symphonic Dances


    STRAVINSKY
    Suite from The Firebird (1919)

  • Home for the Holidays

    Home for the Holidays

    Great Escapes 2

    SOLD OUT | Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Friday, December 22, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Saturday, December 23, 2017 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Andrew Lane, conductor

    We're all dreaming of a White Christmas, even in Florida. This concert provides a range of sentimental experiences, from a Miracle on 34th Street to March of the Toys to the music from Frozen. Join us for a musical Sleigh Ride, enjoy Klezmer King Wenceslas and Corelli's special Christmas Concerto.

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  • Musical Landscapes

    Musical Landscapes

    Discoveries 2

    January 6, 2018 | 7:30pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Stefan Sanders, conductor | Natalie Helm, cello | Gary Reinstrom, bagpipes

    See the world from your seat in the Sarasota Opera House with an evening of musical panoramas. Hailed for his "energy and enthusiasm" (Buffalo News), guest conductor Stefan Sanders is your dynamic guide on this matchless musical tour.

  • Firsts

    Firsts

    Masterworks 3

    Friday, January 12, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    First symphonies and concerti frequently hold special meaning to composers. These two firsts by Brahms and Sibelius are intense adventures. Lukáš Vondráček, winner of the 2016 International Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition, will be featured.

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Lukáš Vondráček, piano


    BRAHMS
    Piano Concerto No. 1

    Lukáš Vondráček, piano


    SIBELIUS
    Symphony No. 1

  • Splendid Colors

    Splendid Colors

    Chamber Soirée 5

    Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    Lose yourself in the haunting beauty of three splendid works. Masterworks soloist and awardwinning pianist Lukáš Vondráček joins the Sarasota String Quartet in performing Dvořák's magnificent Quintet, one of the best in this genre.

    Program

    IBERT
    Trio for Violin, Cello, Harp

    Jennifer Takeda, violin; Christopher Schnell, cello; TBD, harp


    FRANÇAIX
    Divertimento for Bassoon and String Quintet (1942)

    Fernando Traba, bassoon; Christopher Takeda, violin; Samantha Bennett, violin; Michael McClelland, viola; Chizuko Matsusaka, cello; John Miller, bass


    DVOŘÁK
    Piano Quintet in A Major

    Sarasota String Quartet; Lukáŝ Vondráček, piano

  • Doo Wop Project

    Doo Wop Project

    Pops 1

    Friday, January 19, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel

    Jack Everly, conductor

    This concert follows the evolution of Doo Wop from five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on radio. Joining the Orchestra will be stars of Broadway's Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical. Audiences will enjoy music from classic groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos, as well as the artists they influenced such as Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons. The journey continues to the music of Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, and Amy Winehouse.

  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    Great Escapes 3

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, January 26, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Stefan Sanders, conductor

    It is no mystery that musicians know how to have good time... sometimes a little too good! From Mozart to Bernstein, this program exposes the intriguing and outrageous stories behind some of the best known musicians and their music. Join the Sarasota Orchestra and guest conductor Stefan Sanders along with operatic tenor, Jason Collins and Principal Bass, John Miller for a program of captivating stories and music by Schubert, Botessini, Liszt, Berlioz, Puccini and more.

  • Black and White Gala

    Black and White Gala

    Special Event Benefiting the Sarasota Orchestra

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 6:00pm | Holley Hall & Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

    Please join us for what promises to be an evening of beautiful music to celebrate our new Steinway Grand Piano.

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  • Impressions

    Impressions

    Masterworks 4

    Friday, February 2, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, February 4, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Allow Parisian composers Ravel and Debussy to sweep you away to new dimensions of impressionistic beauty. 

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Andrew von Oeyen, piano


    RAVEL
    Pavane pour une infant défunte


    CHOPIN
    Piano Concerto No. 2

    Andrew von Oeyen, piano


    DEBUSSY
    La mer

  • Trout

    Trout

    Chamber Soirée 6

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    There are few chamber pieces as famous as Schubert's brilliant Trout Quintet. This infectious piece gushes with bubbly optimism and uncomplicated joy. 

    Program

    BOWEN
    Fantasia

    Steven Laraia, viola; Matthew Pegis, viola; Nathan Frantz, viola; Michael mcClelland, viola


    PENN
    Capriccio

    Jay Hunsberger, tuba; George Nickson, marimba


    SCHUBERT
    Piano Quintet (Trout)

    Daniel Jordan, violin; Steven Laraia, viola; Natalie Helm, cello; John Miller, double bass; Jonathan Spivey, piano

  • Thrill of a Lifetime

    Thrill of a Lifetime

    Special Event

    Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 7:30pm | Neel PAC

    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. 

  • It's Been Reel

    It's Been Reel

    Great Escapes 4

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, February 16, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Andrew Lane, conductor

    Movies and their musical scores go hand in hand. Gone with the Wind, The King and I and Raiders of the Lost Ark all are as memorable for their music as their lasting lines and compelling stories. We won't need a movie screen in this orchestral concert to say Hooray for Hollywood.

  • Midori Honors Bernstein

    Midori Honors Bernstein

    Masterworks 5

    Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Friday, February 23, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Violin legend Midori joins the Sarasota Orchestra for an intensely romantic concert. In tribute to the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, Midori interprets his serenade for violin and orchestra, a beautiful work that serves as an ode to love.

    Program

    Michael Balke, conductor
    Midori, violin


    ROSSINI
    Overture to The Barber of Seville


    BERNSTEIN
    Serenade after Plato's Symposium

    Midori, violin


    BEETHOVEN
    Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale)

  • Dinner Series 2

    Dinner Series 2

    New Pops Dinner | Special Event

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm | Sarasota Yacht Club

    Do not miss this opportunity to join us for an evening to celebrate the Pops, Best of Broadway concert. Phantom of the Opera stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess will join us for an unforgettable dinner.

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  • Striking Strings

    Striking Strings

    Chamber Soirée 7

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 4:00pm | Holley Hall

    Bartók's final string quartet is a curious and powerful work, ranging from playfulness to melancholy. As the music succumbs to the impending end, it transforms into something majestic in its resignation. 

    Program

    BARTÓK
    String Quartet No. 6

    Sarasota String Quartet


    SCHUMANN
    String Quartet No. 3

    Sarasota String Quartet

  • Best of Broadway

    Best of Broadway

    Pops 2

    Friday, March 9, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel

    Andrew Lane, conductor | Norm Lewis, vocalist | Sierra Boggess, vocalist

    Headlining a program of Broadway favorites is Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis, recognized for his roles in Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess and Showboat at Lincoln Center. Also on the program is Sierra Boggess, who starred in Phantom with Lewis. Her extensive credits also include School of Rock and the lead role of Ariel in the Broadway musical The Little Mermaid. The program includes music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.

  • Lift-Off

    Lift-Off

    Masterworks 6

    Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Friday, March 16, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Join our discovery of thrilling and heavenly music. No piece of classical music may be better at taking our imagination on a breathtaking journey toward outer space than Holst's The Planets

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Pureum Jo, soprano


    ZARE
    Lift-Off


    MOZART
    Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia, K. 582
    Vado ma dove, K. 583
    Bella mia fiamma – Resta o cara, K. 528

    Pureum Jo, soprano


    HOLST
    The Planets

  • The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music

    Great Escapes 5

    SOLD OUT | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Friday, March 23, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Chris Confessore, conductor

    We all love the Sound of Music! Strike up the Band for our Flight to Neverland as we travel Over the Rainbow. Enjoy a Star Wars theme from a new movie and the classic score from To Kill a Mockingbird. The Pomp and Circumstance of this concert will remind us of some of our favorite things.

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  • Dinner Series 3

    Dinner Series 3

    Special Event

    Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 6:00 pm | The Field Club

    Music Director Anu Tali and Masterworks 7 soloist Elina Vähälä will be joined by radio personality Russell Gant for a musically insightful discussion highlighting the final Masterworks concert.

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  • The Red Violin

    The Red Violin

    Masterworks 7

    Friday, April 6, 2018 | 8:00pm | Neel PAC
    Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel

    Enjoy this program featuring one thrill ride after another. Based on John Corigliano's score for the film, The Red Violin, the work showcases the expressive capabilities of the violin. Elina Vähälä is the perfect star for this ravishing work.

    Program

    Anu Tali, conductor
    Elina Vӓhӓlӓ, violin


    ADAMS
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine


    CORIGLIANO
    Violin Concerto (The Red Violin)

    Elina Vӓhӓlӓ, violin


    RACHMANINOFF
    Symphonic Dances

  • Mavericks of Rhythm

    Mavericks of Rhythm

    Great Escapes 6

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, April 13, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Jacomo Bairos, conductor

    This concert showcases the mavericks who defined the distinctive rhythms of American music. You'll experience popular American composers such as Bernstein, Copland, Mancini and Ellington, as well as a few lesser known, but no less intriguing and accessible pioneers of the American sound.

  • Romantic  Wonders

    Romantic Wonders

    Chamber Soirée 8

    Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall

    Two quintessential Romantic era composers are the stars of our final soirée. Brahms' Clarinet Trio opens with a sense of longing as the clarinet and cello engage in a beautiful duet. 

    Program

    BRAHMS
    Clarinet Trio

    Bharat Chandra, clarinet; Natalie Helm, cello; Jonathan Spivey, piano


    MENDELSSOHN
    String Octet

    Christpher Takeda, violin; Samantha Bennet, violin; Meghan Jones, violin; Chung-Yon Hong, violin; Steven Laraia, viola; Matthew Pegis, viola; Christopher Schnell, violoncello

  • The Cotton Club

    The Cotton Club

    Pops 3

    Friday, April 20, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 2:30pm | Van Wezel
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 8:00pm | Van Wezel

    Byron Stripling, conductor & soloist

    Join trumpet virtuoso, vocalist, showman and conductor Byron Stripling and Sarasota Orchestra as they get the joint jumping. This swingin' concert is inspired by Harlem's famed hot spot The Cotton Club in its heyday when Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday showcased American Jazz. In addition to Stripling, who is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, we bring you vocalist Carmen Bradford and tap dancer and vocalist Ted Louis Levy.

  • City Sounds

    City Sounds

    Discoveries 3

    May 5, 2018 | 7:30pm | Sarasota Opera House

    Aram Demirjian, conductor | Jonathan Spivey, piano | Michael Austin, English horn

    Athens, Madrid, Warsaw, New York City - some of the world's greatest cities provide the backdrop for this Discoveries program. Guest conductor Aram Demirijian brings his "boundless energy... [and] confident and expressive style" (Kansas City Star) to this highly accessible, toe-tapping program.

  • Outdoor Pops: Field of Dreams

    Outdoor Pops: Field of Dreams

    Special Pops Event

    Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00pm | Ed Smith Stadium
    Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 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 from $15 will be sold by the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium beginning in December.

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 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...  

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 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.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 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.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

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 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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