Sarasota Orchestra Music Center

A Vision for Our Orchestra and Our Community

Sarasota Orchestra Proposes Payne Park as Site for New Music Center

At a City Commission workshop on February 26, 2019, Sarasota Orchestra President and CEO Joseph McKenna discussed the Orchestra's vision for a new Music Center and interest in locating the new Music Center in part of Payne Park. On behalf of the Orchestra's Board, McKenna and Matt Clear from HKS/Orlando, a consulting architect, shared preliminary descriptions and early site renderings of the proposed project. 

Vision for a New Music Center

Sarasota Orchestra is leading an effort to enrich lives and improve our community through the creation of a new Music Center. By providing our region with a purpose-built home for acoustic music, the Music Center will elevate Sarasota Orchestra’s work, help enable other performing arts organizations to grow, and increase our region’s economic, social, and educational vitality.

Sarasota, Florida is widely known as a center for music and culture. Local residents continue to benefit from this oasis and for decades, people have visited and relocated here, in part, because of our world-class arts and culture. It is difficult to imagine another community our size with the cultural range and excellence of Sarasota. The arts are a significant part of our national and global “brand,” and a substantial driver in the region’s economic, social, and educational vibrancy.

Our region is at pivotal moment. We have the opportunity to think boldly about Sarasota’s future – to ensure that our region grows and thrives by investing in our arts and cultural capacity. Not just for today or tomorrow, but for the next century. The decisions we make today will set the course for our region’s future.

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Community Q&A

Why does Sarasota Orchestra need a new facility and concert hall?

Our need for a dedicated Music Center and Concert Hall is rooted in our commitment to enriching our community with quality live music experiences. Sarasota’s existing cultural venues are operating at full capacity, and this constrains Sarasota Orchestra’s ability to offer a wider range, more diverse and expanded artistic offerings.  It also creates a capacity ceiling for all musical organizations in the community.  The six venues that Sarasota Orchestra utilizes throughout the season present acoustical inadequacies that limits the Orchestra’s full range of artistic expression.  The lack of available space has also restricted the expanding needs of the Orchestra’s youth programs.

Why has Sarasota Orchestra decided to move its home away from the Bayfront?
How does it benefit Sarasota Orchestra and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center to have separate facilities?

Musical Musings

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

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