Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

About the Festival

Sarasota in June Never Sounded so Good.

For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music. The Sarasota Music Festival is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent that carries a reputation as one of the finest classical-music events in the nation.

Nearly 500 students from top music programs at colleges and conservatories worldwide audition to participate in the Festival each year, but only 60 are accepted. These exceptional students work side-by-side with a group of 40 music masters, which comprise the guest faculty. In any given day during the Festival, a student may rehearse in a faculty-coached ensemble, play in master classes and perform on stage. Interspersed, are rare opportunities for the public to hear these visiting artists rehearse or perform together.

Co-founded by Paul Wolfe, the Sarasota Music Festival began in 1965 as a one-week event with seven guest mentors. In just two years, the festival grew to three weeks and was drawing students from across the United States. Over the years, the festival continued to expand and receive national and international attention. In 1984 it was designated by the Florida State Legislature as the "Official Teaching and Performing Festival of the State of Florida."

There are more than 40 guest artists, including many of the festival's own alumni. These masters represent nearly all major American orchestras and a cross-section of renowned music schools, conservatories and institutes of music. The students range from professional-level musicians to superior students in music schools and conservatories. Several travel from other countries to participate.

Festival audiences are entertained by a wide variety of symphonic artistry including: Thursday afternoon Artist Showcase concerts, Friday Festival chamber concerts, and Saturday Symphony orchestra concerts. Many patrons enjoy the option of purchasing Festival Passes, which allows them access to the artists' master classes and rehearsals.

We hope you'll join us this June for our showcase of world-class music.

Box OfficeBox Office Information

Individual Sarasota Music Festival tickets may be bought online, 24 hours a day, through the Events Calendar. Tickets may also be obtained by calling the Box Office at (941) 953-3434 or toll-free at (866) 508-0611, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays (during the Festival only) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Box Office opens one hour prior to concerts at each specific venue for walk-up service.

Group Rates

Discounted group rates are available for parties of 20 or more, per event in one transaction. Group sales are handled directly through our box office.

Holley HallHolley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center

709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

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The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center is located on Van Wezel Way, a short street that runs between Boulevard of the Arts and 10th Street, one block west of U.S. Highway 41/Tamiami Trail.

Parking is free and adjacent to the Symphony Center.

Directions: From U.S. Highway 41/Tamiami Trail, turn west on 10th Street and south on Van Wezel Way.

Sarasota Opera HouseSarasota Opera House

61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

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There are two parking garages available within walking distance of the Opera House at the Plaza at Five Points and 100 Central.

Directions: The Sarasota Opera House is just across the street from the Main Library in the heart of Sarasota's Downtown Theatre District.

Directions: From I-75, take exit 210 then travel west on Fruitville Road (toward the beaches). Take Fruitville all the way across town, past Highway 301, Orange Avenue and Lemon Avenue to Cocoanut. Turn left onto Cocoanut. Make a second (almost immediate) left onto Pineapple, which angles into Cocoanut. Pineapple will take you to the front of the Opera House. 

Countdown to the Festival


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

 Box Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
and at the concert venue one hour prior to show time

Thank You to our Sponsors

Savor Sarasota Florida Arts and Culture Art Works Visit Sarasota County

Ernest Kretzmer, In Memory of Alisa Kretzmer
Individual Title Sponsor of the 2017 Sarasota Music Festival and Artistic Director Jeffrey Kahane

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