Sounds of the Season

Great Escapes
December 11, 2019Wednesday | 5:30 pm | Holley Hall
December 12, 2019Thursday | 7:30 pm | Holley Hall
December 13, 2019Friday | 5:30 pm | Holley Hall
December 14, 2019Saturday | 8:00 pm | Holley Hall
December 15, 2019Sunday | 2:30 pm | Holley Hall

Tickets from $42 | Holley Hall Seat Layout


Thursday and Saturday full programs include more selections

Tchaikovsky Overture from Nutcracker

Holiday for Strings

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Hanukkah Festival Overture

Korngold Overture to Der Schneeman (The Snowman)

Bach Sheep May Safely Graze

Prokofiev Troïka from Lieutenant Kijé Suite 

Tchaikovsky Selections from The Nutcracker

Holiday Hoedown

A Holly and Jolly Sing-a-long

The Christmas Song

Festive short works fill this holiday themed, heart-warming concert. Making her Sarasota debut, conductor Michelle Merrill leads Sarasota Orchestra in selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Holiday Hoedown, as well as A Holly and Jolly Sing-a-long and the Hanukkah Festival Overture.

About the Series

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are shorter programs, about one hour, and without intermission

Great Escapes series blend Pops music with light classics and feature different conductors in casual, themed concerts of popular favorites.

The six concert series include Pops and light classics with commentary by the conductor.


71st Season Title Sponsors

Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation

The Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation expresses appreciation to the Sarasota Orchestra for its enriching contribution to the cultural life of Sarasota and its neighboring communities.

Wednesday Individual Sponsors

Herman and Sharon Frankel

Thursday Individual Sponsors

Bette and Arn Hoffman

Thursday Tribute Sponsor

Anne Virag in memory of Nate Benderson

Friday Individual Sponsors

Carolynne C. Smith

Foundation Sponsor of Enchanted Evening
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Individual Sponsor of Enchanted Evening
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
Thursday Corporate Sponsor
Saturday Tribute Sponsor

Stanley Kane in Memory of Janet Kane

Media Sponsor