Music Moves Us

Our vision is to share beauty and our personal wishes and thoughts with you until we can reunite in the concert hall.

Our Sarasota Orchestra family is committed to staying connected through music that uplifts and inspires.

This growing collection of video messages and music, concert recordings, and special items represents our passion for great music.

We hope you find some measure of joy and respite in the music and voices we share here.

Beethoven 7

Your Sarasota Orchestra presents a virtual performance of the second movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Its strong, steady pulse moves as we do--ever forward, inspired by the uplifting power of music.

Concert Perspectives on Chamber Soirées

Enrich your listening! First, enjoy a medley of performances from this past season of chamber concerts, including works by Beethoven and Prokofiev, in a WSMR broadcast recording.

 Then catch up with the musicians as they share anecdotes from these performances and more in an online edition of Concert Perspectives. Kerry Smith, Director of Artistic Planning, leads this convivial conversation with Jennifer Best Takeda, Assistant Concertmaster; Samantha Bennett, Principal Second Violin; and Joshua Horne, Co-Principal Horn.

Thank You from Sarasota Orchestra Staff

On behalf of all of us at Sarasota Orchestra, our staff members express symphony-sized thanks to the front-line heroes who keep our community moving.

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with James Ehnes

Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes chats with Concertmaster Daniel Jordan about his memories of performing the Shostakovitch Violin Concerto No. 1 with his hometown Sarasota Orchestra.

Hear a recording of the 2019 performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with James Ehnes and Sarasota Orchestra on Classical WSMR 89.1.

Beethoven's EroicaEmbark on an Exploration

Gain new insight into the symphony that changed music history: You're invited into Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane's fascinating lecture on Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, the Eroica. Delivered to a capacity Van Wezel audience on February 6, this special presentation, beginning with a complete performance of the Prometheus Overture, provided an inspiring, new perspective on the masterpiece that ignited Beethoven's revolutionary middle period.

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Hear the Inspired Performance

Visit our partners at Classical WSMR to hear Sarasota Orchestra’s full performance of the Eroica from this innovative program.

Video Vignettes

Sarasota Orchestra musicians, artistic leadership, and staff miss you and can’t wait for all of us to be together in person at performances again. In the meantime, we invite you into our livings rooms to say hello, share some thoughts and musical gems of special meaning to us.

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WSMR Broadcasts on Tuesday at 7 PM

The full symphonic sounds of Sarasota Orchestra, delivered weekly to your home!

Tune in to Classical WSMR each Tuesday at 7 pm EST to hear memorable performances from Sarasota Orchestra’s past seasons. Set your radio dial to 89.1 or 103.9 FM. Concert recordings will be posted on WSMR for 30 days from their broadcast date.

Music Moves Us

The people and music from the programs of Sarasota Orchestra – professional orchestra, youth programs and Sarasota Music Festival – are beacons of artistic light and emotional connection, even when we are apart. This campaign of 'social distancing' friendly engagement is starting with video vignettes from our musicians and will continue to expand. Upcoming releases include messages and music from Artistic Advisor and Festival Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, contributions from the participants in our youth and Festival programs, recordings from previous concerts with video introductions, and our weekly broadcasts on classical WSMR, as well as other surprise gems and tidbits.

There is so much we can do musically and to support our community, even when we cannot come together in the performance hall. Please join us here for our journey of exploration.

Jeffrey Kahane, Artistic Advisor

Our 2020-2021 Season

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Lock in your seats for a season featuring many exciting musical experiences.

There is no better expression of support for our musicians and the future than renewing your subscription and helping to bridge this period of uncertainty.

Joseph McKenna, President/CEO


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.  

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 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.  

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

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