Sarasota Orchestra Music Center

A Vision for Our Orchestra and Our Community

The Importance of the Right Space

Listening to—and performing—music in purpose-built space matters. It’s an entirely different experience.

Many of Sarasota Orchestra’s musicians have performed in some of the world’s premier spaces for classical music. Samantha Bennett, principal second violinist, shares her experience of playing in Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Our Impact in the Community

Musicians in Sarasota Orchestra

Musicians in Sarasota Orchestra

(48 full-time core musicians living in our community)

Concerts annually

Concerts annually

People experience our live musical performances each year

People experience our live musical performances each year

Students in Sarasota Youth Orchestras

Students in Sarasota Youth Orchestras

representing over 50 schools

Students in Summer Music Camp

Students in Summer Music Camp

Awarded annually in tuition scholarships

Awarded annually in tuition scholarships

Percentage of students who receive financial aid

Percentage of students who receive financial aid

Special price to most concerts for students under 25

Special price to most concerts for students under 25

(with student ID) and adults accompanying minors

Pre-professional students from all over the world attend the Sarasota Music Festival each year

Pre-professional students from all over the world attend the Sarasota Music Festival each year

Average number of Festival alumni in every major orchestra in the United States

Average number of Festival alumni in every major orchestra in the United States

Number of students from 49 schools who attend the Young Person’s Concerts annually

Number of students from 49 schools who attend the Young Person’s Concerts annually

Number of teachers who receive our Young Person’s Concerts curriculum annually

Number of teachers who receive our Young Person’s Concerts curriculum annually

Number of people who attended a FREE family concert for all ages in September 2018

Number of people who attended a FREE family concert for all ages in September 2018

Educational and promotional outreach activities

Educational and promotional outreach activities

Musicians in Sarasota Orchestra

Musicians in Sarasota Orchestra

(48 full-time core musicians living in our community)

Concerts annually

Concerts annually

People experience our live musical performances each year

People experience our live musical performances each year

Students in Sarasota Youth Orchestras

Students in Sarasota Youth Orchestras

representing over 50 schools

Students in Summer Music Camp

Students in Summer Music Camp

Awarded annually in tuition scholarships

Awarded annually in tuition scholarships

Percentage of students who receive financial aid

Percentage of students who receive financial aid

Pre-professional students from all over the world attend the Sarasota Music Festival each year

Pre-professional students from all over the world attend the Sarasota Music Festival each year

Average number of Festival alumni in every major orchestra in the United States

Average number of Festival alumni in every major orchestra in the United States

Number of students from 49 schools who attend the Young Person’s Concerts annually

Number of students from 49 schools who attend the Young Person’s Concerts annually

Number of teachers who receive our Young Person’s Concerts curriculum annually

Number of teachers who receive our Young Person’s Concerts curriculum annually

Number of people who attended a FREE family concert for all ages in September 2018

Number of people who attended a FREE family concert for all ages in September 2018

Special price to most concerts for students under 25

Special price to most concerts for students under 25

(with student ID) and adults accompanying minors

Educational and promotional outreach activities

Educational and promotional outreach activities

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.

Sarasota Orchestra Expands Music Center Site Search

This statement was released May 30, 2019

The Sarasota Orchestra Board unanimously decided to expand its site search beyond the Sarasota City limits. Our Facility Task Force will continue its work to find an appropriate site for a new music center.

The Music Center is envisioned as a transformational project for the region.

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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

Read our blog about the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Music Festival.

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Reviews

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

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 Box Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm

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