COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of March 23, 2020

Sarasota Orchestra is cancelling all performances Friday, March 13 through April 26, due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

For the health and safety of our community, Sarasota Orchestra will cancel concerts, events and meetings scheduled through April 26, 2020. While the decision itself is a clear one, our Orchestra family will miss the opportunity to share the joy of live music with you.

A list of cancellations and guidance for ticket credits and donations are at the bottom of this message. We have closed our Box Office to public walk-up, but will respond to email and phone inquiries as quickly as we can. We appreciate your patience as we work through a high volume of inquiries. 

On Tuesday, March 24, we hope you will tune into Classical WSMR 89.1 at 7:00 p.m. to hear a recorded broadcast of a Sarasota Orchestra concert featuring Beethoven's triumphant Fifth Symphony.  Work is underway to bring you a wide range of music online by Sarasota Orchestra musicians, Artistic Advisor Jeffrey Kahane, our youth orchestra students and Sarasota Music Festival participants.  In this way, we hope to share a measure of joy and comfort.    

We are profoundly grateful to our patrons who have donated their tickets to help keep our Orchestra together so that we can resume performances when this crisis abates. 
If you can help, please consider donating your purchased tickets for canceled concerts. Subscription renewals for 2020-2021 and Annual Fund support are also critical to preserving Sarasota Orchestra.  

Sarasota Orchestra remains steadfast in our mission to enrich lives through music's life-affirming power. As a patron of the arts, you know that creating and witnessing art, in all its forms, is a rejuvenating force for the soul. We believe that the arts will have a vital role to play during this crisis and the months following, as we share the inspiring power of artistic expression.   

We will continue to review and adapt to guidance from health and government authorities. Please check back for current information.   

As we all seek to take excellent care of one another, our musicians, staff and Board thank you for your support of Sarasota Orchestra. Please know I am personally grateful for your support and to be part of this community.


April 2: Classical Conversations
April 3 - 5, Masterworks 7: American Impressions
April 17 - 18, Pops 3: American Playlist
April 18, Sarasota Youth Orchestras' Year-End Showcase Concerts 
April 19, Chamber Soiree 8: Guiding Principals

Concerts in May and June are currently planned as we continue to monitor and follow updated guidelines from local, State, and Federal agencies. 


DONATION: A charitable donation of your tickets to Sarasota Orchestra to help our musicians and staff through this difficult time.

CREDIT: Credit toward subscriptions or concert tickets for the 20/21 season.

Credit or Donate Tickets


We value your patrons and appreciate your patience as we process high volumes of  inquiries.

COMPLETE OUR ONLINE FORM: Complete the Cancelled Concert Ticket form.

CONTACT US BY PHONE:  We are here to help. Call the Box Office at 941-953-3434, Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm.  Due to call volume, we will respond as soon as is feasible.

CONTACT US VIA EMAIL: Email us at with any questions you may have. Please include a phone number and your preferred option from our ticket policy for cancelled concerts. 


Sarasota Orchestra will continue to review guidance from health and government authorities.

When it is safe, we look forward to returning to the performance hall to share with our community the inspiring power of live music.

Please check back for the most current information.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

As of March 14, 2020

Dear Orchestra Patrons:

I wanted to personally share with you our commitment to our community during this unprecedented time. Our musicians and staff have long enjoyed your loyal support so you can count on us to be helpful.

While we actively monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are also exploring a variety contingencies to ensure the music returns as soon as possible.

At this time, we have cancelled concerts from March 13 - 24, 2020 --  in accordance with advisories issued by Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota to limit potential public exposure. These cancellations are designed to slow down and reduce transmission of COVID-19 among all age groups.

If you currently hold tickets for concerts from March 13 - 24, please use this link for exchange or credit information.

Based on current information, we are planning to perform the remainder of our 19/20 concert season through the concluding Outdoor Pops concerts on May 8 & 9. We are also planning to hold our Sarasota Music Festival from May 30 through June 20.

The health of our audiences, musicians and staff is of paramount importance and we will carefully consider advisories from appropriate agencies as the upcoming days and weeks develop.

Please check our for the most current information.

On behalf of our musicians, staff and Board, thank you for your understanding and support.

Thank you,

Joseph McKenna
President and CEO
Sarasota Orchestra

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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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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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 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.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

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 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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 709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236

 Box Office: 941.953.3434

 Administration: 941.953.4252

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