March Forth! on March Fourth
Join Music Director Anu Tali for a unique evening of great music and gourmet dining to support the Sarasota Orchestra. Enjoy surprises orchestrated in four movements, introducing the future and featuring Xavier de Maistre, world renowned harpist. For tickets and information, go to sarasotaorchestra.org.
Jan. 6 – March 15
Lino Tagliapietra is widely recognized as one of the world's premier artists working in glass. This exhibit will include more than 30 works on loan from the artist, Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, MA, and the Richard and Barbara Basch Collection. For more information, go to ringling.edu.
Both Your Houses
Jan. 21- April 12
Imagine a divided Congress. Imagine lawmakers more interested in lining their own pockets than serving the national interest. Imagine an idealistic young Congressman determined to expose the corruption by introducing a bill so stuffed with pork it is sure to oink itself to death. Will his fight cost him the support of his peers, his constituents, and the woman he loves — who just happens to be the daughter of the Appropriations Committee chairman? A comic masterpiece that could have been pulled straight from today’s headlines, this marvelous political satire is as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Colorful characters, sharp wit and glorious wisecracks reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies add to the fun and fury. Go to asolorep.org for show times and to purchase tickets.
Never Marry A Girl With Cold Feet…and other life lessons from Vaudeville
Feb. 18 – June 7
Vaudeville was the original American entertainment. Celebrate its greatest musical artists such as Fanny Brice, George M. Cohen, Jerome Kern, and Al Jolson at this rollicking show, featuring irreverent humor and unforgettable melodies like “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Birth of the Blues,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “Nobody.” “Never Marry a Girl With Cold Feet” opened this week and continues through June 7 in the Court Cabaret. For tickets, go to floridastudiotheatre.org.
Jazz Hot Mamas
Feb. 21 – March 29
In this hot musical revue, Nate Jacobs salutes the great women performers of the jazz era such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Etta Jones, and Peggy Lee. They rose to stardom, broke barriers, and left a legacy few can match. Their phenomenal voices, style, and grace won over audiences around the world. Don’t miss this sensationally sizzling show! Get tickets at westcoastblacktheatre.org.
The Sarasota Ballet’s 24th Season Gala
Celebrate The Sarasota Ballet's 24th Season by paying tribute to one of the greatest male dancers the world has ever witnessed. Enjoy an elegant meal among fellow ballet lovers before basking in glorious performances of Balanchine's Apollo, Ashton's Jazz Calendar and Nureyev's Raymonda Act III. After the performance, feast on sumptuous desserts and lavish cocktails to end the night and welcome the dancers of The Sarasota Ballet. To reserve your place for this exclusive event, call 941-225-6505 or email [email protected].
Balanchine, Ashton & Nureyev
The program will include an Ashton premiere of Jazz Calendar, Balanchine's famous Apollo as well as Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymonda Act III. This piece is considered by some to be one of the most elegant, refined and challenging ballets in Russian tradition. The opulent score will be performed live by the Sarasota Orchestra. Go to sarasotaballet.org for tickets and show times.
Presented by the Sarasota Concert Association. Michael Sanderling, conductor, and Johannes Moser, cello. Go to scasarasota.org for tickets.
Town Hall: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Ringling College Library Association presents Sarasota’s premiere lecture series and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, award-winning humanitarian and resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, who will be interviewed by Katty Kay, lead anchor, BBC World News America and guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe. For more information, go to rclassociation.org.