Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks
Feb. 26 and 27
“Fairy Tales and Fireworks” is the title for this weekend’s concert at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, led by Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta. Pianist Aaron Diehl guests as the orchestra presents Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Gershwin’s Concerto in F Major, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. For tickets, call (941) 953-3434 or visit sarasotaorchestra.org.
Sarasota Concert Association
There’s more classical music on tap with performances by violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Alessio Bax, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Riverview Performing Arts Center. On the program: Busoni’s Sonata No. 2 and Franck’s Violin Sonata. For tickets, visit scasarasota.org or call (941) 966-6161.
The Venice Symphony
Feb. 25 and 26
It really is a weekend for the classics, with the musicians of the Venice Symphony taking on Sibelius’ Finlandia and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor—along with a few stops in the Marvel and DC Universe in “Superheroes and Schumann.” At the Venice Performing Arts Center; for tickets, call (941) 207-8822 or go to thevenicesymphony.org.
Venice Italian Feast and Carnival
There’s lots happening in Venice this week, with this annual event (the 33rd) taking place on the Venice Airport grounds. It’s four days of food, food, dancers, carnival rides, live entertainment and more. Admission is free; parking is $10. For complete info, visit italianamericanclubofvenice.com.
Venice Theatre: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Feb. 25-March 27
In a tale as old as time, we meet the bookish, beautiful Belle, the arrogant Gaston, a castle full of talking kitchenware, and a prince under a spell. Plus, there are all those Alan Menken/Howard Ashman/Tim Rice songs. On VT’s mainstage; for tickets, call (941) 488-1115 or venicetheatre.org.
Mort Skirboll Jewish Film Festival
The 13th annual festival kicks off Wednesday with a screening of the movie Tiger Within, and it continues the schedule with 16 films in all, ranging widely across genres. In-person venues include the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, the Regal Hollywood and the Sarasota Event Center (on Beneva Road); there will also be virtual screenings available. For info and tickets head to jfedsrq.org/jff22.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Theater Today: Process & Production
Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy (a part-time Sarasota resident and producer of Hadestown, The Inheritance and Little Shop of Horrors) speaks with Hermitage artistic director Andy Sandberg about the journey from an idea to the stage. Outdoors, at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Town Center of Longboat Key, 501 Bay Isles Road. Learn more at hermitageartistretreat.org.
Sarasota Jewish Theater: The Interview
Actress Geraldine Librandi stars in this piece about a Holocaust survivor who reluctantly agrees to be interviewed for the Shoah Project. What begins as an oral history becomes a story of mothers and daughters, forgiveness and being forgiven. Also in the cast: Katherine Michelle Tanner. For more info, go to sarasotajewishtheater.org; for tickets, visit jfedsrq.org/events.