Ger ready: The 39th annual celebration of America’s art form offers 48 events, with concerts in parks, pubs and on the mainstage of the Hyatt Regency ballroom. A whopping 120 musicians, many of the country’s top jazz artists, will perform, including clarinetist Ken Peplowski, Venice’s own pianist Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap, Shelly Berg, John Lamb, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Randy Sandke and Mary Stallings. Whew!
The man behind such hits as Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard,” Earth Wind and Fire’s “After the Love Is Gone,” Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up” and Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” comes to the Van Wezel for a night of song and storytelling.
The legendary Judy Garland will perform with the Sarasota Orchestra this weekend, but in film form only, as the orchestra plays many of her hits against the backdrop of concert footage. It’s a pretty safe bet they’ll play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” don’t you think? Part of the orchestra’s Pops series at the Van Wezel.
March 2 and 5
The Sarasota Opera’s favorite composer, Giuseppe Verdi, penned this epic opera about the exile of the Hebrews in Babylon; and its conductor, Victor DeRenzi, is the only conductor in the world to have led all of Verdi’s operas, and choral and orchestral works. It’s the first time Nabucco is performed here since 1995. Additional performances March 7, 10, 13, 16, 19 and 24.
Banjo fans, you’ve come to the right place: Cynthia Sayer is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s top banjo players. She and her band will play a lively mix of hot jazz, Great American Songbook, old favorites and virtuoso classics at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center.
Feb. 6-June 9
Relive the pop hits of your youth—if you’re a boomer, that is—in this Florida Studio Cabaret production. Playing through June 9 in FST’s Court Cabaret.
Art Center Sarasota presents a pop-up exhibit of limited-edition print images of Sarasota by Sarasota Magazine’s “Only in Sarasota” creator, John Pirman.