Artists Series Concerts Presents a Season of "Music on the Move"

Pops, cabaret and classical performers fill out the 2016-17 season.

By Kay Kipling June 14, 2016

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Ann Hampton Callaway, performing with sister Liz March 26.


Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota celebrated its 20th anniversary recently—and has also announced its 21st season, for 2016-17.

The season kicks off in October and runs through May 2017, featuring 29 performances from classical to pops and cabaret. And this season, the overall theme is “Music on the Move,” because the temporary closing of the Historic Asolo Theater (due to construction of The Ringling’s new Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion) means the series won’t have the theater as its chief venue. Instead, the performers will hop around town to spots including the Sarasota Opera House, Venice Performing Arts Center, Church of the Palms and Faith Lutheran Church. The season’s first four concerts will remain at the HAT, as the Historic Asolo is sometimes called.

Managing director John Fischer sees that as a positive, since it gives the Artist Series a chance to broaden its audience base. And, according to director of artist programs Joseph Holt, the ACS line-up also offers some new collaborations with area groups and musicians, such as the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning and players from the Sarasota Orchestra.

The season’s pops series opens Oct. 9 with Piano Grand, featuring five pianists, and continues with baritone Todd Murray (Nov. 12 and 13); Broadway sibs Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway (March 26); and cabaret stars Carole Bufford and Eric Yves Garcia (Dec. 17 and 18). Also, Old Blue Eyes: McDonald Sings Sinatra stars baritone Bob McDonald (Jan. 29); Violette and La Vie En Rose Band marry French chanson and Golden Age swing (March 19); and the pop series winds up May 14 with soprano Maria Wirries and two pianists in the revue Hot ‘n’ Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!

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Carole Bufford, performing with Eric Yves Garcia, Dec. 17 and 18


ACS isn’t slighting the classical side of things, welcoming the return of the Ying Quartet, in concert with Sarasota Orchestra principal clarinetist Bharat Chandra (Oct. 29 and 30); piano virtuoso Andrew Tyson (Jan. 15); the Elkey Trio (Dec. 3 and 4); cellist Edgar Moreau (Feb. 12); and baritone John Brancy, who’ll be Rejoicing in Ravel (Feb. 19).

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Cellist Edgar Moreau, in concert Feb. 12

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Singer Maria Wirries, offering up Cole Porter tunes May 14

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Singer Violette and La Vie En Rose band


The schedule also includes several “Lunch, Look and Listen” concerts; the Soiree Series taking place on several Sunday afternoons; a fund-raising gala, Carnival of Venice, March 8; and competitions for scholarships for young performers.

Tickets are on sale now; visit or call (941) 306-1202.

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