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Your Top 8 Things to Do: Jan. 25-31

The Cleveland Orchestra, Sarasota Highland Games, lots of dance and more.

By Ilene Denton January 24, 2018

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Ricki Bertoni and Octavio Martin in Robert North’s Troy Game.

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Sarasota Ballet presents “Moving Identities"

Jan. 26-29  

Three strong pieces on the program when the Sarasota Ballet returns to the FSU Center: Robert North’s Troy Game, which The New York Times calls a “funny and sexy romp;” Paul Taylor’s lyrical Airs; and company choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s Valsinhas, set to 25 short Schubert  waltzes. Six performances Friday-Monday.   

ETHEL at the Ringling: Circus: Wandering City

Jan. 26-27

A major new work by the innovative string quartet ETHEL premieres at the Historic Asolo Theater. Circus: Wandering City incorporates images and films from The Ringling Museum’s circus archives with original music performed by the talented members of ETHEL. Two performances Friday and Saturday night. Come a little early to experience the stunning Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion that opened this week; it doubles as the new entrance for the theater.

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Michael Feinstein

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Michael Feinstein: Celebrating the Crooners

Jan. 28

Toes will be tapping when multiple Emmy Award winner Feinstein returns to the Van Wezel with classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others of their era. 

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Franz Wesler-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra

Jan. 29

One of America’s great orchestras returns to the Van Wezel with an all-Beethoven program as part of the Sarasota Concert Association’s Great Performers Series.


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Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Voices of Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Jan. 25-28

Here’s your chance to see new works by four emerging choreographers from around the country when Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents its popular annual “Dance Makers” program at the FSU Center’s intimate Cooke Theatre.  

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Sarasota Highland Games

Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival

Jan. 26-27

Celebrate Sarasota’s Scottish heritage with music, dancing and athletic games at this annual outdoor festival. Rain or shine at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

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David H. Littleon and Christopher Joel Onken in Northside Hollow.

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Northside Hollow

Opening Jan. 26

Urbanite Theatre presents the regional premiere of this thought-provoking play about a coal miner trapped underground, and the young, inexperienced first responder who comes to rescue him. Through March 11.

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SaraSolo performer Liz Bergmann.


Jan. 27-Feb. 4

Solo performances by more than a dozen actors, poets, dancers and singers are on tap for the third annual SaraSolo Festival, this weekend and also Feb. 3 and 4 at the Historic Crocker Church. Participating this year is Hermitage Artist Retreat artist-in-residence Nisha Coleman, a Montreal-based writer, storyteller, actor and musician  who will perform a piece called “Self Exile” Sunday evening. SaraSolo Festival details are here.

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The Sarasota Ballet presents Moving Identities

FSU Center for Performing Arts

Featuring works by Taylor, Graziano & North.


The Ringling Presents ETHEL: Circus, a Wandering City

$30, $10 with Student ID Historic Asolo Theater

Part of Ringling's New Stages series, "A World of Music."


Michael Feinstein: Celebrating the Crooners

Editor’s Pick Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall welcomes back Michael Feinstein.

Classical Music

Cleveland Orchestra

Editor’s Pick Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Part of the Sarasota Concert Association Great Performers Series.


Sarasota Contemporary Dance 12th Annual Concert

Tickets range from $10-$45 Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Annual concert featuring imaginative dance pieces by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers.


"Northside Hollow"

Editor’s Pick General Admission: $18; Students: $5 with a valid I.D. Urbanite Theatre

Presented by the Urbanite Theatre.