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Your Top 9 Things to Do: Jan. 11-17

Renee Fleming, Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera at the Van Wezel; Shakespeare in Love at the Asolo Rep and lots more.

By Ilene Denton January 10, 2018

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Jordan Brown and Laura Rook in Asolo Rep's production of Shakespeare in Love.

Image: John Revisky

Shakespeare In Love

Jan. 10-March 28

“The course of true love never did run smooth,” Will Shakespeare cautions us, and that’s especially true in this vibrant new stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film that opens the Asolo Rep’s repertory season. Award-winning Chicago-based director Rachel Rockwell says the story is a romantic comedy and more; it’s about the importance—and power—of art in society.

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Abdul-Khaliq ‘A.K.’ Murtadha and Emerald Rose Sullivan star in WBTT’s production of The Mountaintop.

The Mountaintop

Now thru Feb 18

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents this play by Katori Hall that speculates on the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, when an encounter with a mysterious maid at Memphis’ Lorraine Hotel prompts him to examine his mortality. Starring as King is Abdul-Khaliq “A.K.” Murtadha, who made a splash in recent Asolo Rep productions of The Great Society and All the Way

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Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune

Chita & Tune - Just in Time

Jan. 17

Broadway legends Chita Rivera (she was the original Anita in West Side Story) and Tommy Tune (the seven-foot-something dancer/singer/choreographer/director who’s won 12 Tony Awards) team up at the Van Wezel for this evening of music from their long stage careers. Expect hits from Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Will Rogers Follies, and many more.

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Pinchas Zuckerman

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Jan. 11

The renowned conductor and violinist Pinchas Zuckerman brings Britain’s great Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the Van Wezel with works by Beethoven, Dvořák and Carl Maria Weber. It kicks off the Sarasota Concert Association’s Great Performers Series.   

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Lukáš Vondráček

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Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks Series: Firsts

Jan. 12-14

In the orchestra’s latest Masterworks series, guest pianist Lukáš Vondráček performs Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. Vondráček has performed at the Ravinia Festival and the New York International Piano Series as well as in concert halls throughout Europe. Also on the program, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1. (Are you sensing a theme?)

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The 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension

Jan. 15

With scores of No. 1 hits from “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In” to “Stone Soul Picnic” and “One Less Bell to Answer” and 20 million records sold worldwide, The 5th Dimension was the soundtrack of so many baby boomers’ lives. One show only Monday night at the Van Wezel. Everybody now: “Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon…”

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Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming

Jan. 16

The legendary opera star returns to the Van Wezel for a concert of light classical and popular works. But hurry; it’s nearing a sell-out. Fleming joins the cast of a new production Rodgers & Hammerstein’s glorious Carousel next month.

Classical Guitarist Xavier Jara

Jan. 13

Xavier Jara, first place winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition, opens Guitar Sarasota’s season with a performance at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. Jara’s current tour includes not only Sarasota, but also Carnegie Hall.

St. Armands Circus Ring of Fame induction ceremony

Jan. 13


Free Windjammer Sailor Circus Concert and Circus Acts

Jan. 14

The Windjammers—those musicians from all over America dedicated to the preservation of traditional circus music—are back in Sarasota for their 46th annual convention, and you have two chances to experience the fun: first, at the Circus Ring of Fame induction ceremony on St. Armands Circle Saturday at 1:15 p.m.; and on Sunday afternoon, a free band concert along with circus acts at the Sailor Circus Arena. (Donations are accepted, and proceeds benefit Sailor Circus.) Learn more about the Windjammers, and how they got their name, here.


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Asolo Rep presents "Shakespeare in Love"

Editor’s Pick Asolo Rep Theatre

Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s brilliant seven-time Academy Award-winning film, including Best Picture, bursts to life on the Asolo Rep stage.


"The Mountaintop"

Editor’s Pick Westcoast Black Theater

A Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production of the acclaimed Katori Hall play.


Chita & Tune: Just in Time

Editor’s Pick $26-$71 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Two of Broadway’s most celebrated legends, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, unite at the Van Wezel.

Classical Music

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Editor’s Pick Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin soloist, opens the Sarasota Concert Association Great Performers Series.

Classical Music

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Firsts

Editor’s Pick Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks series continues with works by Brahms and Sibelius.


Th e Legendary 5th Dimension

Editor’s Pick $26-$56 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

"Up, Up and Away" with this Grammy-winning vocal ensemble at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


Renee Fleming

Editor’s Pick $86-$131 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Renée Fleming, one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, returns to the Van Wezel.

Classical Music

Guitar Sarasota presents Xavier Jara, Classical Guitarist

Editor’s Pick $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers; $5 students day of at the door Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota

Winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition.