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Your Top 8 Things to Do: March 23-28

Motown the Musical, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and more.

By Ilene Denton March 22, 2018

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Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical

March 27-30 

Ready to sing and sway to the classic songs that shaped a generation? The Tony Award-nominated Motown the Musical—the story of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy—electrifies the Van Wezel with eight high-energy performances.

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Harlequin Hoops, part of Cirque de Voix

Cirque des Voix

March 23-25

Dramatic choral music meets the thrill of circus arts, thanks to this longtime collaboration between the 100-plus voices of Key Chorale and the Circus Arts Conservatory. This year’s shows celebrate the music of film composer Danny Elfman. Three performances under the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park. 

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

March 24

The virtuoso violinist brings one of the world’s great chamber orchestras to the Van Wezel for an evening of works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Wieniawski. 

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Kupinski Guitar Duo

Kupinski Guitar Duo

March 24

Next up for the GuitarSarasota international concert series: the Kupinski Guitar Duo, a renowned brother-sister pair from Poland performing classical music on the guitar. At the Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Legacy Trail

Friends of The Legacy Trail: Tour de Parks

March 25

Ready for a leisurely bike ride through some of Sarasota County’s prettiest parks? The Friends of the Legacy Trail presents this annual fund raiser; you can choose a 20-, 35- or 62-mile route, each of which begins and ends at the Historic Venice Train Depot. Details here 

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Re-enactors at De Soto National Memorial.

Five Centuries of Florida History at De Soto National Memorial

March 24

Florida history comes alive on the banks of the Manatee River with period re-enactors portraying Spanish conquistadores, Civil War soldiers and everyday civilians as they demonstrate their crafts, skills and historic weapons. 

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Sarasota Imagination Day

Sarasota Imagination Day at Westfield Sarasota Square

March 24

Calling all families for a day of hands-on activities that spark the creative spirit. It’s free, and the first 100 kids get a superhero cape and mask.

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Motown the Musical

Editor’s Pick $36-$86 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Broadway hit comes to the Van Wezel for five performances.


Cirque des Voix 2018: The Movie Music of Danny Elfman

Editor’s Pick $20-$55 Big Top

Key Chorale and the Circus Arts Conservatory unite for music and circus arts under the Big Top.

Classical Music

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

Editor’s Pick $81-$121 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

One of the world's great chamber orchestras led by music director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell.

Classical Music

Guitar Sarasota presents Kupinski Guitar Duo

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota

One of Europe's most renowned guitar duos.


Friends of the Legacy Trail: Tour de Parks

HIstoric Venice Train Depot

A scenic bicycle ride through several Sarasota County parks.

Special Events

Five Centuries of Florida History at De Soto National Memorial

Editor’s Pick Free De Soto National Memorial

Period re-enactors will share history and demonstrate their crafts, skills, and historic weapons.


Sarasota Imagination Day

Free Westfield Sarasota Square

Imagination Day welcomes kids and their families for a full day of games, dancing, and activities including multiple Creation Stations designed to enhance children’s creativity and imagination.