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Tony Danza at the Opera House, Sand Sculpting on Siesta Beach and more.

By Ilene Denton May 3, 2018

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Tony Danza

Tony Danza

May 4

The charismatic actor/singer brings his cabaret show, Standards & Stories, to the Sarasota Opera House to kick off the opera’s new concert series. He and his four-piece band will perform classics from the Great American Songbook, and we hear he’ll even do a bit of soft-shoe and bring out his ukelele. We recently talked to Danza about his career and his cabaret show. 

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Aram Demirjian

Image: David Bickley

Sarasota Orchestra Discoveries Series: City Sounds

May 5

Music inspired by four great world cities—Madrid, Warsaw, New York City and Athens (Greece, not Georgia)—will fill the Opera House when the Sarasota Orchestra presents its final Discoveries concert of the season. Aram Demirjian conducts this 75-minute program of accessible works meant to appeal to people who think they don’t like classical music. 

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Sand sculpting on Siesta Beach

Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest returns to Siesta Beach

May 5

The free, family-friendly event amateur sand sculpture contest has been a Siesta Beach tradition for 46 years. Get all the details, including info on cash prizes, here

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Rambling String Band

Rambling String Band with Bill Schustik

May 5

Traditional folk songs, fiddle tunes and old-timey country music come your way at Fogartyville Saturday night, and Sarasota’s own Bill Schustik will even make a guest appearance.

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Glenn Dicterow

Venice Symphony: A Tribute to Music in Cinema

May 4-5

Violinist Glenn Dicterow—former longtime concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic—joins the Venice Symphony for its final concert of the season, featuring classic music from the movies.

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Tony Danza: Standards & Stories

Editor’s Pick $39-$89 Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Opera presents the cabaret star and his four-piece band.

Classical Music

Sarasota Orchestra Presents City Sounds

Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Orchestra introduces its new 2017-2018 series, Discoveries.


Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest at Siesta Beach

Free Siesta Key Beach

This free, family-friendly event is open to all ages and all amateur skill levels.


Rambling String Band with Bill Schustik

$10 in advance; $13 day of show Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center presents the old-time country band.

Classical Music

Venice Symphony: "A Tribute to Music in Cinema"

$25-$42 Venice Performing Arts Center

Troy Quinn conducts "A Tribute to Music in Cinema" with violinist Glenn Dicterow.