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Your Top 5 Things to Do: Oct. 25-31

Selby Gardens Spooktacular, season openers at the Opera and Ballet, and more.

By Ilene Denton October 25, 2018

Katelyn May in Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring.

Image: Frank Atura

Sarasota Ballet Season Opener

Oct. 26-28

Aaron Copland’s joyous Appalachian Spring, originally choreographed by Martha Graham, opens Sarasota Ballet’s 2018-19 season—a company premiere. On the program, too, are Ricardo Graziano’s Symphony of Sorrows and Russian ballerina Galina Samsova’s version of the Spanish-themed Paquita. Five performances at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 

The Barber of Seville

Opening Oct. 26

If you know only operatic work, chances are it’s Figaro’s Aria from Rossini’s classic comic opera. A fun way to start the Sarasota Opera’s 60th anniversary season. Five additional performances through Nov. 11. 

Mandolin player Mark Robertson-Tessi

Key Chorale Chamber Singers: American Roots: Digging Deeper

Oct. 27

Sounds like an all-Appalachia weekend with this concert of American roots music, including the world premiere of three pieces Key Chorale commissioned from Nashville composer Keith Christopher using choir, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, piano and string bass. Selections from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, too.

Sarasota Celtic Music Festival at Benderson Park

Oct. 26-27

The nonprofit New World Celts invite you to eat, drink, dance and make merry at this third annual outdoor party. Bring your kilt—and your lawn chair. 

Selby Gardens Spooktacular

Selby Gardens Spooktacular

Oct. 28

More Halloween fun for families Sunday morning at Selby Gardens. Come in costume for pumpkin painting, seed planting and a mad scientist experiment center for older kids. Bring your trick or treat bag to collect goodies.  

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Sarasota Ballet: Iconographs

FSU Center for the Performing Arts

The Sarasota Ballet opens its season with Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring, Ricardo Graziano's Symphony of Sorrows, and Galina Samsova's Paquita.


Key Chorale Chamber Singers Concert: American Roots: Digging Deeper

St. Boniface Episcopal Church

An exploration of the American choral tradition with a five-piece bluegrass band.

Special Events

SRQ Celtic Music Festival

Nathan Benderson Park

Dancers, pipers, craftsmen and more, celebrating all things Celtic.


Selby Gardens Spooktacular

Selby Gardens

A Halloween event for families at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.