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Your Top 6 Things to Do: Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Tony Bennett at the Van Wezel, A Motown Christmas, Ai Weiwei’s “Lego Zodiac” and more.

By Ilene Denton November 28, 2019

Dave Koz

Dave Koz and Friends

Nov. 29

The popular jazz saxophonist brings buddies Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and Chris Walker to the Van Wezel for his annual holiday show.

Tony Bennett

Dec. 3

If any entertainer deserves the accolade “legendary,” it’s this guy, who in his 90s brings his “I Left My Heart” tour to the Van Wezel. Also onstage will be his daughter, Antonia, who will open the show with jazz and pop standards.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents A Motown Christmas

Dec. 4-6, 18-20

WBTT moves to the Opera House while its own theater is being renovated and expanded to present its high-energy musical salute to the holiday, featuring traditional carols and original songs written by Motown superstars Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smoky Robinson and more.

Ai Weiwei “Lego Zodiac” at The Ringling

Thru Feb. 2

The celebrated Chinese artist and activist has created a menagerie of Zodiac animals made entirely of Lego bricks, a play on his bronze Circle of Animals Zodiac heads that have traveled to museums around the world, including last year The Ringling. On exhibit at the Ringling Museum through Feb. 2.

Juilliard String Quartet

Dec. 2

“The most important American quartet in history” (the Boston Globe) performs at the Opera House, courtesy of the Perlman Music Program Suncoast. 

FST Cabaret presents Outlaws and Angels

Nov. 20-March 22

A musical tip of the Stetson to the “outlaws” of country music and the “angels” who loved them; think Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Kitty Wells.

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Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2019

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel presents Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz, with Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker.


Tony Bennett: "I Left My Heart" Tour

$98-$148 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


A Motown Christmas

$15-$75 Sarasota Opera House

Celebrate the season with this festive holiday revue from the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

Classical Music

Juilliard String Quartet

$15-$45; $10 teacher/student rush Sarasota Opera House

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents the acclaimed chamber ensemble.


"Outlaws & Angels"

Florida Studio Theatre

FST Cabaret presents a musical tribute to the outlaws of country music and the angels who loved them.