Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Dec. 3-9

Holiday concerts and shows, college baseball, an FSU/Asolo Conservatory production and more.

1:25pm By Kay Kipling

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Nov. 12-Nov. 18

A new exhibit at The Ringling, opera performances live, movies under the stars and more.

11/12/2020 By Kay Kipling

The Latest Updates

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Postpones Broadway, Classical and Dance Seasons

Due to Covid-19, the hall, like others across the country, must reschedule a number of performances to a later season.

11/06/2020 By Kay Kipling

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Oct. 22-28

The Sarasota Ballet kicks off its digital fall season, concerts of all kinds and a fiesta or two.

10/22/2020 By Kay Kipling

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Oct. 1-7

It's pumpkin festival time, plus a new Bistro at the Sarasota Art Museum opens, a contemporary dance season begins, and more.

10/01/2020 By Kay Kipling

Grants

Van Wezel Foundation Granted $575,000 for Arts Education in Fiscal Year 2020

Additionally, the foundation generated more than $1 million in contributions through support of its Inspiration Gala.

09/15/2020 By Staff

When Will the Shows Go on?

Van Wezel Makes Changes to Upcoming Broadway Series Season

Restrictions due to COVID-19 continue to affect Broadway touring production schedules.

06/11/2020 By Kay Kipling

Arts Update

Van Wezel, WBTT and Sarasota Orchestra Announce Changes

More cancellations and rescheduling due to COVID-19.

03/24/2020 By Kay Kipling

Awards

Van Wezel Foundation Honors Three Local Teachers

The Appleton Outstanding Teacher of the Year award celebrates the best in arts integration strategies in the classroom.

03/10/2020 By Staff

Flashback

Flashback: Pavarotti at the Van Wezel, 1978

Pavarotti sang at the hall in 1978 and again in 1980.

01/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Heaven Can Wait

Singing Group Brings the Sounds of a Celtic Christmas to Sarasota

The Celtic Angels will perform Irish carols and holiday classics at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Sunday, Dec. 1.

11/20/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

The man with the baton

Five Takeaways From a Talk With Acclaimed Conductor Gerard Schwarz

Schwarz will guest-conduct three performances of music by Strauss, Mozart and Dvořák with the Sarasota Orchestra Nov. 8-10.

10/31/2019 By Olivia Epstein

Weekly Planner

A Rum Festival, a Pumpkin Party and More of This Week's Best Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: a jazzy brunch at Muse and a mother-daughter tea party.

10/02/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Bay fever

Bay Team Unveils Changes to Phase One Plans

The tweaks include moving the concession stand and restrooms, narrowing sections of the spiral boardwalk and more.

08/22/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fast Track

Van Wezel Executives Elected to New State, National Offices

Anthony Becich was named to the board of directors of the Florida Facilities Managers and Mary Bensel was elected to full membership status of the Broadway League.

06/26/2019 By Staff

Awards

Boar's Head President Honored by Americans for the Arts

Michael Martella will be honored with the Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Award.

05/06/2019 By Staff

The Purple One

Miss Prince? Purple Reign Pays Tribute to the Legend

Jason Tenner has been imitating the inimitable in Las Vegas for 22 years. He brings his show to Sarasota on Saturday, May 4.

04/23/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

CABARET

Alan Cumming Dazzles Audiences with 'Legal Immigrant'

Celebrated actor and performer Alan Cumming brings his new show 'Legal Immigrant' to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Saturday, April 20.

04/09/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Hakuna Matata

Disney's The Lion King Generates an Estimated $11.4 Million Economic Impact

The show broke the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s record for the highest-grossing and most-attended engagement in its history.

04/05/2019 By Staff

Review

The Lion King Brings Spectacle, Imagination and Heart to the Van Wezel

At long last, the megahit musical roars its way into Sarasota.

03/17/2019 By Kay Kipling