The Sarasota Opera is one of many hosting a virtual show this Fall/Winter season

Sarasota Seasonal Arts Preview

Enjoy a revamped lineup of shows this season from dozens of companies, galleries and theaters eager to dazzle audiences

September 25, 2020

The Sarasota arts scene has perservered to host a revamped lineup of concerts, talks, performances... even yoga classes! This busy fall and winter season is filled with events designed with careful attention to guest safety while the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. These in-person shows complement a whole host of virtual events that also will take place so anyone can enjoy some of their favorite companies from a distance.

Read on for more details about in-person arts events in Sarasota this fall and winter. All event dates and times are subject to change, so always double check in advance to make sure these events are still scheduled to occur as originally planned.

OCTOBER

In-Person

Carmen

Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m.

Sarasota Opera House

Organizer: Sarasota Opera

As part of its “HD at the Opera House,” audience members will enjoy some of the most recognizable music in opera in “Carmen.” Sung in French with English subtitles. Tickets are $20, $18 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating will be reserved and distanced for safety.

Kinky Boots

Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Historic Asolo Theater

Organizer: The Ringling

Direct from the London stage, the famous “Kinky Boots” comes to U.S. cinema screens with this dazzling musical. Maximum of 50 attendees. Masks and tickets required. Tickets are $20.

45th Anniversary Orchid Show

Oct. 10 - Nov. 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus

Organizer: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  To celebrate, the annual Orchid Show will honor the founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically documented collection of orchids in the world.

The year the land for Selby Gardens was purchased was a momentous one in women’s history.  The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory will celebrate the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.  The orchid celebration in the Tropical Conservatory will feature the symbolic colors of the Suffragettes, which include purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, green for hope, and gold for light and life.

An additional orchid display will be included at Selby Gardens’ companion campus at Historic Spanish Point. The display will connect to Bertha Palmer, the famous Chicago socialite and philanthropist who established a winter estate at Spanish Point in 1910. Through her work as Chairman of the Board of Lady Managers at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Bertha Palmer made significant contributions to the cause of women’s rights, which culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

Classical Accordionist Hanzhi Wang

Oct. 13, 11 a.m.

Michaels on East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

Enjoy an interview and a lunch with accordionist Hanzhi Wang, the first accordionist to win a spot on the Young Concert Artists’ Series roster in its 60-year history. Wang has prepared and recorded a recital video that will be shown during the event, as she will be in Denmark. The performance and interview will began at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Tickets are $53. The event also will be streamed live.

Yoga @ The Ringling

Multiple Dates & Times

Ca’ d’Zan Lawn, The Ringling Museum

Organizer: The Ringling Museum

Yoga instructor Ashley Stewart will lead an hour-long yoga sessions on the front lawn of the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion on Oct. 15, Oct. 30, Nov. 19, Nov. 20, Dec. 17, and Dec. 18. Participants should bring a yoga mat and hydration. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased online, in advance of the event (limited to 50 per session in order to maintain proper social distancing).

National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Historic Asolo Theater

Organizer: The Ringling

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s “Sherlock,” “Fleabag”) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy “Present Laughter.” Maximum of 50 attendees. Masks and tickets required. Tickets are $15.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Oct. 17, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.

The Sarasota Polo Club

Organizer: The Players Theatre

Join The Players for its fourth annual production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which will be presented outdoors. Tickets are $20 and $40 for a family four-pack.

Sleeping Beauty

Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m.

Sarasota Opera House

Organizer: Sarasota Opera House

As part of its “HD at the Opera House,” “Sleeping Beauty” showcases magnificent sets and an extraordinary score. Tickets are $20, $18 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating will be reserved and distanced for safety.

Virtual

Come Together Choir - Online Choral Rehearsal, Volume 2

Every Thursday until Nov. 19, 2 to 3 p.m.

Organizer: Key Chorale

Join hundreds of singers from around the country to learn and sing Songs of Protest, Peace & Love, including music from the 1950s and 1960s folk era, such as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “California Dreamin’.”  Learn 11 songs from unisons to four parts, warm ups, and vocal exercises to improve your breath and singing ability. The rehearsal will also be available on the Key Chorale YouTube channel afterwards.

Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Oct. 1–12, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

The Artist Series Concerts will collaborate with Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project for an online artist celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote, celebrating 100 years in 2020. The all-female quartet, which include Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, will perform pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler and Amy Beach and others.

Museum From Home virtual series

Oct. 7 – Feb. 23, 3 p.m.

Organizer: The Ringling

The Ringling has designed a dynamic line-up of live, conversational, virtual programs you can enjoy from anywhere! Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each program, and only one ticket is required per household regardless of how many will be watching. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at the famous Howard Bros. Model Circus, explore scary and creepy works in the museum’s collection, and ask The Ringling’s masterful curators questions live among other unique online experiences.

The Virtual Detective Experience

Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

Organizer: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

An escape room meets “True Detective” in this high-speed, brain-boggling adventure. Be a virtual detective and work with your team to find your missing partner and solve a mystery. Tickets are $23.

Digital Fall Season - Program 1

Oct. 23

Organizer: Sarasota Ballet

For the first time ever, the Sarasota Ballet will be offering unique and specially filmed performances that ticket buyers can stream from the comfort of their homes. These digital experiences will replace in-theater performances for the first three programs of the 30th Anniversary Season. The Digital Fall Season is designed to deliver the artistic excellence audience members expect from The Sarasota Ballet. Ballet patrons with a full season subscription or Flex Four Ballet Subscription for the virtual season will include extra features to bring audience members behind the scenes with guest interviews, rehearsal clips, and an exclusive look at the process of a world premiere.

Visit the weblink above to receive updates on specific performances from the Sarasota Ballet. Ticket holders may watch the performance at any time up to five days from the morning of the scheduled date. 

Digital Trivia

Oct. 28, and Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Organizer: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Trivia Hub Live will offer a virtual trivia event for Van Wezel patrons. Participants can work through trivia questions with their assigned groups in private virtual breakout rooms during the game. The winning team will receive prizes. Tickets are $10 per person. Contact the box office at least 48 hours in advance if you want to arrange tickets for four or more participants.

Together We Rise: Celebrating the Resilience of the Human Spirit

Oct. 30, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Organizer: Key Chorale
Chamber singers from Key Chorale will present an inspirational program of favorites, uplifting spirituals, and music to celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit. The featured composition, Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening,” is a journey to healing and joy through the power of music.

NOVEMBER

In-Person

Madame Butterfly

Nov. 1, 1:30 p.m.

Sarasota Opera House

Organizer: Sarasota Opera House

As part of its “HD at the Opera House,” enjoy one of the most performed and best loved operas of all time. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets are $20, $18 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating will be reserved and distanced for safety.

Violinist Max Tan and Pianist Joseph Holt

Nov. 3, 11 a.m.

Michaels on East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

Enjoy the performance with Max Tan and Joseph Holt followed by a luncheon.

Bard in the Yard

Multiple Dates

Benfer Courtyard, Historic Asolo Theater

Organizer: The Ringling

The “Bard in the Yard” series features movies based on Shakespeare plays. This fun winter series of outdoor movie nights will feature four shows from November through December:

Nov. 6 – West Side Story

Nov. 13 – Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Dec. 4 – O (a modern take on the classic tale “Othello”)

Dec. 11 – Taming of the Shrew

Tickets are $15.

Spoken Word Poetry With Cedric

Nov. 12, 4 p.m.

Dwarf Garden, The Ringling
 

Organizer: The Ringling Museum

Spoken word poetry at The Ringling, maximum of 25 participants.

Live from the Sarasota Opera House

Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Sarasota Opera House

Organizer: Sarasota Opera House

This dual in-person and live-streamed performance will feature opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano. A limited number of tickets for the in-person performance will be available.

Nexus Chamber Music Chicago

Nov. 15, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

Nexus Chamber Music Chicago features Brian Hong, violin and co-artistic director; Zoë Martin-Droike, viola; and Alexander Hersh, cello and co-artistic director.

Sarasota Opera at the Gardens

Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

Organizer: Sarasota Opera House

Enjoy an outdoor concert featuring songs that celebrate nature and are accompanied by a piano. Tickets are $35.

Sarasota Opera at the Gardens

Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey

Organizer: Sarasota Opera House

Enjoy an outdoor concert featuring songs that celebrate nature and are accompanied by a piano. Tickets are $35.

Palm Court Treasures

Nov. 22, 5:30 p.m.

Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

Palm Court Treasures will be evocative of afternoon tea at the Ritz and of tea dances held amidst an enchanting court of potted palms.

FST School for Adults

Nov. 30

Florida Studio Theatre

Organizer: Florida Studio Theatre

The Florida Studio Theatre School offers year-round classes for students of all ages and experience levels in acting, dancing, singing, playwriting, and improvisation, led by FST’s teaching staff of trained theatre professionals. The new session of classes for FST School for Adults begins on Nov. 30.

Kabuki Modern

Nov. 13 to June 27

Museum of Art Center for Asian Art

Organizer: The Ringling Museum

Actors of kabuki, Japan’s distinctive form of popular theater, were superstars between the 17th and early 20th centuries, and continue to command cultural and celebrity status today.

Virtual

Virtual Gallery Talk, Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed

Nov. 9, 1 p.m.

Organizer: The Ringling

Ola Wlusek, Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, discusses “Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed” with a special guest. Tickets are $5 (free for members).

Soul in the Garden

Nov. 13, 6 to 9 p.m.

Organizer: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Twist the night away for Soul in the Garden, to be held at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens but also available via livestream. Songs performed will include hits like "Dancing In the Street," "Twistin' the Night Away," "Try a Little Tenderness," and "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)." Livestream price is $100 per family.

Live Concert from the Sarasota Opera House

Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Organizer: Sarasota Opera

A live-streamed concert will broadcast from the stage of the Sarasota Opera House, with seven singers accompanied by two pianists performing a program of operatic favorites. Viewers can access the performance the following week as well. Tickets are $15.

Digital Fall Season - Program 2

Nov. 20

Organizer: Sarasota Ballet

For the first time ever, the Sarasota Ballet will be offering unique and specially filmed performances that ticket buyers can stream from the comfort of their homes. These digital experiences will replace in-theater performances for the first three programs of the 30th Anniversary Season. The Digital Fall Season is designed to deliver the artistic excellence audience members expect from The Sarasota Ballet. Ballet patrons with a full season subscription or Flex Four Ballet Subscription for the virtual season will include extra features to bring audience members behind the scenes with guest interviews, rehearsal clips, and an exclusive look at the process of a world premiere.

Visit the weblink above to receive updates on specific performances from the Sarasota Ballet. Ticket holders may watch the performance at any time up to five days from the morning of the scheduled date. 

The Venice Symphony Strings Unhinged

November (date TBD)

Organizer: The Venice Symphony

This event will feature Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar, Hoedown by Aaron Copland, music from West Side Story and more. It is the first of four virtual concerts to be offered by The Venice Symphony. The concerts will be recorded in a safe setting without an audience and feature 15 to 20 members of the orchestra. Tickets are free, with enhanced content provided to The Venice Symphony’s subscribers and patrons.

DECEMBER

In-Person

Dick Hyman and the Florida Jazz Masters

Dec. 6, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

The Great Lawn of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will swing with the music of Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin Benny Goodman, Thelonius Monk and many others, performed by six of Florida's best jazz artists, including the incomparable Dick Hyman. 

Sailor Circus Academy presents Season’s Greetings

Dec. 26 to 31

Sailor Circus Arena

Organizer: The Circus Arts Conservatory

America’s longest-running youth circus presents talented student performers in this highly anticipated annual holiday show. The event will be both in person and livestreamed. Tickets are $25 to $35.

Virtual

Digital Fall Season - Program 3

Dec. 18

Organizer: Sarasota Ballet

For the first time ever, the Sarasota Ballet will be offering unique and specially filmed performances that ticket buyers can stream from the comfort of their homes. These digital experiences will replace in-theater performances for the first three programs of the 30th Anniversary Season. The Digital Fall Season is designed to deliver the artistic excellence audience members expect from The Sarasota Ballet. Ballet patrons with a full season subscription or Flex Four Ballet Subscription for the virtual season will include extra features to bring audience members behind the scenes with guest interviews, rehearsal clips, and an exclusive look at the process of a world premiere.

Visit the weblink above to receive updates on specific performances from the Sarasota Ballet. Ticket holders may watch the performance at any time up to five days from the morning of the scheduled date. 

Sailor Circus Academy presents Season’s Greetings

Dec. 26 to 31

Organizer: The Circus Arts Conservatory

America’s longest-running youth circus presents talented student performers in this highly anticipated annual holiday show. Tickets are $25 to $35.

The Venice Symphony Safe at Home for the Holidays

December (date TBD)

Organizer: The Venice Symphony

Relax at home and enjoy the holidays with a mix of traditional holiday music, classical music, and a special reading of The Night Before Christmas performed by the symphony’s percussion ensemble. Tickets are free, with enhanced content provided to The Venice Symphony’s subscribers and patrons.

JANUARY

In-Person

Embracing Our Differences

Jan. 21 to April 1

Bayfront Park, Sarasota

Organizer: Embracing Our Differences

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences’ outdoor art exhibit, celebrating the theme of enriching lives through diversity, showcases the art and words of thousands of artists and writers from around the world, including hundreds of Sarasota area students and educators. Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibits are the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness and promote diversity. 

Virtual

"Bach" Together Again, Bach & Vivaldi

Jan. 29, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Organizer: Key Chorale

Key Chorale chamber singers combine with orchestra for two of the most festive Baroque works: Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Trumpet, timpani and jubilant choral writing is ever present in Bach’s Magnificat, his first large-scale work composed for the churches in Leipzig. Vivaldi’s spiritual magnificence and Italian mastery make his Gloria his greatest choral masterpiece. After its premiere, it will be available online for three weeks. Tickets are $30.

FEBRUARY

In-Person

Amor: The Greatest Love Songs

Feb. 10, 6 p.m.

Plantation Golf & Country Club, Venice, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

Songwriter, recording artist, “romantic singing sensation” and Artist Series Concerts favorite Anthony Nunziata returns to town with a brand new show.

Circus Sarasota 2021

Feb. 12 to March 7

Organizer: The Circus Arts Conservatory

Don’t miss this cast of circus artists including acts you've seen on America's Got Talent, in thrilling performances. The event will be both in person and livestreamed. Tickets are $15 to $50.

Coronation: Mozart and Haydn

Feb. 13, 4 p.m.

Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota

Organizer: Key Chorale

Enjoy two timeless masterpieces by classical music’s original trailblazers. Tickets are $30 to $55.

Rising Stars of Sarasota

Feb. 25, 11 a.m.

Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota

Organizer: Artist Series Concerts

This will be a special concert showcasing the exceptional talent of some of the area’s finest young musicians, including past Suncoast Music Scholarship winners as well as star students from the Sarasota Music Conservatory. Musicians to be announced. Lunch will follow the performance.

Takács Quartet

Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Organizer: Sarasota Concert Association

The Takács Quartet exemplifies chamber music of the highest order, and it’s the only quartet named to Gramophone’s Hall of Fame.

ONGOING

The Ringling has various art-making activities online, with projects inspired by different artworks and objects that are part of The Ringling collection.

The Ringling’s Virtual Ringling Reflections programs are virtual tours designed for people with memory loss and their care partners. Click on the link here for dates and times.

The Sarasota Art Museum has virtual exhibitions.

The Urbanite Theatre has an audio drama series available online.

The Venice Symphony offered virtual series through the summer, all of which can be found on its website and on its YouTube channel. It also has a 10-episode series called Education Spotlight and a Behind the Baton monthly interview series available virtually. In 2021, the symphony also will offer online “The Venice Symphony Fanfare and a Quidditch Match” and “The Venice Symphony Resound, Resilience,” with dates to be determined.