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Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
Phone Number: +1 941-953-3434
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For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music...

For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the region, and visitors from around the world. The 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. In 2008 the organization unveiled a new name and logo with a package that offers new series, new concerts and a whole new way to experience live music, along with the timeless classics.An arts leader in the community, the Sarasota Orchestra has a dual mission, dedicated to exquisite performance and first-class musical education. The Sarasota Orchestra's acclaimed music education program includes the 50-year-old Youth Orchestra, which features five ensembles – the most advanced of which, The Youth Philharmonic, made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. The Sarasota Orchestra also offers music lessons for students of all ages and abilities, sponsors multiple community-outreach programs and is the parent program of the Sarasota Music Festival.

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TOP NOTCH Orchestra and duet VIOLINISTS

Last night the Father and son team from Russia Sergey and Andrei Dogadin were outstanding. The young violinist is destined to be one of the greats. I was impressed. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Sarasota, Florida
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Last night the Father and son team from Russia Sergey and Andrei Dogadin were outstanding. The young violinist is destined to be one of the greats. I was impressed. The orchestra led by ANA Tau was excellent.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were happy to be visiting Sarasota during the Broadway concert. The orchestra was accompanied by two Broadway singers who certainly brought talent to the stage despite their lack of chemistry. The concert was very enjoyable and the music selections composed by Richard Rogers and Andrew Lloyd Webber were lovely.

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Coordinator at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of the Sarasota Orchestra and our recent Pops concert (January 2016) featuring two of Broadway's superstars, Norm Lewis and Elizabeth Southard. It was the first time the two had joined together on stage, and we were so proud of the sold-out performances! We hope you join us again on your next visit to... More 

Boca Grande, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I am 77 and have been exposed to serious music in performance for most of my life. The Sarasota Orchestra has demonstrated the ability to deliver exceptional concerts from early classics to a world premier by a living composer who was in the audience today. Annu Talli the Music Director, will be a major player in the music world for... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Coordinator at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at the Sarasota Orchestra, taking the time to share your review, and being a loyal subscriber to our Masterworks series! We are truly lucky to have music director, Anu Tali, at the helm. We couldn't do the work we do without supportive patrons like yourself. See you again soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

For a community the size of the Sarasota / Manatee area, most would not expect to experience an orchestra of this caliber. We are annual subscribers and enjoy music of all kinds ... but nothing in this area compares to the concerts by the Sarasota Orchestra. Not even the big national / international (famous) touring Orchestras that frequent our Van... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Coordinator at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

You couldn't have said it better than that! Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and encouraging others to join us for an upcoming concert. We are truly lucky to have music director, Anu Tali, at the helm. We couldn't do the world-class work we do without supportive patrons like yourself. See you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

When we retired to Sarasota 18 years ago, this Orchestra sounded like a third tier local orchestra. Under the direction of of Leif Bjaland the orchestra was transformed and became truly wonderful t o listen to. The orchestra is now led by Anu Tali, an Estonian powerhouse. The concerts have gone from pleasant to thrilling. We are so fortunate to... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Roberta, thank you so much for your kind words! Each season, the Sarasota Orchestra keeps getting better and better. Thank you for your dedication to our programming and organization over the years. We would not be here today without supporters like you. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Love it. Beautiful Downtown Sarasota has a gem of an Opera house. I have seen a few shows, events and attended film festivals there as well. They have wine, and a nice courtyard. This Opera House is by Five Points Park, and you can park at the Library or Starbucks. I always stroll down Main Street to the waterfront after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Parking was easy, in a paved lot by the building. The music hall was the orchestra's rehearsal hall and was just flat seating on folding chairs on the lower level (stage level) and theatre seats along a narrow balcony. It was fine for the concert; just don't expect any decor. Having said that, the orchestra was a delight. We enjoyed... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

George, thank you for attending one of recent concerts. It sounds like you attended in Holley Hall, which is home to many of our smaller concerts (Chamber and Great Escapes). Our full symphony Masterworks and Pops concerts are typically held in the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall just behind Holley Hall. Close to 2,000 seats and a wonderful experience! We... More 

Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We have always enjoyed the SO, since moving here 5 years ago, but Anu Tali, has taken the orchestra to new heights. There is a new passion in every note. Bravo!

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

We are thrilled to hear that! We are so very lucky to have music director, Anu Tali, at the helm. We hope to see you again soon at the Sarasota Orchestra! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My wife and I have heard symphony orchestras in major US and European cities. This orchestra ranks with the best anywhere.

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Charles, thank you for your support of the Sarasota Orchestra. We would not be here today without supporters like you. We hope to see you again this season for even more wonderful concerts and events! More 

Spring Hill, Florida
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279 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have gone to hear the orchestra a number of times, and they have all been great performances. Recently we saw Anu Tali direct with such grace and bring new beauty to a favorite piece. She was a wonderful choice as director. Today they were in Englewood for a pops concert. We enjoyed the selections and the skill with which... More 

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