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Sarasota Orchestra

Address: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
Phone Number: +1 941-953-3434
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Ranked #21 of 141 Activities in Sarasota
Type: Symphonies, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the...
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Type: Symphonies, Theater & Concerts
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Sarasota Orchestra, led by Anu Tali, is an authentically first-rate ensemble that combines youth, vigor and musicianship to absolutely dazzle the concert-goer. It's almost worth moving to Sarasota just to hear it over and over.

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San Francisco, California
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66 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We went to the Sarasota Orchestra for the first time recently. Having been raised with the Philly and the San Francisco orchestras, we know our way around concert halls. Well, the Sarasota Orchestra is truly an outstanding regional orchestra. The program we attended was superb - good choice of pieces, fine playing, and strong leadership on the podium - and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This production was simply amazing. The music was interesting and moving and the words mesmerizing. It was a terrific evening. We especially enjoyed the Q&A period at the performance end.

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Sarasota, FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The Sarasota Orchestra is the hot ticket in town. The latest evidence is a sold-out performance this month of a complex, musically-demanding composition by a contemporary German composer. Despite total unfamiliarity, and the fact that the concert was a last minute addition to the schedule -- with little time to promote the event -- every available seat was quickly snatched... More 

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Sarasota, FL
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This orchestra presents a variety of music, music that appeals to all tastes, and does so with excellence and professionalism. We especially love the Masterworks and Soiree series. Anu Tali has done a superb job of programming concerts, and an even better job of conducting them. The musicians are first -rate, and recent concerts have been sellouts.

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Rochester NY
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Presents an annual program offered in a comfortable and acoustically superior opera house in the city center of Sarasota. An annual concert free and open to the public offers a sampler of the music featured in the upcoming year's program.

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SarasotaOrchestra, Owner at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! More 

Bradenton, Fl
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

An outstanding orchestra that gets better every year. The new conductor is very dynamic.If you wish to see a soloist you can't beat the first row seats 6 to 10, which by the way are some of the cheapest seats in the Van Wezel. Edmund Garrett

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SarasotaOrchestra, Owner at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Edmund! I am so happy to hear that you had an outstanding time. I hope you come hear the orchestra again soon! More 

Canton OH
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19 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My wife and I attended the first Masterworks concert of the season on Nov 7 at VanWezel. Excellent choice of material, and wonderful conducting by Anu Tali and performance by the orchestra. This is our first year for season tickets, and we got right in the center. That is the place to be if you can at all get tickets... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Owner at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you, David! And welcome to your first year as subscribers as they get the best (and first) pick of seats. It sounds like our subscription seating team assigned you to great house seats! I hope you enjoy the next performance! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The recent Masterworks concert by the Sarasota Orchestra was a real crowd pleaser. It began with Shostakovich selections from "The Gadfly". His movie music is far different from the sardonic "serious" music from his symphonies but was very enjoyable. Dan Jordan's solo in the middle section, Romance, was beautifully played. Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto was stunning. What a treat! After... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Owner at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for feedback, Carol! This season promises to be full of excellent repertoire and world-renowned soloists. Our Music Director, Anu Tali, is bringing us to new heights! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

this orchestra is as good as any first class orchestra in the world. They perform classical, pops and everything in between. Their prices are comparable to those of other major city orchestras. They have first rate international conductors

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SarasotaOrchestra, Owner at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for your praise! We are so excited for this season and we hope you will join us for many of the concerts. We would not be here today without supporters like you. More 

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