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“Deinitely a "Wink and a Smile"” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota Orchestra
709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
+1 941-953-3434
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Ranked #23 of 127 Activities in Sarasota
Type: Symphonies, Performances
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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.
Hudson, FL
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“Deinitely a "Wink and a Smile"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We had reserved balcony seats for this concert of the Great Escapes series. It was one of the twilight concerts, held at 5:30 p.m., no intermission and ended around 6:30. It worked out well. Downstairs tickets have only open seating, which means, if you want a good seat, you need to stand in line for about an hour before the auditorium opens. I've done that but decided against doing it again. Our seats were in the 2nd row, seats 5 & 6, which gave us a good view of the entire orchestra. This concert included some novelty tunes, like Cyncopated Clock and the Typewriter, focusing on the percussion section of the orchestra. Last time we were at a SO concert at Holley Hall we were on the far right of the balcony, third row, and couldn't see the percussion section. I'm glad we had much better tickets for the Wink and Smile program.

Afterwards we went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. This may have sounded like a short musical program but it worked well for us. When we attend one at 7 or even 8 p.m., we find ourselves trying to hurry through a not very relaxed dinner to attend the concert on time. We don't live nearby but come to Sarasota a few times a year. Restaurant service isn't always swift and predictable. We had a fine evening.

Visited April 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Competitive to Major City Orchestras”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The best of all the live performances in the area. This orchestra is surprising excellent. I've lived in NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago and St Louis and the Sarasota Orchestra is competitive to all.

Visited December 2013
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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“Terrific symphony”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I first saw this small city symphony in 2012 when they didn't have a regular conductor and was blown away by how good they were. I'm accustomed to hearing NY, Philly, Vienna, etc. and was thrilled to find that Sarasota could hold their own against any of the big guys.

Visited March 2013
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Hudson, FL
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“Excellent Performance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This performance was part of the Great Escapes series called "Let It Snow", featuring holiday/winter selections. We had reserved balcony seats. They were o.k. but I hope we can get better ones in the future. Very few were available when we chose them last September. Series subscribers get a better choice, but because we don't live in the area we can't become subscribers. The music was good with a few special effects for some selections, like Sleigh Ride.

The volunteer ushers were very polite and helpful, even pointing out second floor restrooms and the elevator to the balcony, which is not very obvious. Parking is free, plentiful and nearby. We had an enjoyable evening.

Visited December 2013
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Sarasota, FL
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“A fine local orchestra”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We have had many enjoyable evenings at the Sarasota Orchestra concerts. The 80-member orchestra has improved during the years we have lived in Sarasota.

Visited April 2013
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