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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Address: 777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
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+1 941-955-7676
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The City of Sarasota's landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been...

The City of Sarasota's landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of Broadway, orchestra, classical, music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 45 years.

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Lovely theater

We went to the Johnny Mathis concert last week and enjoyed both the concert and the theater. Our only complaint would be no center aisle so we had to step over a lot of people to... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2013
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Sterling Illinois
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Sterling Illinois
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79 reviews
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went to the Johnny Mathis concert last week and enjoyed both the concert and the theater. Our only complaint would be no center aisle so we had to step over a lot of people to get in and out of our seats. The seats were comfortable and the aucoustics very good. They have a lot of events here and... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Each winter we take in a show or two at the Van Wezel. A small theater compared to major cities but they get top name performers and shows. We saw Mid-Town Boys this year and had lots of fun. A wide variety of events to pick from and lots of parking.

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United States
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60 reviews
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

It is wonderful to see and hear The Sarasota Orchestra, but the hall has very poor acoustics. This respectable orchestra deserves better.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Great place to see everything from rock to Bach. The seating is in a large shallow arc around the stage. It's comfortable and there's a good place to eat during intermission.

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Pennsylvania
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Despite it's purple color, someone once said Oglivanna, his wife chose the color, this is a wonderful performance hall. The accoustics are very good and the hall doesn't seem to have gone through corrections for sound. Rows are long so not easy for end seats. Fairly good space between rows.

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Florida
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Attended a performance of the Sarasota Orchestra at the Van Wezel last night. This was the first time I have been to this facility. We bought tickets an hour before the show and sat in the last row of the balcony. The performance was excellent. The acoustics were fantastic. Every note was clear as a bell and it is not... More 

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sarasota
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

The Fine Arts Society offers tours on the first Tuesday of the month from October thru May. For only $5 a person learns about some of the paintings in the lobbies and about the design and construction of the building. Then the tour goes backstage, to show lighting, dressing rooms, etc. The docents were knowledgeable and very interesting. The tour... More 

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Tallahassee
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Over the years I have enjoyed some wonderful experiences at Van Wezel: Vladimir Horowitz, Oscar Peterson, Leonard Bernstein, the Julliard String Quartet, etc. It is a wonderful place and, for me, the site of many happy memories.

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Went to see the Moscow ballet perform the nutcracker, expecting an exquisite performance and Christmas holiday experience. It was anything but remarkable. There were no holiday decorations at all, the dance was uninspired and tired. There was no live orchestra, and the tickets were over $88 per ticket. There were amateur kid dancers that detracted from the show. As far... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Went to the ballet here, getting a last minute ticket in the back row. Well sloped theater meant the sight lines were good even there. Lovely lobby, especially at Christmas. Good acoustics. No centre aisle, though, so if your seats are near the middle, you have to trip over a lot of people to get there.

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