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.
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