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New! Outdoor Concerts at Selby Gardens and "Musically Speaking" virtual series

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The John Miller Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, April 1, 5:30 pm

George Nickson Percussion Ensemble
Tuesday, April 13, 5:30 pm



Join us for exciting free virtual concerts in the comfort of your home!

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Announcing Two Outdoor Concerts at Selby Gardens

We are delighted to announce that we are presenting two live concerts at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in downtown Sarasota this spring. Social distancing measures will be in place, seating will be provided, and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. The John Miller Jazz Ensemble is sold out but there are still tickets available for George Nickson.

SOLD OUT! Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 5:30 pm

The John Miller Jazz Ensemble 

John Miller Jazz Ensemble

John Miller, principal bass for Sarasota Orchestra, has gathered an ensemble of inspired musicians who will perform jazz favorites from the 40’s to the present. Saxophonist Peter Carney and trombonist George Mancini will perform, along with an array of other jazz musicians.   

Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 5:30 pm

The George Nickson Percussion Ensemble

George Nickson

Dallas Symphony Principal percussionist George Nickson is joined by percussionist Mike Truesdell and violinist Samantha Bennett in a unique program, showcasing a dazzling array of percussion instruments.  Featuring the marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and more, the program includes a variety of works, from Bach to Steve Reich.

Musically Speaking

We are delighted to announce our new virtual concert series, “Musically Speaking.” This free, three-concert series features preeminent classical musicians in unique performances, highlighted by informal conversations moderated by Charles Turon, a musician and educator. The artists will discuss the music they will perform, how they have spent their time during the pandemic, and other interesting insights, shared exclusively with our Sarasota audiences. The concerts can be enjoyed at home and will be available for seven days for unlimited viewing after the initial broadcast date.

February 25, 2021 | 7 pm

Pianists Garrick Ohlsson & Kirill Gerstein Duo Piano

SCA presents Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein

Join us online to experience the talents of these internationally renowned pianists as they team up to perform two-piano arrangements of beloved orchestral works, including Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Ravel’s La Valse.

March 11, 2021 | 7 pm

Samantha Bennett & George Nickson
Violin and Percussion

Sarasota Orchestra’s Samantha Bennett and Dallas Symphony’s George Nickson, also co-directors of ensembleNEWSRQ, present a program of wide-ranging works that showcases their versatile approach to contemporary music. 

March 25, 2021 | 7 pm

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Chamber Orchestra

SCA presents St. Martin in the Fields

“Overcoming Distance” is a pandemic-inspired program highlighting soloists performing works by Bach, Messiaen, and MacMillan, and the entire ensemble performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.

Register now for Musically Speaking...


We’ll send you a link prior to the performance, and then tune in from the comfort of your home!

2021 Season Update - Great Performers Series Cancelled

As a result of the pandemic, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Bach Collegium Japan concerts were cancelled in November.  Sarasota Concert Association recently made the decision to also cancel the remaining three concerts of the season, including the Takács Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang; violinist Benjamin Beilman with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo; and pianist Emanuel Ax. We look forward to bringing back these extraordinary artists in future seasons when we are able to resume our in-person concert hall performances.  In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy our free “Musically Speaking” virtual concert series.

Season ticket holders have been contacted regarding cancelled concert ticket donations or refunds. Questions? Contact our box office at 941-225-6500 or

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Great Performers Series

The Great Performers Series brings the world’s most renowned classical musicians to perform in Sarasota during a six-concert season, January through March, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Riverview Performing Arts Center. The 2022 season will be announced in March. 

Music Matinees

This free community outreach program features accomplished, regional musicians who perform a vast array of musical styles. All concerts are held at noon in David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Stay tuned for an all new season lineup for 2022!

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