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This series brings world-renowned classical orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo artists to perform in Sarasota during a six-concert season, January through March, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Riverview Performing Arts Center.

2021 Great Performers Concerts Canceled

Due to the ongoing pandemic, our 2021 Great Performers Series concert season has been canceled. The affected concerts included Moscow State Symphony Orchestra; The Cleveland Orchestra; Bach Collegium Japan; Takács Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang; violinist Benjamin Beilman with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo; and pianist Emanuel Ax. We hope to bring these extraordinary artists to Sarasota in future seasons and look forward to announcing our exciting 2022 season in March. 

INTRODUCING MUSICALLY SPEAKING - a new, free virtual concert and conversation series

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!

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