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SOLD OUT: 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.  

Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 5:30 pm

SOLD OUT! 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 standards, including Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train” and the Broadway musical hit, “Too Close for Comfort,” as well as other jazz favorites from the 40’s to the present. Saxophonist Peter Carney and trombonist George Mancini will join John, along with an array of other jazz musicians for this special concert.

John Miller has performed as a soloist with orchestras in New York and Florida and has performed Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” with Andre Watts. He also performs with a variety of jazz groups and has made several recordings, including his 2002 debut, “Miller and Ramsier play Ramsier” on Albany records. He was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, where he toured Japan, the UK and Costa Rica.

This concert is made possible by Jan and Bill Farber.

Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 5:30 pm

SOLD OUT!  The George Nickson Percussion Ensemble

George Nickson

This program, specifically designed for Sarasota Concert Association, features percussionists George Nickson and Mike Truesdell, as well as violinist Samantha Bennett, in a variety of works, from traditional classical to contemporary composers. Featured works include selections from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier,  Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas, works by Ivan Trevino, Anders Koppel, and Maurice Ravel, and ragtime xylophone selections.

A percussionist of great versatility and virtuosity, George Nickson has been hailed by The New York Times as “a performer handling his role with ease and flair.” George is principal percussionist of The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and served as principal percussionist of the Sarasota Orchestra from 2012 to 2019. He performs frequently with the orchestras of Boston, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Honolulu, and San Francisco. A champion of new music, George regularly appears as conductor in performances with his group, ensembleNEWSRQ.

World-renowned percussionist Colin Currie describes Mike Truesdell as …”a poet and the thinking musician’s percussionist – a maverick with grace and subtlety.”  Currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at Ithaca College, and a Juilliard graduate where he received his doctorate degree, Mike brings his creativity, technical skills and stunning virtuosity to the stage for this unique performance. 

Please Note:

  • Entrance for the concert is at the Palm Avenue gate in front of Payne Mansion, and free parking is available in the Palm Avenue lots across from the entrance to Selby Gardens. Ticket buyers may proceed through the gate beginning at 5 pm.
  • Out of consideration for the health of our patrons and staff, tickets will not be issued. Ticket buyer names will be on a list at our welcome table for quick and easy check-in. Wearing a mask at all times while on the grounds of Selby Garden will be required.
  • Chairs will be provided and set up according to social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizer and bug spray will be available at the entrance.
  • There will be a cash bar available at the concert.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sarasota Concert Association programs are paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues, and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. 

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