Whether it’s your first visit or you are looking to enhance your musical experience, we are glad you’re here. Four of our Great Performers Series concerts are presented at the Van Wezel, close to downtown Sarasota, and the other two are held at Riverview PAC, a few miles south of downtown Sarasota.
Our six free Music Matinees start at noon in David Cohen Hall of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center – walking distance from the Van Wezel, and close to fantastic lunch spots.
Advance tickets are available only through the our box office or on the evening of performance at the venue.
What to Wear – Most guests dress for an evening out, and the Sarasota vacation life-style lends itself to both comfort and style. Many patrons come in business-appropriate attire or ready for a fancy night on the town.
When to Arrive – Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the concert start time. This will give you enough time to park, find your seat, look over the printed program, and relax before the music begins. If you arrive late, in consideration for the performers and fellow patrons, you will be seated as soon as there is a pause in the music.
Performance Time – Depending on the music performed, concerts vary in length from an hour and a half to two hours, and include one intermission.
When to Applaud – Many works have separate movements or sections. A short pause usually falls in between each of them and it has become customary not to clap during these short pauses. However, we want you to express your joy!
Phones and Recording Devices – We are thrilled when guests take selfies and photos prior to entering the concert hall for their social media posts. However, once seated, before the concert starts, phones should be silenced and put away. Cameras and other recording devices are prohibited. We think you’ll find that fully engaging in the performance will enhance your musical experience.
Ticket Purchases – Advance tickets are available only through our box office or on the evening of performance at the venue.
Ticket Returns – As a a qualified 501c3 organization, the tickets you purchased but are unable to use may be donated to SCA up to 24 hours prior to the start of the concert. Tickets donations and contributions in excess of ticket prices are a tax-deductible contribution and donors will receive a letter recognizing their contribution.
Our box office is in the Sarasota Ballet box office at the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts building, in the right side of the entrance to the Mertz Theater. From I-75, take University Parkway exit 213 west six miles to the intersection of US 41/Tamiami Trail (northwest corner of University and Tamiami Trail). Cross through the light and turn right at the Museum and Theaters Parking sign. Open M-F 10 am to 4 pm.
Van Wezel PAH is west of US 41/Tamiami Trail on Sarasota Bay, just north of downtown. From I-75, take Fruitville Road exit 210 west until it ends at US 41/Tamiami Trail and turn right (north). Turn left at Boulevard of the Arts and take the next right (north) on Van Wezel Way. The parking lot entrance will be on the left. The Beatrice Friedman Symphony is just before you get to the entrance.
Riverview PAC at 1 Ram Way.
- From I-75, take Bee Ridge Road exit 207 west for 4 miles to the light at Swift Road and turn left (south). In one mile, turn right (west) on Proctor Road to the light at Lords Ave. Turn left, and the entrance will be on your right.
- From US 41, Tamiami Trail, proceed to Proctor Road (intersection of the Landings/Phillippi Shores Elementary School). Turn east on Proctor. Proceed to the next traffic light, Lords Ave., approximately one mile. Turn right.
- From Swift Road, turn west on Proctor. Proceed circa 1/2 mile to the traffic light at Lords Ave. Turn left.
Parking is available in any area and the signs limiting parking do not apply for this event. The Valet drop-off station is in front of the entrance canopy. Greeters will be available in the canopy entrance area to guide you to the correct side of auditorium. Please have your tickets ready.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Elevators are available in both lobbies for easy access to all levels of the Hall, including the Grand Foyer and Auditorium. For the hearing impaired, a hearing loop system allows wearers to use hearing aids as wireless loudspeakers.
Valet parking is available at Riverview PAC and the Van Wezel PAH, and both are handicap accessible.
Our Great Performers Series concerts start at 7:30 pm and both venues offer valet parking. Click on the map for restaurants near the Van Wezel.
Click on the map for restaurants near Riverview PAC.
The Sarasota Concert Association box office is open M-F, 10 am to 1 pm in June and July; from 10 am to 2 pm in August; and 10 am to 3 pm September through May.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Riverview Performing Arts Center
Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center
SCA Box Office at Sarasota Ballet