Sarasota has long been invested in theater and the performing arts, and a quick scan of the Downtown Sarasota buildings is proof enough of that. Nestled together in the center of town is Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota Opera House, several community theaters, a jazz club, and a comedy venue. If all the world’s a stage, then Downtown Sarasota has front row seats.
For over 65 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the region, and visitors from around the world. The 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. An arts leader in the community, the Sarasota Orchestra has a dual mission dedicated to exquisite performance and first-class musical education.
VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL IN SARASOTA
Set along Sarasota’s beautiful bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is a true pioneer in the cultural development of Sarasota, and presents a broad spectrum of the world’s finest performers representing the diverse tastes of Southwest Florida residents and visitors.
Sarasota Opera produces outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich, and educate our communities, as well as patrons from across the state and around the world.
ASOLO THEATRE COMPANY
Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida’s premier professional theatre, is one of the most important cultural forces in the Southeastern United States. A center for theatrical excellence, Asolo Rep stages up to 15 productions every season, spanning a diverse repertoire of newly commissioned plays, bold reinterpretations of contemporary and classical works, and provocative new theatre experiences.
FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE
Florida Studio Theatre is Sarasota’s contemporary theatre, located in the heart of downtown. It has been in operation in Sarasota since 1973 and its Sarasota Bayfront campus is a village of theaters that brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact—providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances. Hip and historical, entertaining and challenging, they are the theatre where the street meets the elite, where everyone is welcome to come and engage in the art of theatre.
SARASOTA BALLET OF FLORIDA
The Sarasota Ballet is the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company. With a mission to enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen the community through the art of dance, The Sarasota Ballet is one of the most unique organizations of its kind in the country.