About Artist Series Concerts
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota was formed in 1996 as Artist Series of Sarasota. The non-profit organization promotes excellence in live musical performance by featuring acknowledged stars of the next generation. Our 28th season showcases 26 exciting performances in a diverse range of genres including classical, jazz, pops, and Broadway. Our wide variety of musical offerings includes classical recitals, pops, jazz, chamber soirees, luncheon concerts and dinner concerts in a variety of dynamic venues including the Historic Asolo Theater, Sarasota Yacht Club, Plantation Golf & Country Club, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, First Presbyterian Church, and the music room of the one-of-a-kind Fischer-Weisenborne residence.
A central focus of Artist Series Concerts' mission is to spark a lifelong love of the musical arts by exposing young people to interactive music experiences. We accomplish this through performance-based outreach programs in area schools, creating unique learning opportunities for thousands of students and educators every year. In addition, the Suncoast Music Scholarship program makes cash awards annually to area high school students. Past winners have gone on to study at leading music conservatories and pursued successful music careers. During our 2022-2023 season, we introduced a statewide music competition for college students between the ages of 17-22.
Mission & Vision
MISSION: The mission of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is to promote excellence in live musical performance. We feature acknowledged stars of the next generation and introduce young people to musical experiences, including educational outreach and competitive music scholarship programs.
VISION: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota will be nationally recognized as a preeminent musical organization dedicated to the professional development of outstanding new concert artists. To that end, the organization will:
- Establish active relations with prestigious conservatories, festivals, and competitions to identify and support the professional careers of exemplary emerging artists.
- Ensure mutually rewarding artist-audience engagements by maintaining a professional staff dedicated to the highest standards of concert presentation and audience development.
- Foster the development of future classical musicians through outreach programs that present performances by professionals to students in local schools and by holding competitions for High School students to enable grants for musical study.
- Cultivate and steward a supportive base of Board leadership, donors, concertgoers, and volunteers to ensure the fiscal and organizational stability necessary for long-range planning and program development.