Memorable performance venues enhance the overall musical experience
This season's 41 concerts take place in a variety of dynamic venues, including the Historic Asolo Theater, Sarasota Opera House, Venice Performing Arts Center, Faith Lutheran Church, First Church, Church of the Redeemer, Michael’s On East, and the Plantation Golf and Country Club.
The Historic Asolo Theater at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Several of our concerts take place in the remarkable setting of the Historic Asolo Theater. Comfortable seating, excellent acoustic and sightlines combine with the theater’s jewel-like setting to create an ideal space in which to enjoy world-class musicians. Sarasota's most storied theater was created in 1798 in Asolo, Italy, brought to Sarasota in the early 1950s and painstakingly restored in 2006. The Historic Asolo Theater remains one of the most beloved treasures in The Ringling’s collection. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
The Sarasota Opera House
Artist Series Concerts is delighted to return to the historic Sarasota Opera House this season. This striking hall recently underwent a $20-million-dollar historic renovation—designed to restore the 1926 theater to its original glory, while creating a venue for state-of-the-art, 21st-century opera and concerts. Decorative details have been restored, seating has been replaced, and the orchestra pit almost doubled in size. Backstage systems have been updated and public areas and amenities expanded and enhanced. Enjoying a concert in this distinguished hall is truly a vibrant, unforgettable experience. 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota.
Venice Performing Arts Center
We’re delighted to present concerts at the state-of-the-art Venice Performing Arts Center. This beautiful 1,090-seat, multi-level auditorium located on the island of Venice, features a 2,000-square-foot stage and automated orchestra pit. The VPAC boasts the ability to accommodate up to 50 color-changing and moving LED lights in addition to a 12-panel acoustic shell around the stage, which allows the entire building to be acoustically tuned. 1 Indian Avenue, Venice.
Organized 125 years ago in 1891, First Church (originally First United Methodist Church) was the very first church in the village of Sarasota. As the only Sarasota organization in existence today that existed in 1891, First Church parallels and represents the history of Sarasota. A recent multi-million-dollar refurbishing of the sanctuary enhanced the beauty and perfect acoustics of the space which seats more than 600. 104 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota.
Faith Lutheran Church
Two of our concerts take place in the sanctuary at Faith Lutheran Church. This lovely sanctuary, which seats 300, offers excellent acoustics, clear sight lines for viewing and comfortable, padded pew seats. 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota.
Michael's On East
Artist Concerts Series’ very popular “Lunch & Listen” series of four performances combines nourishment of three senses with imaginative luncheons, varied visual components, and professional musical presentations. Presented in Michael’s On East’s stunning ballroom. 1212 S East Avenue, Sarasota.
Plantation Golf and Country Club
This season we are also presenting two “Lunch & Listen” concerts at the Plantation Golf and Country Club, a premier facility in Venice. Warm tropical tones and rich cherry wood accents offer audiences a soothing ambience to enjoy a memorable dining and entertainment experience. 500 Rockley Boulevard, Venice.
Our three-concert Soiree Series is presented in the music room of a one-of-a-kind residence in Sarasota. Our audiences enjoy not only high-quality musical entertainment, but also the ambiance of enjoying the music in a private setting. Each soiree experience is enhanced by delicious light foods and beverages. The room comfortably accommodates 75 guests and boasts three large grand pianos, including a Steinway Concert Grand; and two restored pipe organs with more than 2,500 pipes. The Fischer-Weisenborne residence is located at 7459 Cabbage Palm Court, Sarasota.
The Church of the Redeemer
Three of our BachFest concerts take place at The Church of the Redeemer, a traditional Episcopal church that has been a part of the Sarasota community for over a century. Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, Redeemer is the mother parish of all other Episcopal churches in the area, and is well known for the beauty of its liturgy, excellent music program, ministry to families and outstanding work in missions and outreach. The church’s 50-stop Nichols & Simpson pipe organ has so many variations of color that it is perfectly suited to the works of the greatest composers for organ. 222 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota.