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Address: 709 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34236-4047
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For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music...

For more than 60 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. In 2008 the organization unveiled a new name and logo with a package that offers new series, new concerts and a whole new way to experience live music, along with the timeless classics.An arts leader in the community, the Sarasota Orchestra has a dual mission, dedicated to exquisite performance and first-class musical education. The Sarasota Orchestra's acclaimed music education program includes the 50-year-old Youth Orchestra, which features five ensembles – the most advanced of which, The Youth Philharmonic, made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. The Sarasota Orchestra also offers music lessons for students of all ages and abilities, sponsors multiple community-outreach programs and is the parent program of the Sarasota Music Festival.

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Great regional orchestra

In Chicago, we had one of the finest symphonies in the world so it is a high standard to compare to. Our local orchestra is not Chicago, but as regional orchestras go, it has to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

In Chicago, we had one of the finest symphonies in the world so it is a high standard to compare to. Our local orchestra is not Chicago, but as regional orchestras go, it has to be one of the best. I have heard them play classical and pop, show tunes and soundtracks and everything always sounds wonderful. It was one... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Public Relations Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of the Sarasota Orchestra! We are lucky to bring in high-quality guest artists throughout the year to perform with our professional orchestra under the baton of our Music Director Anu Tali. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

People who are giving this orchestra five stars obviously haven't heard the best orchestras. They are very good, especially for a small city like Sarasota, but are not a great orchestra. There is almost always one or two places where the orchestra is out of sync with the soloists or each other, and although they manage to pull it together,... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. We pride ourselves for being one of the top regional orchestras in the country, and we always strive to perform at the highest level and exceed the expectations of our audiences. We hope you will continue to come and enjoy our performances. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

"You have a World Class Orchestra!" So said, Case Scaglione, guest conductor, who in 2015 conducted the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonigue de Luxenbourg and the Julliard Orchestra, among others after serving as Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Scaglione, had just completed a performance of Beethoven and Brahms, which included a brilliant Beethoven Piano Concerto,No.3, in C Minor,... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Public Relations Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of the Sarasota Orchestra! We are lucky to bring in high-quality guest artists throughout the year to perform with our professional orchestra under the baton of Maestra Anu Tali, with 125 different performances each season. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Over the few years I have lived in Florida, my favorite symphony orchestra is close by, the Sarasota Orchestra. Can't say enough of how wonderful and professional this conductor and orchestra is! Well worth attending!

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SarasotaOrchestra, Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of the Sarasota Orchestra! We are lucky to bring in high-quality guest artists throughout the year to perform with our professional orchestra under the baton of Maestra Anu Tali, with 125 different performances each season. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Sarasota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Anu Tali, the new Artistic Director, has upped the game of the Sarasota Orchestra. She has revitalized the member musicians and imports guest conductors and soloists of impeccable quality. Worth a voyage.

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SarasotaOrchestra, Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of the Sarasota Orchestra! We are lucky to bring in high-quality guest artists throughout the year to perform with our professional orchestra under the baton of Maestra Anu Tali, with 125 different performances each season. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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571 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

In an age where grants to the arts are the first thing to be cut, it is a miracle how a small city orchestra can successfully thrive and thrive it does. Having grown up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, that is a tough act to follow. In my opinion, our orchestra scene is top notch and can compete with much... More 

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SarasotaOrchestra, Manager at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of the Sarasota Orchestra! We are lucky to bring in high-quality guest artists throughout the year to perform with our professional orchestra under the baton of Maestra Anu Tali, with 125 different performances each season. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

We've been there about 5-6 times and every concert has been top quality. This has to be one of the best small city orchestra's in the country! Tickets are reasonably priced and the Van Wezel doesn't have any bad seats. Conductor Anu Tali is world class.

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Coordinator at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of the Sarasota Orchestra! We are lucky to bring in high-quality guest artists throughout the year to perform with our professional orchestra under the baton of Maestra Anu Tali, with 125 different performances each season. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Witnessed a spirited performance of many Disney tunes from their movies by the Sarasota Orchestra accompanied by very professional vocalists. What a delight!

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Coordinator at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at the Sarasota Orchestra and our recent Pops Concert, "Disney In Concert." Every year, the Sarasota Orchestra has more than 125 concerts ranging from classical masterpieces (Masterworks), small Chamber pieces, youth offerings, and popular hits. We hope we will see you again soon for another concert! You may enjoy our upcoming Outdoor Pops at Ed... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Last night the Father and son team from Russia Sergey and Andrei Dogadin were outstanding. The young violinist is destined to be one of the greats. I was impressed. The orchestra led by ANA Tau was excellent.

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Coordinator at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of the Sarasota Orchestra! We appreciate your kind words about the recent Masterworks concert featuring son and father guest artists, Sergey and Andrei Dogadin. We are lucky to bring in high-quality guest artists throughout the year to perform with our professional orchestra under the baton of Maestra Anu Tali. We... More 

Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

We were happy to be visiting Sarasota during the Broadway concert. The orchestra was accompanied by two Broadway singers who certainly brought talent to the stage despite their lack of chemistry. The concert was very enjoyable and the music selections composed by Richard Rogers and Andrew Lloyd Webber were lovely.

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SarasotaOrchestra, Social Media Coordinator at Sarasota Orchestra, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of the Sarasota Orchestra and our recent Pops concert (January 2016) featuring two of Broadway's superstars, Norm Lewis and Elizabeth Southard. It was the first time the two had joined together on stage, and we were so proud of the sold-out performances! We hope you join us again on your next visit to... More 

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