Best things to do around Sarasota from February 17 to February 23 | arts and entertainment

Opera music


Chamber Night 7: ‘Voices of Color’

5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail



It’s a celebration of Black History Month and the artistry of African-American composers at Holley Hall. Works by William Grant Still, Valerie Coleman and Florence Price will be performed, with Still’s “Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet” leading the way and Price’s “String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor” rounding out the show.

Luca Stine, a student at the University of Miami, returns home to play in Sarasota.

Luca Stine Jazz Ensemble

5:30 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound St.



You saw him young. Come back to greet him as a young professional. Trumpeter Luca Stine, currently studying at the University of Miami, will return to Sarasota and perform his own compositions for the first time at Selby Gardens, performing with a group of peers and friends.

Laughing Matters: paranoia on parade

7:30 p.m. at the John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 1st St.



This musical skit revue is inspired by today’s culture and politics, and the cast will seek to keep you laughing with parodies of popular songs and theater classics interspersed with original comedy sketches.


Beloved Opera, Operetta, Broadway + Popular Classics

10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, 2050 Oak St.

To free


Soprano Anne Tormela, who has performed all over Florida’s Gulf Coast, will sing selections from Verdi, Puccini and Gershwin, as well as Jerome-Kern and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tormela has sung with the Pops and the Sarasota Choral Society, and she has also performed with orchestras in Italy and Poland.

greek party

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road

$5; free for children under 12


Come and sample Greek cuisine, music and dance at the 33rd Annual Saint Barbara Greek Festival. Festival attendees will also have the chance to win a raffle with a grand prize including $30,000 in cash or a brand new Mercedes Benz. The festival will also run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz will be in town tickling some fun bones at McCurdy’s.

Jon Lovitz

6:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theater, 1923 Ringling Blvd.



ACTING! Jon Lovitz, perhaps best known from his days on Saturday Night Live or his stint as the voice of Jay Sherman on “The Critic,” will bring his absurd notions and punchlines to the McCurdy faithful.

Lovitz will also play shows on Saturday and Sunday.

Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver

7 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way



Country roads. Take him home. Where it belongs. Sarasota will be entertained by tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS television movie chronicling the life of John Denver. Get ready for a Rocky Mountain High on the East Coast.

“Dancing with the stars” live!

8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail



Your favorite small-screen dancers are coming for a big performance. “Dancing with the Stars: Live” will feature mirrorball champions Kaitlyn Bristowe and Iman Shumpert in addition to a host of competitors familiar from the TV show. Come see tango, salsa, foxtrot and everything in between!


Sarasota Downtown Arts Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Street, Sarasota

To free


Make way for the mother of all high street fairs! The Sarasota Downtown Arts Festival will celebrate its 34th edition Saturday and Sunday, and more than 200 performers will fill the five city blocks. Painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and more will be on display during this two-day celebration of art.

Tribute to Neil Diamond

2 and 7 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W., Bradenton



Good times never looked so good. Sing along with the infectious harmonies of Neil Diamond as tribute artist Keith Allynn hits the high notes of the troubadour’s rich catalog of hits.

Sarasota Opera will perform Daughter of the Regiment for the first time since 1987.

“The Daughter of the Regiment” by Donizetti

7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.



Decades have passed since the Sarasota Opera House last performed ‘La fille du régiment’, a comic opera which debuted in Paris in 1840. The opera – written by Gaetano Donizetti and to a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard — tells the story of a soldier and a young girl brought up by a French regiment. The opera has a passage that requires lead character Tonio to sing an aria with eight High C’s, a signature moment performed by Luciano Pavarotti in 1972. There will be six more performances until March 18.

‘Life is a beach’

8:30 p.m. at FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theater, 1265 1st St.



Sit back and get ready to laugh as the cast of FST pokes fun at all Sarasota. The show will include skits, sing-alongs and topical material relating to snowbirds, roundabouts and fun in the sun.


old and new music

3 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street



The Suncoast Concert Band will bring familiar tunes and new directions to a Sunday concert at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

NEXUS Chamber Music Chicago with Maria Ioudenitch, violin

4 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road



Cellist Alexander Hersh, a two-time winner of the Artist Series Concert competitions, co-founded this group, and they will be joined by young violinist Maria Ioudenitch as they perform a selection of string trio pieces.

Adelaide Boedecker, from Sarasota, is coming home for one night only and she will sing with her husband Calvin Griffin.

“A Night at the Opera”

5 p.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road

$35; $5 students

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Adelaide Boedecker, soprano and Sarasota native, will appear courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera for one night only, and she will sing through selections from Figaro’s wedding to her husband Calvin Griffin. Boedecker, who grew up singing at the Church of the Redeemer and graduated from Pine View School, is waiting to make her Met debut. Boedecker is currently engaged as the cover for the role of Thibault in “Don Carlos,” which will begin production at the Met later this month, and she will leave Sarasota after her show to return to New York. Griffin, a gifted bass-baritone in his own right, made his Met debut last year in Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Joseph Holt of the Choral Artists said he was also delighted to present works by Mozart and William Grant Still.

Paul Anka – “The Greatest Hits: His Way”

7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail



Canadian crooner Paul Anka brings his velvet voice to Sarasota, and he’ll sing his songs his way.

“My Way” was made famous by Frank Sinatra, but Anka lays claim to it and will sing a bunch of his most famous compositions from his 60+ year music career. Anka will only play one night in Sarasota.


Jazz at FST Cabaret with Dan Miller Quartet

7:30 p.m. at FST’s John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St.



Jazz trumpeter Dan Miller will team up with Lou Del Gatto to bring jazz quartet sound to the John C. Court Cabaret. Guests will be able to purchase dinner and drinks while listening to the sounds of Miller and company.

ENSRQ + Trio Chroma

8 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave.



ENSRQ will partner with Boston-based Chroma Trio to present a new work by composer Tyson Davis. Founder Samantha Bennett will perform alongside instrumentalists Mary Ferrillo and Francesca McNeeley. Davis, a student at Juilliard, has been composing since the age of 8.


“The Learned Ladies”

7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

pay what you can


“The Learned Ladies” will premiere on Tuesday night, then continue until March 13. The play, a satire on academic pretentiousness written by Molière, premiered in Paris in 1672. Sarasota’s production is directed by Benny Sato Ambush, artistic director of the Theater of Venice.


“The Marvelous Martha”

4 p.m. at Stone Hall at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton



This show focuses on the forgotten story of Martha Matilda Harper, an immigrant servant who revolutionized the retail franchise by creating a network of hair salons. Learn about the world Harper lived in and the people who admired her as the Manatee Performing Arts Center celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

“Celtic Thunder”

7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 7777 N. Tamiami Trail



Here come the thundering hoofbeats of Irish singers. This troupe formed in 2007 and has achieved international acclaim, and they will be bringing their catalog of traditional folk songs to the Van Wezel. Celtic Thunder played at the White House during the Obama administration, and their act was celebrated around the world.