Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: David Cohen Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Category: Classical Conversations

Hosted by Al Cohen 

Al Cohen has worked as a classical music critic for the past 39 years, including 20 years as the classical critic for the two largest Gannett newspapers in New Jersey.  Presently, he writes for Pro-Opera Magazine, proving opera coverage for Spanish speaking people worldwide.

Join us for Classical Conversations 5 on February 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in David Cohen Hall at the Symphony Center. Coffee and light refreshments are offered at 10:00 a.m. and the cost at the door is only $15.  Mr. Cohen will be discussing the entire program, featuring Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: David Cohen Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Category: Classical Conversations

Hosted by Phillip Gainsley 

Phillip Gainsley has been giving talks on music and music theater including opera and ballet for nearly 40 years in venues all over the United States.  For 30 years he served as a panelist on the Opera Quiz heard during intermission of the Saturday live radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.

Join us for Classical Conversations 6 on March 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in David Cohen Hall at the Symphony Center. Coffee and light refreshments are offered at 10:00 a.m. and the cost at the door is only $15.  Mr. Gainsley will be discussing the entire program, featuring Holst’s The Planets.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 12:00 am – Friday, March 30, 2018 11:59 pm
Location: Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Category: Clean for a Cause-The Paris Flea Market

5th Annual Paris Flea Market

MARCH 27 (Tuesday) | 3:00 – 7:00 PM Preview Sale $10 at Door

MARCH 28-30 (Wednesday – Friday) | 10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Free Admission

Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center

709 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

Never got to your Spring Cleaning? Don’t fret, because fall and winter are the cleaning seasons in Sarasota. Why? You ask… The Sarasota Orchestra Friends’ premiere fundraising event, the Paris Flea Market, now in its fifth year, is scheduled for March 27-30. We’re already hard at work to top last year’s success. Have the urge to clean out your closets or want to make room for new decorating ideas? Your donations of costume jewelry, fine jewelry, accessories, designer clothing, art work, collectibles, furniture, china and crystal, antique linens, lamps, area rugs, housewares, etc. are what make the Paris Flea Market a much anticipated shopping destination. Our collections please the most discerning shoppers. And, each year, the items become more numerous and eclectic. 

Donate Smaller Items: you can drop them off at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center 709 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Thursdays through March 15.

Donate Furniture & Larger Items: contact Anne Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone her at (941) 927-6870 to arrange for pick up.

Volunteer: if you’d like to join in the fun and volunteer at the Market, there is certain to be a job that would interest you. To find out more about various positions and scheduling options, contact Rosalie Peirce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (941) 379-3463. 

 


Thursday, April 05, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: David Cohen Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Category: Classical Conversations

Hosted by Steve Miles 

Steve Miles is Professor of Music and Director of New Music New College (NMNC).  As a composer, Miles has focused on music for the voice producing songs, theater compositions, and choral works.  Miles also was Provost of New College from 2011 to 2017.

Join us for Classical Conversations 7 on April 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in David Cohen Hall at the Symphony Center. Coffee and light refreshments are offered at 10:00 a.m. and the cost at the door is only $15.  Mr. Gainsley will be discussing the entire program, featuring Rachmaninoff’s final work, Symphonic Dances.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Location: Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, Florida, 34239
Category: Grande Finale Dinner-"Masterful Musical Mash-Ups"
Price: Starts at: US$100.00

A spectacular dinner party topped off by the amazing Lost Chord Trio – featuring the keyboard genius of Jerry Bilik and the artistry of bassist, John Miller and percussionist, George Nickson. The audience participates to inspire the musicians as they "mash-up" pop and classical music genres into one new masterfully artistic composition. Guaranteed to be the talk of the season!

Individual tickets are $100 per person ($50 tax deductible). Patron tickets, with preferred seating and acknowledgment, are $150 per person ($95 tax deductible). 

The Grande Finale is sponsored in part by the following: SunTrust Wealth Management, ImageFIRST, Hugh Steele, David Green, and Billy Robinson. Thank you for your support!

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