Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?
You will see a wide range of clothing at the Orchestra. Generally, wearing business casual (slacks, skirts and a nice shirt) will suffice, yet don't feel bashful about dressing up in something more formal!
Where should I park?

Parking is free at Holley Hall, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Neel Performing Arts Center. Valet parking, for a nominal fee is available at the Van Wezel. For concerts at the Sarasota Opera House, there are two parking garages available within walking distance of the Opera House at the Plaza at Five Points and 100 Central. Free valet services are also available.

How long are performances?

Masterworks, Pops and Great Escapes performances run approximately two hours with a 20-minute intermission. Chamber and Great Escapes Lites run approximately one hour.

What time do the doors open?
The Box Office opens 1 hour prior to performance at venue. The doors open 30 minutes before the performance begins.
What time should I be in my seat?
Performances begin promptly, so please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes early. Latecomers will be seated at the first appropriate break in the program as determined by the conductor.
Are there pre-concert lectures?

Classical Conversations, informative presentations of each Masterworks program’s musical background, are held the Thursday of each Masterworks concert week at 10:30 a.m. in Holley Hall. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the door. For more information visit the Sarasota Orchestra Friends website.

What are the rules for etiquette and applause?

Arrive within plenty of time to take your seat before the performance begins. We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time in order to use the restroom, find your seats, peruse the program and read the program notes to learn a little more about the music that evening.

Performances begin promptly at the scheduled starting time. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate break in the program, as determined by the conductor.

Prior to the performance, please turn off all audio alerts including watch alarms, cell phones, and pagers. If needed, please give any of these items to the house manager, along with your seating location.

Cameras and recording equipment may not be used at any performance.


It is customary to applaud when the conductor enters the stage. You may take this cue from those who can see the conductor's entrance. Most classical works are broken into movements, with a slight pause indicating the end of one movement and the beginning of the next. As a standard practice, applause is held until after all movements of the piece have been completed. If you are unclear as to when the piece has been completed, simply wait until the music has stopped and the conductor has turned around to face the audience. If you just can't restrain your enthusiasm for a particular movement, feel free to clap at its conclusion!

What is the pet policy?

Pets are not allowed in our performance venues. Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome.

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 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

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 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

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 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

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