Great Escapes

One of our most popular series, often selling out, offers a mix of light classics and toe-tapping pops in themed concerts. Four conductors split the six concerts, providing variety and personal warmth at each concert.

  • By Special Arrangement

    By Special Arrangement

    Great Escapes 1

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, October 13, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Much of the music we love was composed for small ensembles or even a solo piano. This concert explores how arranging music for a full orchestra can enhance sonic colors and impact. This diverse program features popular selections from classical composers, the Beatles, and the Broadway smash Hamilton.


    Chris Confessore, conductor

    Program Details TBA

  • Home for the Holidays

    Home for the Holidays

    Great Escapes 2

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, December 22, 2017 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, December 23, 2017 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    We're all dreaming of a White Christmas, even in Florida. This concert provides a range of sentimental experiences, from a Miracle on 34th Street to March of the Toys to the music from Frozen. Join us for a musical Sleigh Ride, enjoy Klezmer King Wenceslas and Corelli’s special Christmas Concerto.


    Andrew Lane, conductor

    Program Details TBA

  • Mozart in the Jungle

    Mozart in the Jungle

    Great Escapes 3

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, January 26, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    The TV program Mozart in the Jungle provides a sometimes messy but always touching perspective of the making of music and the stories of the musicians. In this concert, we experience Mozart and Beethoven, Berlioz and Puccini, Bernstein and Queen. Yes, it's the Queen of Bohemian Rhapsody!


    Stefan Sanders, conductor

    Program Details TBA

  • It's Been Reel

    It's Been Reel

    Great Escapes 4

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, February 16, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    Movies and their musical scores go hand in hand. Gone with the Wind, The King and I and Raiders of the Lost Ark all are as memorable for their music as their lasting lines and compelling stories. We won't need a movie screen in this orchestral concert to say Hooray for Hollywood.


    Andrew Lane, conductor

    Program Details TBA

  • The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music

    Great Escapes 5

    SOLD OUT | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Friday, March 23, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    SOLD OUT | Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    We all love the Sound of Music! Strike up the Band for our Flight to Neverland as we travel Over the Rainbow. Enjoy a Star Wars theme from a new movie and the classic score from To Kill a Mockingbird. The Pomp and Circumstance of this concert will remind us of some of our favorite things.


    Chris Confessore, conductor

    Program Details TBA

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  • Mavericks of Rhythm

    Mavericks of Rhythm

    Great Escapes 6

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 7:30pm | Holley Hall
    Friday, April 13, 2018 | 5:30pm | Holley Hall
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 8:00pm | Holley Hall

    This concert showcases the mavericks who de ned the distinctive rhythms of American music. You’ll experience popular American composers such as Bernstein, Copland, Mancini and Ellington, as well as a few lesser known, but no less intriguing and accessible pioneers of the American sound.


    Jacomo Bairos, conductor

    Program Details TBA

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Written byHerald Tribune

 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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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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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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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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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.  

Written byThe Observer

 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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