Arts & Entertainment

April 4, 2024 at 8:34 a.m.

Key Chorale: Light & Gold
Join Key Chorale Chamber Singers and Modern Marimba for “Light & Gold: Luminous and Lavish” on Sunday, April 7, 5pm, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. They will present some of Whitacre and Lauridsen’s most hauntingly beautiful works full of lush harmonies. Hear the Florida premiere of Whitacre’s “Child of Wonder” and Lauridsen’s masterpiece inspired by light, “Lux Aeterna”. Featured guest artist will be Key Chorale’s principal keyboardist, Glenn Priest, on organ and piano. He will also be showcased in a fiery and festive toccata by American composer and organist John Weaver and as organ soloist for “Lux Aeterna”. The final work of the program will combine marimba quartet and Chamber Singers performing Whitacre’s hauntingly beautiful “Sleep”, one of the most moving choral pieces ever written. Tickets are $35 to $45 and may be purchased online at or by calling 941•552•8768.

Pioneer Plaza Dinner Concert
The Artist Colony hosts the April Dinner Concert on Tuesday, April 9, 5 to 7pm. Bring a chair & enjoy music by area musicians who will be performing on the Dignam Stage in Pioneer Plaza, 325 W. Dearborn Street. Pick up something to eat at one of the eateries and restaurants along Dearborn and have a picnic while you listen to various music genres, from classical to pop, performed by local musicians. The concert is free with donations accepted. For more information, email Sydney at [email protected].

A World of Music
Venice Musicale presents “A World of Music” on Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13, 3 to 4pm, at the Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice. Enjoy an afternoon concert of four-hand piano selections mirroring different periods, styles and national origins. Concerts are free but donations are welcome. For more information, email [email protected].

Deepa Purohit


The Hermitage Greenfield Prize 2024 winner, playwright Deepa Purohit, will discuss her new play commission that is focused on the question “How does one die with dignity?” on Saturday, April 13, 3pm, on the Hermitage Great Lawn, 6660 Manasota Key Road. Join the Hermitage for Purohit’s candid conversation at the beginning of this work’s journey, as well as her recent Off-Broadway debut at the Atlantic Theater Company. Registration fee is $5 and reservations required at 

Loveland Center Actors on Stage
The Loveland Center Players Present “A Year with Frog & Toad”, Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 21, at the Loveland Center Theatre, 157 S Havana Road, Venice. Based on the book written by Arnold Lobel, this musical was a hit on Broadway. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog & Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and learn life lessons along the way while they celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique & special. Performances start at 7:30pm Fridays, and 2pm on Saturdays & Sundays. Tickets are $10-$15 and may be purchased online at

Peter Noone


The Venice Theatre is bringing to Venice three music tribute bands in May. “The Brothers Doobie”, a Doobie Brothers band, will take the stage on Sunday, May 12 at 2pm. Tickets are $56. “Long Time Gone: the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash” will be Monday, May 13 at 7:30pm. Ticket price is $56. Peter Noone of “Hermit’s Hermits” will be singing on Sunday, May 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $72. All concerts will be held at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Avenue, Venice. Purchase tickets online at Pictured here is Peter Noone of “Herman’s Hermits”.

Broadway Spectacular
The Charlotte Chorale presents “Broadway Spectacular” on Saturday, April 13, 4pm, at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. This enchanting musical event promises to transport audiences into the heart of Broadway with a dazzling array of show-stopping numbers and timeless classics. The curated selection of songs ranges from the golden age of musical theater to contemporary blockbusters. Tickets are $25 adult and $10 student. Purchase tickets online at or call 941•204•0033.

Matthew Shepard


Choral Artists of Sarasota presents “Considering Matthew Shepard” on Sunday, April 14, 7pm, at the Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. This modern-day “Passion” (modeled after the great “Passions” of J.S. Bach) tells the story of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, who was beaten, tortured and left to die in October 1998. The work was composed by Craig Helle Johnson and premiered in 2016. The concert features soloists from the entire Choral Artists roster, with major solos performed by Justin Gomlak, tenor; Nicholas Maiello, tenor; Stephanie Jabre, mezzo-soprano; Michaela Ristaino, soprano; and Carrell Andrews, bass. The performance also features a chamber ensemble comprised of musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra. Tickets are $40 adult and $5 student. Purchase tickets online at or call 941•387•4900.

Angélica Negrón


Angélica Negrón will present the premiere of her Hermitage commission, “Azul Naranja Salado”, on Monday, April 15, 7pm, on the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road. Her commission seeks to engage the senses and encourage listeners to resist distractions. The piece will feature slowly evolving musical textures, shifting patterns, natural sounds and changes in scale & dimension that play with the unfolding gradations of light and color on the surrounding land, water and sky. Negrón, who is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, was the winner of the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize. Her program is presented in partnership with enSRQ. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Bring your own seating.

Artists & Artwork in Pioneer Plaza
Come visit the Artist Colony in Pioneer Plaza on Wednesday, April 17, 10am to 3pm. Local artists will be creating and displaying their artwork for sale while you visit. Enjoy music by the Artist Colony Ensemble who will be playing on stage throughout the event. Listen while you visit the artists or bring a chair to hear the free concert. Learn more about the Artist Colony on Facebook; artists or musicians who would like to learn more about joining can email Sydney at [email protected]. Pioneer Plaza is located 325 W. Dearborn Street.

Southern Grand Slam
Big Boy Toyz Expo Show brings the Southern Grand Slam Music Festival back to the Charlotte County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20. Two full days of music, vendors, food trucks and fun! Scotty McCreery headlines on Friday and Chris Young on Saturday. Also appearing are Jason Cross, Southbound 75, Emily Brooke and Jaren Hovis. One day admission is $55 and weekend admission is $100 (plus fees & sales tax). Lawn chairs welcome but no tents or blankets. The fairgrounds are at 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Purchase tickets online at

Paisley Craze: Livin’ in the USA
Tickets are on sale for the “Paisley Craze Linda Ronstadt Tribute Band on Saturday, April 20, 7:30pm, at Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn Street. “Paisley Craze” is a five-piece 60s music tribute band from Sarasota. Their concerts are high energy, rockadelic music played by five rock musicians who lived the 1960s music scene and still love it. “Livin’ in the USA” is a musical tribute to Linda Ronstadt. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 941•475•6756.

Venice Symphony: “Crown Jewel Finale”
The Venice Symphony concludes its season on Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27 with “The Crown Jewel Finale” at Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Avenue, Venice. Sarasota’s Key Chorale and acclaimed vocalists, Deanna Breiwick and Dashon Burton, join the orchestra on stage. The program includes “The Crown”, William Walton’s “Crown Imperial”, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite” and “Dona nobis pacem” by Vaughan Williams. Concert times are Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 3:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $39-$66 and may be purchased online at



Watercolor Painting Class Offered
The popular watercolor class taught by local artist Gela Galant returns on Saturday, April 27, 11am to 3pm, at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. No experience is necessary, and you will create your own unique painting based on this month’s subject - sailboats on the water in lovely pastels. Class cost is $45 and includes all materials and mount. Have fun, create a beautiful painting and know that your class cost will support Angel Land Food Forest (a non-profit 501(c)3 charity). To register, call Angel Land Food Forest at 941•909•0500. Payment is collected at the class.

Bach to the Beatles
Take a journey through time when Venice Chorale presents “Bach to the Beatles” on Sunday, April 28, 7pm, at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Avenue, Venice. The choir weaves a tapestry of harmonies, taking you on a musical journey through the centuries from Baroque brilliance to modern pop perfection. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at or call 941•218•0627.

Strike Up the Band!
Venice Concert Band ends their season with “Strike Up the Band!” on Monday, April 29, 7pm, at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Avenue, Venice. Music can inspire, as well as bring joy and excitement. Join the Concert Band as they present a variety of selections showing off the expressive abilities of the modern-day concert band. Tickets are $14 and may be purchased online starting Monday, April 15th at or by calling 941•218•3779. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert at the door for $14 cash.

Country Music Legacy
“Troubadour” is on stage at Florida Studio Theatre (FST) now through Sunday, May 19th. Country music legend Billy Mason is on the eve of his retirement in 1951. Can his soft-spoken son, Joe, step into the spotlight and carry on his legacy? When Joe joins forces with an unlikely pair—a budding songwriter and a rodeo tailor on a mission—a revolution is born, and country music is changed forever. Features music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, and matinees at 3pm Saturday & 2pm Sunday. Tickets are $59 and may be purchased online at or call 941•366•9000. FST is located at 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota.