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J Art Center Sarasota 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-365-2032 / www.artsarasota.org
This member-based art organization opened in 1949. It promotes community arts and art appreciation through educational programs and diverse exhibits of regional and international art.
J The Players Centre
J Asolo Repertory Theatre &
838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
941-365-2494 / www.theplayers.org
Sarasota’s first and oldest performing arts organiza- tion is dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high quality, volunteer theatrical experiences.
J Sarasota Opera 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota 941-366-8450 / www.sarasotaopera.org
A full season of song is showcased in its opera house. A diverse repertoire of classic and modern operas, the Sarasota Opera is most widely known for its ongoing Verdi cycle, during which the company plays every note Giuseppe Verdi ever wrote.
FSU/Asolo Conservatory
for Performing Arts
5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
941-351-9010 / www.asolorep.org
These two theaters share a partnership but operate separately under the same roof. FSU/Asolo Conserva- tory is the three-year graduate degree program with a season of four productions; third-year students act in Asolo Repertory Theatre productions.
Arts&Culture
J Bradenton Village of the Arts 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton 941-747-8056 / www.villageofthearts.com
Scattered amid 42 acres of galleries and artist dwell- ings, this creative community is famous for its small, colorful cottages, restaurants and retail shops. Of note: the first weekend of every month, the Village of Arts has its Monthly Art Walk.
J Florida Studio Theatre 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota 941-366-9017 / www.floridastudiotheatre.org
This professional theater company produces contem- porary plays and has been in operation since 1973.
J Jazz Club of Sarasota 330 South Pineapple Ave, #111, Sarasota 941-366-1552 / www.jazzclubsarasota.org
Founded in 1980, The Jazz Club of Sarasota, one of the largest and most active jazz clubs in the United States, is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz, America’s original musical art form.
J Manatee Performing Arts Center 502 3rd Ave West, Bradenton 941-748-5875 / www.manateeperformingartscenter.com
Home to the Manatee Players, the theater is commit- ted to showcasing local talent in musical, comedy and drama stage productions.
J Sarasota Orchestra 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-953-3434 / www.sarasotaorchestra.org
Started as a community orchestra in 1948, blossomed into a full-fledged professional ensemble which recently came under the direction of Anu Tali.
J The Sarasota Ballet 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-359-0099 / www.sarasotaballet.org
The only professional ballet on the Gulf Coast was founded in 1987 and maintains a diverse roster of con- temporary and classic ballets.
J Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800-826-9303 / www.vanwezel.org
The largest venue in Sarasota seats 1,736 people for a diverse array of music, dance, theater, comedic and Broadway productions.
J Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe 1343 Main Street #402, Sarasota 941-366-1505 / www.westcoastblacktheatre.org
The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. (WBTT) was founded in December 1999, in Sarasota, Florida, by actor, singer, director, and playwright Nate Jacobs. It is the only professional black theatre company on Florida’s west coast.
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