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Nightbird: The Ultimate Tribute to Stevie Nicks


September 21 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at 7:00 pm Tickets: $27 - $56 Part of VIPA's 1st VENICE ROCKS! Concert Series NightBird is known for their authenticity as Angela Chang delivers Stevie Nicks' music from the depths of her soul.  This seven-piece band captivates the audiences with its high energy, smooth harmonies, and heavy percussion sound.

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Cruising Steady: The Music and Friendship of Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson

October 4 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, October 4th 2019 at 7:00PM Tickets $25-$60 Part of VIPA's 1st VENICE ROCKS! Concert Series Cruising Steady: The Music and Friendship of Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson, starring Broadway’s Felicia Boswell and Jesse Nager (MOTOWN). Cruising Steady explores the friendship and music careers of Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin, as told by Felicia Boswell and Jesse Nager who have performed and spent time with these musical icons.  The show features hits such as “Respect,” “I Second The Emotion,” “Chain…

The Long Run: A Journey through the Music of The Eagles


October 12 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at 7:00 pm Tickets: $27 - $56 Part of VIPA's 1st VENICE ROCKS! Concert Series The Long Run, the premier Eagles Tribute Band, features six seasoned performers who will bring you a thrilling night of Eagles classics.  Based out of Florida, the band tours all over the country, bringing the Eagles unique sound everywhere they go.  Get ready for an energetic evening you won't want to miss!

The Great Gatsby

November 1 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 7:00pm Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at 7:00pm Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 at 2:00pm Tickets: $5 general admission Set during the start of the Roaring 20’s, and told through the eyes of our Narrator Nick Carraway we enter the world of new and old money in the New York towns of East and West Egg. As we get to know these characters, dark secrets are reviled, lost loves are found, and we ask the questions…can we…

America the Beautiful

November 4 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, November 4th, 2020 at 7:00pm Venice Concert Band America truly is the greatest country in the world in which to live with its rich history of tradition, power, and sacrifice. The November concert will give a musical tribute to our country’s past and present and a special thank you to our military.

The Everly Brothers Experience, featuring the Zmed Brothers

THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE, featuring the Zmed Brothers

November 8 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 7:00 pm Tickets: $27 - $56 Part of VIPA's 1st VENICE ROCKS! Concert Series The Everly Brothers Experience celebrates the pivotal sounds of The Everly Brothers music, with enthusiastic crowds all around the world.  The band aims to honor the aesthetics of the Everly Brothers iconic sound while honoring their unique place in music history. Featuring Zachary and Dylan Smed, and their partner and drummer Burleigh Drummond, the trio tells the story of The Everly…

The Mystics in the Sugar Bowl Show of Shows

November 10 @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 2:00pm Tickets: $25-$40 Catholic Charities and the Knight of Columbus Council presents The Mystics in the Sugar Bowl Show of Shows All proceeds will go to the Sugar Bowl Fund for families in the community who are experiencing financial hardship. Sponsored by Catholic Charities and the local Knights of Columbus Councils, the show will feature the Mystics performing pop, rock and doo-wop music. The Mystics provide a trip down memory lane and audiences of all ages…

Bohemian Beethoven

November 15 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 7:30pm Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 3:30pm The Venice Symphony Celebrate Conductor Troy Quinn’s first concert program with two rock star pieces of music, Beethoven’s epic Fifth Symphony and Queen’s modern-day masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody. The concert will also feature Dvořák’s raucous Carnival Overture. Join us for The Venice Symphony Gala after Saturday afternoon’s concert.

Molly Hatchet

November 17 @ 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 17th, 2019 at 7:00pm Tickets $32-$61 One of the last performances before their World Tour! Part of VIPA’s 1st VENICE ROCKS! Concert Series Still staring lead guitarist and vocalist Bobby Ingram, Molly Hatchet made history in the late 70's and 80's with their songs “Flirtin’ with Disaster," “Beatin’ The Odds,” “Devil’s Canyon,” “Gator Country,” “Whiskey Man,” and “Dreams I’ll Never See.” Molly Hatchet firmly cemented their place in music history alongside other iconic Southern Rock bands out of…

Holiday Treasures

December 2 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, December 2nd 2019 at 7:00pm The Venice Concert Band December is such a wonderful time of year and what a variety of music we have to celebrate the joy of this season!  The December concert will be filled with your holiday favorites – some with a new twist!

Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops with Brass

December 8 @ 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019 7:00PM Tickets: $5 - $25 Come celebrate the holiday season with The Venice Chorale! They will be performing holiday favorites with a lively brass band. Fun for the whole family! The Venice Chorale Youth Chorus and High School Apprentices will also be performing.

The Nutcracker

December 14 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 14th at 2PM and 7PM Sunday, December 15th at 2PM Tickets: $28 - $66 VIP tickets to the Saturday Night reception are $81 The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School's - The Nutcracker Featuring The Venice Symphony Returning for the third year, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet brings their stunning production to the VPAC for three performances. Accompanied by 26 musicians from The Venice Symphony with guest conductor Joeseph Caulkins, and a brand new set, these pre-professional performers will stun you with…

A Very Merry Holiday Pops

December 20 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, December 20th, 2019 at 7:30pm Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 3:30pm & 7:30pm The Venice Symphony Join The Venice Symphony for our traditional concert with a holiday twist as we present yuletide classics like Deck the Hall and Carol of the Bells with music from holiday film favorites “Home Alone” and “Polar Express.” We are thrilled to welcome Sarasota’s Key Chorale as our special guest.

Decades Rewind

Decades Rewind

December 31 @ 2:00 pm

Tuesday, December 31st at 2PM and 7PM Tickets: $25 - $60 Rock your way into the next Decade with Decades Rewind! Join us for this special New Year's Eve production of this fan favorite. With music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's in the afternoon and 70's, 80's and 90's at night, you can celebrate the new decade all day long! It's not just the music, it's memories as we journey back in time with Decades Rewind.

Cosmic Convergence

January 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 7:30pm Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 3:30pm & 7:30pm The Venice Symphony The stars will align as you take a cosmic journey with Troy Quinn and The Venice Symphony. You’ll hear music from Star Trek and Star Wars and Gustav Holst’s Jupiter from The Planets. The concert concludes with Dvorak’s beloved New World Symphony. Video images will guide you on this out of this world! concert.

The Reflections

The Reflections

January 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Thursday January 16, 2020, at 7:00pm Tickets: $27 - $56 The Reflections made history in 1964 with their song “Just Like Romeo and Juliet”, elbowing its way to Billboard’s #1 R&B and #6 Pop in an era where the British invasion was dominating both the charts and the airwaves. Now the reflections bring their tremendous vocal ability to the Venice Performing Arts Center Stage. Terry Stewart, President of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame put it best when he said “These…

Cash, Killer, and The King

Cash, Killer, and the King

January 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, January 18th at 7PM Tickets: $25 - $60 Join us for a Red Hot Rock-n-Roll Tribute to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Elvis Presley for a night you’ll never forget. We’ll explore their shared Memphis roots, celebrate their early success, and marvel in the music of these Rock & Roll legends.

Carousel of Music

January 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 7:00pm The Venice Concert Band Hop of the carousel as the Venice Concert Band takes you around the world with music from many different countries!  You will visit Cuba, England, Finland, and other countries on this musical tour.

Broadway Boys

Broadway Boys

January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, January 24th at 7PM Tickets: $25 - $60 The Broadway Boys is a collection of Broadway's finest male singers. By adding elements of pop/funk/gospel/jazz to traditional show tunes, The Broadway Boys have redefined the musical theater genre. The Broadway Boys represent such shows as HAMILTON, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, JERSEY BOYS, WICKED, MAMMA MIA, THE BOOK OF MORMON, LES MISERABLES, THE LION KING and many more. Artistic Director: NAACP Award Nominee Jesse Nager Director: Tony and Grammy Award Winner Billy Porter Music Director: Oscar,…

Glen Miller on Film

January 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Sunday, January 26th, 2020 at 7:00pm Tickets: $35-$45 The Toronto All-Star Big Band Presents Glen Miller on Film A Concert dedicated to the genius of Glenn Miller with songs performed in the films Sun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives and tunes from the Glenn Miller Story starring Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller. The Toronto Big Band will capture the Glenn Miller sound at its absolute peak of popularity with hits like Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo and many…

Movie Music

Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, and Clairdee: Movie Music

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 30th at 7PM Tickets: $28 - $66 This dynamic trio of internationally acclaimed performers returns to the VPAC stage after “Playing the Posters” with us in February. This season’s performance will feature music from the many movies for which Mr. Hyman served as music director/composer. His long-standing relationship with Woody Allen led to his scoring such films as Hannah and Her Sisters and Zelig, as well as other films such as Moonstruck, often with Mr. Peplowski in the…

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The Beatles Weren’t Really So Great…Or Were They?

January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, January 31st, 2020, at 7:00pm Tickets: $10, General admission Beatles Vs Stones ticket holders and VIPA Members may call or come in to the box office to receive $5 tickets to this lecture. The Beatles Weren't Really So Great...Or Were They? Educational Lecture Presented by David L. Glass The Beatles influenced everything from lifestyles to hairstyles and politics.  But what about the music itself? Has it stood the test of time? Through the use of recorded and live musical examples…

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The Beatles vs The Stones: The Greatest Show That Never Was

February 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 1st at 7PM Tickets: $28 - $66 The story of the infamous rivalry between the two greatest bands of the rock & roll era comes alive on stage! This thrill-ride of a show is comprised of six alternating mini-sets of the greatest hits on earth—the soundtrack to the lives of millions of people around the world. In the end, the audience will decide who wins- The Beatles or The Stones?

Limelights Brothers Four

The Limeliters And The Brothers Four

February 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 4th at 7PM Tickets: $25 - $60 Two legendary folk bands come together in this exciting performance. We start the evening with The Limeliters- who have entertained standing-room-only crowds with their incredible musical talent and zany sense of humor for over 50 years. The second half of the performance brings us the smooth, musical sounds of The Brothers Four and their pioneering "folk revival" style music. Coming together to end the show, these two bands will bring you…

Shaken Not Stirred: The Music of James Bond

February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 7:30pm Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 3:30pm & 7:30pm The Venice Symphony Join The Venice Symphony as we shake (not stir) things up with some of the greatest music written for the screen from Oscar-winning composers John Barry, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti and Adele and more.  Dress up to pose for a photo with 007 and bring a friend, because this concert shouldn’t be “For Your Eyes (and ears) Only.”

We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome

February 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:00PM Tickets: $5 - $25 The Venice Chorale celebrates the strength and endurance of humanity, performing music inspired by the fight for justice around the world and here at home. The Venice Chorale Youth Chorus and High School Apprentices will also be performing.

Charlie Chaplin Double Feature

A Charlie Chaplin Double Feature: A Dog’s Life (1918) and The Kid (1921)

February 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 11th at 7PM Tickets: $12 - $18 Featuring photoplay organist, Jay Warren Come back in time as we experience Charlie Chaplin as he was first seen on the big screen- with a live organist! We will start the evening with A Dog's Life. This heartwarming short film stars Mr. Chaplin and the dog, Scraps, as he helps Mr. Chaplin towards a better life. We'll continue the evening with Charlie Chaplin's first full-length feature film, The Kid, on the…

Peter Pan and Friends On Ice

Peter Pan and Cinderella: On Ice

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, February 15th at 2:00pm Tickets: $26 - $85 From ICE entertainment Straight from the Disney storybook, a magical journey awaits! Join Peter, all of his friends & enemies as they travel through Neverland. Exciting encounters and daring adventures await as the characters glide and spin across the stage. Pack your bags for an adventure to Neverland like never before!

Gershwin With A Twist

Gershwin… With A TWIST!

February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 16th at 3PM Tickets: $25 - $60 Starring Brian Gurl, Michele Pruyn, and their dynamic band. Brian returns to the VPAC after a successful performance of Moscow Meets Manhattan in 2017. Experience the music of George Gershwin like you’ve never heard it before! From Ragtime to Reggae, Broadway to Doo Wop and Rhapsody In Blue to Rap, this exciting and innovative production reaches across the generations. A unique addition to the performance will be cameo appearances by two…



February 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, February 21st at 7PM Tickets: $28 - $66 Singer Anna Kristina, Guitarist Gretchen Menn, Bassist Holly West and Drummer Clementine make up Zepparella, the Led Zeppelin Powerhouse devoted to sharing the music of the greatest rock band in the world with audiences far and wide. For 15 years, the band has been honing their craft, and the live shows have become legendary for the passion and spirit of improvisation that channels the heart of the original. Based in San…

Carmina Burana In Motion

Carmina Burana In Motion

February 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 22nd at 7PM Sunday, February 23rd at 3PM Tickets: $25 - $60 The Choral Artists of Sarasota in Carmina Burana In Motion Carmina Burana in Motion features Orff’s popular masterpiece, Carmina Burana, sung by the region’s only professional chorus, Choral Artists of Sarasota, with Sarasota Young Voices and soloists. The Venice Symphony percussion section accompanies the singers and members of Sarasota Contemporary Dance perform original choreography by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. The program opens with selections by the Venice Symphony…

Are We There Yet?

February 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 7:00pm The Venice Concert Band The Venice Concert Band will present music from around our country.  You will hear a wide variety of musical styles that make up the American musical landscape.

Romeo and Juliet

February 28, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, February 28th, 2020 at 7:30pm Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 3:30pm The Venice Symphony Hear how great composers have interpreted Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed love. Indulge in Tchaikovsky’s lush Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Leonard Bernstein’s rousing overture from West Side Story and more. Rounding out the program will be guest piano soloist Daniel Lebhardt on Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major.  (photo of Daniel Lebhardt by Kaupo Kikkas)

Edward Twins - Direct From Las Vegas

The Edward Twins Impersonators

March 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:30pm Tickets: $30 - $80 Remember all the wonderful Variety shows we all grew up on in the 70’s & 80’s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. All your favorite legendary Superstars come alive in An Evening with The Stars. Sonny & Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Bette…

Tribute To The Big Band Generation

Tribute To The Big Band Generation

March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, March 8th at 2PM Tickets: $25 - $60 The Terry Myers Orchestra in a Tribute To The Big Band Generation Terry Myers returns with a brand new show! Mr. Myers wowed audiences with his Benny Goodman Tribute during the 2018-2019 season and he is back for more. This year's Tribute To The Big Band Generation will feature music by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Les Brown, Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Charlie Spivak,…

Shen Yun

Shen Yun

March 13, 2020

March 13th and 14th, 7:30 PM March 14th-16th, 2:00 PM Tickets: $80-$200 Special Event!! Shen Yun The world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company performs at the VPAC again this season, an all-new show for 2020. Fascinating stories from 5,000 years of Chinese culture are told through the vivid athleticism and deep expressiveness of classical Chinese dance, one of the most demanding art forms in the world. A groundbreaking East-West orchestra captures the spirit of ancient China. Grand animated…

Dancing Dream

Dancing Dream: A Tribute to Abba

March 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 21st at 7PM Tickets: $25 - $60 DANCING DREAM: The Tribute to ABBA, the greatest pop super-group from Sweden, electrifies audiences of all ages with the best hits "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen", "Take a Chance", "Fernando", "Waterloo", and many more. Dancing Dream is a 6-piece live band with an arsenal of seasoned New York City musicians.

Yesterday and Today

March 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 7:00pm The Venice Concert Band This concert will treat you to melodies from times past as well as the sounds of today, with a strong emphasis on music from both stage and screen.  You will also hear some old Irish favorites, the Beatles, and a lot more.

In Concert with Broadway Star Linda Eder

March 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 7:30pm Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 3:30pm The Venice Symphony Broadway and recording star Linda Eder joins The Venice Symphony for a special concert of classics from stage and screen. Eder has been called “one of the greatest voices of our time” and routinely sells out performances all over the country. We are thrilled to welcome her to Venice. Click here to hear Linda’s transcendent vocals.         *Special event pricing from $38. 

A Mid Summer Night's Dream and Ocean

A Mid Summer Night’s Dream and Ocean

March 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 29th at 2PM Tickets: $25 - $60 The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School's A Mid Summer Night's Dream and Ocean SCBS returns to Venice Performing Arts Center for a springtime triple bill: a ballet interpretation of Shakespeare's beloved "A Midsummer Night's Dream", a stunning original work "Ocean" set to the moving music of Saint-Saëns and for the grand finale, one of classical ballet's most lively romances the grand pas de deux from "Paquita".   All sales are final. No exchanges…

Jazz Divine

Jazz Divine

April 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, April 20, 2020 7:00PM Tickets: $5 - $25 The Venice Chorale performs Will Todd’s signature Mass in Blue, along with other pieces sure to delight both choral music and jazz lovers both! The Venice Chorale Youth Chorus and High School Apprentices will also be performing.   All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds.

The Movie Maestro: A Tribute to John Williams

April 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 7:30pm Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at 3:30pm The Venice Symphony With his instantly recognizable scores, John Williams has redefined the art of film and music. Hear a full orchestra play these much-loved classics as The Venice Symphony plays selections from the Star Wars series, Jurassic Park, Lincoln, E.T., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, along with a few surprises and special events for our youngest Symphony fans.

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

April 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, April 26th at 2PM Tickets: $25-$60 Back by popular demand! Much more than just your typical tribute band, Good Vibrations celebrates the legacy and spirit of the legendary California icons by re-creating the timeless music; youthful appearance and excitement of seeing the original Beach Boys lineup LIVE once again in their mid-1960’s prime. All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds.

Spring Bouquet

April 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7:00pm The Venice Concert Band The beauty of spring is a natural time for music to reflect the many joys of this season.  You will hear a wide variety of selections that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.   All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds.

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