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Archive for February, 2011

02/28/2011

Sarasota’s Celebrity Week

Sarasotans are used to spotting celebrities, from visiting entertainers to part-time residents like Stephen King and Jane Lynch. But last week, a virtual convention of bold-faced names rolled into town. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, delighted large audiences at the Van Wezel and the Ritz-Carlton, while Martha Stewart was impressive […]

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02/22/2011

Over the Big Top

Sarasota Key Chorale. In its Unboxed Series of concerts, the Sarasota choral group Key Chorale has performed unusual music in surprising places. But none as surprising as this weekend’s venue–the big red-and-white tent on 12th Street that they’ll share with acrobats, aerialists and other performers from Circus Sarasota (read Kay Kipling’s review of this year’s […]

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02/16/2011

What’s next for Leif Bjaland–and the Sarasota Orchestra?

Beloved Sarasota Orchestra conductor Leif Bjaland departs next season after 15 years. Since the news broke about Leif Bjaland’s impending departure from the Sarasota Orchestra,  the predominant reaction has been dismay at the loss, but gratitude for his immense contributions to the orchestra and the arts community. However, a few people are puzzled why Bjaland […]

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02/10/2011

Getting a Read on Arthur Kopit

Playwright Arthur Kopit is currently in residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. I was reminded again this week how lucky we are to have the Hermitage Artist Retreat in our community.  The distinguished playwright Arthur Kopit, who is currently in residence at the Hermitage , provided a fascinating glimpse into the creative process in a […]

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02/3/2011

An Opera Lesson and More

La Boheme a popular choice Does Sarasota Opera artistic director Victor DeRenzi agree with the prevailing notion that La Boheme is the perfect opera for a beginner to attend? “When I’m asked that question, I usually check first with the box office and see which production has lots of tickets left, and I say that […]

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