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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall


address  777 N. Tamiami Trl.
 Sarasota, FL  34236
phone (941) 953-3368
www.vanwezel.org

Upcoming Events

Celebration of the Arts

Social Event
Join the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County for their annual FREE Celebration of the Arts, the kick-off event of the 12-day-long fall celebration of arts and culture called InspireSarasota! This is a free event open to the public featuring performances by some of Sarasota's great arts organizations and honoring community arts leaders.
art;arts;culture;sarasota;van wezel;free;free evnet
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 • Mon 10/23/17 at 7pm 

Chicago

Rock, Pop
In 1967, seven Chicago musicians set out to create a new sound: a rock band with horns. Their dream turned into 20 Top-10 singles and 12 Top-10 albums. Among their hits many hits are "If You Leave Me Now," "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" and "Here In My Heart." Nearly five decades later, in 2016, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
fbseven; fbtour; horns; Peter Cetera; Walter Parazaider; Beginnings; Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?; Saturday in the Park;
www.chicagotheband.com/
Ages: All ages welcome. Everyone needs a ticket to enter.
Payment Via: Cash, Checks, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover
Event Website: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=8475928.
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 • Mon 10/30/17 at 8pm 

So You Think You Can Dance Live

Modern, Ballroom, Tap/Jazz, World Dance, Classical Dance, Urban/Hip Hop
You've seen them on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. Now you can see your favorite dancers in person when the Top 10 Finalists perform live on tour this fall. The all new tour, features finalists Dassy, Kaylee, Kiki, Koine, Lex, Logan, Mark, Robert, Sydney and Taylor plus All Stars Jasimin Harper and Marko Germar. The high energy dance tour will highlight your favorite numbers from Season 14 plus new surprises.
www.fox.com/dance
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2185179
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 • Fri 11/3/17 at 8pm 

Celtic Thunder

Irish/Celtic, Pop, Musical
As seen on public television, Celtic Thunder features five-six male vocalists in a tour-de-force celebration of Celtic heritage. From rousing ensemble numbers to solos showcasing each members’ vocal style and personality, Celtic Thunder performs powerful ballads, popular hits, and heartwarming songs of love and loss from across the Celtic music spectrum, including Irish, Scottish, traditional and contemporary takes. The group is backed by the Celtic Thunder Band on their concert tours, and their live shows are known for their captivating use of dramatic lighting effects and choreography.
ballad;Scottish;traditional;contemporary;Paul Byrone;George Donaldson;Keith Harkin;Ryan Kelly;Damian McGinty
www.celticthunder.ie
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2141199
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 • Wed 11/15/17 at 8pm 

Straight No Chaser

A cappella, Pop
Straight No Chaser has emerged as one of the world’s premier a cappella groups. Gaining national attention as a YouTube phenomenon for their hilarious and brilliantly performed version of 'The 12 Days of Christmas' (11 million hits and counting), this group of friends, who founded the group as undergraduates at Indiana University, all of a sudden found themselves reunited...with unforgettable new material.
concert
www.sncproductions.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2126947
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 • Thu 11/16/17 at 7pm 

Three Dog Night

Rock
Three Dog Night, formed in 1967 as Redwood, was one of the biggest bands in the world from the late 1960s to the mid-'70s. They racked up 12 gold albums and 21 consecutive Billboard hit singles, seven of which went gold. Three went to the top: "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy to the World" (Billboard's No. 1 hit of 1971) and "Black and White." Other hits included "One," "Easy to Be Hard," "Out in the Country," "Liar," "Shambala," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," "Never Been to Spain" and "The Show Must Go On." Danny Hutton, one of the band's three original lead singers, and guitarist Michael Allsup, who joined very early on, carry the band's legacy as it closes in on five decades of performing.
fbseven; fbtour; distinctive; decades; Tennessee Symphony Orchestra; classic; hits
www.threedognight.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2195696
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 • Sat 11/18/17 at 8pm 

Dave Koz

Jazz
Selling more than a million copies of his six albums over the past 14 years, saxophonist Dave Koz is one of today's most popular and talented smooth jazz performers.
saxophonist; smooth jazz
www.davekoz.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2195698
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 • Tue 11/28/17 at 8pm 

The Irish Tenors

Irish/Celtic, Pop, Opera, Classical (Solo Vocal)
The Irish Tenors began as a one-night gig during a concert at Ireland's giant Royal Dublin Society complex. The performance was recorded for television and later broadcasted on the PBS Network. Recording contracts quickly followed. The current lineup is Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright and Ronan Tynan.
Royal Dublin Society; PBS; Anthony Kearns; Finbar Wright; Karl Scully
www.theirishtenorsmusic.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2203830
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 • Sat 12/2/17 at 8pm 

LeAnn Rimes

Country, Pop
Rimes, known for her rich vocals, rose to fame as an eight-year-old champion on the original Ed McMahon version of Star Search, followed by the release of the Bill Mack song "Blue" when she was 13. Since then, she has released 10 studio albums and four compilation albums that combined have sold over 37 million records worldwide.
Blue; hit; single; Can't Fight the Moonlight; Nothin' Bout Love Makes Sense; Probably Wouldn't Be This Way; fbtour; fbseven
www.leannrimesworld.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2171629
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 • Sun 12/3/17 at 7pm 

98 Degrees

R&B/Soul, Pop
98 Degrees is a pop/R&B boy band that rose to fame in the late '80s/early 2000's. Members include brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre.
fbseven; fbtour
www.98degrees.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2180338
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 • Mon 12/11/17 at 8pm 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Children's Theatre
Joyous Holiday Musical: Beloved Television Special Comes to Life A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now the classic, animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.
Charlie Brown;Peanuts;jazz;holiday;concert;Christmas;events;things to do;ROC
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2208879
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 • Sun 12/17/17 at 2:30pm 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Holiday, Experimental, Holiday Music, Circus
"Cirque Dreams Holidaze," a circus-like holiday spectacular, features an original music score and some seasonal favorites: ornaments, costumes and acrobatics that come alive celebrating holiday themes, music and traditions for the entire family. It includes over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe: the pomp and cirque-umstance of gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers skillfully marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen sculpting powerfully, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment.
fbseven;fbtour;Christmas;seasonal;
www.cirqueproductions.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2208924
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 • Thu 12/21/17 at 7pm 

A Christmas Carol

Play, Children's Theatre
A favorite holiday tradition. Scrooge’s visits to the past, the present and the future bring us hope in the dark of winter, when we need it most. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol celebrates the power of kindness, family and love in this beloved tale filled with laughter, tears and redemption.
• Kid Friendly
christmas;dickens;holiday;
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2208925
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 • Fri 12/22/17 at 7pm 

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Classical Dance, Holiday
Moscow Ballet's company of almost 40 dancers thrills audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. Great Russian Nutcracker performances boast the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes and shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects.
dance; ballet; moscow; nutcracker; christmas; event; performance; show; ballerina;
www.nutcracker.com/
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2128397
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 • Fri 12/29/17 at 3pm 
 • Fri 12/29/17 at 7pm 

Peter Cetera

Rock, Pop
Peter Cetera is a former member and frontman of the seminal pop band Chicago. He left the band in 1985 for a solo career, which has yielded Cetera such hits as 'The Glory of Love' and 'After All,' a duet with Cher.
www.petercetera.com/
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2195701
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 • Fri 1/5/18 at 8pm 

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Musical, Comedy
Set in the elegant Edwardian era, this 2014 musical comedy traces the brilliant trajectory of Monty Navarro (a charmer, seducer and avenger) on his quest for recognition and family fortune. It's based on a 1907 novel, "Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal," by Roy Horniman. The 2014 Broadway production won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2168797
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 • Sat 1/6/18 at 8pm 
 • Sun 1/7/18 at 3pm 

A Night With Janis Joplin

Musical, Cover/Tribute Band/Performer
"A Night With Janis Joplin" is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and many others.
anightwithjanisjoplin.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2182631
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 • Mon 1/8/18 at 8pm 

Renee Fleming, Soprano

Classical (Solo Vocal)
Renee Fleming's versatility and charismatic stage presence have made her a sought-after performer. The American soprano is regarded as one of the truly magnificent voices of our time.
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2182628
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 • Tue 1/16/18 at 8pm 

Chita Rivera

Broadway, Cabaret
Rivera is one of the theatre's most acclaimed performers. She has won Tony Awards for her performances in two Kander and Ebb musicals, 'The Rink' and 'Kiss of the Spider Woman.' Rivera was also nominated for her work in 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'Chicago,' 'Bring Back Birdie,' 'Merlin,' 'Jerry's Girls' and her most recent outing, the Tony-winning revival of 'Nine.' She appeared in the film version of 'Sweet Charity,' starred in the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's 'The Visit,' and also headlined 'Bernarda Alba' at the Mark Taper Forum. Rivera was most recently on Broadway in 'Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life.'
www.chitarivera.com
Event Website: http://www.ticketsnow.com/InventoryBrowse/TicketList.aspx?PID=2213241
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 • Wed 1/17/18 at 8pm