How Sarasota Became a Performing Arts Destination
A panel of performing arts experts discusses how Sarasota evolved into a thriving performing arts community that attracts both tourists and permanent residents. This Conversation at the Crocker is the seventh in a series of year-long panel discussions organized and produced by the Historical Society of Sarasota County with support from SARASOTA Magazine.
There is more to the Sarasota area than great beaches, a welcoming climate and key lime pie. Tourists and those moving to our shores know that Sarasota offers a lively performing arts community with its own opera house, ballet company, symphony, theaters galore, choral music, jazz, you name it. We’re a small vibrant city with the
performing arts amenities of a much larger metropolis.
But it didn’t happen overnight or without concentrated effort by both visionary professionals and talented volunteers. Learn how Sarasota became a performing arts destination when a panel of experts led by esteemed director Howard Millman takes the stage at The Crocker Memorial Church on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. for a conversation among colleagues that reveals how and why Sarasota celebrates the performing arts.
It’s big business in this town.
Appearing with Howard Millman (theater) on April 9, will be Jean Weidner Goldstein (ballet), Trevor Cramer (music) and Richard Russell (opera). Audience members can expect lots of revealing backstage stories as these experts chart the turbulent course of the performing arts in our community. They’ll also give their perspectives on the state of the performing arts today and observations for the future in this arts-loving town.
Audience members are invited to participate in a question and answer session.
Conversations at The Crocker highlight specific aspects of Sarasota’s past and examine pivotal events and people who have influenced Sarasota today. Conversations are free to Historical Society members; guests, $10.
All Conversations take place at The Crocker Memorial Church and proceeds from this series help to maintain the Historical Society’s two heritage properties at Pioneer Park – the Bidwell-Wood House (1882, Sarasota’s oldest private residence) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). Docent-led tours of both buildings are available an hour before each of the Conversations at The Crocker events. And the Gift Shop is open, featuring locally made crafts and a wide array of books about regional history. For more information contact Site Manager Linda Garcia at 364-9076 Monday – Friday from 10 til 2.