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Development Contacts

Director of Development:
Stacy Ridenour
sridenour@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 246

Development Officer:
Stephen Fancher
sfancher@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 231

Executive and Development Assistant:
Jane Levy
jlevy@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450 ext. 538

Senior Manager, Special Events & Sponsorship:
Jennifer Simms
jsimms@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 402

Campaign and Database Officer:
Claire Ryan
cryan@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 416

Individual Giving Administrator:
Brenda Tamm
btamm@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 250

Sarasota Opera
Development Department
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Opera Guild Events 2017-18


Summer Salon Series

Thuesday, June 8, 2017, 11:30 AM
Summer Salon I
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota
Guiseppina Ciarla, Principal Harpist, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, combines classical and jazz music celebrating love. $39 includes lunch. Register with Bert Fivelson, 941-702-8853

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 11:30 AM
Summer Salon II
Michael's on East, 1212 S. East Ave. Sarasota
Sudha Bhagwat, renowned Indian dancer, accompanied by her brother, Arun, combines storytelling, music, and dance relaying classical stories of the mythology of India.  $39 includes lunch. Register with Bob Heck, 941-388-0895

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 11:30 AM
Summer Salon III
Michael's on East, 1212 S. East Ave. Sarasota
Dueling Trombones: Brad and Jamie Williams present an extraordinary program of Bach, Beethoven, and Beyond. $39 includes lunch. Register with Bert Fivelson, 941-702-8853


September 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 9:45 AM
Social and Singers
Peterson Great Room, Sarasota Opera Pavilion Bldg
61 N. Pineapple, Sarasota
Free. Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Youth Opera Singers perform. Coffee and pastries are served. For information, call 480-9660.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
When the Castrati Ruled Opera
Jonas Kamlet Library, Sarasota Opera Pavilion Bldg,
61 N. Pineapple, Sarasota
Presentation by Baila Miller, staff member at Ringling College of Art and Design. Baila will discuss the history of castrati in the opera. $15, includes wine and light bites.  Register with Bob Cutler, 960-1453, rcutler1941@gmail.com


October 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:45 AM
Social and Singers
Peterson Great Room, Sarasota Opera Pavilion Bldg
61 N. Pineapple, Sarasota
Free. Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. For information, call 941-480-9660.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The Poem of My Life
Offices of Charles Schwab, 100 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota
Alan Brasington, award-wining writer and actor, performs his one-man show. $15 includes light bites and wine. Register with Julia Schworm, 941-475-2338, coveside@comcast.net.

Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:15 PM
Prologue - La Traviata
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota
A series of five Monday evening Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of La Traviata, presented by Phyllis Lowitt. Friendly gathering with wine and refreshments after the program. $15. Register with Ann Waller, annwaller1@verizon.net; 941-921-4154.
 


November 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Behind the Curtain: What a Stage Director Does
Jonas Kamlet Library, Sarasota Opera Pavilion Bldg, 61 No. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
Stephanie Sundine shares her insights into the production of opera. $25. Register with Bert Fivelson, 941-702-8853

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9:45 AM
Social and Singers 
Peterson Great Room, Sarasota Opera Pavilion Bldg, 61 No. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
Free. Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. For information, call 941-480-9660.


December 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:30 AM
33nd Annual Poinsettia Luncheon
Bird Key Yacht Club
Over-the-top auction items, boutique market, fashion show, fabulous lunch. $65, members/guests; $100, patrons; $1,000, reserved table for 8. Credit card charges at Sarasota Opera Box Office, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., 941-328-1300.


January 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:15 PM
Opera Prologues – Manon Lescaut
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Manon Lescaut, presented by Phillip Gainsley. $15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program. Register with Ann Waller, annwaller1@verizon.net; 941-921-4154.

Monday, January 15, 2018, 7:15 PM
Opera Prologues – Carmen
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota 34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Carmen, presented by Phyllis Lowitt. $15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program. Register with Ann Waller, annwaller1@verizon.net; 941-921-4154.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 9:45 AM
Social and Singers 
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota 34231
Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. Free. For information, call 941-480-9660. 

Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:15 PM
Opera Prologues – Norma
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Norma, presented by Dr. Rosanne Martorella. $15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program. Register with Ann Waller, annwaller1@verizon.net; 941-921-4154.
 
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
TBA
Herald-Tribune, 1777 Main Street, 9th floor, Sarasota
Jack Kahgan, presenter.
$15, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Register with Julia Schworm. 941-475-2338, coveside@comcast.net.

Monday, January 29, 2018, 7:15 PM
Opera Prologues – Tiefland
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Tiefland, presented by Dr. Patrick Thomas. $15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program. Register with Ann Waller, annwaller1@verizon.net; 941-921-4154.


February 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Viva La Diva: Opera’s Femme Fatales
TBA
Dr. Rosanne Martorella presents. $15. Register with Bert Fivelson, 941-702-8853

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9:45 AM
Social and Singers 
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  34231
Free. Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. For information, call 941-480-9660.


March 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:45 AM
Social and Singers 
Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 North Auburn Road, Venice, FL  34292   
Free. The public is invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. For information, call 941-480-9660.


April 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Celebration Dinner and Installation of Officers
Bird Key Yacht Club
   
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Annual Picnic on Turtle Beach 
Turtle Beach
Casual fun time with friends. Music, beachwear fashion show, picnic dinner with wine. $35.

 

 

The Sarasota Opera Guild was organized to foster, promote, and increase knowledge and appreciation of opera in the community in conjunction with Sarasota Opera; to encourage and assist young singers; and to sponsor projects to raise funds for the opera.
For more information on the Sarasota Opera Guild, please contact David Chivas, 941-408-0613.