Sarasota Orchestra: Songfest
Sarasota Orchestra will kick off it’s 65th anniversary season with Song Fest 1 and Song Fest 2, a mini-festival under the direction of Maestro Dirk Meyer. Two concerts will be sung in four languages by guest vocalists Blythe Gaissert-Levitt and Jason Collins. Joining the soloists, Song Fest 1 will also feature Sarasota Brass Quintet, and Song Fest 2 features Sarasota String Quartet.
When: Song Fest 1: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19; Song Fest 2: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20
Where: Holley Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Cost: Tickets $29 to $37
Info: 953-3434 for more information.
Manatee Players: “Always…Patsy Cline”
This is the first production on the Manatee Players’ Kiwanis Studio Theater stage. The musical production follows the true story of Patsy Cline’s (Alana Opie) friendship with housewife and fan Louise Seger (Brittney Klepper).
When: Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 19. Runs through Oct. 6.
Where: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton.
Cost: Tickets $26
Info: Call 748-5875 for more information.
Movieville International Film Festival
The festival is in its third year and will host more than 40 national and international films, including a documentary about horse racing starring Joe Pesci, “Behind the Gate”; and a crime-thriller featuring Margot Kidder, Robert Loggia and Steven Bauer called “Real Gangsters.”
When: Sept. 19 through Sept. 22.
Where: Various locations
Cost: Two movie screening $15; four movie screening $30; 10 movie screening $70; Friday opening night movie and party $47.50.
Info: Visit movievillefilmfestival.com for more information.
The Players Theatre: “Steel Magnolias”
The Players kicks off its fall season with “Steel Magnolias,” the story of six women, their bonds and how their lives intertwine through joy and despair.
When: Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19
Where: The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl.
Cost: Tickets $25
Info: Call 365-2494.
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