+ The Beatles take Sarasota for a good cause
It’s your chance to see The Fabulous Four — well, almost.
The Liverpool Legends are a Grammy-nominated tribute group founded by Louise Harrison, George Harrison’s older sister and a Sarasota resident.
The group is playing three local shows Oct. 3 through Oct. 6, as a part of Louise Harrison’s non-profit organization, Help Keep Music Alive. The Liverpool Legends partnered with area schools and provided them with charts of music of favorite Beatles’ songs to rehearse.
The Liverpool Legends then perform a professional-level concert with the student choirs, bands and orchestras. Proceeds from the concert help benefit the music programs. And, for all the Beatles fanatics in Sarasota, there will be a Q&A with Louise Harrison during intermission.
The group will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton; 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at North Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port; and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $25 and are available at liverpoollegends.com.
+ FST announces 2012 to 2013 winter season
Florida Studio Theatre announced its upcoming season Sept. 21. The season kicks off Oct. 17, with 1950s doo-wop production developed by Richard and Rebecca Hopkins and Jim Prosser, “Let’s Twist Again: with The Wanderers.” Following the opener is musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Café,” starting Oct. 31, which features the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Later in the season, the Mainstage series will offer “The Columnist,” “The Best of Enemies” and “In the Book Of.” And the Winter Cabaret will offer “Caribbean Soul” and “Urban Cowboys.”
And, a newly renovated Gompertz Theatre will open its doors in January. The $5.6 million project began this summer.
+ Sarasota Opera Guild is back in action
The Sarasota Opera Guild met for the first time this season, Tuesday, Sept. 18. Two high school members of the Sarasota Youth Opera stopped by to serenade the group with works from their upcoming production, “Nemo in Slumberland.”
There are more than 550 members of the Sarasota Opera Guild, and the group’s doors are always open to welcome new members. To find out more information and how to get involved, visit sarasotaopera.org.
Sarasota Blues and Music Festival: The Sarasota Blues and Music Festival will feature six national artists — Delbert McClinton, Paul Thorn, Ana Popovic, Curtis Salgado, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Pett Crow — at this year’s festival Saturday, Sept. 29. The gates open at 11 a.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota. Tickets range from $22 to $27. Call 855-292-5837.
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