About Us

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center (GPAC) is conveniently located on the campus of The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, a Life-Fulfilling™ community of 90 acres on beautiful Palmer Ranch. The 260-seat theater is an attractive setting that provides an inviting atmosphere for high-quality entertainment for our many neighbors within Palmer Ranch and the surrounding Sarasota area. We stage a wide variety of professional and community programs that appeal to all ages – both children and adults. Our venue is available for rentals, workshops, concerts and performances whether for local arts organizations, businesses or schools to have "the best spot" to share their talents.

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Our current shows!

Robert Aitken:

Flute Recital

Saturday July 11 at 8pm

World renowned flutist, Robert Aitken, will perform a public recital as the opening event for his first Florida-hosted masterclass for advanced flutists.  Accompanying Mr. Aitken is pianist Jesse Martins.  Audiences will warm to the purity of sound and the elegance with which Mr. Aitken performs the romantic music of Franz Schubert and Max Meyer-Olbersleben.  Be amazed by the brilliance of Serge Prokofiev and fascinated with the intriguing nuances of Aitken's own Plainsong.  Topping off the program is the virtuosic Fantasie of Georges Hue, and a flute/piccolo duo by Ecuadorian composer Diego Luzuriaga.

Robert Aitken is a World renowned Canadian flutist, composer and conductor who has been honoured with theOrder of Canada and is a Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). In 1970, having previously served as principal flute for both the Vancouver and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Aitken embarked on a solo career that has taken him to virtually every corner of the globe.He has more than 70 recordings to his credit. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (USA).  In 2004, he retired as Professor für Flöte at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, a position he had held for 16 years. In 2009 Aitken was the recipient Canada’s largest arts award, the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. As a composer, he holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and all of his works are published by Universal Edition, Salabert, Ricordi and Peer Music. Robert Aitken was director of the Banff Centre Winter Program in Music, founder and artistic director of Music Today, Music at Shawnigan and co-founder, with Norma Beecroft, of New Music Concerts which he has directed since its inception in 1971.

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Robert Aitken:

Flute Finale Concert

Saturday July 18 at 8:00pm

This celebratory concert is the culmination of a week-long immersion flute masterclass taught by Robert Aitken.  The twelve participating flutists (many professionals in their own right, from across the nation and around the world) along with Mr. Aitken, Jesse Martins and Jan Junker.

Pianist Jesse Martins, Music Director of the Youth Opera for the Sarasota Opera of Florida, brings a particularly lyrical sensitivity to the music.  Jan Junker, piccolo and flute soloist with the Heidelberger Kammerorchester joins the team to assist in the masterclass and perform in the final concert.  Having toured on all five continents, Junker will present the world premier of Altitudea work written for piccolo and piano, composed by renowned Chinese-Canadian composer Alexina Louie.

Robert Aitken is a World renowned Canadian flutist, composer and conductor who has been honoured with the;Order of Canada and is a Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). In 1970, having previously served as principal flute for both the Vancouver and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Aitken embarked on a solo career that has taken him to virtually every corner of the globe.He has more than 70 recordings to his credit. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (USA).  In 2004, he retired as Professor für Flöte at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, a position he had held for 16 years. In 2009 Aitken was the recipient Canada’s largest arts award, the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. As a composer, he holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and all of his works are published by Universal Edition, Salabert, Ricordi and Peer Music. Robert Aitken was director of the Banff Centre Winter Program in Music, founder and artistic director of Music Today, Music at Shawnigan and co-founder, with Norma Beecroft, of New Music Concerts which he has directed since its inception in 1971.

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Maria Wirries & Ben Hammond

Saturday July 25 at 8:00pm

International singing sensation, Maria Wirries, returns to Sarasota with award-winning artist/composer Ben Hammond.  With arrangements from Broadway to Cabaret and more, this is sure to be a concert that you don't want to miss!

Maria Wirries, an extraordinarily talented singer, has entertained audiences from the Sun Coast to the Amalfi Coast.  Having performed in every major theatrical venue in Sarasota and debuted works by renowned composers, this will be Maria's final concert before pursuing her BFA in Musical Theater at the highly competitive Penn State University. A sampling of Maria's musical performances can be found at www.youtube.com, search Maria Wirries.  

Ben Hammond, a native of Maine, is a seasonal Sarasota resident, an award winning composer/recording artist and highly sought after performer. Ben tours around the world annually, recently returning from New Zealand, playing his unique brand of live-looped Acoustic Soul-Pop at a variety of festivals and hundreds of venues.

Celebrate the release of his CD Friction, along with the premiere of the video Hipster Juliet with an evening of live music ranging from acoustic jazz & folk, to island beats complete with steel drums.  

Click here to find out more about Ben Hammond! 

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