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!

Bria Skonberg & Friends

Jazz Trumpet/Vocals

Sunday, Feb 14 at 2:00 pm

Bria will be joined by:

Nate Najar - guitar
Steve Boisen - bass
Joe Renda - drums

The Wall Street Journal said Jazz triple threat trumpeter, vocalist and composer Bria Skonberg is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."  Her sold out performance here in 2015 says she's already arrived.  Busy performing all over the world, Bria Skonberg's bright talent and on-stage appeal make her a hit wherever she is.

Jazz great Bucky Pizzarelli says, "Bria radiates an energy that is so refreshing to see, and her compositional chops are on par with her ability to swing!"

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC. 

The Lady with all the Answers

A One-Woman Show by David Rambo

Wednesday, Feb 17 at 8:00pm

For decades, millions of Americans began their day reading three simple words, "Dear Ann Landers."  Eppie Lederer, better known as advice columnist Ann Landers, answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice.  This one-woman, off-Broadway tour de force provides a compelling portrait of the bubbly, frank and slightly eccentric writer that became a fixture of our culture.  Folksy, funny, straightforward and validating, this show is all about the no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shaped the social landscape for the last half century.  

The touring production of The Lady With All the Answers is brought to you by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.

Robin Spielberg


Saturday, Feb 20 at 8:00pm

Robin Spielberg, one of America's most beloved pianist/composers, draws raves from audiences and critics around the world.  Her music is graceful, passionate, and awe-inspiring.  Robin casts a spell on her audience that is palpable, visceral, and spiritual.  Enjoy the show and you'll find your own heart singing!

Produced by the GPAC. 

Cynthia Sayer & her Sparks Fly Quartet:

The Banjo & Great Gatsby Jazz

Saturday, Feb 27 at 8:00 pm

Cynthia Sayer – banjo & vocals
Terry Myers – clarinet & saxophones (Director of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)  
Larry Eagle – drums (on multiple Grammy albums)
Mark Neuenschwander – string bass (with too many star artists to name!)

Fresh off her smash success tour of China, internationally celebrated banjoist/vocalist Cynthia Sayer and her all-star group bring you the sounds of the Great Gatsby Era, performed in Cynthia’s own distinctive style, both classic and contemporary. Enjoy a fun evening of swinging music from America’s speakeasy past, and much more! Cynthia's extensive, multi-award-winning career includes appearances with many leading artists: Woody Allen, Dick Hyman, Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tony Trischka, and more. Her shows usually sell out, so buy your tickets today!

$5.00 discount to members of the South County Jazz club as well as the Jazz Club of Sarasota!

Click here to find out more about Cynthia Sayer! 

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC. 

The Music of Harry James

Wednesday, Mar 9 at 8:00 PM

The music of great trumpet soloist and band leader Harry James remains as fresh as ever today. In celebration of his 100th birthday in 2016, a professional quartet of Big Band aficionados will bring the birthday party to the GPAC.

Armand Olevano plays trumpet along with featured vocalist Lois LaRue (a Helen Forrest sound-alike), joined by saxophonist (also their Dick Hames stand-in) Tom Ellison and keyboardist Tony DiBianca for an evening of unforgettable hits, music and memories. You remember these: "You made me love you," "I Had the Craziest Dream," "Ciribiribin," "Moonglow," and "Two O’Clock Jump."

Produced by the GPAC. 

George Winston

Saturday, Mar 12 at 8:00pm

Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston is a master of melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano. At GPAC, he will perform songs from his seasonal favorites Autumn, December, Winter into Spring, and Summer, as well as Peanuts pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums and more.

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. His favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. His main influences currently are the New Orleans R&B pianists Professor Longhair, James Booker, and Henry Butler.

Since 1972 George has released thirteen solo piano albums, and his latest releases are Love Will Come -The Music Of Vince Guaraldi Vol 2 (2010), and Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2 – A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit (2012). His next solo piano album, Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, will be released in 2016.

This concert will feature melodic seasonal songs, some of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, pieces inspired by the New Orleans piano & the stride piano traditions, and songs from his upcoming album, Spring Carousel - A Cancer Research Benefit, scheduled for release in 2016.

Please join us in support of a local food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. There will be collection baskets at the entrance.

Produced by the GPAC. 

Cyrus Chestnut

Piano Jazz

Saturday, Mar 19 at 8:00 pm

Soulful jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, performing with his trio, adds The Glenridge to his busy schedule of jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls around the world.  Chestnut has earned a reputation for his skillful versatility, his ability for blending sounds and for unabashedly bringing gospel into his performances.  Popular for his sense of playful showmanship, the New Yrok Daily News once heralded Chestnut as the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Erroll Garner.  The New York Times has described Chestnut as a "highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz."

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC. 

Sarasota Concert Band

Broadway Bash - Music of the Theatre

Sunday, Mar 20 at 3:00 pm

An exciting performance of some of the best loved Broadway pieces.  "The Sound of Music," "My Fair Lady" and many more of your favorites.  Please join us for an after-party with wine and cheese after the performance!

Sarasota Concert Band is one of the “Top 5” professional concert bands in the world, with Ringling roots back to 1925. As a 50-piece wind and percussion ensemble, their mission is to entertain the Sarasota area audiences so that they feel good about life. A nonprofit corporation, they seek to promote good band literature with concerts that showcase music in superior performances.

Co-Produced by GPAC and the Sarasota Concert Band. 

Ring Sarasota

Sunday, Apr 17 at 4:00pm

Now in its fifth season, Ring Sarasota handbell ensemble presents concerts that appeal to one and all. The auditioned advanced handbell ringers hail from New Port Richey to Sarasota and perform a wide variety of music ranging from classical literature by George Bizet and Mussorgsky, a taste of Americana, a tribute to the Armed Forces to other original compositions written specifically for handbells.

Ring Sarasota utilizes five octaves of Malmark Handbells and four and a half octaves of Malmark Choirchimes. Through a generous donation, the group was able to start their second season with a newly purchased five octave set of Malmark Handbells and three octave set of Malmark Choirchimes.

Produced by the GPAC.

Dana Louise
& the Glorious Birds

Saturday Apr 30 at 8:00pm

Dana Louise, a visual artist and guitarist, is the visionary leader of a quartet of acclaimed musicians calling themselves The Glorious Birds.  Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo) is joined by Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America duo (guitar, percussion and bass). Dana brings her vibrant, melodic vocals and finger picking to a body of complex songs.  Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the soul roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk.  Dana Louise and The Glorious Birds leave their audiences glowing with the magic that music can bring: genuine human connection.

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