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.


Michael Lasser Lecture

How Ira Gershwin and Friends Made Cliches Sing—It Wasn't Easy

Wednesday, Janaury 23 at 7:30pm

Ira Gershwin wrote about how important cliches were to songwriters even though he also said he hated to use them. He and some of his best fellow lyricists did everything they could to avoid saying, "I Love You," even though they were writing love songs. It wasn't easy, but their sense of language was so rich and witty that they usually managed to succeed. Join Michael Lasser for a talk that shows how they did it.

Produced by the GPAC

Michael Lasser & Friends

Over the Rainbow with E.Y. Harburg and Friends

Saturday, Jan 26 at 8:00pm

Michael Lasser returns with songstress Cindy Miller and pianist Alan Jones, to celebrate E.Y Harburg.  E.Y. Harburg was known for the social commentary of his lyrics, as well as his liberal sensibilities. He wrote the lyrics to the standards "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (with Jay Gorney), "April in Paris", and "It's Only a Paper Moon", as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow".Through music and song, Michael Lasser and his friends offer an entertaining introduction to the amazing range of E.Y Harburg.

Produced by the GPAC 

Jeff Rupert Quartet with Veronica Swift

Sunday Jan 27 at 2:00pm

Jeff Rupert brings an all-star quartet and an award-winning vocalist to Sarasota for a stop on their whirlwind Florida tour! This hard-swinging group has shared the stage for years, raising the bar for jazz in Central Florida and beyond.

A YAMAHA performing artist, Jeff Rupert has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National concert hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.

Veronica has been on tour with her parents, the late renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. She has appeared on stage with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Kim Nazarian, Danilo Perez, and others. With her family she has appeared at The Great Waters Music Festival in NH, Blues Alley Jazz Club in DC, the Jazz Standard in NYC, the Jazz Cruise, and for the New Jersey and Hilton Head Jazz Societies.

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC

The Cashore Marionettes Presents Life In Motion

Tuesday, February 5 at 8:00pm

Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performance has astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others.

In the performance Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults.

Produced by the GPAC. 

Ed Metz trio with Rosanno Sportiello and Nicki Parrott

Wednesday, Feb 13 at 8pm

The Eddie Metz Jazz Trio, featuring bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott, pianist Rossano Sportiello and drummer Eddie Metz Jr., return to central Florida by audience demand! Metz has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, the Les Brown Orchestra and many others. Metz has also worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Arturo Sandoval, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Chick Corea, and Patti Page. He continues to record with top jazz artists and perform at jazz festivals and events around the country.

The trio might be described as cosmopolitan, because Ed Metz is American, Rossano Sportiello is Italian, and Nicki Parrott comes from Australia.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club

The Mersey Beatles 
Four Lads From Liverpool

50 Years of ABBEY ROAD -The Entire Album Live plus a set of Greatest Hits!

Book Signing with John Lennon’s Sister, Author Julia Baird 
(at the Merch table before, during intermission, and after the show)

Saturday, Feb 16 at 7:30pm

This LIVERPOOL based Beatles Tribute Band was the resident band for over a decade at the world famous CAVERN CLUB, where The Beatles got their start. These childhood friends have played in 20 countries, selling out shows worldwide.

Experience the Mersey Beatles like never before as they celebrate 50 years of Abbey Road !!! The show will start as the lads perform the Entire Abbey Road Album live. For the second set, the lads will return in the familiar suits of Beatlemania and perform an entire set of greatest hits!! Throughout the night, they will take the audience on a trip featuring 35 of the greatest Beatle hits from all eras.

“The Mersey Beatles have been playing the Cavern Club for over 15 years and are one of the best you will ever see!” Julia Baird-(John Lennon’s sister and Cavern Club Director)

VIP Tickets Include:
• Premier Seating
• Mersey Beatles Free CD Download
• Meet & Greet with The Mersey Beatles
- Meet & Greet will start one hour before show time. The band will be available for pictures and autographs. All VIP ticketholders will receive a wristband that will identify them as a Meet & Greet guest

Click here for The Mersey Beatles official website 

Click for The Mersey Beatles Facebook Page 

Click for The Mersey Beatles Instagram Page 

Click for The Mersey BeatlesTwitter 

Click for The Mersey Beatles YouTube Channel 

Click for Tour Promo video 

Click for Nowhere Man 

Click for Rock and Roll Music 

Click for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 


Produced by Lightning Productions

Two on Tap

Monday, February 18 at 8:00pm

Two on Tap brings audiences back in time to the era when couples like Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the silver screen with tight vocal harmony and precision tap choreography.

Mix together equal parts of classic songs, fantastic vocals, gorgeous costumes and exciting tap dancing and you get Two on Tap! Celebrated performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano pay tribute to the Great American Songbook and classic Broadway song-and-dance in this fun, lively, and fast-paced show that gets crowds singing and dancing along from their seats. Featuring sensational new arrangements of standards like "I Got Rhythm" and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," as well as rousing favorites like "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "L-O-V-E," Two on Tap uses fresh, original choreography to show how classic song-and-dance still endures and entertains.

Two on Tap is a truly unique experience – soaring vocals, spirited dance numbers, and a vibrant, modern trip down memory lane for audiences of all ages.

Produced by the GPAC. 

Cynthia Sayer

& Her Hot Jazz Quartet

Saturday, March 2 at 8:00pm

Back by popular demand is award-winning banjo star Cynthia Sayer and her Hot Jazz Quartet! An electrifying instrumentalist and vocalist, Cynthia's swinging shows feature a delightful mix of hot jazz, Great American Songbook, old favorites, virtuoso classics, and more. Be sure to catch this enchanting, family-friendly joyride for lovers of all things swing. One show only — we strongly recommend you buy your tickets in advance! "Sayer is a rarity; a woman who plays banjo with drive and virtuosity." — The New York Times.

Featuring Randy Sandke on trumpet,

Richard Drexler on string bass and

Tony Vigilante on drums.

Click here to find out more about Cynthia Sayer! 

Produced by the GPAC 

The Tamburitzans

Sunday, March 3 at 3:00pm

Prism – Full Spectrum Culture!

We have all seen examples of what happens to light when it passes through a prism. Visible light is separated into its components and we see the full spectrum of color! Nature provides the perfect example – the stunning beauty of a rainbow!

Our show is a metaphor for a prism - it takes “international culture” and separates it into the vivid and rich hues of heritages from around the globe. We believe that one culture magnifies the beauty of another - as we celebrate and embrace the diversity that they represent.

Today, the Tamburitzans are your cultural prism – bringing light to the “extraordinary”!

Here are the cultures being represented: Croatian, Armenian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Greek, Serbian, Hispanic, Celtic, Bulgarian, Macedonian

Celebrating their 82nd season, the Tamburitzans are an ensemble of versatile musicians, dancers and singers dedicated to perpetuating international cultural heritage through entertaining performance while awarding scholarships to those talented and deserving students attending a Pittsburgh-based school.

Click here for more Tamburitzans information! 


For more information, please call 412-224-2071 or email them at tamburitzans@thetamburitzans.org 

Legends of American Music with Johnny Rodgers

Saturday, March 9 at 8:00pm

JOHNNY RODGERS is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, Broadway veteran, and recording artist who is described by Stephen Holden, from The New York Times, as an entertainer "who has show business in his bones" with "fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer."

Rodgers will be performing his show Legends, a powerful tribute resurrecting fond memories and favorite artists, such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong, among other big names in rock and roll, blues and jazz. 

As an Ambassador of American Music, Johnny Rodgers dazzles audiences with his Americana mélange of original songs and classic favorites. He tours for the US State Department to places such as the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Rodgers has toured Russia and performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, with Igor Butman and his Jazz Orchestra as well as for the US Embassy Independence Day Celebration and the Grodno Jazz Festival in Minsk, Belarus.

Rodgers has been Music Director and accompanist for Liza Minnelli performances and tours and starred in and wrote the song "I Would Never Leave You" for Liza's Tony Award®- winning Liza's At The Palace, filmed and released by PBS television. Johnny has earned New York's Nightlife, Bistro and MAC awards for his critically lauded performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, and other premiere clubs. His songwriting has been recognized with Billboard and ASCAP Foundation awards.

Produced by the GPAC. 

The Four Freshmen

Sunday, March 24 at 2:00pm

From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and the present, the Freshmen deliver a world of music that will send some listeners back to the bygone era of their youth, while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment that is surely to leave them wondering "Why haven't I gone to see them earlier?" One thing is for sure. When you go to a Four Freshmen concert you will not forget it..

Click here to find out more about The Four Freshmen! 

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club

The Landscape of Guitar

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00pm

Returning to the GPAC stage for an encore performance is the extraordinary show that brings together the art and music of the guitar for a sensory feast for the soul. Performing fiery Spanish guitar pieces like "Malaguena" to the gorgeous vocal harmonies of "Sounds of Silence" this duo takes the art of guitars to another dimension with the exciting new animated painting concert experience. A colorful backdrop of lush vibrant painted landscapes based on the guitar theme flows thru the concert. Moving in 3D guitar birds fly through guitar mountains and over guitar rivers, cities and oceans. The paintings come alive with music in this unforgettable surround art experience.

Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Terra Guitarra and Patchouli. Terra Guitarra is reviewed as "one of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world" - Zone Music Reporter. They have four top 5 internationally charting albums including 2017 release "Of Sea & Stars" Winner of the "Best Instrumental Album of the Year" Award which was also #1 on OneWorldMusicRadio UK charts. Folk festival favorite Patchouli features Julie's sparkling lead vocals, beautiful duets and award winning compositions. The Chicago Tribune says the duo's "songs about harmony & healing inspire the human spirit".

Click here for The Landscape of Guitar official website 

Click for a Lanscape of Guitar video 

Produced by the GPAC 


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