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.


"Yesterday Once More"
A Tribute to The Carpenters

Sunday, September 8 at 2:00pm

"Yesterday Once More" is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream; Michele James-Pruyn grew up listening to, and admiring, the lovely and extraordinarily gifted Karen Carpenter, and the unique way in which she made every song she touched seem as though it couldn't have been written for anyone else. Over her many years as a performer in nearly every musical idiom, Michele has arrived at a highly desirable place and time- where her experiences in music and life have prepared her to convey to appreciative audiences everywhere, a truly remarkable vocal tribute to the timeless and beautiful song hits of Karen and Richard Carpenter.

Accompanied by her accomplished group of instrumentalists/vocalists, Michele has crafted an evocative salute to The Carpenters that leaves even die-hard fans in total amazement; her rich vocal timbre and relaxed, lyrical style, recall the magic of Karen Carpenter like no one you've ever heard.

If you love beautiful, meaningful songs of love and longing that will tug gently at your heartstrings, come join Michele and her troupe on a soothing journey (that also rocks out at just the right times!) through the fantastic musical legacy of one of America's most beloved -and lamented- entertainers; you'll be carried away by the magic that is, "Yesterday Once More"!

Produced by the GPAC

Romeo & Juliet

Thursday, October 17 at 8:00pm

By William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's most celebrated masterpiece of love, fate, and family feuds, is given fresh life in this elegantly streamlined and stylistically modern adaptation. Capturing all the gripping emotional power of the original, audiences of this production will confront the extremity of love, interrogate the cost of loyalty, and ask if it's possible to rewrite the story written in the stars.

Performed by the actors of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training MFA program. A discussion with the cast will follow this performance.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and the Asolo Repertory Theatre

Belle Canto
Great Sounds of the Cinema

Sunday, October 27 at 2:00pm

Let's go to the movies! Join the women of Belle Canto and pianist Jonathan Spivey, along with special guest violinist Christopher Takeda of the Sarasota Orchestra, as they transport you to the magical world of the cinema. You'll enjoy timeless selections from classic MGM movies and some of the most memorable musicals. Test your movie trivia or hum along. This concert is a must for music and movie lovers alike.

Produced by the GPAC

Sarasota Orchestra Piano Quartet

Saturday Nov 16 at 8:00pm

Always innovative with their programs, prior seasons have featured compositions by Frank Bridge, Vitezslav Novak, PDQ Bach and David Amram, as well as major repertoire for the piano quartet by Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart and Faure.  

Featuring Jennifer Best Takeda as assistant concertmaster,  
Matthew Pegis as assistant principal viola,   
Christopher Schnell as assistant principal cello, and 
Jonathan Spivey on principal keyboard.

Produced by the Sarasota Orchestra in association with GPAC

The Chorus of the Keys

Saturday, November 23 at 8:00pm

The award-winning Sarasota Chorus of the Keys will dazzle the GPAC audience with their many genres of music, all done in the pure American art form style of barbershop. You will love the show as the Chorus and the Afternoon Delight quartet mixes it up in four part a cappella harmonies.

Produced by the GPAC

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday

Friday, December 13 at 8pm

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday is an annual tradition! Featuring Adrian Cunningham on reeds, Chuck Redd on vibraphone, James Suggs on trumpet, John Lamb on bass, Jean Bolduc on drums, and Daniela Soledade on vocals.

You won't want to miss this show!

Co-Produced by the GPAC and Morrie Trumble Productions

Pine View Jazz Band

Saturday, December 14 at 8:00pm

Ring in the season with the sounds of Big Band Jazz! Join us for all of your favorites played by the award-winning Pine View Jazz Band.It's always a pleasure to enjoy the musical talents of the gifted youth.

More details coming later. 

Produced by the GPAC 

Ed Metz,
Rosanno Sportiello, 
& Nicki Parrott Trio

Sunday, January 19 at 2pm

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 Morrie Trumble Productions

Jason Farnham
America's Funniest Piano Player

Sunday, January 26 at 2:00pm

Victor Borge meets Jerry Lee Lewis!

A highly-acclaimed pianist and vocalist, Jason Farnham is internationally known as "the guy who plays the piano upside down." In concert he skillfully blends witty Victor Borge-like humor with the flamboyance of Jerry Lee Lewis. Audiences consistently rave, "I've never seen anyone play the piano quite like that before!" Also a diverse composer, Jason's royalty-free songs on YouTube have been downloaded nearly 4 million times. TV and film credits include The Dr. Oz Show, BMW and Ford commercials, and a number of feature films and documentaries.

Click here for more information on Jason Farnham.

Produced by the GPAC 

Michael Lasser Lecture

“Let ‘Em Have It Just That Way”
The Songwriters of the Harlem Renaissance

Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30pm

After World War I, black leaders concluded that they could not advance their race through politics, education, or economics, and turned to the arts instead. The Harlem Renaissance rose from the premise that arts and letters could transform a society. It was, first and foremost, a literary movement although it also included serious painters, composers, and choreographers. Even so, its major figures — including James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neale Hurston — had less effect on the cultural merging than the songwriters and performers who drew thousands of whites uptown to Harlem. The songwriters did more to change America than the poets: Fats Waller, Andy Razaf, James P. Johnson, and Duke Ellington.

Produced by the GPAC

Michael Lasser & Friends

Notes By/About Irving Berlin

Saturday, February 1 at 8:00pm

Michael Lasser returns with songstress Cindy Miller and pianist Alan Jones, to celebrate Irving Berlin. Irving Berlin had a genius for America. For more than half a century, he demonstrated a genius for grasping what was on our minds and in our hearts, and expressing it in songs made memorable by his gift for simplicity. He had an unerring instinct for the attitudes and aspirations of everyday lives and a gift for expressing what he observed in a pure language of emotion. No one wrote as many successful songs as Berlin and no one wrote with as keen a sense of America. He was our great democratic songwriter, and our great articulator of America’s changing attitudes about everything from love to war. He gave voice to the values, beliefs, follies, and dreams that characterized the lives we lived and hoped for.

Produced by the GPAC 

The Jeff Rupert Quartet with Veronica Swift

Sunday February 9 at 2:00pm

At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. 

Veronica finished her undergraduate degree (BM in Jazz Voice) at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in December 2016, where she was a full scholarship student. After that that she moved to New York City, where she was almost immediately started performing every Saturday night at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club, a gig she continues to maintain when she isn't on the road. Veronica has been on tour with her parents, 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.

Jeff Rupert is a freelance tenor saxophonist, a Yamaha Artist and a record producer under the Flying Horse Records label. His numerous recordings as a featured soloist include dates with Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Diane Schuur, Mel Torme, Benny Carter’s Grammy winning recording, Harlem Renaissance (Music Masters), and the New Jersey Blues band TheFins, to name just a few.

Co-Produced by GPAC and Morrie Trumble Productions

Diego Figueiredo

Sunday, February 23 at 2:00pm

Diego Figueiredo is a new star of the guitar world. He is only 37, and he has released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and he has played in more than 60 contries around the world. He is the winner of several important competitions including The Montreux Jazz Competition, and the VISA Prize. His concerts are a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical music. Diego has a unique interpretation, with tremendous techniques, enormous emotion, and his shows have been a great success to all audiences.

Diego Figueiredo was born in Franca, Brazil, in 1980, and at the age of 4, he used to strike poses carrying his small guitar. At six, he got a mandolin, which was kept in a very special place in his house. Diego played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar when he was twelve, playing in theaters and local pubs, revealing the great art of improvising and harmonizing. At 15, he conquered theaters and nightclubs in many different Brazilian states, playing solo or with renowned musicians.

Produced by the GPAC and Morrie Trumble Productions 

The Four Freshmen

Sunday, March 22 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 Morrie Trumble Productions 

Sarasota Earlye Musicke Consort

Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm

The Sarasota Earlye Musicke Consort, founded in 1993, performs music from the 1300s to the current day. Members of the Consort have years of experience playing various kinds and sizes of recorders. The recorder is a woodwind instrument that was first documented in the Middle Ages. Composers who have written for the recorder include Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, and Arvo Pärt.

The Consort also includes a viola da gamba, an early version of the modern cello.

The Consort's varied programs include descriptions of the instruments and commentary about the music played. The Consort will be wearing Renaissance costumes to enhance the presentation.

Produced by the GPAC


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