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.


Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days with Dan Kamin

Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30pm

This program will be given by Chaplin expert Dan Kamin. By 1916 Charlie Chaplin had become the most popular person on the planet, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands when he traveled. It was like the frenzy over The Beatles half-a-century later, only Chaplin's fame was even greater. This program explores that fame, the iconic Tramp character at its core, and what was going on behind the scenes. It is based, in part, on a newly discovered series of thirty-seven articles written in 1916 by Fred Goodwins, one of the actors in Chaplin's stock company. The program will include an account of how Chaplin electrified the Southern states in 1918 with a live appearance tour to sell Liberty Bonds.

Dan Kamin trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in Chaplin and created Johnny Depp's physical comedy routines in Benny and Joon. His entertaining and informative presentation will be illustrated with colorful images, music and film from the period.

The following day Kamin will host a showing of Chaplin's blockbuster war comedy Shoulder Arms, made right after his Liberty Bond tour. The film will be free to those who attend Red Letter Days. Call 552-5325 to receive your free ticket to the film.

Produced by the GPAC. 

Charlie Chaplin Film: Shoulder Arms

Saturday, Oct 7 at 2:00pm

Released in 1918, Shoulder Arms is a silent comedy set in France during World War I. Charlie is a private with dreams of becoming a war hero by going behind enemy lines. Shoulder Arms proved to be Chaplin's most popular film, critically and commercially, up to that point.

Renowned Chaplin expert Dan Kamin will set the stage for this Chaplin film. Don't miss this excursion into the public and private worlds of Hollywood's first superstar.

The film will be free to those who attended Red Letter Days. Please call 552-5325 if you have any questions.

Produced by the GPAC. 

Pine View Jazz Band

Thursday, Nov 15 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.  The featured vocalists will have you dreaming of snow as they perform some of the greatest music by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Mel Tormé and others!

It's always a pleasure to enjoy the musical talents of the gifted youth

Produced by the GPAC. 

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday

Friday, Dec 14 at 8pm

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday is an annual tradition! Featuring Adrian Cunningham on reeds, James Suggs on trumpet, John Lamb on bass and Mark Feinman on drums.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club

Harry Allen and the Four Others

Sun, Jan 13 at 2pm

Harry Allen is a rara avis in the World of contemporary Jazz. His musical roots are not, like most of his saxophone peers, in the styles of John Coltrane or Michael Brecker, but in the mainstream school Stan Getz, Al Cohn or Zoot Sims. Amongst his musical idols are also several of the great saxophonists of the swing era, like Ben Webster or Lester Young.

Fascinated by the cool sounds and relaxed swing of the legendary saxophone section of Woody Herman's orchestra of the late forties (Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward and Serge Chaloff), nicknamed The Four Brothers, Harry has organized a band with the same instrumentation (three tenors and a baritone, plus a rhythm section), and has written all new compositions and arrangements for the group.

The resulting band (which Harry ironically calls Four Others) is one of the most interesting projects to have seen the light in recent years, incorporating the modern improvising skills of some of New York's most acclaimed contemporary saxophone players (like Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart and Gary Smulyan) to the classic sound of the swing era big bands.

The band has appeared in Concerts and Festivals in Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the USA, getting great reviews and accolades.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club

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

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 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


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