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.


Cynthia Sayer

& Her Hot Jazz Quartet

Saturday, March 2 at 8:00pm

Back by popular demand is multi-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.

Cynthia tours worldwide, is in the American Banjo Hall Of Fame, and is winner of the 2019 Bistro Award and the 2018 Global Music Awards. She garnered standing ovations at the iconic Newport Jazz Festival in 2018, headlined at the famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2017, and much 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

Sayer's Hot Jazz Quartet features all-star players:

Randy Sandke on trumpet

Richard Drexler on string bass & piano

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.

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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. 

Lynn Trefzger

Voices of Comedy, Comedy Ventriloquist

Friday, March 15 at 8:00pm

Have you ever had a childhood hobby that got out of hand?

That explains Lynn Trefzger’s start as a ventriloquist/comedienne. For over 25 years, Lynn has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for family audiences worldwide. Lynn is Disney Entertainment’s favorite ventriloquist.

Audiences are treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents, when they meet a drunken but lovable camel, a cantankerous old man, a feisty little girl, and you may even see some other audience members who are brought up to the stage for the action! Lynn’s show is spontaneously funny, no two shows are alike! Her performances are tailored for both family and adult audiences.

Lynn and her many voices were first brought to national audiences on TV’s popular “Star Search”, since then she has performed on TNN, VH-1, Lifetime and Comedy Central. She is featured in the comedy/documentary, “I’m No Dummy” produced by NBC Universal. This whimsical and insightful hit comedy doc about ventriloquism examines the world of "venting", illustrating that this perceived novelty act is an extraordinary art form. Starring alongside veteran ventriloquists, Tony Award® winner Jay Johnson of sitcom SOAP fame, and two time Comedian of the Year, Jeff Dunham.

When Lynn is not performing for audiences worldwide, she is the managing director for her own family of 5 children and one very patient husband!

Video Teaser: https://youtu.be/fJC9Aov0reo

I’m No Dummy video teaser - https://youtu.be/_dmJy8RwQ04

Produced by the GPAC in association with DCA Productions

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 

Sarasota Earlye Musicke Consort

Wednesday, April 3 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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