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.


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.

For more information on the Quartet, click here.  

For more information on the Sarasota Orchestra, visit  www.sarasotaorchestra.org 


Produced by the Sarasota Orchestra in association with GPAC

Holiday Extravaganza

Sunday, November 17 at 6:30pm

RS Dance Project is proud to present a wonderful Dance Show, the 2019 Holiday Extravaganza. It is a continuation of a successful Ballroom Show created by Rastio Sida, which started last December in SaradanceCenter.

Are you familiar with Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) one of the most popular dance shows on TV? You will have the opportunity to see an amazing production featuring star students and instructors in a Pro/Am showcase. In addition to student performances, RS Dance Project is thrilled to present our own professional productions, starring some of the most accomplished ballroom dancers in the area.

Holiday Extravaganza is the ultimate theatrical dance experience exploding with jaw-dropping choreography, heart-pounding music and breath-taking moves. From seriously sexy to irresistibly charming, this talented group of dancers will have you leaping out of your seat. Bringing new life into traditional dances such as Romantic Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and futuristic Foxtrot and Quickstep, Holiday Extravaganza sears with the passion of the Tango and Paso Doble, and revels in the sheer energy of the Cha Cha, the Samba, the Salsa and the Swing or Jive. Our smoking irresistible Rumba and Bolero will leave you breathless.

Not just a show that looks good, it will aslo make you feel fantastic. Don’t miss your chance to experience 2019 Holiday Extravaganza!

Click here to watch a video of RS Dance Project


Produced by RS DanceProject

A Band Called Honalee

Wednesday, November 20 at 8:00pm

A Band Called Honalee is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger and The Weaversand other legends of 1960s folk.

Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, they reinvigorate iconic songs with fresh harmonies bringing this timeless music alive onstage once again. In their hands, the melodies and messages of the 1960s folk/rock era spark with power and relevance for new generations and life-long fans.

Click here to watch a video of the band!

Produced by the 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

Strings Con Brio

Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm

Join Strings Con Brio (Strings With Vigor) as they welcome in the holiday season with a program of traditional carols, plus the hauntingly beautiful Appalachian folk carol, I Wonder As I Wander and the charming Sleigh Ride of Leroy Anderson. In addition to familiar Christmas and Chanukah songs, the orchestra will perform one of the loveliest orchestral melodies of all time, "Nimrod" from Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar. The city of Vienna is not the only place to hear Strauss waltzes in preparation for the New Year. Strings Con Brio will feature the much-loved Emperor Waltz of Johann Strauss, plus a 20th century work by Polish-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel titled Danza, a fiery Slavic folk-dance which will be certain to bring down the house! Our special vocal soloist will be Justine Rabstein, singing two of her favorite holiday songs. You won't want to miss this festive and joyous seasonal concert!

Co-Produced by the GPAC & Strings Con Brio

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday

Friday, December 13 at 8pm

Nate Najar’s Jazz Holiday has become a welcome annual tradition. A true master of jazz on the acoustic, classical guitar, Nate has enthralled audiences across the globe with his trademark and distinctive style. He’s an acclaimed composer, arranger and record producer, whose recent release “Under Paris Skies” explores his passion for French jazz and pop with a deeper commitment and purpose than ever before. It showcases the “rabbit hole” of research he did to curate a unique eclectic variety of pop, jazz and classical songs rarely re-imagined by American jazz artists. Nate’s all-time hero and major influence is the late Charlie Byrd, who also played the gut-string guitar. As always, Nate brings to us an extraordinary coterie of accompanists. Vibe master Chuck Redd has a long association with Nate, as do our area’s John Lamb on bass and trumpeter James Suggs. Adrian Cunningham is back on woodwinds for a second year, with Jean Bolduc drums and rising-star, Brazilian vocalist Daniela Soledade. An outstanding lineup of musicians at the top of their profession.

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 

Cynthia Sayer

& Her Hot Jazz Quartet

Sunday, January 12 at 2:00pm

Back by popular demand is multi-award-winning banjo star Cynthia Sayer and her premiere Hot Jazz Quartet! An electrifying instrumentalist and vocalist, Cynthia's shows feature an ever-changing mix of hot jazz, Great American Songbook, old favorites, virtuoso classics, roots music, and more.

Cynthia is in the American Banjo Hall Of Fame, tours worldwide, and is the first banjoist ever to win the 2019 Bistro Award and the 2018 Global Music Awards. She was a Special Guest at the 2019 Django Reinhardt Festival in NYC, garnered standing ovations at the iconic Newport Jazz Festival in 2018, headlined at the famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and much more.

Be sure to catch this enchanting, family-friendly joyride for lovers of all things swing -- and all things banjo! One show only: we strongly recommend you buy your tickets in advance!

"She takes us into places where you'd never expect the banjo to be admitted, and makes herself completely at home."

"Sayer repeatedly demonstrated her highly celebrated and long-standing mastery of the jazz banjo."

Sayer's Hot Jazz Quartet features all-star players:
Randy Sandke on trumpet
Mark Neuenschwander on string bass
Barry Smith on drums

Click here to find out more about Cynthia Sayer! 

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

Glenn Miller Concert & Fundraiser Event

The Search For Glenn Miller's Aircraft Is On

Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm

"A Tribute to Glenn Miller" Concert by the Sarasota Jazz Club Band
& Keynote Speaker Dr. James D'Angelo, Committee Chairman of The Glenn Miller Project

Major Glenn Miller, renowned bandleader, arranger and composer, of the 1930s and 1940s lost his life in an UC-64 Norseman single engine aircraft over the English Channel on December 15, 1944. This is the 75th remembrance of that event.

A Sarasota Committee has joined with Search, Inc. to locate and recover the remains of his downed aircraft. The concert will be a fundraiser event to aid in the search. Voluntary contributions are welcomed. Checks should be made out to "The Glenn Miller Project" and sent to Dan Kennedy at 2352 Burton Lane, Sarasota, Fl 34239. Donations are tax-deductible. 


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 Tamburitzans Present
Their 83rd season show
SYMBOLS – Expressions of Culture

Sunday, March 1 at 2:00pm

SYMBOLS create meaning and understanding,
and they teach and explain.
SYMBOLS are ancient. They explain our past
and tell our stories.
Symbols are EXPRESSIONS of life
and conveyors of emotion.

The high-energy show celebrates and features music and dancing from cultures all around the globe including Croatian, Georgian, Nordic, Bulgarian & Macedonian, Serbian, Polish, Celtic and Russian.

Click here for more Tamburitzans information! 


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

The Landscape of Guitar

Saturday, March 14 at 8:00pm

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 their new animated 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 4 top 5 internationally charting albums including Of Sea & Stars winner of “Best Instrumental Album of the Year 2017”. Public Radio 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”. See and hear “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel, the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings and the colors of Van Gogh”.

Click here for The Landscape of Guitar official website 

Click for a Lanscape of Guitar video 

Produced by the GPAC 

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


Kate Delaney 

Sunday, April 19 at 2:00pm

Kate Delaney is thrilled to be returning to GPAC with a new version of her show, Timeless: Enduring songs of the Jazz Age, Broadway and more. Kate is a Kansas girl who somehow made her way from the landlocked center of the country to a career performing at sea. After her years as a production singer on some of the world’s top cruise lines, true love brought her back to land where Kate now considers herself a bona-a-fide Floridian. Filled with some hilarious ins and outs of ship life and the stage, as well as stories of life and love, Timeless is a soaring celebration of world-class vocals, humor and tales of Kate’s life in the biz of show.

Produced by the GPAC 

The Cashore Marionettes Presents Life In Motion

Tuesday, April 21 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 


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