With a location to die for and a crowd loving the variety of shows that have been scheduled, Venice Performing Arts Center is delighting locals and tourists alike. Situated on Venice Island, and the showcase of Venice High School, the facility is a mecca for the arts with neighborhood businesses loving the ancillary effects they are receiving from attendees who need food, drink, and additional evening entertainment.
Venice Performing Arts Center is a $15 million dollar facility which opened in 2014. Funded by sales tax dollars and Sarasota County school money, it provides a rich, beautiful venue for multiple arts and performance outlets including Venice Institute for Performing Arts, The Venice Symphony, Venice Concert Band, Venice Chorale, and Venice High School band and theater groups. A similar community and school venture is happening in North Port where the North Port Performing Arts Center is situated on the campus of North Port High, and many local groups have access to the state-of-the-art facility. Both venues have proven to have regional appeal, drawing in visitors from several area counties.
VPAC is the largest performing arts center in the area and seats nearly 1100 people in a multi-level auditorium. Attendees have the option to seeing everything from country legends like Charlie Daniels Band to timeless classics like Romeo and Juliet being played out. The Sarasota Post is pleased to present their schedule for the rest of March. It would be a short and scenic ride to the Island of Venice where you’ll be sure to catch a lovely sunset over the water and a fantastic meal at any number of downtown haunts before treating yourself to a performance at Venice Performing Arts Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.veniceperformingartscenter.com.
March 15, 7:30 P.M., Charlie Daniels Band
Catch a glimpse into the legendary career of one of country music’s favorite crooners. From bluegrass to gospel to traditional country, the Charlie Daniels Band will have you out of your seat and dancing to songs that have lived in your hearts and memories for years.
March 19, 3:00 P.M., La Vie En Rose: Parisian Society Café’ Music
Featuring the French singer, Violette, this program unites old-favored standards, swing, French jazz songs and an infusion of soulful pop. This will truly be a performance that speaks to everyone with a kaleidoscope of energy.
March 25, 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Island Village Montessori School: Let the music play
With an original script that features over 80 students of IVMS on stage ranging from three years old to 11th graders, this will be an impressive endeavor. The story focuses on a group of educators who must bring art to their artless school. The audience will delight in the high range of talent these students possess.
March 26, 7:00 P.M. Women of Ireland
This production combines Irish dancing, songs, and music under one roof featuring vocalist sisters, Fiona, Naomi, and Evangeline O’Neill, fiddle players, an award-winning Aerialist, and primary dancer, Caterina Coyne, along with 30 additional performers.
March 27, 7:00 P.M. Venice Concert Band
Enjoy this fan favorite featuring many of the songs you know and love, with many local performers you will recognize as friends and neighbors around Venice.
March 31, 7:00 P.M., Moscow Meets Manhattan: Dueling Pianos Plus with Brian Gurl and Katherine Alexandra
Dubbed as “Russian Phenom and American Piano Man,” this unique pairing brings humor and style to tunes ranging from Billy Joel to Rachmaninoff, and from The Tango to Phantom of the Opera.
photos from Venice Performing Arts Center Website