Sarasota Culture Collective to Open New Season at Sarasota Opera House, 10/19

The Sarasota Culture Collective (SCC) will kick off its new season with a special event at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, October 19, 7 - 9 p.m. The cocktail reception will include an open bar, light bites, and performances by the Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Ballet. Mix and mingle with other young arts lovers, groove to the tunes of DJ Solo, and learn about the cultural offerings in Sarasota. The event is free for SCC Members and $10 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at

SCC gives young professionals aged 21-40 a thorough introduction to the arts, offering behind the scenes experiences, pre-show receptions, and two tickets to various performances at Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, The Ringling, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and the Arts and Cultural Alliance.

The annual membership can be purchased for $80 before October 19. Regular memberships are available for $99 after October 19. Memberships are available for purchase by calling 941-351-8000.

In addition to the kick-off event, the SCC Events Calendar includes:

Arts & Cultural Alliance
15th Annual Awards Ceremony
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 7 p.m.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Sarasota Ballet
Balanchine & Ashton
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 8 p.m.
Pre-show event 6:30pm - 7:45 p.m.
Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Orchestra
Masterworks: Setting New Courses
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 8 p.m.
Pre-show event 6:45pm - 7:45 p.m.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
Loot by Joe Orton
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pre-show event 6:45 p.m.
Asolo Rep/Cook Theatre

The Ringling*
Joseph's Coat and R. Luke Dubois - NOW
Thursday, Feb 6, 2014
Pre-show event Joseph's Coat 5:30pm
6:30 p.m. - Curatorial discussion & reception
8:00 p.m. The Ringling Underground
The Ringling Museum of Art

*Sarasota Culture Collective members receive two "Member for a Day" passes to The Ringling

Sarasota Opera
Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Friday, March 14, 2014, 8 p.m. | Pre-show event 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Sarasota Opera House

Asolo Repertory Theatre
Hero: The Musical (Regional Premiere)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8 p.m. | Pre-show event 7 p.m.
Asolo Repertory Theatre

Sarasota Culture Collective is sponsored in part by Visit Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. is the Presenting Partner. Media partners include The Observer Media Group, SRQ Media Group, and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group.

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