Thursday, November 6, 2008

Free Perlman event tickets available soon

The world-renown Perlman Music Program's Winter Residency will return for a fifth year to the Sarasota/Bradenton area next month, allowing many of you to take advantage of the wonderful free concerts offered by some of the world's most talented young musicians.

Two weeks chock full of Perlman music events will take place Dec. 21-Jan. 3, including orchestra and chorus rehearsals, works-in-progress student recitals and master classes that lead to the big Celebration Concert. The finale, held at the Sarasota Opera House, features the internationally-known violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman. Tickets are $30 and $65.

The free events will be held outdoors in a performance tent at the University of South Florida/Manatee campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, but you'll still need a ticket to get in. Free tickets will be available to the public beginning 9 a.m. Nov. 15 at the USF Sarasota Manate Rotunda. As a special incentive, those who purchase tickets to the Jan. 3 Celebration Concert will receive six free event tickets to USF by mail as a thank you for your support. Those interested in the offer can call 366-8450.

If picking up free tickets at USF, print or clip a Perlman/Sarasota ad to use as a parking permit on campus.

For more information on the Perlman program, schedule of events and other information, call 955-4942 or visit

- January Holmes

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