The Garden Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present an eclectic variety of local and international musical artists who perform music of nearly every style and musical genre, both vocal and instrumental. From classical pianists, folk, country, latin and world music, jazz and standards, pop, soul and rock and roll, there is something for everyone. Artists often interpret covers of well known songs in addition to performing original material with repertoire that spans the styles and sounds of current hits to the early 20th century. Garden Music Series guests enjoy a world-class outdoor concert experience along with beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar of beer, wine, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. B’s Cool Treat’s will have their cart on-site with a wide assortment of frozen treats.
FREE with General Admission
TROLLEY will be available from 11:00 am to 5:00pm from the Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way).
February 23 – Laila Biali
Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega and has recorded with and supported Sting. Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. Laila has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Expanding on her unique, “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine), Laila is currently set to release a new album of original songs alongside covers of David Bowie, Coldplay and more.
March 15 – Halie Loren
The first thing you notice is that voice: gorgeous, graceful, and somehow earthy and ethereal at once. It is an instrument perfectly matched to the songwriting talents of the award-winning artist who channels it – Halie Loren. Her music conveys the wonders of the invisible world: wounded defiance, stubborn love, hard-earned hopefulness.
With a purity of tone and rare interpretive prowess, Halie brings a fresh and original perspective to time-honored musical paths, channeling her innate understanding of connectedness across musical boundaries to forge bonds with diverse audiences across the world.
A savvy concoction of jazz standards, re-imagined pop classics, and shimmering new originals, Loren’s music has proven irresistible.
The Sarasota Concert Band will be performing music associated with classic movie greats as well as more recent cinema successes. Movie music varies in its musical styles and the Sarasota Concert Band now in it’s 65th season, prides itself in presenting music of many styles – from pop to classical, from ballads to jazz, and everything in between.
The band will play action movie music from films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean from composers like John Williams and others in addition to music from movies with great love Stories like Gone with the Wind and Dr Zhivago. More current box office movie hits like The Greatest Showman have powerful and meaningful music written into their scores.
The concert will feature a very fine vocal soloist from the Sun Coast area. Mary Beth McLeod is known for her exceptional jazz and pop singing style. Ms. McLeod will grace the audience with an arraignment written specifically for her and the SCB of Over the Rainbow, from the Wizard of Oz, as well as music from other movies. The concert will have something for everyone and is sure to bring back memories of classic cinema with great music.
May 24 – Ari and the Alibis
Local favorite, Ari and the Alibis returns to the Garden Music Series again this spring. Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues, Soul and Rock, Ari and the Alibis take the audience on a musical journey where anything is possible.