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. During the Selby House restoration project, the temporary cafe near the Christie Payne Mansion/Museum of Botany and the Arts will be open during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (NOTE: For the November 3 event, the cafe will be open noon to 5 p.m.)
FREE with General Admission
TROLLEY will be available from 11:00 am to 5:00pm from the Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way).
October 13 – Ocean’s Eleven Big Band with John Rinell
Led by extraordinary drummer, Bryan Post, the Ocean’s Eleven Big Band plays and extensive repertoire of favorites from the Big Band and Swing era which includes the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong as well las tunes by contemporary artists.
With amazing vocalist, John Rinell singing songs from the Sinatra songbook, the audience will experience an unforgettable show!
Portrait of a Queen, featuring CeCe Teneal will take music lovers on a trip down memory lane with stellar hits from Aretha Franklin’s musical catalog like: “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and of course “Respect.” The show is a tasteful tribute offering interpretations of the music made popular by Franklin, who passed away in August 2018.
CeCe has traveled the world with her talent, gracing the stage with Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Johnny Lang and the legendary B.B. King, to name just a few. Her own original sound has attracted the attention of fans across the globe, and her first music video, “Eleanor Rigby” was exclusively premiered on the Huffington Post. She has been nominated for three Independent Music Awards and claimed the title for 2011 Best Gospel Song, “I Heard you Praying” and best R&B Album.
November 3 – Shane Chalke’s Jazz Quartet
Recording artist and Jazz Trumpeter Shane Chalke performs nearly 200 shows a year as “Shane Chalke’s BE Jazz” in the “High Country” of western North Carolina and as “Shane Chalkes’ Jazz Trio” in Sarasota. Influenced by Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Gene Ammons, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Dave Brubeck to name a few, Shane is a local Sarasota favourite with two current studio CD’s, “Jazz in Thin Air” (2015) and “Jazz on the River” (2018). You can listen to Shane on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.
November 10 – Perlman Music Program Alumni String Quartet
Founded by Toby Perlman, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty including Itzhak Perlman, a signature summer program and year-round mentoring in New York, and the annual winter residency presented in late December on the campus of University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.
Each year, Perlman Suncoast brings alumni of The Perlman Music Program, now professional musicians, to Sarasota to present interactive performances. These PMP alumni are truly celebrated young concert artists.
Join us at the Garden Music Series for a world-class concert of string music under the banyans at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.