February 2024
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The cultural vibe of our town is in full swing in Scene’s February issue. The post February 2024 first appeared on Sarasota Scene Magazine ..read more
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Composing a Future: Sarasota Orchestra Tunes Up for its Next 75 Years
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Scott Ferguson | February 2024 On March 12, 1949, Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert. The setting was the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium; the opening selection  was Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor — his “Unfinished Symphony.” In March 2024 and throughout the 2023-2024 season, the beloved cultural institution will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Known since 2008 as Sarasota Orchestra, it will continue its own unfinished symphony as its musical journey leads it toward a new Music Center, a new music director and new creative heights.  “The 75th ..read more
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Sarasota Opera’s Women of the Season
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By Scott Ferguson | February 2023 When Sarasota Opera’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Victor DeRenzi and General Director Richard Russell were planning the company’s 2024 Winter Opera Festival, their goal was to strike a balance between perennial favorites and operas that are less frequently performed.  Mission accomplished — the season includes two of the art form’s most popular works, Georges Bizet’s Carmen (Feb. 17-March 22, 2024) and Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor (Feb. 24-March 23, 2024), as well as Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller (March 9-24, 2024). The characters ..read more
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An Unprecedented Dialogue | Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe
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By Kaileia Suvannamaccha | February 2024 Before she was crowned “princess of polka dots,” Yayoi Kusama, then a budding artist, aspired to sow seeds of success akin to the American artists she had only ever read about in textbooks. Among the artists she studied, one woman captured her fascination—Georgia O’Keeffe, the matriarch of American Modernism—so much so that she decided to write to her. Yayoi’s letter, seeking guidance, echoed like a call for help in a world where males seized the spotlight, and females were supposed to be content with dancing in their shadows. It is unknown what compell ..read more
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Keeping Black History Front & Center: Frank and Katherine Martucci & Gulf Coast Community Foundation
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By Tom Reese | Photos by Nancy Guth | February 2024 Dating back to when he was a little boy, Sarasota resident Frank Martucci has always believed that all humans are connected to nature and deserve to live with dignity.  The Martucci’s philanthropic investments do just that – help those with fewer resources live with dignity. This year, Frank and Katherine Martucci made a sizable donation to the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (SAACC) to expand its efforts to build a new arts, culture, and history center that will host exhibits about Black life and history in the Sarasota are ..read more
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An Inspirational Legacy : George Barthalow and State College of Florida Foundation
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By Tom Reese | Photo by Nancy Guth | February 2024 After graduating from Riverview High School in Sarasota in the early 1970s, George Barthalow was left with a difficult decision regarding college.  George was planning to immediately attend a full four-year university, but his father suffered a massive stroke shortly after graduation, putting the family in a difficult financial situation. He did some soul-searching, decided to stay local, and attend Manatee Junior College (MJC) to affordably obtain his associate degree and be close to his family.  “MJC provided me with a security bla ..read more
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Education Matters | Pioneering Youth Development: Roscelyn Guenther and Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties
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By Joshua Thomas Bray | February 2024 Creating opportunities for growth and learning, the dedication to shaping young lives is a vital mission in any community. Founded in 1970, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties (BGCSDC) has been steadfast in its commitment to empowering and supporting youth in need.  The organization focuses on children and teenagers (ages 6-18) offering them a safe space for growth and learning outside of school hours. With a vision that success is within the reach of every young person who enters its doors, the Clubs have been a significant force i ..read more
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January 2024
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Community wellness shines in Sarasota Scene’s January 2024 issue. The post January 2024 first appeared on Sarasota Scene Magazine ..read more
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Community Foundation of Sarasota County: Transforming Families Through a 2Gen Approach
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By Tom Reese | 2Gen Family Photos by Nancy Guth | January 2024 Mireya Morales has many convictions, but one stands above all: “I don’t want my children to be statistics,” she says. “I want more for them.” A child of Mexican immigrants whose educational journeys ended after primary school, Morales herself ended up dropping out of high school and starting a family of her own as a teenager.  “That’s what was expected of me: have kids, get married, take care of my husband.” If that’s what was expected, Morales has surpassed expectations. Over the past 19 years she has propelled herself forwar ..read more
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Selby Gardens’ Green Horizon: A Visionary Leap Into Botanical Brilliance
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By Hallie Peilet Young | January 2024 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Embarks on a Sustainable Renaissance with Phase One of its Master Plan In the heart of Sarasota, a botanical revolution is unfolding, a green symphony conducted by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  As the institution gears up to open Phase One of its three-phase Master Plan on January 11, 2024, the world is about to witness the birth of the first net-positive energy botanical garden complex. With over $57 million raised, this ambitious endeavor is not just transforming the physical landscape of Selby Gardens but also settin ..read more
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