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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota (must see)

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is a theater in Sarasota, Florida. Being one of Sarasota's landmarks, it hosts events that range from classical and rock music to Broadway musicals and modern dance. The architectural design was carried out by William Wesley Peters, of Taliesin Associated Architects, who used two seashells as an inspiration for the design. The purple and lavender color scheme was suggested by Frank Lloyd Wright's widow, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright. The seat hall's 1968-69 construction was partly funded by a bequest from local residents Lewis and Eugenia Van Wezel, and now the Roskamp Auditorium only has 1,741 seats. Today, the Hall contains 80 thousand square feet and has a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. With its cozy interiors and fantastic acoustics, the Hall is a wonderful place to relax after a nice dinner.

Why You Should Visit:
Every season, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall hosts a broad spectrum of the world's finest performers representing the diverse tastes of locals and visitors alike, including top national and international performers, ballet and dance troupes, popular comedians, musicals, world-class symphony orchestras and more.

Tip:
Make sure you get seats close to an aisle.
The season is September through April.

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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Map

Sight Name: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sight Location: Sarasota, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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