Past Seasons

 

2017-2018

Belles Canto Sings The Sounds of the Season
Belle Canto joins the St. John’s Methodist Church choirs to offer an evening of new and old holiday songs and carols.  Celebrate the season with the St. John’s community.

  • Wednesday evening, December 13, 2017
  • St. John’s Methodist Church, 6611 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, 34241

Spring:

As Nicole Smith took over the baton this fall, this season will be largely one of re-organization.  This spring we held a recording session in order to create a CD for publicity use.  Please check back to see what else we have planned for next year…

2016-2017

Cool Jazz by Red Hot Belles and The Michael Ross Quartet
Belle Canto, Sarasota’s premier women’s ensemble and the Michael Ross Quartet, are honored to participate in this Inspire Sarasota concert that will benefit the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program. Let’s fill the house with great music for a great cause.

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 – 5:00 PM, First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota.

Belles Canto Sings The Sounds of Christmas
Belle Canto will spread a little holiday cheer as they present a program of holiday favorites.

  • Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 – 8:00 PM, The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. For tickets call (941) 552-5325.

Annual Christmas and Community Carol Sing — The Voices of Christmas
Mark your calendar to celebrate the season with the rich and joyous sounds of the First Church Singers joined by Belle Canto. The Voices of Christmas offers a festive evening of holiday classics, refreshing new carols, and sing along favorites accompanied by orchestra and organ. It will be a highlight of your Christmas season.

  • Sunday evening December 18, 2016 — 7:00 PM, First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota.

The French Connection
Belle Canto joins the First Church Singers to present a program featuring Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine and the velvet choral sounds of Morten Lauridsen’s Dirait’on from Les Chansons des Roses.

  • Sunday evening February 19, 2017 – 7:00 PM, First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota.

Voix Françaises
As part of the Sarasota Artist Series, Belle Canto will present a French program including music of Debussy, Ravel, and Cole Porter.

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 — 11:00 AM, Michael’s on East, 1212 South East Ave, Sarasota.

2015-2016

Belles On Broadway

Belle Canto, under the direction of Elizabeth Goldstein, accompanied by Jonathan Spivey and the First Church Jazz Trio, will kick off our season with a “Salute to Broadway.”

This concert will be a benefit for Sarasota Family Promise.

  • Sunday, November 8, 2015 – 6:00 PM, First United Methodist Church.

Patricia Stenberg Memorial Concert

This concert will feature perfomances by Belle Canto, ” A Celebration of Women’s Voices” under the direction of Elizabeth Goldstein– a perfomance that will entertain and inspire with a diverse and creative program, also clarinetist Kristina Orsini accompanied by pianist Karen Clark.

The concert is sponsored by the Sarasota Manatee Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity. All proceeds will be used to support music education initiatives and local musical performing groups.

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 – 3:00 PM, St. Georges Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

Singspiration V: If Music Be The Food of Love

Belle Canto, under the direction of Elizabeth Goldstein, and the beautiful voices of Booker High School’s VPA Chorus, under the direction of Trevor Pike, Celebrate Women’s History Month as they join forces to guarantee a yummy, diverse, and creative musical experience.

  • Sunday, March 6, 2016 – 7:00 PM, First United Methodist Church.

Munchtime Musicales

Belle Canto will perform as part of the Sarasota Concert Association’s community outreach program. The concert series, featuring instrumental and vocal artists, offers a wide variety of music, including classical, folk, jazz, and pop.

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 12:00 PM, Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

2014-2015

Hit Me With A Hot Note!

Belle Canto, under the direction of Elizabeth Goldstein, accompanied by Jonathan Spivey, will be joined by  the First Church Jazz Trio to kick off our season with an all new Jazz and Blues concert featuring iconic works such as I Got Rhythm, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Java Jive, and many more all-time favorite hits.

  • November 9, 2014 – 6:00 PM First United Methodist Church

This concert will be a benefit for Sarasota Family Promise

  • November 13, 2014 – 7:30 PM Bay Village, Sarasota

Singspiration IV: Salute To Spring

Belle Canto and Sarasota Young Voices, accompanied by Jonathan Spivey, Celebrate Women’s History Month as they join forces to guarantee a diverse, creative, and fun musical experience. Think April in Paris! We begin this exciting concert with works of Debussy and Boulanger and move through other great choral literature. The Chroma Quartet will join Belle Canto and Sarasota Young Voices.

  • April 19, 2015 – 7:00 PM First United Methodist Church

2013-2014

Belles Sing The Blues

Belle Canto, accompanied by Jonathan Spivey and the First Church Jazz Trio will have you swinging to the beat in this lively concert! Favorite pieces from the Jazz and Blues eras will include Georgia On My Mind, Satin Doll, and others by Hoagy Carmichael, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and more.

  • November 2, 2013 — 5:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church
  • January 19, 2014 — 4 p.m. Roser Community Church, Anna Maria Island
  • February 16, 2014 — 2 p.m. The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

Singspiration III: And Then There Was Music

Belle Canto and Sarasota Young Voices, accompanied by Jonathan Spivey, celebrate Women’s History Month as they present a delightful mix of musical styles from the soulful to the sublime. A series of works by American composer, Dr. Gwyneth Walker, will be featured. Featured poets will include Mae Swenson, Sara Teasdale, and others. Georgia Court, owner of Bookstore1 in Sarasota, will read the poetry used in the songs between performances. The Chroma Quartet will join Belle Canto and Sarasota Young Voices.

  • March 9, 2014 – 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church

2012-2013

A Very Merry Holiday Concert

Belle Canto will spread a little holiday cheer as they present a holiday concert including such favorites as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and “Twas the Night Before Christmas.

  • December 6, 2012 – 4 p.m. The Oaks Women’s Club
  • December 8, 2012– 7 p.m. The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

“How Can I Keep From Singing?”

Belle Canto, under the direction of Elizabeth Goldstein, accompanied by Jonathan Spivey will perform a variety of pieces as part of the Covenant Presbyterian artist series.

  • February 13, 2013 – 7 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fort Myers

Singspirations Meets Dancespiration: Music in Motion

Belle Canto, joined by The Chroma Quartet and The Sarasota Ballet’s Trainees
will celebrate National Women’s History Month: Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination with exciting music accentuated by the beauty of dance and the rapture of strings.

  • March 17, 2013 – 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church

Sunday’s at Six

  • January 25, 2013 — Pine Shores Presbyterian Church “How Can I Keep From Singing?”
  • February 22, 2013 — Covenant Concert Series, Ft Myers. “How can I Keep From Singing?”
  • February 2, 2013“Sundays at Six” Choral Festival at St Boniface Episcopal Church

2011-2012

Live, Laugh, Love! – A Gift in Song

Belle Canto presents their favorite songs about life, laughter, and love. The program will feature songs by Morten Lauridsen, Gwyneth Walker, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin.

  • February 5, 2011 – 8 p.m. The Glendridge Performing Arts Center

Munchtime Musicale
The Sarasota Concert Association presents Belle Canto in a free Munchtime Musicale performance. The concert will feature a variety of music, including sacred, classical, opera, gospel, musical comedy, and jazz.

  • November 16, 2011 – Noon. Holley Hall at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.

Celebrate Sarasota

Belle Canto joins other local performing groups as the Artist Series of Sarasota presents the first ever Celebrate Sarasota.

  • July 8, 2012 – 2 p.m. Florida Studio Theater

Singspiration: The Spirit Of Women

Belle Canto and North Port High School Women’s Advance Choir celebrate Women’s History Month with two concerts featuring two World Premier compositions by American Composer, Dr. Gwyneth Walker. Sweet Molly and Friends, by Walker, was scored especially for Belle Canto. During the concert, commentator June LeBell, will also interview Dr. Walker. Special appearance by Jay Hunsberger, Principal Tuba for the Sarasota Orchestra!

  • Friday, March 2, 2012 – 7 p.m. North Port High School Performing Arts Cent
  • Sunday, March 4, 2012 – 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church