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2024-2025 Art of Performance Season

The Art of Performance @ the HAT has become the most global, unexpected and vibrant performing arts series in Sarasota. No matter if you are a loyal fan or brave newbie to our programming, we have performance and engagement options for you! Choose from the wide range of shows activities this season with single events or packages to suit your schedule and appetite for live arts. Hang on to your HAT because this season is going to be wild and wonderous inside and out of the Historic Asolo Theater!

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🎩 Subscriptions offer the best discounts, starting at only $110 for 4 shows.

🎩 Subscriptions offer the best seating at all price levels in our intimate venue. Think “business class”.

🎩 Subscriber discount rate will apply for all additional purchases during the season. You can add on as you go.

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3 Easy Ways  to Purchase!

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🎩 In person at the Historic Theater Box Office, located in the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion. Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Select from 3 subscriptions options

🎩 All 6 performances + NocheUnidos Opening Night Party. ( 7 events total, choose either VIP or General Admission entry for NocheUnidos Opening Night Party)

🎩 Four or More: Create your own season.

🎩 World Jazz Series: Experience five amazing jazz artists.

Please note: Individual tickets for NocheUnidos are currently available, individual tickets for all other performances will be available September 3, 2024


Kavita Shah
February 14, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Vocals and Cape Verdean Traditional Music
Historic Asolo Theater

This stirring evening features a sublime set of traditional Cape Verdean songs fused with jazz sensibilities performed by the polyglot vocalist Kavita Shah and some of Cape Verde’s most renowned musicians. Shah is an award-winning vocalist, composer, researcher, and educator who makes work in deep engagement with the jazz tradition, while also addressing and advancing its global sensibilities. A lifelong New Yorker of Indian origin hailed for possessing an “amazing dexterity for musical languages” (NPR), Shah incorporates her ethnographic research on Brazilian, West African, and Indian musical traditions into her original repertoire. In September 2023, after seven years of immersing in the traditional mornas and coladeiras of her idol Cesária Évora on the Atlantic island of São Vicente with Évora’s former musical director and virtuoso guitarist Bau, Shah released her latest album Cape Verdean Blues (Folkalist Records).

The Two Rivers Ensemble featuring Amir ElSaffar
February 15 & 16, 2025
Jazz Trumpet / Persian Fusion
Historic Asolo Theater

The Two Rivers Ensemble is a sextet of jazz and Middle Eastern musicians that has made innovative strides in using the maqam modal system with the American jazz idiom. Deeply rooted in the musical forms of Iraq and nearby regions, the music still speaks the language of swing, improvisation, and group interaction, and the resultant sound is distinct from other contemporary cross-cultural musical fusions. After 14 years of extensive performing and touring, The Two Rivers Ensemble has developed an instinctive ease with ElSaffar’s highly complex music, enabling the band to play with a creativity that transcends pure technical challenge in a style that is rooted in tradition, while creating an entirely new aesthetic. Downbeat Magazine called Amir ElSaffar’s work “certainly the first Middle Eastern-imbued jazz combo at Newport to win a standing ovation for its first song.”

Composer, trumpeter, santur player, and vocalist Amir ElSaffar has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music,” (the Wire) and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribune). A recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2018 US Artist Fellow, ElSaffar is an expert trumpeter with a classical background, conversant not only in the language of contemporary jazz, but has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. Additionally, he is a purveyor of the centuries-old, now endangered, Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively as a vocalist and santur player.

Alain Pérez 
February 21 & 22, 2025 at 7:30 p.m.
Latin Jazz / Cuban Timba
Historic Asolo Theater

Bassist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Alain Pérez is one of Cuba’s most active and versatile musicians on the international scene today. He has performed and recorded with jazz legends in various musical vernaculars, forming part of the original Chucho Valdés Quartet that recorded on Blue Note Records, as the bassist of the renowned Paco de Lucía sextet, for the flamenco singer Enrique Morente, and was also part of the new Jerry González quartet. He is band leader and producer for numerous projects, including his own orchestral project. He is a Grammy winner and nominee in multiple categories as interpreter and author and deeply cherished as a producer and ambassador of Latin Jazz and Cuban Popular music worldwide.

Brinae Ali and the Baltimore Jazz Collective
March 14, 2025 at 11 a.m. | March 15, 2025 at 7:30 p.m. | March 16, 2025 at 5:00 p.m. | March 17, 2025 at 1:00 p.m.
Tap Dance and Jazz
Historic Asolo Theater

The Baby Laurence Legacy Project is an evening-length performance that investigates and celebrates the artistic genius of Donald “Baby Laurence” Jackson, a Baltimore-bred game-changer, and his impact on tap dance and jazz music. This production aims to redefine the relationship between technology, tap dancing, and jazz music to build a platform for sharing Laurence’s largely forgotten story with audiences. The work honors his artistic genius and probes the social context that led to his alcoholism, chronic drug use, continual incarceration, poverty, and early death at age 53. Songs from his album, such as “Baby at Birdland” and “Delilah’s Theme,” will be reimagined with new arrangements and choreography. The Baby Laurence Legacy Project will reveal to audiences how Laurence embodied the bebop aesthetic, which channeled defiance of the white gaze and a self-referencing Black consciousness as in the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, and Charlie Parker.

Rennie Harris Pure Movement
April 4 & 5, 2025  at 7:30 p.m.
Hip-hop Dance
Historic Asolo Theater

Losing My Religion is a new creation by Rennie Harris and is a retrospective inspired by Harris’s life journey, the human experience, and today’s current political and socioeconomic theater. Losing My Religion is an abstract work inspired by his personal journey and thoughts on the world’s collective dilemmas. From war to social, economic, and political injustices, humanity is forever caught in a perpetual loop of turmoil, grief, and despair. Harris challenges both what has come to be expected of street dance and hip-hop culture and degenerative social normatives/beliefs with his reconstructionist philosophy and approach to artmaking. As a part of the company work, Harris will incorporate a reimagining of his renowned solo, Endangered Species. The solo’s inclusion completes a story of systemic racism and revolt and a shift away from what was, to what is, and what can be. Losing My Religion examines the historical use of hip-hop and street dance as languages of protest, resilience, and power, while the choreography and forms invite audiences to imagine the ways in which they can use their bodies as resistance.

This work is the result of a commission by the Hermitage Artist Retreat through their prestigious Greenfield Prize and reflects an ongoing collaboration with our two institutions to support creative practice in the region.

Lívia Mattos Trio (Brazil)
April 18 & 19, 2025 at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz, Brazilian Popular Music and Circus
Historic Asolo Theater

Bahia-based accordion player, songwriter, vocalist, filmmaker, and visual artist, Lívia Mattos has been developing her singular skills as a player and unconventional frontwoman since she started her artistic adventures as a circus performer. Singularly entertaining and musically rich, her concerts blend Brazilian popular Music, burlesque jazz, and circus sensibilities. She has collaborated with renowned artists like Rosa Passos, Badi Assad, and Chico César, as well as the Symphonic Orchestra of Bahia and released her debut album as a songwriter, Vinha da Ida, in 2017, receiving acclaim for its surprising arrangements, inventive lyrics, unusual fusion of Brazilian roots, jazz and global rhythms, and its overall fresh originality. Its success led to tours in Europe and the Americas, as well as earning her four prestigious Brazilian arts and culture awards. Her adventures continue with her latest album, Apneia, now touring with her unique trio, comprising long-term colleagues, Rafael dos Santos (drums) and Jefferson Babu (tuba). Livia is a circus performer and researcher.


NocheUnidos @ The Ringling

Oct 18, 2024

Kick off the season! This elegant evening, held in the magical Museum of Art Courtyard, features dining, dancing, music, and fellowship

This event may be included in a Subscription or purchased individually.

Tickets and more information to come! Please check back.

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SunHAT EcoPerformance Festival

Nov 11-18, 2024

This campus-wide, week-long festival elevates ecoperformance and artists creating projects and narratives that discuss ecology, climate change and environmental justice.

More information and Tickets coming soon!


Box Office staff is available to assist with subscriptions and questions:

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🎩 In person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box office is located in the rear of the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion.

Past Production History

Beginning with the Ringling International Art Festival’s five years of dynamic programming  in 2009 and continuing with performances of cutting-edge international artists selected by Ringling curators of performance.

Production History

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