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Arts in the Ballpark

The Orioles host "Arts in the Ballpark," a variety of family-friendly arts and entertainment events for the public at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. With free and low-cost offerings featuring concerts and more, the events appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests.

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American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado returns to her hometown to perform with the Sarasota Orchestra in an outdoor pops concert at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orchestra will pay tribute to a variety of American idols with orchestral interpretations of music made famous by Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder and Judy Garland, as well as saluting Olympians and pioneers of the American West. Mercado will sing several classics that have become American standards, as the Orchestra showcases new arrangements. A narrated, musical rendition of the Gettysburg Address will highlight a tribute to our armed forces.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Previous Events:


The Sarasota Orchestra's 65th season culminated in this family-friendly outdoor Pops concert, featuring guest artist Molly Cherryholmes, a five time Grammy-nominated violinist, vocalist and songwriter. The orchestra performed a narrated, musical version of Casey at the Bat and the thrilling Roundball Rock, Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas, John Williams' Star Wars, and Bernstein's West Side Story. A spectacular fireworks display followed the concert and brought down the house.

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May 10, 2014



A day of free activities designed for the whole family to honor returning military veterans. The festivities began with a ceremony honoring veterans, then attendees enjoyed hands-on activities for the whole family. An exhibition softball game took place on the Ed Smith Stadium main field featuring local veterans squaring off against Sarasota celebrities. Free concerts by Grammy Award-winning "America" and New York-based singer-songwriter Margaret Valentine from the Ed Smith Stadium field capped off the day.

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April 6, 2014



In a first for Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles presented world-class skaters in "Ice on the Diamond - A Holiday Celebration," a dazzling, holiday-themed show on a specially engineered ice stage on the ballpark's main field. The stadium was decked out for the holidays, creating a festive backdrop to this family-friendly event featuring top skaters and comedic actors who have performed for audiences around the world.

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December 20, 2013



A family day of free, fun, hands-on activities that celebrated "Any Given Child Sarasota," a program to expand arts education in Sarasota County schools. The event was held in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

October 26, 2013


About Orioles in Sarasota 365

Through Sarasota 365, the Orioles and OriolesREACH -- the ballclub's charitable arm -- demonstrate the club's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club's southern home goes far beyond baseball.

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