Arts in the Ballpark
The Orioles hosted "Arts in the Ballpark," a series of arts and entertainment events for the public at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. With free and low-cost offerings featuring family-friendly concerts, hands-on activities, and even a holiday ice show, the series appealed to a wide range of tastes and interests.
Arts in the Ballpark Schedule:
SARASOTA ORCHESTRA'S SPIRIT OF AMERICA
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.
May 10, 2014
ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY DAY & CONCERT
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.
April 6, 2014
ICE ON THE DIAMOND -- A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
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.
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.