BRADENTON – (September 16, 2014) – The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the return of Symphony on the Sand, a musical and gourmet event featuring the award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra. Symphony on the Sand will take place on Nov. 8, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the beach at Coquina Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive South.
Symphony on the Sand features a full 45-piece symphonic orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of classical and patriotic American songs, Broadway and movie selections, plus songs from the Beach Boys and Beatles. Al Ruechel, senior anchor for Bay News 9, and Russell Gant of WSMR 89.1, will co-emcee the event.
Attendees can enjoy small plates created by the following top local restaurants:
- Anna Maria Oyster Bar
- BeacHhouse Restaurant
- Coquina Café
- Euphemia Haye
- The Waterfront Restaurant
- This year’s offerings include a salad course, several entrée selections, and a delicious dessert.
Sponsorship tables of 10 are available for $1,250 and up. Sponsor tables will include small plates, as well as complimentary fine wine and select beers. Individual tickets at $100 with food and drink are offered, as are $35 tickets, without food and drink. A cash bar will be available. There will be plenty of free public beach seating, so plan on bringing your beach chairs or blanket and enjoy a wonderful evening of beautiful music on Anna Maria Island’s spectacular Gulf beach.
Visit www.SymphonyOnTheSand.com or contact Jeanie Pickwick, Chair, Symphony on the Sand Steering Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-795-2370, for sponsorship opportunities, to purchase tickets, and for additional event details. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Chorus & Orchestra’s Youth and Outreach Programs.
Keep Manatee Beautiful joins Symphony on the Sand this year with its presentation of America Recycles Day at SandBlast – a sand sculpture competition with school and open divisions. SandBlast raises funds to support Keep Manatee Beautiful programs. Learn “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture at free clinics taught by master sculptors held at sunset on Thursday and Friday, Nov 6 and 7, with the competition 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 8, at Coquina Beach Park. To sponsor a school’s team, go to www.manateebeautiful.com or call (941) 795-8272.
“We are excited to bring Symphony on the Sand back for the second year. It is such a wonderful combination and the perfect way to showcase what we have in abundance in our area– extraordinary music, delicious food, our spectacular beach, and a great sense of community” says Jeanie Pickwick, Executive Director of the Anna Maria Island Concert & Orchestra, and this year’s Chair of the Symphony on the Sand Steering Committee. “This is a great weekend for experiencing the rich diversity of art and culture existing in our area. The eighth Annual Anna Maria Island ArtsHOP, November 7-9, offers a Friday evening gallery walk, and a special performance by Island Players on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Then Symphony on the Sand and SandBlast round out the perfect weekend of festivities.”
About the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area is located on Florida’s gulf coast between St. Petersburg and Sarasota. It is bordered on the north by Tampa Bay, and to the west by the Gulf of Mexico. Easy to get to, but off the beaten path, filled with “Old Florida” ambience brimming with opportunities to experience Florida at its most real and authentic, the Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key area is a part of the state worth discovering and exploring again and again.
The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes tourism to Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area and the rest of Manatee County, including Palmetto, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Cortez, Ellenton, Myakka City, Ft. Hamer, Lakewood Ranch and Parrish, through domestic and international advertising, public relations and marketing efforts. For more information on the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area, please visit www.bradentongulfislands.com.