A new year begins in the arts

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Zoya Martin and Peter Raimondo are featured in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory production of “Belleville” by Amy Herzog.
Zoya Martin and Peter Raimondo are featured in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory production of “Belleville” by Amy Herzog.

As we welcome 2022 and the start of a new year of our Herald-Tribune weekly arts newsletter, I’m left to wonder if there are fewer hours in vacation days than regular work days. It sure feels that way after taking most of the last two weeks.

But I’m ready (or getting there) for the onslaught of new openings that will be coming in the next few weeks, starting on Wednesday with the opening of “Belleville” at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. And the Sarasota Orchestra continues its Masterworks season with guest conductor Jeffrey Kahane leading a program featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

Soon, we’ll be covering the start of Asolo Rep’s winter season, a world premiere at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, new dance programs, orchestral concerts and musicals at the area’s community theaters. And the Sarasota Jewish Theatre has announced plans for its second season and its first with in-person performances.

There is a lot to look forward to, but also much to reflect on as I did in looking back at the top arts stories of 2021. I made my selections and would love to hear from you about other options that might have been considered. One thing is for sure. The arts scene in the Sarasota-Manatee area is rarely quiet.

As the new year begins, many are still talking about the death of legendary comedic actress Betty White, and I’ll be sharing my own reflections in the next couple of days.

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Jay Handelman

Arts Editor

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This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: A new year begins in the arts

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