PMP Sarasota Winter Residency

December 21, 2017 - January 6, 2018

The Perlman Music Program (PMP) has held a winter residency in Sarasota since 2004. This intensive 17-day program was founded by Toby Perlman, wife of internationally acclaimed concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman. PMP offers unparalleled musical training for international students, ages 12 to 20+, who play the violin, viola, cello, and bass. With a faculty led by Toby and Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students' lives forever.

The winter residency’s free public events include orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress student recitals, which attract more than 10,000 audience members each year. (Scroll down to learn more about these events). Question and answer sessions with the Perlmans and PMP students and faculty follow many of these events. These events take place in a heated, outdoor performance tent on the grounds of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.
Each year, the winter residency culminates with the Celebration Concert with Itzhak Perlman conducting the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leading the PMP Chorus at the Sarasota Opera House.

Winter Residency Tickets:


       > All tickets (free tickets and $7.50 E-tickets) allow seating 30 minutes prior to event start time for free events in the heated performance tent. Seating is general admission.
       > Non-ticketholders are admitted 15 minutes prior to start time, based on seating availability.
       >Members & Sponsors don't need tickets - simply wear your lanyard to be admitted 30 minutes prior to start time and receive access to reserved seating sections. Additional Membership & Sponsorship benefits available. Learn about memberships ($75+).  Learn about sponsorships ($625+).


       > E-TICKETS are $7.50 each and Special Event Tickets ($10-$80 each) are available 24/7 online. (see buttons on this page and/or on the winter residency schedule page)

       > FREE TICKET DISTRIBUTION (Monday, Dec. 4 - Saturday, Dec. 9): Here's your chance to pick up free tickets for early entrance to PMP Sarasota Winter Residency free events in the performance tent. Maximum of a total of six (6) free event tickets per person; based on availability. Special event tickets will also be available for purchase (with the exception of Celebration Concert tickets).

December 4 through 7 • 10am - 2pm
USF Sarasota-Manatee - Rotunda
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243   
For a map and directions to USFSMCLICK HERE.
December 8 • 10am - 2pm
Manatee Community Foundation
2820 Manatee Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205 
For a map and directions to Manatee Community FoundationCLICK HERE.
December 9 • 10am - 2pm
Violin Shop Sarasota
1407 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236
For a map and directions to Violin Shop Sarasota,  CLICK HERE.

Musical Events:

Twenty musical events are presented to the public free of charge and include orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and recitals. The majority of events are presented in a heated performance tent (nearly 1,000 seats!) in the courtyard of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243).

More than 10,000 people (all ages) annually attend:

  • Orchestra Rehearsals – Audience members witness “stop and go” rehearsal techniques under the baton of Itzhak Perlman in addition to hearing his comments as he wears a microphone throughout each rehearsal.
  • Chorus Rehearsals – Observe rehearsals of the PMP chorus comprised of PMP students, PMP faculty members, and select community male voices under the direction of Chorus Master Patrick Romano.
  • Master Classes - See PMP faculty working one-on-one with individual PMP students. Master classes are public settings most accurately portraying PMP private lesson and closed studio class experiences.
  • Works-in-Progress (WIP) Student Recitals – Hear individual & small groups of PMP students perform standard repertoire.  Selections vary with each recital and may include movements of concertos, sonatas, and other chamber music; announced from the stage.
  • PMP/Suncoast Super Strings - Young violinists (ages 8-18) from across Sarasota and Manatee counties and around Florida come together as PMP/Suncoast Super Strings to play under the baton of Itzhak Perlman and with the PMP String Orchestra during a PMP Sarasota Winter Redsidency rehearsal. Learn more!
  • Q&A sessions sometimes follow events.


To help provide meaningful musical experiences to all people, including those with disabilities, older adults, and families with children, PMP/Suncoast assures that all winter residency offerings are accessible.

  • The majority of daily musical events take place in a heated performance tent on the grounds (in the courtyard) of USF Sarasota-Manatee.
  • Thanks to support from Kessler Foundation and USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2010, a level concrete walkway was built to provide easy access to a variety of seating sections throughout the tent.
  • All general announcements, speaking during rehearsals and master classes, and Q&A sessions are amplified using microphones.  
  • USF Sarasota-Manatee parking lots and courtyard are lit and walking distances around campus are easily managed by many.
  • Golf carts are provided to support arrival and departure of audience members, and transportation to and from restrooms for those needing a little extra assistance.
  • Two different restrooms are provided: in the main building (mini Rotunda) and at Selby Auditorium (accessible via golf cart)
  • For rehearsals and master classes, faculty members use microphones so that audience members are able to hear the comments made to the PMP students.


Parking @ USF Sarasota-Manatee:

Parking on campus is free of charge during the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency.

  • USF Sarasota-Manatee parking permits are not required.
  • The general public is encouraged to park in the south parking lots.
  • Those with disabled person parking permits and/or sponsor parking passes are encouraged to park in the north parking lots (located near the backstage entrance of the performance tent).
  • Once on campus, simply follow the signs or feel free to speak with a parking atendant for specific directions.


Celebration Concert Tickets:

Join us for the close of the 17-day PMP Sarasota Winter Residency! 
The annual Celebration Concert at the Sarasota Opera House features the PMP String Orchestra under the baton of Itzhak Perlman and the PMP Chorus under the direction of Patrick Romano. 


PMP/Suncoast programs are sponsored in part by:

Presented in Partnership with:

USF Sarasota-Manatee