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The season opens with the Cuban Ballet School's Nutcracker.

The Venice Institute for the Performing Arts will present 16 shows in its 2018/2019 season, “Passport to the Arts.” The season begins with the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s Dec. 8 presentation of The Nutcracker (which sold out last year) and ends with Ireland’s national dance company, Rhythm of the Dance, March 24.

Here’s a look at the other shows.

The Sarasota Opera, Operetta in Venice, Dec. 16. Arias and ensembles from Viennese and French operetta and more.

Artrageous, Jan. 18. In this uniquely creative show, artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres, in the process completing fabulous paintings as you watch. The paintings will be displayed at the Venice Art Center and auctioned off in a fundraiser on Jan. 24.

Decades Rewind, Jan. 19. A theatrical music production featuring more than 60 songs from the ‘60s. ‘70s, and ‘80s along with 100 costume changes and nostalgic video.

The Filharmonic, Jan. 26. An a cappella group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, The Sing-Off. Expect pop, hip hop and ‘90s nostalgia.

Benny Goodman Orchestra tribute, Feb. 3. Terry Myers, leader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, returns with a band that’s loaded with talent and has been featured in major concert halls across the state.

The New Christy Minstrels, Still Under the Direction of Randy Sparks, Feb. 8. The coffeehouse genre of comedy and folk music presented—with all new songs—by this charismatic quartet.

The Vienna Boys Choir, Feb. 20. One of the finest vocal productions in the world, comprised of four separate ensembles of young boys.

All Hands on Deck! Feb. 24. An authentic American roadshow and radio broadcast circa 1942.

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Spring Ballet Extravaganza, March 2 and 3. Classical and contemporary works by this passionate young troupe.

Direct from Las Vegas, March 10. The renowned Edwards Twins from Las Vegas impersonate superstar Vegas acts from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The Gatlin Brothers: Unplugged, March 14. The legendary Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin brothers, back with a brand-new show.

Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain, March 15. Butcher presents a lecture and exhibition of his photographs of Salvador Dali’s Mediterranean home and the surrounding dramatic landscapes.

Queen Nation, March 16. Celebrate the golden age of rock legend Queen in a show that’s known as the best Queen tribute in the country.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (941) 218-3779.

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