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Symphony on the Sand

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Beachgoers watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico at Coquina Beach, where Symphony on the Sand will be held SaturdAy, November 9. HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVES

It's the ideal time of year for visiting the beach at sunset. The temperatures are dropping, traffic remains reasonable and the views are as spectacular as ever, especially with (knock on wood) the summer rains gone. Add a 45-piece orchestra, gourmet food and a cash bar on the beach at sunset and you have something really special, which is the case with the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's presentation of Symphony on the Sand.

The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra will be performing Broadway, classical music and patriotic American songs at this Saturday event that also features food prepared by Beach Bistro, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Beachhouse Restaurant, Coquina Café and Euphemia Haye. Al Ruechel, senior anchor for Bay News 9, and Russell Gant or Bethany Cagle of WSMR 89.1 will co-emcee the event.

“Symphony on the Sand is another way to experience all at once the different things this area has to offer – great music, delicious food, and of course, our spectacular beach,” says Debbie Meihls, executive manager of the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, in a statement.

The  small plates menu includes:

Colorado Lamb Chops with bitter cherry bread pudding & port rosemary Demi-Glaze from Beach Bistro

Shrimp & Grits from Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Red Curry Swordfish from Beachhouse Restaurant

Filet Mignon tips from Coquina Café

Chocolate Brownie & Triple Berry Glaze dessert from Euphemia Haye

Sponsorship tables of 10 are available for $1,000 and more. Sponsor tables will include small plates, as well as complimentary fine wine and select beers. People may also purchase a seat with food and drink for $100 or $35 without food and drink. A cash bar will be available.

4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday; Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach; $35; $100 (seat with food and drink); 778-1541; SymphonyOnTheSand.com.

Last modified: November 10, 2013
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