Classical music comes to Anna Maria beach

Symphony on the Sand offers a live orchestra, fine food and a sunset view

November 7, 2013 

Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra will host Symphony on the Sand Saturday at Coquina Beach Park, 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. PHOTO PROVIDED

Listening to live music on the beach usually means some guy with a guitar is singing "Margaritaville" and "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" while you have a warm beer and cold grouper sandwich.

This weekend you can have a beach music experience that's a bit more high-brow as the Anna Maria Concert Chorus and Orchestra (AMICCO) offers its Symphony in the Sand Concert on Saturday at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

The music's not all that esoteric, though, so even people who don't like classical music will find something to like. AMICCO will offer some classical selections, but they'll be mixed in with familiar Broadway tunes and patriotic songs.

And instead of the usual beach fare of sandwiches and hot dogs and hush puppies, Symphony on the Sand features small plates from some the area's finest dining establishments, plus fine wine and select beers.

The food and the free beer and wine are only available with the VIP tickets, but if you buy a general admission ticket you can get drinks at a cash bar.

It's emceed by Al Ruechel, the senior anchor for Bay News 9 and either Russell Gant or Bethany Cagle from WSMR 89.1.

Details: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Coquina Beach Park, Bradenton Beach. Tickets: $35 general admission, $100 VIP table seating. Information: 941-0778-1541, www.symphonyonthesand.com

-- Marty Clear

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