Van Wezel

Sarasota Orchestra offers music from the movies

A lot of the best stuff about movies has nothing to do the images on the screen and the words that the actors speak.

On Friday and Saturday, the Sarasota Orchestra celebrates some of the best music in the history of cinema, with a pops concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall titled "Voices of the Movies."

Besides the sweeping orchestral music from such films as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "E.T.," the concert includes lots of great songs, some of which are more famous than the movies they came from.

The program begins with a medley of Oscar-winners ("Lullaby of Broadway," "Secret Love," "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "High Hopes," "White Christmas," "Hey Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"), and then moves through "It Might as Well be Spring," "What Kind of Fool Am I?," a Judy Garland medley, "Moon River," a salute to Disney ("A Whole New World," "I Won't Say I'm in Love," "Out There," "Let It Go" and other pieces.

The orchestra will be conducted by Andrew Lane. Guests vocalists are Susan Egan, who played Belle in the Broadway version of "Beauty and the Beast," and Brent Barrett, who has played Billy Flynn on Broadway and in the national tour of "Chicago."

Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 16-17, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $32-$74. Information: 941-953-3368,

-- Marty Clear