i first became acquainted with the artist series of sarasota in 2002. the organization provides such a varied program that even i, at 70 years of age became an avid fan of what the series has to offer. the music runs the gamut from broadway musicals to bach, to opera to lerner and lowe etc., my wife who has even a less limited musical background than i has become so enthralled that she occasionally volunteers to help the organization whenever time allows. the organization provides scholarships to talented youngsters both vocal and instrumentalists. as i understand the series began in the mid 90s with perhaps a half dozen concerts annually. it now offers a varied program of approximately 40 or more concerts annually.