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2015 Bal Masque Performances Announced

On October 3rd, we have a lot to look forward to! At this year’s Bal Masqué: Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, we don’t know what we are most excited about—the food, the incredible venue, the music or seeing the gorgeous masks of our guest. One thing is for sure, we are on pins and needles to see this year’s performance!

Gracing the stage at Bal Masqué are three major acts that we know you will love!

Last year, the lyrical talent and fluid beauty of dance by Fuzion amazed guests. We are so happy to announce that they are coming back for another Bal Masqué. Expect incredible things. Part dramatic interpretation, part fluid movement, party storytelling, each performance by Fuzion is unique and we can’t wait to open the curtain for their performance this year.

Fuzion performs on center stage at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

Fuzion performs on center stage at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory always delivers a stunning performance. Not only are their performances beautiful, each performer’s level of skill, strength and talent is just astounding. Back by popular demand, an aerial performance that seems to defy gravity will be, in a word, mesmerizing.

The Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory captivated the auditorium at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan.

The Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory captivated the auditorium at the 2014 Bal Masqué gala. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan.

Elegant costumes, precise yet graceful movement and expert choreography will be the showcased by the Sarasota Cuban Ballet. There’s a certain magic that happens on stage when pointe shoes, music and tulle mix under the lights of a theater. Don’t miss it.

Dancers with the Sarasota Cuban Ballet captivated the audience at Bal Masqué 2014. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

Dancers with the Sarasota Cuban Ballet captivated the audience at Bal Masqué 2014. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

Famous jazz legend Wynton Marsalis once said, “The bandstand is a sacred place.” We agree that there is something otherworldly about experiencing live music. In the spirit of creating an unforgettable evening, we’re planning on bringing the music down from the stage and amongst our guests. Before the doors of the auditorium open, the sounds of jazz by the Swingtide Combo will fill the expansive Sarasota Opera House. Outside in the courtyard, Jen&Ray’s melodies will serenade guests beneath the stars.

You won’t want to miss a moment of this year’s Bal Masqué. Tickets are available for purchase for $125 in advance or $150 at the door. Purchase yours now at SRQBALMASQUE.COM.

See you on October 3rd!

Mask Shopping for Bal Masqué at iTesori

Anthony Vento, owner of i tesori on Main Street in Sarasota, and a portion of his Venetian mask inventory. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

Anthony Vento, owner of i tesori on First Street in Sarasota, and a portion of his Venetian mask inventory. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz


SRQ Bal Masqué is one month away! Now is the perfect time to plan your outfit and select your most important accessory for the evening: the mask. Lucky for those planning to attend, there’s a shop in downtown Sarasota that has an incredible selection of authentic Venetian masks in every look and color imaginable. i tesori is a swoon-worthy boutique along First Street owned by Anthony Vento that always feels cool and fresh, like stepping into an air-conditioned oasis on a hot July day. Full of flowing of-the-moment fashions for men and women, Anthony is proud to carry an authentic array of Italian masks.

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Hand embellished Venetian paiper måché masks at i tesori in downtown Sarasota. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

“For last year’s Bal Masqué, I almost sold out. This year, I have a higher inventory with some new looks,” said Vento. Each mask in i tesori is imported from Venice, so shoppers can trust that their purchases are as authentic as they are artistic. Anthony personally selects each one from a mask maker in Italy that specializes in hand-designed, artfully crafted pieces. Having a family friend in the business, Anthony is the unofficial mask expert of Sarasota.

Delicate laser cut masks and traditional masks adorned with feathers make a lovely accessory for Bal Masqué on October 3, 2015. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

The selection at i tesori includes delicate metal masks with unreal detail. “Each one is laser cut and the glitter is hand applied,” said Anthony. If  you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, he offers a wide selection of masks made from paiper måché as well. “A carved wooden mold is used to shape the mask when wet. Once they’re dry, artisans paint and embellish them with glitter, gold leaf, lace or Swarovski crystals.”

i tesori also carries traditional Harlequin-style masks in bright jewel tones. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

i tesori also carries traditional Harlequin-style masks in bright jewel tones. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

This year, Anthony has increased his inventory with more men’s masks and Phantom of the Opera style.

SRQ Client Development Director Ashley Ryan tries on a feminine Phantom of the Opera style mask at i tesori. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

SRQ Client Development Director Ashley Ryan tries on a feminine Phantom of the Opera style mask at i tesori. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

Masks at i tesori range in price from $39.00 – $150.00. While a few styles can be found on his website, Anthony recommends coming to i tesori to ensure a perfect fit and comfortable mask that you’ll want to wear for the duration of the night at Bal Masqué.

For more information on masks, pricing and hours, contact i tesori at (941) 907-9296 or visit the shop on First Street and Central next to Starbucks in the heart of downtown Sarasota.

Tickets for Bal Masqué are on sale now! To make your purchase, visit SRQBALMASQUE.COM today!

An embellished venetian mask for sale at i tesori in Sarasota. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

An embellished venetian mask for sale at i tesori in Sarasota. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

Save the Date: 2015 Bal Masque Gala, October 3

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The date is set and plans are under way for this fall’s Bal Masqué, the annual SRQ Magazine signature gala. Save the date to join us for an enchanting “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” evening on October 3, 2015 from 8pm to midnight at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Don your mask and get ready for one of Sarasota’s most mesmerizing nights of the year.

Decadent modern Southern fare inspired by the theme awaits guests–and it wouldn’t be a party without tempting signature cocktails. Guests will be captivated by aerial performance spanning the three story mezzanines in the foyer. Settle in for the main stage performances including new work by the dazzling Fuzion Dance Artists and musical stylings by local jazz artists promising toe tapping and a mood harkening to the golden age of Dixieland’s finest music.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit local human service organizations, including Goodwill Manasota, The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Mote Marine Laboratory, Selah Freedom, Sarasota YMCA and Forty Carrots Family Center.

Treat your clients and guests to the special Harlequin Club VIP packages which include exclusive invitations to the Saks Fifth Avenue Pre-Party, early access the night of Bal Masqué, a private VIP club lounge and reserved seating for the performance.

To reserve your tickets, visit SRQBalMasque.com.

See you in the garden,

The SRQ Bal Masque Team

PRE-BAL MASQUÉ FESTIVITES: VENETIAN BUBBLES AT BIJOU CAFÉ

As the Official Wine Sponsor for the SRQ Bal Masqué event, Bijou Café’s master mixologists will be celebrating with the creation of a special signature cocktail, the “The Bijou Bal Masqué Bellini,” for sale in the Gossip’s Bar on October 4 alongside delicious fare from Bijou’s extensive menu. SRQ’s “A-Team” of Ashley Grant and Ashley Ryan, along with Kyle Battie and Ivet Atriano worked with photographer Evan Sigmund to illustrate the fashion and ambiance of the upcoming benefit gala and to introduce the signature Bijou cocktail. 

Bijou’s creation will be a twist on the classic Italian Bellini cocktail – a sparkling concoction of pureed peaches and bubbly created in the 1930’s by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Named for it’s unique pink color, The Bellini reminded Cipriani of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. This traditional Italian creation is the perfect way to kick off the Venetian infused evening.

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Showcasing gowns from the collections of Theia Couture, Carmen Marc Valvo, Aidan Mattox, BCBGMAXAZRIA  graciously provided by Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota and Venetian artisan-crafted masks provided by I-Tesori, the European atmosphere of Bijou’s Gossips Bar adds an air of mystery and enchantment that will be a hallmark of the event. Bal Masque will be a magical evening filled with mystery, elegant eccentricity, a touch of magic and of course fabulous, food, fashion and performance.  The Bijou Café with its elegant European charm and location right across the street from the Opera House is the perfect fit for guests to gather and start the evening on a festive note.”

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So on October 4, before Bal Masqué starts at 8pm, head over to The Bijou Café across from the Sarasota Opera House for a festive happy hour starting at 5pm to enjoy a swill of sparkling peachy bubbly and a menu of delights. Bal Masque benefits SRQ Gives Back Partner charities including the Child Protection Center, Circus Arts Conservatory, Suncoast Charities for Children, Suncoast Science Center. “We are thrilled that Bal Masque will support organizations that help children in our community,” enthuses Grant. “What better way to kick off the social season in Sarasota than to don a festive mask, revel with fiends and help the future generation of our area.”

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