Stacey Kent Program

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Stacey Kent

CHRISTENSEN PERFORMANCE HALL on The Madeline Janis Courter Stage

April 6, 2024 8:00PM

Graciously Sponsored By TOM AND LINDA UHLER

A M essage for our Friends

BIG ARTS, now in its fifth decade, was created by and for the community. Time has not diminished our devotion to a fundamental purpose and principle: To provide a warm and welcoming place that celebrates the arts, and the artist in all of us, and helps remind us of our shared humanity.

Throughout the recent rough years of closures and cancellations, we never closed our doors. We flung them open to host several free gatherings, complete with entertainment, food and beverages, and to offer a space in which we can revel in the joy of being together again.

Now, a full season of great lectures, workshops, films, fine arts exhibits and performing artists is back! It is deeply rewarding for us to see the hallways, galleries, seats and classrooms filled with new and old friends enjoying all that BIG ARTS offers.

Our commitment to community extends to the stewardship of our donors’ dollars. While our foundation is strong, we took a financial “hit” during the canceled seasons. With a brand-new season up and running, we look to our loyal friends and patrons to help us weather the changes and continue to flourish.

Thank you for including BIG ARTS in your charitable giving. Every dollar is deeply appreciated. Your support signals your belief in our mission and ensures that BIG ARTS continues to be a vibrant community partner in Sanibel and Captiva’s enduring quality of life – now and for decades





Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent is an American jazz singer in the mold of the greats, with a legion of fans, a host of honors and awards, including a Grammy nomination, album sales in excess of two million, more than half a billion streams, Platinum, Double-Gold and Gold-selling albums that have reached a series of chart-topping positions.

Her worldwide fan base is testimony to her ability to cut to the emotional heart of her songs with delicately nuanced interpretations that transcend borders and defy categorization. Her unique multi-lingual repertoire includes originals written by Jim Tomlinson, her saxophonist/ producer/composer/arranger husband, in collaboration with the Nobel Prize-winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro, with whom they have worked since 2006. She has also recorded with Brazilian legends Marcos Valle, Roberto Menescal and Danilo Caymmi, as well as the celebrated French string quartet, the Quatuor Ébène.

A comparative literature graduate with a passion for music, Stacey traveled to Europe to further her studies after receiving her degree from Sarah Lawrence College in NY. Through a series of twists of fate, she found herself in London where she enrolled in a graduate music program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she met her future husband and musical partner, Jim Tomlinson.




All BIG ARTS free community gatherings offer delicious food and beverage, entertainment, gallery exhibits, art demonstrations and more!

Art Vibe


Sunday, April 14 3:00-6:00PM


Saturday, June 15 5:00-8:00PM

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Gifts can be made in many forms. For information on how to support BIG ARTS and all its programs, contact Michelle Schweber, Director of Development | 239.472.9700 ext. 308 GIFTS IN MEMORY OF Suzanne Crawford
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Meet Our Staff

Lena Baranova - Staff Accountant

Denise Dillon - Events Assistant

Marina Dowling - Office Manager

Barbara Freeman - Executive Assistant

Meghan Govoni - Marketing Manager

Melody Hampton - Database and Information Manager

Lee Ellen Harder - Executive Director

Charlotte Hardt - Customer Service Associate

Wendy Harriman - House Manager

Aimee Harrison - Workshops Manager

Richard Jones - Technical Director

David Kolson - Chief Financial Officer

Greg LeBlanc - Facilities and Maintenance Supervisor

Kelly Lowden - Customer Service Associate

Wilson McCray - Gallery Director

Michelle Schweber - Development Director

Olga Semreen - Staff Accountant

Meet Our Board

Chair - Rene Savarise

Vice Chair - Bob Wiesemann

Treasurer/Secretary - David Lowden

Past Chair - Don Rice

Executive Director - Lee Ellen Harder

Gustav Christensen

Scot Congress

Mike Wood

Great communities create great organizations – not the other way around. In 1979, BIG ARTS was created, by, and for the community, and owes its rich history to a small band of dedicated artists who drew inspiration from each other and from the breathtaking island beauty that infused their work with grace and authenticity. They set out to create a special gathering place where artistic and educational experiences were accessible to all. Today that vision is alive and well. With the help of our loyal donors and supporters, BIG ARTS will carry that vision forward –providing joy, inspiration and a sense of community for generations to come.


To create great arts, entertainment and learning experiences that always inspire, enrich and delight.


Provide an array of quality entertainment, arts and education programs that enrich and nurture the lives of Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors through:

• professionally led arts and enrichment classes and workshops for students of all ages

• stimulating and informative lectures and group discussions with renowned national thought leaders and educators

• dynamic visual and performing arts presentations of the highest caliber


IN PERSON: 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, Florida 33957

BY PHONE: 239.395.0900


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