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Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

1111 McMullen Booth Road | Clearwater, FL 33759 www.rutheckerdhall.com


Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts CLEARWATER, FLORIDA

2011-2012


Welcome to our 2011-2012 Season! The world is changing, and we’re changing with it! One of those changes, as you may have heard, is that, after nearly 13 years as CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall, I will be retiring. This is my last message to you in a season brochure format. I want to thank our loyal patrons, members, sponsors and the community at large. You are really the stars who have helped Ruth Eckerd Hall thrive. Clearly, success is not dependent on any one individual. I have been blessed to work with a staff and volunteers who are among the best at any performing arts center anywhere. Our staff and our incredible volunteers give their hearts and souls to make the Ruth Eckerd Hall experience very special. Our dedicated Board of Directors has contributed time, energy, expertise, support, advice and their good will, adding richly to our success. Thank you to everyone for helping make my tenure at Ruth Eckerd Hall something I wouldn’t trade for anything. Other changes are happening as well. With this brochure, we are excited to introduce fresh new logos that pay homage to four key visionaries: Ruth Eckerd, Marcia P. Hoffman, and Nancy and Ray Murray. Like these founders and supporters who selflessly contributed their time, their talents and their treasure, and whose signatures inspired these logos, bringing world-class performing arts and education programs to our community has always been our passion. The logos are part of a new branding emphasis reinforcing our commitment to offer you a level of service that sets us apart in the Tampa Bay area and within the national and global performing arts communities.

Ruth Binnicker Swann Eckerd is more than our namesake. She is our inspiration. Motivated to give back to their community, Ruth and Jack Eckerd actively supported nonprofit organizations that focused on children, education, health care, and the arts. Ruth’s involvement in our performing arts center began even before ground was broken. As Ruth Eckerd Hall’s President and CEO Robert Freedman said, “Their contribution made this project happen. It was Jack’s wish for the Hall to be named after Ruth and she was extremely proud of the fact that this building was here for the citizens of Clearwater.” Ruth’s hand was evident in many of the choices made in the formative years of our Hall. It is therefore fitting that the new logo you see here is inspired by her signature, chosen to remind us of our roots and her strong commitment to the arts, her desire to improve and inspire. It is our mission to carry her vision far into the future, honoring Ruth and her legacy by serving the community and the arts she so loved.

With financial assistance from the City of Clearwater, we will expand our offerings at the Capitol Theatre. For movie buffs, we have an exciting new classic film series Tuesday evenings and we are pleased to introduce a new series for those wishing to enjoy classical music in a more intimate setting. We will present more singer-songwriters, emerging artists, and seasoned stars. The incomparable Tom Rush joins us for the first time, and Itzhak Perlman’s daughter Navah, one of the most admired pianists of her generation, will perform for us. On our Main Stage, we welcome our neighbors from The Sarasota Ballet and dancers of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Our Broadway lineup features the area premiere of MEMPHIS, 2010 Tony Award®-winner for Best Musical, inspired by events surrounding the birth of rock and roll. We’ll also present the Ruth Eckerd Hall premiere of Beauty and the Beast. For families, we introduce our Time Together Series, with entertainment for all ages. Ruth Eckerd Hall is on the move. Join us for the journey!

Robert. A. Freedman President & CEO Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR*

(MST) = Murray Studio Theater (CT) = Capitol Theatre Page

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13th Annual Harvesting for Scholarships Melissa Manchester (CT) The Australian Pink Floyd Show Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Richard Marx (CT) Benise The Spanish Guitar Tour Clearwater Chorus Concert - Spirit of America The Alexander String Quartet (CT) The Sarasota Ballet, Artistic Director Iain Webb Joe Bonamassa George Thorogood & The Destroyers Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011

53 15 15 29, 55 16 16, 37, 55 38 9, 55 12, 55 16 16 16

3 & 10 3 6 9 9 10 13 13 14 15 16 16 17 & 18

ETC presents A Thousand Cranes (MST) Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, The Symphony Tour Pinellas Youth Symphony - Holiday Chamber Ensembles Concert (MST) Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ’n’ Roll Party Michael McDonald & America Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas Flavor of Jazz VI: Peter White Christmas Miracle on 34th Street Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie Home For The Holidays Mike Desselle: A Gift of Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass and Country (MST) Dar Williams (CT) Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays…the therapy continues (CT) The Irish Tenors – Wright* Kearns* Tynan NTC Productions presents A Christmas Carol Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band The Nutcracker Presented by Moscow Classical Ballet With The Florida Orchestra Salute to Vienna A New Year’s Eve Celebration

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ETC presents Aesop’s Fables (MST) Jim Stafford in Concert Stan Hunter and the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo (MST) Voxare String Quartet (CT) Gregg Allman Spencers: Theatre of Illusion The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Liza Minnelli Gordon Lightfoot Mozart’s Don Giovanni Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra, In Italian With English supertitles Tim Conway & Friends With Chuck McCann & Louise DuArt Circle of Stars Reception I ABBA: The Concert Tom Rush (CT) The Temptations & The Four Tops Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dance Company Blue Suede Shoes (The Ultimate Elvis Birthday Bash)

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Sam Lardner’s Ocean Ensemble Oceans Are Talking! Lindsey Buckingham (CT) k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang Evening With Peter Frampton Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour Dolly Parton Pinellas Youth Symphony - Serenade Strings Fall Concert (MST) Nevermore (MST)

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Patti LaBelle Sha Na Na A Tribute to ‘50s & ‘60s American Rock ’n’ Roll Clearwater Chorus Concert - Let’s Fall in Love! (MST) Circle of Stars Reception II MEMPHIS Daedalus Quartet (CT) Diana Krall Valentine’s Concert Barbra & Frank: The Valentine That Never Was Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual Paul Anka Michael Amante with Patrizio Buanne Vicki Lawrence and Mama Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience (CT) Debby Boone: Swing This Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience present Creole for Kidz and The History of Zydeco (CT) Verdi’s Rigoletto Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra, In Italian with English supertitles Jane Monheit (CT) The Irish Rovers Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Presented by Moscow Festival Ballet

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Table of Contents: Broadway

Off-Broadway Holiday Shows Classical Opera Dance

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Chris Botti Itzhak Perlman, violin - Rohan De Silva, piano Stradivarius Society Gala Simply Sinatra Taylor’s Traditional Irish Cabaret Starring Noel V. Ginnity Roger Day Dream Big (MST) Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Reunion XII Bob Newhart With Deana Martin Neil Berg’s 104 Years of Broadway Pilobolus Dance Company The Great American Songbook, Jazz and Broadway With Rosemary and Stan Collins (MST) 23 Wilson Phillips (CT) 23 Tony Bennett 24 Navah Perlman, piano (CT) 25 David Benoit & Brian Culbertson (CT) 25 Neil Sedaka 27 Debbie Reynolds 27-31 Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? (MST) 28 Annual Dinner 29 An Evening with Martin Short 29 Jake Shimabukuro (CT) 30 & 31 Fiddler On The Roof

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Johnny Mathis Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific Clearwater Chorus Concert - Broadway Melodies Jared O’Roark: Hearing in Color (MST) Keith Munslow (MST) An Evening with Yanni Hoffman Institute Spring Concert: Side By Side By Side

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Pinellas Youth Symphony - Finale Chamber Ensembles Concert (MST) Hot Peas ‘N Butter

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NETworks present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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Concerts Comedy

Member Connections Time Together

Education World Stage Membership Evening at the Murray

Adults at Leisure Sponsors Special Events

Special Offers Information

Activities Legend:

✮ Cast Parties 1UP Parties

Circle of Stars Receptions Family Connections

ID Statement: Ruth Eckerd Hall 2011-2012

*All artists, dates and times subject to change.

Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts July 2011 Ruth Eckerd Hall Published Annually 1111 McMullen Booth Road Issue No. 2 Clearwater, FL 33759-3219

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BROADWAY 2

MEMPHIS

Tuesday, February 7, 8 pm Wednesday, February 8, 8 pm Sunday, February 12, 7 pm $40, 50, 60

Thursday, February 9, 8 pm Friday, February 10, 8 pm Saturday, February 11, 2 & 8 pm Sunday, February 12, 2 pm $50, 60, 70

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. This four-time 2010 Tony Award® winner (including Best Musical) is a compelling tale of forbidden love, personal sacrifice, smoldering racial tension, and a passion to change the world. It bursts onto the stage with explosive dancing and the irresistible music that heralded the birth of rock and roll. MEMPHIS follows the journey of a white radio DJ and a black club singer ready for her big break. Set in the underground dance clubs of the segregated South and inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS takes us back to a time when a new music was born that changed the world forever.

“…the very essence of what a Broadway musical should be…sensuous, soulful, tuneful & theatrical…” —Michael Kuchwara Associated Press

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Be a part of the act . . . CIRCLE OF STARS RECEPTION

Chad Kimball and Montego Glover in MEMPHIS, photo Joan Marcus

1UP CONNECTIONS

The Hoffman Dress Circle Lounge will be transformed into a 1950s night club for MEMPHIS. Stay after the Main Stage performance to enjoy live entertainment, cocktails and desserts!

1UP is a social concert club whose members are leading the youth-based music scene in Tampa Bay. Join us for a 1UP after-party MEMPHIS-style on Thursday, February 9th.

See page 27.

To join, visit www.club1up.com


Photo: 2010, Carol Rosegg

Fiddler on the Roof Friday, March 30, 8 pm Saturday, March 31, 2 & 8 pm

Photo: Joan Marcus

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

NETworks presents

South Pacific

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Friday, April 6, 2 pm Saturday, April 7, 2 & 8 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Relive a glorious musical theater tradition. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Tony Award®-winning Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics and has captured the hearts of people around the world with its universal appeal. With a rousing, heartwarming score that includes Tradition; Matchmaker, Matchmaker; If I Were A Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset, Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience.

“The best revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein in a generation!” raves The Washington Post. This breathtaking new production of South Pacific is based on the 2008 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production directed by Bartlett Sher. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, This Nearly Was Mine and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

$50, 60, 70

Photo: Joan Marcus

Friday, August 3, 8 pm Saturday, August 4, 2 & 8 pm Sunday, August 5, 1 & 7 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

A romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has won the hearts of millions worldwide. This classic love story based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song. Can the Beast learn to love and be loved before he and his household are doomed for all eternity? Will the curse be broken? Experience the romance and enchantment! $50, 60, 70

$50, 60, 70

BROADWAY SERIES PACKAGE MEMPHIS, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Get the Best Seats & Save! See page 54 . 3


Did you Know? • We offer package savings on more than 50 shows. See pages 54-55. • You can join us for lunch prior to any Adults at Leisure performance for just $8. See page 50. • You can get up-to-the-minute show announcements, hear about special offers, and see video sneak peeks and fan postings by connecting with us on Photo: Newspixs

Barter Theatre presents

Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual

Miracle on 34th Street

• Parking is FREE at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Wednesday, December 14, 7 pm

With Paul Ford on piano

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Wednesday, February 15, 8 pm

Do you believe in Santa Claus? Miracle on 34th Street is a perennial holiday favorite, a musical tale by Valentine Davies made famous by the 1947 movie of the same name. It’s the story of the year as Kris Kringle (a.k.a. Santa Claus) goes on trial, accused of being insane because he insists that he truly is Santa Claus. Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop, two lost souls find each other, and a once cynical little girl rediscovers her childhood through her belief in miracles. This feel-good story is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. $31, 36, 42, 48

Before he was an Emmy®-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony®-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of popular song. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget.

• You can become a member of our newest membership group – 1UP – and join other 21 and uppers at great events: www.facebook.com/1UPCLUB • You can enjoy pre- and post-show events that are perfect for the family by joining at the Family Membership level. See page 26. • You can come early and enjoy live music at the East Side Café at Ruth Eckerd Hall before many concerts and events.

$45, 59, 75

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Pre-Show Buffet: Make an evening of it. Enjoy a delicious, stress-free meal before the show. See page 25.

• You can see great shows and movies at the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater and go to dinner at one of the great Cleveland Street restaurants beforehand. • We offer classes for all experience and interest levels in drama, dance, voice, jazz and more at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Hoffman Institute. See page 33.


Broadway Opening Night Cast Party

VIP EXPERIENCES ON TO A NEW STAGE ✮ An Exciting New Benefit for Circle of Stars Members! Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Friday, March 30, 2012 Saturday, April 7, 2012 Friday, August 3, 2012

MEMPHIS* Fiddler on the Roof South Pacific Beauty and the Beast

Circle of Stars members are invited to join us for an exciting new benefit– Opening Night Cast Parties held in the Margarete Heye Great Room prior to, during intermission and post-show in conjunction with all of this year’s Broadway Series. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeurves, champagne, wine and soft drinks. Artist attendance at receptions is not implied or guaranteed. We look forward to seeing you at all four of them! *During the run of MEMPHIS, the Dress Circle Lounge will be transformed into a 1950s lounge. We will have entertainment in the Hoffman Dress Circle Lounge after each of the evening performances. Series Sponsored by

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The Board of Directors and staff of Ruth Eckerd Hall extend warm congratulations to Robert Freedman on his upcoming retirement and our deep thanks to him for 13 years of dedicated service to the arts and to our arts organization. Robert’s accomplishments during his tenure are many. He oversaw major expansion and renovations of the Hall, including the addition of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and the Murray Studio Theater. He has been a strong supporter of arts education and of our youth scholarship winners, facilitating the career advancement of the latter whenever possible. He increased our Broadway involvement and offerings, spearheading efforts to invest in new productions, supporting promising new shows and enabling us to offer first run Broadway touring productions on our stage. Robert worked closely with leaders of the City of Clearwater and helped implement the purchase of the Capitol Theatre and plans for its management and restoration by Ruth Eckerd Hall, part of the ongoing efforts to revitalize Clearwater’s downtown area. He has been instrumental in putting the Hall on sound financial footing. Under his guidance, Ruth Eckerd Hall has been ranked number one in ticket sales among venues of its size during the past decade. Throughout his tenure, Robert has been a tireless advocate of the arts and a champion of diversity in our program offerings, always aware of our mission to create opportunities for visitors and residents of the Tampa Bay area to enjoy many genres of arts entertainment. Robert, we are deeply grateful for all of your efforts to make Ruth Eckerd Hall the worldclass performing arts center that it is today. You leave behind many friends and a lasting legacy. We wish you the very best happiness and fulfillment as you begin your next “act” on a less public stage!

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Steve Solomon’s

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays…The Therapy continues Saturday, December 17, 2 & 8 pm Sunday, December 18, 3 & 7 pm Capitol Theatre Ah, the holidays. A time of peace, a time of joy, a time of loving and giving—a time of remembering why you left home in the first place! The award-winning writer and comedian who brought us two previous shows in this hilarious series brings us home to Grandma’s for a holiday dinner you won’t soon forget, one that may sound all too familiar. Steve Solomon is back with more outrageously funny stories of the eccentric characters in his family so many have come to know and love. It’s another laugh-filled evening of family chaos, Steve’s next installment in hilarity! $39.75, 49.75

Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? Tuesday, March 27, 2 & 8 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2 & 8 pm Thursday, March 29, 8 pm Friday, March 30, 2 pm Saturday, March 31, 2 & 8 pm Murray Studio Theater We’ve been through Hell with Sister–Heaven, marriage and Last Rites too. Now she unravels the mysteries of all things Easter: bunnies, eggs, baskets, bonnets, and, of course, those yummy Easter Peeps. Find out who Mary Magdalene and St. Francis were, learn about pet Heaven and the significance of those cute baby chicks. Why doesn’t Easter fall on the same day every year like Christmas? All this and more will be revealed in this sinfully funny sequel to Late Nite Catechism. $39.75

SHINE

Enroll in Acting Classes at the Hoffman Institute. See page 33.


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Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011 With Special Guests Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer Wednesday, November 30

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration The Symphony Tour Tuesday, December 6 Pages 17 & 37

Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ’n’ Roll Party with Peter Noone, Joey Dee, The Mystics, Little Peggy March, The Bronx Wanderers and Tommy Mara Friday, December 9

Michael McDonald & America Saturday, December 10 Page 17

Flavor of Jazz VI: Peter White Christmas Featuring Kirk Whalum and Mindi Abair

Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas Tuesday, December 13

Miracle on 34th Street Wednesday, December 14 Page 4

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Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie Home For The Holidays Thursday, December 15 Page 18

Tuesday, December 13 Page 18

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Photo: Nutcrphotoxpress

Dar Williams Friday, December 16 Capitol Theatre Page 18

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays… The Therapy continues December 17 & 18 Capitol Theatre Page 6

The Irish Tenors–

A Christmas Carol

Wright* Kearns* Tynan

Tuesday, December 20

The Nutcracker December 27 & 28

Monday, December 19

Pages 37 & 47

Page 13

Pages 18 & 36

Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band Friday, December 30

Salute to Vienna Saturday, December 31 Page 38

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CLASSICAL

Itzhak Perlman, violin Rohan De Silva, piano Sunday, March 4, 7 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Known for his irrepressible joy in making music, his charm, humanity, and his dedication to education, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman is the winner of fifteen GRAMMY® Awards and four Emmy® Awards, founder of the Perlman Music Program, and a Kennedy Center Honoree, among numerous other distinctions. With him for this concert is his frequent collaborator Rohan De Silva, a native of Sri Lanka and both a graduate of and faculty member at The Juilliard School in New York. Join us for this extraordinary evening of unforgettable music and virtuosity.

“…for warmth of tone and generosity of spirit he remains without peer…an ambassador of the joys of music throughout his illustrious career…” –The Toronto Star

$50, 65, 125

Stradivarius Society Show Your Support for the Classical Arts

Photo: John Beebe

Rohan De Silva

Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Stradivarius Society supports the tradition of bringing the finest of national and international classical programming to our community. Become part of this special group of individuals dedicated to supporting the continuation of stellar classical performances. A $1,000 contribution provides a one-year membership in the Stradivarius Society and the opportunity to attend an elegant gala dinner prior to the Sunday, March 4 Itzhak Perlman performance. See page 53.

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Photo: Akira Kinoshita


CAP GOES CLASSICAL

SERIES AT THE

CAPITOL THEATRE

The Alexander String Quartet

Voxare String Quartet

An All-Beethoven Evening Friday, November 18, 8 pm

Saturday, January 14, 8 pm

Saturday, February 11, 8 pm

Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre

This exciting new ensemble is known for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances. Our concert features a new score played to the silent film The Man with the Movie Camera, an avant-garde documentary film about urban life in the Soviet Union known for its use of inventive cinematic techniques. Music is drawn from quartets by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Mosolov, Russian composers active when the film was made in 1929. Voxare has frequently been The New York Times Classical Pick of the Week and received Chamber Music America’s 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Enjoy this gifted and innovative young ensemble and a great classic movie!

The New York Times praises them as “imaginative and energetic…insightful and vibrant…polished and vigorous.” The New Yorker calls them “One of the finest young groups to emerge in our current golden age of American string quartets.” Daedalus Quartet brings the ethereal beauty of Shubert balanced with a contemporary piece that demonstrates the broad range of this ensemble’s virtuosity. Winner of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, Daedalus has assured its place among today’s string ensembles.

Capitol Theatre Among the world’s premier ensembles for nearly three decades, this quartet has been described by The Times (London) as “resilient enough to take inspiring risks and sophisticated enough to see them through with imaginative sensitivity.” Widely admired for their interpretations of Beethoven, Clearwater native Paul Yarbrough and his colleagues of The Alexander String Quartet offer an all-Beethoven evening. Yehudi Menuhin raved: “… unbelievably good Beethoven—in conception, musicality, balance of voices, respect for the score, humor, pathos, emotional projection.” $37, 45

Daedalus Quartet

For classical music enthusiasts, we are excited to introduce the Cap Goes Classical Series at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Clearwater. Enjoy chamber music and a classical piano soloist in a smaller, more intimate and personal setting for an experience reminiscent of the salons of Europe where much of this music was first introduced. See and hear today’s leading musicians up close in a venue that encourages artist-audience connection. A special package of four concerts is offered at just $125.

The Alexander String Quartet Voxare String Quartet Daedalus Quartet Navah Perlman (piano) See page 54.

$37, 45

$37, 45

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The

Studio Theater

Photo: Lisa Marie-Mazzucco

Navah Perlman, piano

Serenade Strings Fall Concert

Holiday Chamber Ensembles Concert

Finale Chamber Ensembles Concert

Saturday, March 24, 8 pm

Featuring the Serenade Strings Orchestra and PYS String Chamber Ensembles

Featuring String, Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles

Featuring String, Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles

Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm

Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm

Directed by professional musicians from The Florida Orchestra, senior level student musicians from the Pinellas Youth Symphony will perform classical music repertoire selections for string, woodwind, and brass chamber ensembles. PYS Chamber Ensembles are comprised of advanced level students who perform in a variety of settings throughout the season.

Under the direction of professional musicians from The Florida Orchestra, senior level student musicians from the Pinellas Youth Symphony will perform classical music repertoire selections for string, woodwind, and brass chamber ensembles. The PYS chamber groups perform at community/charity functions and on occasion prior to concerts or programs in local halls.

Capitol Theatre Ms. Perlman has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. A Juilliard graduate, she has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and is a member of the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio, known for its energetic and passionate chamber music performances. She is also active in educational outreach programs. Experience the lyrical eloquence of Navah Perlman and the magnificence of Schumann, Beethoven, Corigliano and Chopin in the intimacy of the historic Capitol Theatre. Ms. Perlman last appeared in Clearwater as a soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. $37, 45

Soloist: Fred Gratta, cello, The Florida Orchestra

Friday, October 21, 7:30 pm The Serenade Strings Orchestra, the showcase string orchestra of the Pinellas Youth Symphony, is comprised of advanced level string students under the direction of Mr. Lei Liu, Second Assistant Concertmaster for The Florida Orchestra. The orchestra will perform several Baroque and Romantic string pieces, including an accompaniment to Mr. Gratta’s cello concerto.

$10, $5 students & children $10, $5 students & children

$10, $5 students & children

Reach Reach your highest potential with private lessons at the Hoffman Institute. See page 33.

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Don Giovanni

Michael Amante

Verdi’s

Rigoletto

Italian-American Festival Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra In Italian with English supertitles

With Special Guest from Italy PATRIZIO

Saturday, February 18, 8 pm

Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra In Italian with English supertitles

Saturday, January 21, 8 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Saturday, February 25, 8 pm

Pre-show lecture at 7 pm provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket

Our Italian-American Festival offers a winning combination: Michael Amante and his guest Patrizio Buanne. A true crossover talent, Michael (the “People’s Tenor,” “Prince of the High C’s”) is powerful and charismatic singing pop, rock, Broadway and gospel as well as opera. His incredible four-octave range and emotionally-charged delivery captivate audiences. Patrizio, Italy’s singer-songwriter and crooner in the tradition of Dean Martin and Tony Bennett, adds his engaging warm baritone and romantic ballads. This promises to be a very special evening.

Pre-show lecture at 7 pm provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket

The embodiment of evil, Don Giovanni, a dissolute serial rapist, is charming, wicked, egotistical and unrepentant. He thrives on seduction and is not above murder. Based on the actual escapades of Don Juan of Seville, an aristocratic serial rapist who lived during the 1600s, Mozart’s magnificent musical masterwork is one of unparalleled beauty, considered by many to be the greatest of all operas. The dinner scene in the last act is the epitome of sheer horror for the unremorseful, unrepentant Don. $47, 58

$30, 38, 48, 78* *Attend VIP Reception with Michael Amante. $78 includes premium seating. Limited availability.

Destinies collide as the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his vengeful court jester Rigoletto weave a fascinating drama of seduction, betrayal, curses and vendettas. Verdi creates an intriguing study in contrasts between good and evil, drama and comedy, honesty and deception. The deformed hunchback Rigoletto, sarcastic and vindictive, cursed by one he has mocked and condemned by his physical appearance to play the “fool,” is none the less a protective and loving father. Despite this nobler side of his character, Rigoletto’s desire for revenge results in tragedy.

OPERA

Mozart’s

$47, 58

Adventures in Music & Opera Lecture Series See page 44. 11


DANCE

The Sarasota Ballet, Artistic Director Iain Webb, With dancers of The Suzanne Artistic Director Suzanne Farrell

Farrell Ballet,

Diamonds choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust The Two Pigeons choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton

Saturday, November 19, 8 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

We collaborate with The Sarasota Ballet in offering works of two of the world’s greatest choreographers. Sarasota and Suzanne Farrell dancers bring to life the brilliant choreography of Balanchine’s Diamonds, originally created for Farrell and set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29, recalling the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia. The Sarasota Ballet performs The Two Pigeons, the André Messager classic choreographed by Ashton and based on Jean de La Fontaine’s fable of a wandering lover and his ultimate return to love, home and reconciliation. $38, 48, 58, 68

“Watching, you feel the movement so powerfully through your torso that it is often hard to sit still in your seat.” –Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

1UP CONNECTIONS

1up

1UP is a young professionals’ social concert club whose members “co-create” modern musical experiences. Join us for a 1UP pre-show party and get ready for a magical, cutting-edge experience in dance. See pages 13 and 26.

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Photo: Sascha Vaughn

Photo: Nutcrphotoxpress

Photo: John Kane

The Nutcracker

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dance Company

Tchaikovsky’s Swan

Presented by Moscow Classical Ballet With The Florida Orchestra

Saturday, January 28, 8 pm

Presented by Moscow Festival Ballet

Wednesday, March 21, 8 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Wednesday, February 29, 7:30 pm

Can serious dance be funny? You bet! Since 1974, “The Trocks” have been presenting a playful, entertaining view of classical ballet. They are living proof that men can dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces, and their comic approach is impeccable. Although performances are offered as parodies, this all-male troupe is comprised of seriously talented dancers. The humor is in the choreography. An international dance phenomenon, “The Trocks” are a treat for novices and ballet aficionados alike.

The story of a classic battle between an evil sorcerer and the power of true love is told through the silent beauty and grace of dance accompanied by the magical music of Tchaikovsky. Follow Prince Siegfried on his journey to manhood and authority to reign over his kingdom. As he leaves the carefree whims of youth behind and the time is at hand for him to choose a bride, evil is afoot and temptation lurks. Brought to life with the choreography of the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the tale of Siegfried unfolds. Will love triumph over the sorcerer’s curse?

Dance as no one else creates it! Bursting with surprises and originality, Pilobolus, a Ruth Eckerd Hall favorite, has developed a genre of modern dance all its own. Through a collaborative approach to choreography that springs from intense creative play based primarily on the assembling of multi-bodied, shape-shifting forms, Pilobolus compositions are acrobatic, organic, elemental – and fun. With more than 100 works to its credit, Pilobolus recently celebrated 40 years of imagination, discovery and communication through dance. Come share the magic!

Tuesday, December 27, 7 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2 & 7 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Tchaikovsky masterfully transformed E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a classic coming of age tale, into The Nutcracker, one of the most beloved ballets of our time and a treasured holiday tradition. Live music, the talent and grace of the dancers, and stunning costumes bring this story to life. This production draws its inspiration from the original choreography presented in St. Petersburg, Russia more than 100 years ago. Local children help create the magic of this seasonal favorite, the only Nutcracker to feature The Florida Orchestra!

$35, 45, 50

Lake

Pilobolus Dance Company

$48, 59

Sponsored by $38, 45, 50

$39.50, 59

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CONCERTS

“My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I’ve ever achieved.” –Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton Better Day World Tour Saturday, October 15, 8 pm The most honored female country performer of all time, Dolly Parton has won multiple GRAMMY®s, CMA Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and American Music Awards. She has received CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award, the National Medal of Arts, a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award and more. She has had 25 #1 hits, 41 Top Ten country albums and has charted 110 singles. Dolly penned Jolene, Coat of Many Colors and I Will Always Love You, has enjoyed success in films and on television, founded Dollywood, and has had many other successful business ventures. Now the irrepressible Dolly returns to us! $65, 85, 135, 175

BECOME A CIRCLE OF STARS MEMBER SO YOU CAN “MEET & GREET” One of the greatest benefits of becoming a Circle of Stars Member is being able to meet the artists and bands that perform on our Main Stage. There are numerous options and many membership levels to suit all tastes, preferences and interests. Whether you’re interested in rock n’ roll, country, comedy, jazz, pop, alternative, or anything in between, Ruth Eckerd Hall has lots of special opportunities for you. See page 27.

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Lindsey Buckingham Wednesday, October 5, 8 pm Sold Out

k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang

Evening with Peter Frampton Melissa Manchester

With Teddy Thompson

Saturday, October 8, 8 pm

Friday, November 4, 8 pm

Friday, October 7, 8 pm

On Sale Now

Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre

On Sale Now

Guitarist/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham’s career has progressed from Fritz to Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, and success as a solo artist. He has collaborated with John Stewart of The Kingston Trio, Walter Eagan and Linda Ronstadt. His unusual acoustic finger picking style was influenced by the folk music of The Kingston Trio. A wizard in the studio, his creative genius is credited with making Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk and Rumours the iconic albums they have become. Gift of Screws is his latest solo effort, preceded by Law and Order, Go Insane, Out of the Cradle and Under The Skin.

Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner k.d. lang returns for an evening of sultry vocals, gorgeous arrangements and unmistakable style. She has done much to put the “alt” in alt-country and has been honored for both Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. For 26 years, she has taken our breath away with hits like Constant Craving, Pullin’ Back the Reins and Roy Orbison’s Crying. A little country, a little jazz, emotive torch songs and bossa nova: k.d. lang brings it all to a new level. She is joined by singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson.

$59, 79

$52.50, 88

The Australian Pink Floyd Show World Tour 2011

Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour

GRAMMY®-winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton, one of the most celebrated artists in rock history, returns for an incredible three-hour concert performing his multi-platinumselling Frampton Comes Alive! album (Show Me The Way; Baby, I Love Your Ways; Do You Feel Like We Do?) in its entirety plus highlights from his career. Frampton Comes Alive! is one of the topselling live albums of all time. Lead singer and guitarist for the Herd at 16 and co-founder of Humble Pie at 18, Frampton moved on to a successful solo career. $39.50, 49.50, 59.50, 79.50

Wednesday, November 9, 8 pm ®

This singer-songwriter is a GRAMMY winner and Academy Award® nominee. She co-wrote Whenever I Call You Friend with Kenny Loggins, has penned many of her own songs, and starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music Of The Night and Song And Dance, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and the Chicago premiere of HATS! She created the role of Maddie in the TV series Blossom, costarred in the movie For The Boys, and composed scores for the film Lady And The Tramp II and the musical I Sent A Letter To My Love. Hits include Through The Eyes Of Love and Don’t Cry Out Loud.

Having sold more than three million tickets to concerts across 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as the “Gold Standard” of live Pink Floyd tributes. This act is so good it was engaged by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration. Their jaw-dropping, note-for-note re-creations of the music of Pink Floyd have thrilled audiences around the world. Now they return to Ruth Eckerd Hall with their biggest show ever, including stunning new 3-D visual effects. TAPFS is truly a phenomenon to be witnessed live. $50.50, 68

$45, 55

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A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Richard Marx

An Evening with The Spanish Guitar Tour Joe Bonamassa

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm Saturday, November 12, 8 pm On Sale Now

Capitol Theatre With thirteen #1 songs and 30 million albums sold, GRAMMY®-winning singersongwriter/producer Richard Marx is the only male solo artist to have his first seven singles reach the top five on Billboard’s Singles Chart. He was awarded Best Selling Adult Contemporary Artist at the Billboard Music Awards in 1992. Through Hold On to the Nights, Satisfied, Right Here Waiting, Now and Forever and more, Richard has definitely made his mark in the music industry, on both Pop and Adult Contemporary Charts. Enjoy his music up close in the intimate Capitol Theatre. $39.50, 55 Tickets for May date will be honored.

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. ®

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011

Friday, November 25, 8 pm

Tuesday, November 29, 8 pm

On Sale Now

George Thorogood has been sharing his passion for the blues for more than thirty years. A high-energy group from Delaware in the ’70s, the Destroyers fought their way to the top. Bad to the Bone, Thorogood’s best-known composition, became an MTV staple and Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock won Billboard’s Blues Album of the Year. Drummer Jeff Simon, bassist Billy Blough, guitarist Jim Suhler and saxophonist Buddy Leach complete the lineup. Their most recent effort, Hard Stuff, includes covers of John Lee Hooker, Fats Domino and Jimmy Reed along with Thorogood compositions.

With Special Guests Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer

Benise returns with his Emmy Awardwinning cast in The Spanish Guitar, hailed as the “The Latin Riverdance.” Join Benise on an epic adventure through Spanish Nouveau Flamenco, Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba, Argentinean tango, Indian Bollywood, Parisian waltz, and exotic African drumming! The music is edgy, exotic, romantic and sensual, and is a celebration of culture, love, music and life. Experience this uniquely gifted musician, backed by a stage full of world-class musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers in a show that’s magical and inspiring for all ages!

“The Blues Rock Titan” (Guitar World) returns! Those who experienced Joe’s November 2009 concert or have seen his new PBS special know what this charismatic blues-rock singer-songwriter and phenomenal guitar wizard can do. A child prodigy, he was opening for B.B. King at the ripe old age of twelve. Bonamassa brings youthful energy, emotional depth and unmatched technical ability to his virtuoso mix of ’60s era British blues-rock and roots-influenced Delta sounds. Three times Guitar Player magazine’s Best Blues Guitarist, Joe’s performances are nothing short of mesmerizing.

$42.50, 45.50, 78

$45, 55, 65, 75

Wednesday, November 30, 8 pm A cherished holiday tradition marking its 14th anniversary, Dave’s Christmas Tour brings together a magical combination of musicians to celebrate this special season. Joining multi-GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Koz will be trumpeter/composer/producer Rick Braun, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. Artists perform their own hits and jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites in an uplifting, highenergy show for the whole family.

$29.50, 36.50, 46.50 $48, 58, 85

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George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Benise

Pre-Show Buffet: Make an Evening of it. Enjoy a delicious, stress-free meal before the show. See page 25.


Celtic Woman:

Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ’n’ Roll Party

Michael McDonald & America

Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 8 pm

Tuesday, December 13, 1 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

One of America’s most endearing and enduring stars, Tony Orlando is known for his warmth, his energy, a host of hits including five that made it to #1, a successful TV variety show, roles in movies and on Broadway, and as a popular casino entertainer. It all began with the surprise hit Candida, followed by Knock Three Times (top-selling song of 1971), Sweet Gypsy Rose, Cupid, He Don’t Love You, and, of course, his signature song of 1973, Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree, now an ongoing American anthem of hope, homecoming, reunion and renewal.

A Christmas Celebration The Symphony Tour

Tuesday, December 6, 8 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Have yourself a Celtic little Christmas! Vocalists of the music sensation Celtic Woman perform beloved holiday songs backed by a full symphony orchestra for the first time. Known for their successful PBS specials, Billboard chart successes for their CD’s and DVD’s, and for their world tours, the artists of Celtic Woman are celebrated around the world as enchanting Irish entertainers. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Celtic Woman in this unique Christmas experience.

With Peter Noone, Joey Dee, The Mystics, Little Peggy March and The Bronx Wanderers

Friday, December 9, 8 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Rock in the holidays with Jon “Bowzer” Bauman (co-founder of Sha Na Na) and a lineup of ’60s favorites. Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits (Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, There’s A Kind Of Hush [All Over the World], I’m Into Something Good, I’m Henry the 8th), Joey Dee of the Starliters (Peppermint Twist), The Mystics (Hushabye) and Little Peggy March (I Will Follow Him) will transport us back to a bygone era. New to the lineup this year are The Bronx Wanderers. Ruth Eckerd Hall’s second annual Johnny Maestro Vocal Scholarship will be awarded during the evening.

$56, 76 $38, 48, 68, 100*

Five-time GRAMMY winner, singer-songwriter Michael McDonald (What a Fool Believes, Takin’ It to the Streets, Sweet Freedom) has contributed to American pop music for more than three decades. Best-known for his blueeyed soul, his instantly recognizable voice reaches beyond just one genre. He teams with GRAMMY®winning America, who skyrocketed to fame with hits A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Sister Golden Hair and Tin Man. For forty years, America has delivered timeless, uplifting songs and lush harmonies. Enjoy classic hits and Christmas songs. ®

$48, 59, 95

$35, 43 Only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

*Attend a VIP Reception with Bowzer and guests. $100 includes premium seating. Limited availability.

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Flavor of Jazz VI: Peter White Christmas

Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie Home For The Holidays

Dar Williams

The Irish Tenors– Wright* Kearns* Tynan

Featuring Kirk Whalum & Mindi Abair

Thursday, December 15, 8 pm

Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm

Monday, December 19, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 13 Food Tastings 6 pm, Concert 7:30 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Capitol Theatre

After a five-year hiatus, Ronan Tynan rejoins Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns for special December dates only. One of the most successful Irish acts ever to tour the U.S., The Irish Tenors will be accompanied by a live orchestra. This trio has been wildly popular with PBS audiences and at concerts across the country. Their groundbreaking Ellis Island Project album and DVD sold more than two million copies. The Irish are masters at expressing in song their love of country, family, and those entrancing Irish lasses. These tenors are known for rich, clear, heartfelt renditions of the best of traditional Irish music.

Celebrate the season with luscious culinary delights from our area’s finest restaurants, then relax and enjoy the music of guitarist Peter White and saxophonists Kirk Whalum and St. Pete’s own Mindi Abair—all for the benefit of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and Clearwater Jazz Holiday Education Programs. The Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band opens this festive evening.

Two American folk icons share the stage for an unforgettable holiday for hippies and folk music fans. Artists will perform definitive selections from their repertoires and will sing a couple of numbers together as well. Judy Collins (Both Sides Now, Send In The Clowns) is a Renaissance woman and social activist who has brought us music of hope and healing for half a century. Singer-songwriter and social commentator Arlo Guthrie (Alice’s Restaurant) preserves his family legacy with timeless stories and classic songs of hope and inspiration.

$55, 93

$42, 52

All tickets include admission to the concert and tastings. A limited number of VIP tickets available at $93 include premium seating, early admission at 5 pm, complimentary beer and wine during the tasting, and a post-show meet and greet with Peter White, Kirk Whalum and Mindi Abair.

With a reporter’s keen eye and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance, singersongwriter Dar Williams takes an honest, objective look at life—her own and that of those around her. Once a neo-folkie influenced by Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Judy Collins, she is now a seasoned artist with an uncanny ability to understand the characters in her songs and treat them with unbiased compassion. She also examines her own life with piercing honesty and humor. Through it all, her songs reflect her unwavering faith in the ability of people to make a better world. $35, 45

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$33, 49, 68


Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band

Gregg Allman

Wednesday,December 21, 8pm With Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Saturday, January 14, 8 pm Best-known as a writer, director, actor and producer of films, Woody Allen has another passion. He and his band have been delighting audiences with a hot mix of New Orleans-inspired music for more than thirty-five years. Firmly rooted in the music Allen has loved since childhood, the band draws inspiration from legends such as Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong. Their repertoire includes an eclectic mix of popular tunes, hymns, spirituals, marches, blues and rags. Discover a new side of Woody Allen! $45, 55, 75, 95, 250* *$250 includes meet & greet. Limited availability.

With his distinctive, soulful voice and gift for interpreting the blues, Gregg Allman creates work rich with passion, verve, and the unerring confidence of a true survivor. He and his powerhouse band cook up an earthy and atmospheric musical stew infused with gritty R&B muscle, spooky Southern psychedelia, and greasy deep soul grooves. Low Country Blues, his latest CD and a self-assured and spirited collection, reveals Gregg at his best. The voice that has the power to wring nuance and history from every lyric has become one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. $35, 42.50, 69.50

Liza Minnelli

Gordon Lightfoot

ABBA: The Concert

Tuesday, January 17, 8 pm

Friday, January 20, 8 pm

Wednesday, January 25, 8 pm

A true legend and consummate performer, the indefatigable Liza Minnelli has been honored with four Tony Awards®, an Oscar®, a special “Legends” GRAMMY®, two Golden Globe® Awards and an Emmy®. Her success extends from stage to silver screen and television. Broadway triumphs include Flora and the Red Menace (for which she became the youngest woman to win a leading actress Tony®), Chicago, The Rink, Victor/Victoria and The Act. Her most famous movie performance was in Cabaret. Always an exciting concert performer, her generosity of spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to her craft are unequaled.

Bob Dylan said of Gordon Lightfoot’s music, “Every time I hear a song of his, it’s like I wish it would last forever.” The master songwriter who penned If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald loves both writing and touring and, since his emergence from the Toronto folk club scene in the ’60s, has blessed us with 20 albums (Harmony is his latest) and has composed hits for artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte and Nina Mouskouri. This iconic Canadian returns to thrill our Clearwater audience.

The magic of one of the greatest pop music phenomena ever returns with ABBA: The Concert, courtesy of the tribute group recognized as “the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.” The show includes two of the original members of the ABBA rhythm section, adding authenticity to this great sound. Mamma Mia; S.O.S.; Money, Money, Money; The Winner Takes It All; Waterloo; Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; Dancing Queen and more will take you back to your favorite ABBA moments. For fun, uplifting, feel-good, get-up-anddance music, you can’t beat ABBA! $36, 50

$ 42.50, 79

$59, 82, 125

Party

Join us for the Circle of Stars Receptions before select shows! See page 53. 19


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The Temptations & The Four Tops Patti LaBelle

Diana Krall Valentine’s Concert

Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual

Friday, January 27, 7:30 pm

Friday, January 27, 8 pm

With Boney James

Tuesday, February 14, 8 pm

With Paul Ford on piano

Capitol Theatre

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Wednesday, February 1, 8 pm

Wednesday, February 15, 8 pm

Eric Thom of EXCLAIM Magazine said of Tom Rush, “…he’s got that rare one-of-a-kind quality that makes you realize you’ve seen somebody who really matters.” A living legend who helped usher in the singer-songwriter era and has had a profound impact on American music, Rush was instrumental in shaping the folk revival of the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor, warm, expressive voice and engaging storytelling have universal appeal and have made his songs hits with folk, country, heavy metal and rap audiences.

Exhibiting flair, flash and class, the smooth-stepping, Motown-singing Temptations are all about straight-up soul. The Way You Do the Things You Do, My Girl, Get Ready and Stay are among their 44 Top 10 hits. Graduating from four-part harmony jazz to Motown with Baby, I Need Your Loving, The Four Tops made history with their soulful, bittersweet songs. Reach Out I’ll Be There, Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) and 22 other Top 40 hits earned them a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Each of these legendary Motown-defining groups shares its greatest hits. This will be one incredible night!

Elegance, grace, style and class – and a soaring, powerhouse voice: Patti LaBelle embodies all of these and so much more. Humanitarian, entrepreneur, author, actor, recording artist and vocalist, Patti is known for her potent, emotionally real persona. From her 1961 hit I Sold My Heart To The Junkman to Lady Marmalade, On My Own and her recent album Back To Now, this soulful diva always delivers. Patti LaBelle, we see a Winner in You. Boney James lends his sax to this special evening. Known as one of the top jazz artists of our time, Boney reaches across genres, with hits on the R&B, Urban AC and Top 200 Charts as well.

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Three-time GRAMMY® winner Diana Krall offers impeccable phrasing, sensitive piano playing, and an enchanting contralto that makes the most of torch songs, jazz and pop standards, and songs of her own creation. At the top of the jazz charts, she has outsold all other female jazz artists during the past two decades. When I Look in Your Eyes and Live in Paris won Jazz Vocal GRAMMY®s, Quiet Nights won for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), and Love Is the Answer is a pop success, evidence of Diana’s crossover appeal.

Tom Rush

$29, 45

$49, 59, 85

$72, 82, 135

Before he was an Emmy®-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony®-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual presents the acclaimed actor/singer/ storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of popular song. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget. $45, 59, 75

$58, 72, 128

Become a member of Ruth Eckerd Hall and enjoy numerous benefits Belong such as exclusive Meet & Greet opportunities. See pages 40 & 41.

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Paul Anka

Michael Amante

Jane Monheit

Chris Botti

Italian-American Festival Friday, February 17, 8 pm

With Special Guest from Italy PATRIZIO

Saturday, February 25, 8 pm

Friday, March 2, 7 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Saturday, February 18, 8 pm

Capitol Theatre

With more than 900 songs to his credit and records on Billboard’s Top 50 during six consecutive decades, Paul Anka is clearly an extraordinary singersongwriter. He has achieved unprecedented success as a recording artist and on stage, screen and television. Anka shot to fame at the age of 16 with Diana and had five Top 20 hits by the time he was 18. Combined LP and single sales number more than 42 million. The man who penned Put Your Head on My Shoulder, (You’re) Having My Baby, Lonely Boy and My Way is also a gifted showman. Paul’s concerts are always outstanding.

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Michael Amante returns with his engaging stage presence, versatility, charisma and vocal power. A true crossover talent, Michael is captivating singing pop, rock, Broadway, gospel and opera, equally comfortable singing Nessun Dorma, Music of the Night and Roy Orbison’s Crying. He thrills audiences with his incredible four-octave range and emotionally-charged delivery. Michael is joined by singer-songwriter Patrizio Buanne, Italy’s crooner in the tradition of Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. Michael’s power and range and Patrizio’s warm baritone combine to create an Italian-American Festival unlike any other.

Jane Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs have made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Her warm, supple voice, flawless tone and perfect pitch are evident on her recent CD Home, a collection of upbeat standards featuring There’s A Small Hotel, Look For The Silver Lining, I’ll Be Around, Tonight You Belong To Me and While We’re Young. Jane has emerged as a complete musician, delivering vocals reflecting deep maturity, sincerity and versatility.

$52.50, 65, 98

$30, 38, 48, 78*

Since the release of When I Fall In Love in 2004, Chris Botti has become the largest selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums and multiple gold, platinum and GRAMMY® Awards. He has recorded and performed with music giants including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma and Steven Tyler. Chris and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies.

*Attend VIP Reception with Michael Amante. $78 includes premium seating. Limited availability.

$42.50, 57

$39, 45, 70

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Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Richard Nader’s

Wilson Phillips

Tony Bennett

Neil Sedaka

Friday, March 23, 7:30 pm

Friday, March 23, 8 pm

Sunday, March 25, 2 pm

Capitol Theatre

Inspired by the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennett’s easy, natural style has captured the hearts of millions around the globe. Generation gaps are nonexistent when it comes to his music. Tony has charted hits in the past six decades, including I Wanna Be Around, The Good Life, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) and his signature song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. The New York Times attributes Tony’s longevity above all to “his ability to convey a sense of joy, of utter satisfaction, in what he is doing.”

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Doo Wop Reunion XII Kenny Vance & the Planotones, Larry Chance of The Earls, The Coasters, Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of The Shirelles, Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs, The Happenings and Tommy Mara and The Crests

Saturday, March 17, 7:30 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. What’s more fun than an evening of Doo Wop? Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Reunion XII brings a stellar lineup of legends from the ’50s and ’60s. Kenny Vance & the Planotones (Looking For An Echo, Cara Mia, This Magic Moment), Larry Chance of The Earls (Remember Then, Never, I Believe), The Coasters (Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, Poison Ivy), Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of The Shirelles (Soldier Boy, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, This Is Dedicated To The One I Love), Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs (Stay, Come Along, I Remember), The Happenings (See You in September, Go Away Little Girl, I Got Rhythm), Tommy Mara and The Crests (16 Candles, Step By Step, The Angels Listened In), and Amanda Nikka with a salute to our Armed Forces, will have you on your feet for the best Doo Wop party of the season. $45.50, 52.50, 88

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Direct from their scene-stealing cameo in this year’s smash film Bridesmaids, Wilson Phillips is back! Surpassing the record held by The Supremes, Wilson Phillips was declared best-selling female group of all time by Billboard in 1992. Chynna Phillips, daughter of Michelle and John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and Carnie and Wendy Wilson, daughters of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, exploded on the music scene with three #1 hit singles from their 1990 debut album (Hold On, Release Me and You’re in Love). Their new album, scheduled for release in January, features covers of their parents’ music. It’s going to be a party up close and personal at the intimate Capitol Theatre.

$69, 89, 129

For more than fifty years, Neil Sedaka has written, performed, produced and inspired countless songs. From Stupid Cupid and Where the Boys Are (sung by Connie Francis) to his own hits Calendar Girl, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Laughter in the Rain and so many more, Neil’s songs are capable of taking us back to special moments in our past. Enjoy this consummate musician, extraordinary vocalist and ageless songwriting talent. $39, 49, 79

$49, 79* *$79 includes meet & greet. Limited availability.

Indulge

Pre-Show Buffet: Make an evening of it. Enjoy a delicious, stress-free meal before the show. See page 25.


Photo: Jeff Dunas

Photo: Danny Clinch

David Benoit & Brian Culbertson piano2piano

An Afternoon of Music and Comedy

Sunday, March 25, 7 pm

Tuesday, March 27, 1 pm

Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm

Capitol Theatre

Ironically, it was a beauty contest that first brought Debbie Reynolds to the attention of scouts from Warner Bros. and MGM (impressed with her lip-synching rendition of a Betty Hutton tune). Known for starring roles in Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, her wit, dancing and singing ability, versatility as an actress, successful nightclub and casino acts, and film and television roles, Debbie has proven to be a star with enduring appeal. She has won the respect of her colleagues and the affection of audiences around the world.

Capitol Theatre

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

It’s rare for a young musician to be compared to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and when the musician’s instrument of choice is a ukulele, it’s nothing short of amazing. Redefining his instrument, Jake Shimabukuro conjures sounds from his four-string, two-octave uke unlike anything ever heard. This artist mixes jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk creating a unique sound exhibiting technical virtuosity and emotional power. His CD Peace Love Ukelele injects humor and showcases Jake’s lightning-fast skills and dexterity.

The crooner who has likely contributed more to romantic interludes (or dreams of them) than any other is back with his rich, warm, velvet voice and the melodies that have made him so important to American pop music: Chances Are, Misty, It’s Not For Me To Say, Wonderful! Wonderful!, The Twelfth of Never, A Certain Smile and so many more. The sound of his voice evokes memories for countless people of multiple generations. This gracious gentleman whose Greatest Hits album spent almost ten years on the Billboard Top Albums Chart returns with a 24-piece orchestra to put a smile on your face.

Two of the highest profile pianists in contemporary jazz join forces for a unique pairing. Playing two acoustic grand pianos, David Benoit and Brian Culbertson perform some of their best-known compositions along with original music they’ve created together specifically for this project. Combining these two very distinctive styles in an acoustic setting will make for an exciting new concert experience sure to ignite some unexpected sparks! The Capitol Theatre offers a great opportunity to see these gifted and prolific artists in a more intimate setting. $42.50, 59.50

Starring

Jake Shimabukuro

Johnny Mathis

An Evening with Yanni

Debbie Reynolds

$30.50, 39.50 Only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

$29, 39

Thursday, April 26, 8 pm His concerts are legendary. His live shows have amazed millions on every continent in the world. Yanni as you know him best, performing his instrumental hits from the shows that have become famous around the world. The live show will feature music from Yanni's new album Truth Of Touch, which is the composer’s first album of original studio music in almost a decade. This is Yanni returning to his roots with a live performance that will deliver old and new fans the very best of Yanni and his music. Come hear the music that touches the world. $45, 65, 89, 125

$52, 62, 88

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COMEDY

Tim Conway & Friends

Vicki Lawrence and Mama

Bob Newhart

An Evening with Martin Short

With Special Guest Stars Chuck McCann and Louise DuArt

Sunday, February 19, 2 pm

With Deana Martin

Thursday, March 29, 8 pm

Vicki Lawrence’s classmates were spot on when they voted her “Most Likely to Succeed.” From her eleven hilarious years with The Carol Burnett Show (which won her an Emmy®) to her gold record for The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, her TV series Mama’s Family, her hosting of Win, Lose or Draw, Vicki! and Fox After Breakfast, and her numerous stage productions, Vicki approaches everything with a sense of humor, because “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!” She and Mama share some of that marvelous humor with us.

Sunday, March 18, 2 pm

Who can resist the unrivaled, scenestealing wedding planner Franck from Father of the Bride? Martin Short returns with his irresistible humor and musical talents, versatility, and improvisational genius. This Tony®- and Emmy®-winning comedic chameleon catapulted to prominence following his stint on Saturday Night Live and made his film debut with SNL colleagues Chevy Chase and Steve Martin in Three Amigos. Broadway’s The Goodbye Girl, Little Me, The Producers and more cemented his standing among the best in the business. Hilarity abounds when Martin Short hits our stage.

Saturday, January 21, 1 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Tim Conway, Chuck McCann and Louise DuArt will keep you laughing as they re-create classic sketches including The Dentist, Dorf and many more from The Carol Burnett Show. What’s your favorite episode? The inimitable, unpredictable, irrepressible and hilarious multi-Emmy®-winning Conway, voice artist and then some McCann and comedic impressionist DuArt combine to form a trio you won’t soon forget. Prepare for an evening of side-splitting fun! $39.75, 49.75, 78

$39, 49 Only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. Who can forget The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh and The Submarine Commander? The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was the first comedy album to hit #1 on the charts. Seven more albums, fourteen feature films, three of his own TV shows, an Emmy®, a Peabody Award, an American Master PBS documentary and a New York Times bestseller later, Bob Newhart’s first love is still performing stand-up. Joining Bob is accomplished film and stage actor, recording artist, radio personality and author Deana Martin, who carries on the legacy of her famous Rat Pack father. $35.50, 45.50, 70

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Buffet offerings may include: international cheese platter, chicken piccata, beef carving station, fresh vegetable medley and assorted desserts. (Pre-show buffet includes tax, not gratuity.)

The Script

Gourmet buffet dinners offered prior to:

Wednesday, October 5, 8 pm

Benise, The Spanish Guitar Tour, Saturday, November 12 The Sarasota Ballet With Dancers Of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Saturday, November 19 Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic, Saturday, December 3 Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, Tuesday, December 6 Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ’n’ Roll Party, Friday, December 9 Michael McDonald & America, Saturday, December 10 Miracle on 34th Street, Wednesday, December 14 Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie, Home For The Holidays, Thursday, December 15 The Nutcracker Moscow Classical Ballet and The Florida Orchestra, December 27 & 28 Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band, Wednesday, December 21 Salute to Vienna, Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Pre-show buffet $30 per person) Tim Conway and Friends, Saturday, January 21 The Temptations & The Four Tops, Friday, January 27 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dance Company, Saturday, January 28 MEMPHIS, February 7 – 12 Paul Anka, Friday, February 17 Michael Amante, Italian-American Festival, Saturday, February 18 Itzhak Perlman, Sunday, March 4 Doo Wop Reunion XII, Saturday, March 17 Bob Newhart, Sunday, March 18 Neil Sedaka, Sunday, March 25 Fiddler On The Roof, March 30-31 Johnny Mathis, Thursday, April 5 South Pacific, April 6 – 7 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, August 3 – 5, 2012

Queensryche 30th Anniversary Tour

On Sale Now

Sunday, November 20, 8 pm

$38, 43

$40.50, 63

Marc Broussard

Meredith Vieira’s Life in a Marital Institution

With Special Guests Scars on 45 and Chick Gamine Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm Capitol Theatre

Saturday, April 14, 8 pm Capitol Theatre $25, 35

On Sale Now

$22.50, 35

Visit rutheckerdhall.com for more information My REH Account Info We invite you to create your own My REH account at www.rutheckerdhall.com, your all access pass to shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

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Members are important to Ruth Eckerd Hall. They help us accomplish our mission of engaging the community to

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP This is a new concept in exclusive entertainment that provides unparalleled access to today’s most relevant artists and bands at three concerts per year. Below: Penelope Lara (third from left) and Dr. Cesar Lara (fifth from left), Friends of Music members, with members of Maroon 5.

Build memories with your children or grandchildren while experiencing a variety of exciting benefits and showing your support for the arts. We will host Family Membership Events for A Christmas Carol and a pre-show Tea Party for Beauty and the Beast (for members at the $250 Thespian Level and above). Below: The cast of Giggle, Giggle Quack, characters from Doreen Cronin’s popular book series, met Alyona Ruley, daughter of Suzanne and Matthew Ruley, members since 2003, at a Family Membership Connection event.

1up 1UP is a social concert club for Tampa Bay’s “21 & Uppers” who are seeking a new venue where they can “co-create” modern, musical experiences. 1UP Events include Voxare String Quartet, MEMPHIS and Pilobolus Dance Company. Below: 1UP Member Stephanie Dobies with comedian Margaret Cho.

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MEET & GREET Meet and Greets with artists are just one of the many exclusive VIP experiences offered to Circle of Stars members. Join and meet one of your favorite performers! Below: Michael and Joan Kline, members since 1981, with Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall (center).

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PARTNER Become a Corporate Partner and show your support for the arts while targeting an affluent audience. Below: Parker Stafford (far left), of Raymond James, a corporate partner since 1988, Vickie Stafford, guests Carolynn Russell and Louise Furey, with legendary comedian Carol Burnett (fifth from left) and longtime members Debbie and David Stone, previous Chairman of the Ruth Eckerd Hall Board of Directors.

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Ruth Eckerd Hall During the past 30 years, the Leading Ladies have raised nearly $2 million to benefit programs of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Below: Leading Ladies pose for a group photo after one of their luncheons.

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“…a hit in every respect…a lot of fun for all and a powerfully important message.” –Nancy Wasserman, Head of Wade Thomas School, San Anselmo, CA

Oceans Are Talking! Sunday, October 2, 2 pm The “oceans are talking,” and Sam Lardner and his Flamenco fusion band help kids listen to what they are saying. In this spirited, creative, and enlightening interactive concert, children are offered a powerful yet fun message that fosters understanding of the challenging environmental issues facing our oceans and the creatures that dwell in them. Catchy, engaging songs unravel the mysteries of complicated conservation problems, encourage ocean stewardship, and offer suggestions on how kids can become part of the solution. Fun for the entire family! $8

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Nevermore By Ian Beck

Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band

Saturday, October 22, 7:30 pm Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm Saturday, October 29, 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 12, 11 am

Murray Studio Theater When a strange mark appears on the walls, creeping its way throughout the confines of castle Lenore, something manipulates the mind of the only resident who can see these dark, vague images. Leaving his sanity to walk through the silent shadows, the poor soul tries to solve the mystery of this torturous haunting before it consumes him completely. First presented during the Hoffman Institute’s summer session, Nevermore combines several Edgar Allan Poe stories for a journey through the madness and delight of the macabre that are the hallmarks of Poe’s dark artistry. Nevermore is followed by a Poe movie for a double feature night!

A lively, engaging, interactive, world music-infused experience comes your way from Alex and The Kaleidoscope Band. Whether singing about feelings, relationships and belonging or on a musical safari to explore animals and their world, Alex and his band use spirited, catchy rhythms and meaningful lyrics to take kids on a fun-filled journey that opens minds and teaches compassion and understanding. Winner of numerous national awards for excellence in children’s entertainment, this group is sure to please both kids and adults. $8

Eckerd Theater Company presents

Eckerd Theater Company presents

A Thousand Cranes

Aesop’s Fables

Saturday, December 3, 2, 5 & 7 pm Saturday, December 10, 5 & 7 pm

Saturday, January 7, 10 am, noon & 2 pm Saturday, January 14, 10 am, noon & 2 pm

Murray Studio Theater

Murray Studio Theater

This is the true story of Sadako Sasaki, just two years old when an atom bomb exploded over Hiroshima and twelve when she was afflicted with radiation sickness. Legend claims a person who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish. Sadako began folding cranes, wishing to be well, wishing an atom bomb would never be dropped again. Before her death, she folded 644 cranes. Her friends and classmates folded 356 more to make a thousand. Her spirit of hope and strength continues to inspire young people around the world to work for peace.

Classic fables come to life! For centuries, the wit and wisdom of Aesop's fables have been passed down from one generation to the next. In a lively storytelling style that invites interactive participation, Aesop’s Fables brings to life familiar favorites like The Lion and the Mouse, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Fox and the Grapes, along with tales not so familiar. Fun and chock full of imagination, Aesop’s Fables is a perfect introduction to some of the world’s most cherished stories and to the magic of live theater! $8

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois.

$8 $8 (includes post-show movie)

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Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience present

Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco

Roger Day Dream Big

Keith Munslow

The Hoffman Institute Spring Concert:

Side by Side by Side

Saturday, February 25, 2 pm

Saturday, March 17, 11 am & 2 pm

Saturday, April 21, 11 am & 2 pm

Sunday, April 29, 2 pm

Capitol Theatre

Murray Studio Theater

Murray Studio Theater

Experience zydeco, music of the Creoles, a delicious blending of African, French, Spanish and Native American cultural influences. GRAMMY® winner Terrance Simien creates a hypnotic, innovative mix of roots zydeco, based on rural blues and jazz, and contemporary influences such as rock ’n’ roll, R&B, reggae, funk and soul. With a voice often compared to that of Sam Cook, Terrance takes zydeco to a new level. Rolling Stone calls Terrance Simien “A Master of Nouveau Zydeco: anchored in tradition, but peppered with contemporary influences.”

With wit, whimsy and wordplay, Roger Day, twotime Parents’ Choice Award winner and recipient of the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity, encourages kids to sing loud, jump high and dream big. He musically urges kids to use their brains and their bodies, employing colorful imagery and verbal gymnastics. His goal is to empower kids to follow their dreams and make an impact on the world. With a Schoolhouse Rock quality to his music, Roger confides, “I’ve had more than one parent admit they listen to my CDs even when their kids aren’t around.”

Keith Munslow delivers fun, funky music, lightningfast cartooning, and hilarious stories in a highlyinteractive show that will have both kids and adults laughing. Upbeat and positive, Keith looks at real-life experiences of kids and families with honesty and humor. Accidentally On Purpose won the Parents’ Choice Award, and after witnessing Keith’s rhythmic piano playing, improvisations and quick wit, you’ll know why. This show provides fun for all ages.

This annual event celebrates the tremendous talent of the students of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and the extraordinary efforts of the Hoffman staff to bring those talents to their fullest potential. The concert showcases the accomplishments of the Jazz, Vocal and Dance Tracks of the Institute and gives a special nod to the senior students who will be graduating and continuing their studies at universities across the country. Experience this astounding Main Stage performance, a powerful testament to the passion for the arts of these amazing students.

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FAMILY CONNECTIONS We invite you, your family and friends to become part of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Family Membership Connection Program, starting at the Thespian Level and above. Membership includes pre- and post-show parties, meet and greet opportunities with cast members, pre-public ticket purchases and much more. See pages 40 and 41. 30


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Marcia Hoffman was a woman of extraordinary intelligence, vision and drive. She was involved with Ruth Eckerd Hall from the start and planned the Grand Opening Gala in 1983. Her greatest contribution was the creation of an Education Department. She envisioned a performing arts institute that would be the first of its kind in Florida and would earn national recognition as a leader in arts education, cultivating both artists and audiences of the future. Marcia was the first Chair of the Education Committee. She sought additional space for classrooms, encouraged cooperation with the Pinellas Youth Symphony and local schools, and nurtured collaboration between professionals and non-professionals. She promoted presenting, production and instruction opportunities and developed a comprehensive plan for the institute that now bears her name. Without Marcia’s vision, dedication, and countless hours devoted to realizing her dream, Ruth Eckerd Hall would not have a performing arts institute. In gratitude and recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments, the Marcia P. Hoffman Arts Education Award was created. It is fitting that the Hoffman Institute logo be patterned after her distinctive signature, akin to an artist’s autograph, written on a diagonal.


Instruction

Performance

Interested in taking a class? We dance, sing, act and make music with you.

Interested in seeing a show? We entertain you.

The Hoffman Institute offers performing arts classes that engage a broad range of interests. Our instruction division is open year-round and sessions are divided into three terms: fall, winter/spring and summer. Whether you seek to develop your skills or meet others with similar interests, the Hoffman Institute has a class for you.

In an effort to continually provide access to high-quality arts experiences, the Hoffman Institute presents performances both on- and off-site, showcasing our students and local artists through Eckerd Theater Company (ETC) productions, the Evening at the Murray series, and our Artists on the Road program. In addition, our NEW Time Together series offers affordable entertainment for the entire family presented by professional, nationally-known youth and family artists.

Community Interested in learning how we strive to keep the arts alive for our youth? Get involved. “PASSport � is a school-based, arts infusion program founded on the premise that all children benefit from a learning environment and instruction that encourages creative thinking. Help us cultivate and nurture the imaginations of our youth.

Join us for classes and programs in drama, dance, voice, jazz and instrumental music. Enrollment begins August 2011.

SUPPORT PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION Become a member for as little as $60. Enroll in classes early, get the enrollment fee waived ($15 per student) and purchase Main Stage show tickets before they go one sale to the public. Family Members experience exclusive workshops and events in conjunction with family performances. See pages 40 and 41.

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Eckerd Theater Company (ETC) is the professional theater company of Ruth Eckerd Hall, performing both in residence and on tour throughout the eastern United States and as far north as Canada. Under the umbrella of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, the education center for Ruth Eckerd Hall, ETC provides the finest in performance and arts education experiences to family and school audiences of all ages. Since 1988, Eckerd Theater Company has performed for more than a million young people and their families, creating professional productions of original works, adaptations of classic literature, and the finest of published scripts for the theater, exploring such themes as diversity, multiculturalism, self-worth, loyalty and tolerance. ETC has commissioned, developed and premiered 35 new plays, musicals and adaptations of literature for youth and family audiences. ETC introduces new audiences to the unique experience of live theater and creates work that affirms the value of the individual and the beauty of the human spirit. The Company strives to make a personal and individual impact on every person it encounters, instilling respect for the theatrical profession and an appreciation for the unique communication and relationship between actor and audience. Come see us live, see page 29. 34

BE A PART OF THE REVITALIZATION OF THE CAPITOL THEATRE We are entering the early stages of the campaign to raise funds to renovate the theater as part of the plan to reenergize downtown Clearwater. Once completed, the renovation will include an expansion of the stage, larger seating capacity, a beautiful full-service lobby and exclusive food and beverage services. Located in the heart of the Cleveland Street District, the Capitol Theatre is an integral part of the unique character of the area. Join us at this historic landmark for more of the quality entertainment you have come to expect from Ruth Eckerd Hall. Established in 1921, the Capitol is one of the oldest operating theaters in the state of Florida, and provides an intimate setting for classic artists, up-and-coming performers and films. The Capitol Classics film series pays homage to the theater’s roots, transforming it once a week into a classic cinema house screening beloved movies from the past. For the most up-to-date information on the shows coming to the Capitol Theatre, visit us at www.atthecap.com. If you are interested in supporting our campaign to renovate this historic venue, please contact Lara Shane at 727-712-2718 or lshane@rutheckerdhall.net. Many levels of support are available, including naming rights.


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The Irish Tenors– Wright* Kearns* Tynan Monday, December 19, 7:30 pm After a five-year hiatus, Ronan Tynan rejoins Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns for special December dates only. One of the most successful Irish acts ever to tour the U.S., The Irish Tenors will be accompanied by a live orchestra. This trio has been wildly popular with PBS audiences and at their concerts across the country. Their groundbreaking Ellis Island Project album and DVD sold more than two million copies. The Irish are masters at expressing in song their love of country, family, and those entrancing Irish lasses. These tenors are known for rich, clear, heartfelt renditions of the best of traditional Irish music. $33, 49, 68

“…three tenors who sing with joy and passion, three men who embody the tradition of the grand Irish tenor going back to the legendary John McCormack.” – Jack Goodstein


Celtic Woman:

NTC Productions presents

A Christmas Celebration The Symphony Tour

A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 3, 3 & 7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 6, 8 pm

Tuesday, December 20, 2 & 7 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Nothing can match the experience of seeing a live magic show. This amazing extravaganza brings the hit television show Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic to us live on stage, complete with exotic animals, beautiful dancers, escapologists, comedy magic, quick change artists, mentalists, sleight of hand and more. Audience participation adds to the fun and suspense. This spectacular, colorful show is sure to provide thrills, awe and smiles for the entire family. Can you figure out how they do it? Come see for yourself. You won’t believe your eyes!

Have yourself a Celtic little Christmas! Vocalists of the music sensation Celtic Woman perform beloved holiday songs backed by a full symphony orchestra for the first time. Known for their successful PBS specials, Billboard chart successes for their CD’s and DVD’s, and for their world tours, the artists of Celtic Woman are celebrated around the world as enchanting Irish entertainers. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Celtic Woman in this unique Christmas experience.

Let this lavish Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale transport you to the snowy streets of nineteenth century Victorian England. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly visitors that haunt his nights and take him on a transformational journey. The crotchety curmudgeon finds love and redemption as he seizes a precious chance to change his life. The longest-running tour of A Christmas Carol in the U.S., resplendent with sumptuous costumes and magnificent sets, this classic has long been a favorite family tradition.

Benise The Spanish Guitar Tour

Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic

Saturday, November 12, 8 pm Pre-show buffet available. See page 25. ®

Benise returns with his Emmy Awardwinning cast in The Spanish Guitar, hailed as the “The Latin Riverdance.” Join Benise on an epic adventure through Spanish Nouveau Flamenco, Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba, Argentinean tango, Indian Bollywood, Parisian waltz, and exotic African drumming! The music is edgy, exotic, romantic and sensual, and is a celebration of culture, love, music and life. Experience this uniquely gifted musician, backed by a stage full of world-class musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers in a show that’s magical and inspiring for all ages! $42.50, 45.50, 78

$56, 76

$28, 33, 48

$28, 33, 39, 45 2 pm performance only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

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Salute to Vienna

Spirit of America

Let's Fall in Love!

Broadway Melodies

Saturday, December 31, 8 pm

Sunday, November 13, 2 pm

Friday, February 3, 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 15, 2 pm

Pre-show buffet available. See page 25.

Join the Clearwater Chorus for a heartfelt tribute to this great country of ours, featuring members of the Pasadena Community Church Choir, the Hoffman Institute Center Stage Teen Choir, and other special guests. This performance will also include the presentation of the 2011-2012 Fred Travalena Scholarship.

Murray Studio Theater

Songs in tribute to the Great White Way will fill the Hall in April for the Clearwater Chorus' annual spring concert. Wear your toe-tappin' shoes and share a lovely afternoon of favorite show tunes!

A New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Strauss Symphony of America Mika Eichenholz, conductor (Stockholm) Mónika Fischl, soprano (Budapest) Dániel Vadász, tenor (Budapest) Dancers from Ballett St. Pölten International Champion Ballroom Dancers Add a touch of Old World elegance to your New Year's Eve celebration! The 15th anniversary of this lavish concert offers a fresh new program featuring a brilliant cast of more than 75 musicians, stellar European singers, and dancers in beautiful costumes. The glorious music of Johann Strauss, Jr. (Vienna's "Waltz King") and his contemporaries delights and inspires. Popular operetta excerpts, favorite waltzes and polkas create an ambiance of refinement and charm in the tradition of the famous Austrian Neujahrskonzert (New Year's Concert).

The Clearwater Chorus and local favorites Suzanne and Matt Ruley bring the songs we love to life in the intimate Murray Studio Theater for this special pre-Valentine's Day performance. Bring someone you cherish and enjoy!

$15, $12 with student ID

$17, $12 with student ID

$15, $12 with student ID

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IINCLUDES: NCLUDES: • Shopping at Dillard’s Boutique • Special Discounts • Guest Appearances • Door Prizes • Opportunity Drawing for a $1,000 Shopping Spree at Dillard’s. Opportunity tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. To purchase opportunity tickets in advance, please call Special Events at (727) 712-2760.

A DMISSION* ADMISSION* $15 Fashion Show Tickets $20 Group Sales Price for Buffet Lunch in the Margarete Heye Great Room + Show $30 Buffet Lunch in the Margarete Heye Great Room + Show $50 VIP Seating on Main Stage for Lunch + Show

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Join Us At Leading Ladies Events Since the Leading Ladies formed more than 30 years ago, they have contributed nearly $2 million to benefit the arts education programs of Ruth Eckerd Hall. Become part of this special group when you become a member at the Player level or above. Participate in their fundraising events each year such as those listed below. For more details and/or to support the Leading Ladies’, please contact Jennifer Bohnert, Director of Membership and Leading Ladies Liaison, at (727) 712-2723 or email Jennifer at jbohnert@rutheckerdhall.net. Saturday, November 26, 2011 – 9th Annual Breakfast with Santa The Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Annual Breakfast with Santa has become a holiday tradition with many families in the Tampa Bay area. The festivities include a child-friendly buffet breakfast, a variety of fun activities including a sing-along, annual drawings for bicycles, and a visit with Santa. The event is held in the Margarete Heye Great Room. It begins at 9:00 am and ends at 11:30 am. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds from this event support Ruth Eckerd Hall’s arts education programs. For more information, please contact Karen White at (727) 939-3456. Friday, December 2, 2011 – Leading Ladies Holiday Gala Please join the Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall for cocktails and a silent auction at 6:30 pm followed by an 8:00 pm seated dinner and dancing in the Margarete Heye Great Room. This event is a great way to kick off the holiday season. Black tie optional. Valet parking. Individual tickets are $100 each. Sponsorship opportunities range from $150 to $500. Proceeds from this event support Ruth Eckerd Hall’s arts education programs. For more information, please contact Jan Harroun at (727) 243-2346 or jharroun@mac.com.

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MEMBERSHIP

Be a part of the Act

Circle of Friends Levels: Performer $60+ • Ticket purchasing before public sale* • Opportunity to upgrade seat location • Member discounts on pre-season ticket orders where applicable* • Fees waived on ticket exchanges (exchanges must be done at least seven days prior to show) • Early enrollment for the Hoffman Institute programs • Fees waived on education enrollment ($15 per student) • Online subscription to Applause, our membership newsletter

Player $150+ All previous benefits, plus… • Increased pre-season ticketing priority (level-dependent) • Invitation to join the Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall • Annual recognition in Applause • Mailed subscription to Applause

Thespian $250+

Circle of Friends Members enjoy: • Easy, affordable and convenient • Minimum commitment of only $10 per month • Automatic withdrawal available each month • Receive full benefits and privileges of your total gift immediately • Join now and be among the first to purchase tickets to this great season!

All previous benefits, plus… • Invitation to join the Family Membership Connection program

Trouper $350+ All previous benefits, plus… • Handling fees waived on pre-season order

Producer $650+ All previous benefits, plus… • Complimentary wine or soft drinks at any lobby bar • Complimentary one-time pass to the Hoffman Dress Circle Lounge *Some restrictions may apply.

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Join our Family Circle of Stars members enjoy all Circle of Friends benefits plus: • Exclusive VIP experiences • Opportunity to attend behind-the-scenes events • Access to private member lounge • Invitation to cast parties • Concierge service

Circle of Stars Levels: Dress Circle $1,500+ All previous benefits, plus… • Private concierge phone line for ticket purchasing • Access to the Hoffman Dress Circle Lounge with free champagne, wine and soft drinks • Exclusive VIP experiences, such as meet and greets, back stage tours, cast parties* • Invitation to exclusive Circle of Stars events • Ticket return privileges (at least seven days prior to performance)

Platinum Circle $10,000+ All previous benefits, plus… • Dimmitt Family Atrium Lounge rental fee waived for a pre-show function* • Two complimentary Spring Gala tickets, upon request • Free valet parking • Name inscribed on theater chair • Limousine service for 10 evenings • Concierge service to include: Complimentary dinner for six before shows

Sapphire Circle $25,000+ Silver Circle $2,500+ All previous benefits, plus… • Ticket handling fees waived for phone orders • 20% discount on meeting space rentals at Ruth Eckerd Hall • One complimentary private lesson at The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute

Gold Circle $5,000+ All previous benefits, plus… • Access to special reserved parking lot nearest to the Hall for performances • VIP concierge assistance with pre-season ticket ordering (by phone or in person)

All previous benefits, plus… • Limousine service for 15 evenings • Concierge service to include: Complimentary dinner for six before shows

Diamond Circle $50,000+ All previous benefits, plus… • Right of first refusal on your preferred seats • Limousine service for 20 evenings • Private entrance and exit • Concierge service to include: Complimentary dinner for six before shows *Some restrictions may apply.

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STUDIO THEATER

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm Capitol Theatre Join us for a treat at the Capitol Theatre. Evening at the Murray moves to Downtown Clearwater for a performance by GRAMMY® winner Terrance Simien. A direct descendant of one of the first Creole families to settle St. Landry Parish, offering an eclectic fusion of zydeco that is evolving yet remains true to its origins, Terrance is one of the most respected and internationally recognized artists in roots music today and has been a major contributor to the renaissance of a genre once in danger of disappearing. Simien gives voice to our deepest human emotions. $17, $12 with student ID “Nightcap” Bonus: $10 with purchase of Evening at the Murray series package


Stan Hunter & the Ruth Eckerd

Let's Fall in Love!

Friday, January 13, 7:30 pm

Friday, February 3, 7:30 pm

With Rosemary and Stan Collins

World class pianist, organist and composer Stan Hunter has performed with jazz greats John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Stitt, and Dexter Gordon. He can be found on recordings with Jimmy Paxton, Chris Columbo, Sonny Fortune, Gil Askey and Al Grey. Featured in Downbeat Magazine, Stan has played many international jazz festivals. He is featured here with the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo. This evening will be a treat for jazz lovers from any decade!

The Clearwater Chorus and local favorites Suzanne and Matt Ruley bring songs we love to life for this special pre-Valentine's Day concert. Known for their musical versatility and quirky numbers, Suzanne and Matthew offer songs about finding love. They have been enthusiastic supporters of the Clearwater Chorus for more than 10 years, from singing to administrating, and are honored to appear with the Chorus again. Bring someone you cherish and enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 7:30 pm Saturday, March 24, 7:30 pm

$17, $12 with student ID

$17, $12 with student ID

Hall/ Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo

With Special Guest Melissa Nolan

Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm Mike Desselle, a.k.a. “Molten Mike,” brings blues to Evening at the Murray. Enjoy songs from his first albums, which featured electric guitar-based blues/jazz/rock fusion, his vintage 1928 and 1932 National steel guitars, and his Taylor acoustic. And no night with Mike is complete without experiencing a little bluegrass and country. We think Michael Desselle is the real deal and we hope you’ll think so too. $17, $12 with student ID

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LEARWATER H RUS

The Great American Songbook, Jazz and Broadway

Mike Desselle: A Gift of Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass and Country

Rosemary and Stan return with songs reflecting the rich American music of Broadway and jazz. With the growth of Broadway in the early 20th century came the need to adapt enjoyable songs to the constraints of theater and plot, encouraging the rise of composers like George Gershwin, Vincent Youmans, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. Their songs have endured and are known as the Great American Songbook. Rosemary, Stan and Hoffman Institute performers take us through the Songbook to jazz-influenced Broadway tunes of today. Celebrate this great American music with us! $17, $12 with student ID

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EVENING AT THE

LectureSeries

Adventures in Music & Opera

SERIES PACKAGE

Jared O’Roark Hearing in Color

Enjoy five Evening at the Murray shows for only $50. Add Terrance Simien as a “Nightcap” Bonus for an additional $10 with package purchase.

Friday, April 20, 7:30 pm Discover a night filled with colorful characters depicting universal emotions that connect us all. Jared O’Roark brings the loveable character Little Stevie back to the Murray Studio as he delivers an evening of brightly painted stories. Hear the tints and shades of the stories of a war vet, a southern cook and a father who simply wants to know how to praise his son.

Did you know opera is the fastest-growing classical art form in the United States? Opera is everywhere around us. It is in movies, on television, and in commercials for everything from cars to toothpaste. Even the Wedding March is from Wagner’s opera Lohengrin. The Pinellas Opera League, in partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall, presents a series of lectures to inform the public of what many already find to be true: opera is more alive than ever!

Wednesdays, 2 pm $6 per lecture Package of all six lectures: $30 Murray Studio Theater

$17, $12 with student ID

Ages: 10 and up (Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult) Wednesday, October 26 Making It To The Top (Hard Work and “A Little Bit of Luck”)

Wednesday, February 29 Surrealism in Opera (Dalí by Design)

Wednesday, November 16 Opera in Pop Culture (Influence of Opera on Broadway and in Movies, Commercials and Cartoons)

Wednesday, March 21 What’s My Line? (Vocation and Avocation)

Wednesday, January 25 Duets, Trios and Ensembles (Not Doing It Alone)

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Wednesday, April 25 Conductors (Style and Trials)


Laugh Louder; Come As A Group! The Fun Way to Purchase Tickets — Buy as a Group! Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Group Sales Department offers discounts on tickets for groups of 15 or more, special group pricing for pre-show buffet dinners and lunches, and personalized service to meet all of your group needs. Groups receive priority seating and pay no service fees. For more information and to order before the general public, call (727) 712-2717 or email groupsales@rutheckerdhall.net.

Margarete Heye Great Room

Banquet and Meeting Facility This unique venue features a spectacular vaulted-ceiling event space complete with a 15-foot grand chandelier and a large terrace. Packages are available for most budgets. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a versatile venue with numerous unique rental spaces. Call (727) 712-2768 to book weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate holiday parties and other special events.

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An Afternoon of Music and Comedy Starring Debbie Reynolds Tuesday, March 27, 1 pm Ironically, it was a beauty contest that first brought Debbie Reynolds to the attention of scouts from Warner Bros. and MGM (impressed with her lip-synching rendition of a Betty Hutton tune). Known for starring roles in Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, her wit, dancing and singing ability, versatility as an actress, successful nightclub and casino acts, and film and television roles, Debbie has proven to be a star with enduring appeal. She has won the respect of her colleagues and the affection of audiences around the world. $30.50 Only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

“Without question, the star clearly knows how to entertain a crowd— and her anything-goes spirit is … infectious.” – Brian Scott Lipton, TheaterMania.com


Jim Stafford in Concert

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

Tuesday, December 20, 2 pm

Sunday, January 8, 1 pm

Sunday, January 15, 1 pm

Let this lavish Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale transport you to the snowy streets of nineteenth century Victorian England. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly visitors that haunt his nights and take him on a transformational journey. The crotchety curmudgeon finds love and redemption as he seizes a precious chance to change his life. The longest-running tour of A Christmas Carol in the U.S., resplendent with sumptuous costumes and magnificent sets, this classic has long been a favorite family tradition.

Eloise-born and Winter-Haven raised comedian/guitarist/singer-songwriter Jim Stafford offers music and satirical humor. From Spiders & Snakes and Cow Patti to his classical guitar album Somewhere in Time, from performing and writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour to The Jim Stafford Show, movie soundtracks, hosting Nashville on the Road, co-hosting Those Amazing Animals and hosting and co-writing Branson USA, Jim has done it all. Wildwood Weed is among Jim’s six hits that have made the Billboard Top 40. Join him for classical guitar and heartwarming stories peppered with hilarious comedy.

Breathtaking illusions, dazzling special effects, drama, comedy, danger, magnificent set design: this is not your father’s magic show! “Modern day Houdinis” Kevin and Cindy Spencer, International Magicians of the Year and six times Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year, have created a hightech wonder that is one of the largest touring illusion productions today. Artistry and theater converge, intellect and amazement collide, as this engaging duo offers an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas

NTC Productions presents

Tuesday, December 13, 1 pm One of America’s most endearing and enduring stars, Tony Orlando is known for his warmth, his energy, a host of hits including five that made it to #1, a successful TV variety show, roles in movies and on Broadway, and as a popular casino entertainer. It all began with the surprise hit Candida, followed by Knock Three Times (top-selling song of 1971), Sweet Gypsy Rose, Cupid, He Don’t Love You, and, of course, his signature song of 1973, Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree, now an ongoing American anthem of hope, homecoming, reunion and renewal.

$39

$35

Only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

A Christmas Carol

$18, 25

$18, 25

Only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Blue Suede Shoes

Sha Na Na: A Tribute to ’50s

Barbra & Frank:

(The Ultimate Elvis Birthday Bash)

and ’60s American Rock ’n’ Roll

The Valentine That Never Was

Vicki Lawrence and Mama

Tuesday, January 17, 1 pm

Starring Scot Bruce, Mike Albert, and the Big “E” Band

Thursday, February 2, 1 pm

Tuesday, February 14, 1 pm

Sunday, February 19, 2 pm

Dare to dream the impossible, and Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo will make that dream seem like reality: Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, the Chairman and the Diva, on stage together at last! Sharon looks uncannily like Barbra and has the voice to match. Sebastian masterfully re-creates a confident young Frank in his prime, cocky, swingin’ and with the Sinatra swagger. Bringing their show from Las Vegas to Ruth Eckerd Hall, “Barbra” and “Frank” offer many of their greatest hits “their way.” Video clips and goodnatured banter add to the fun.

Vicki Lawrence’s classmates were spot on when they voted her “Most Likely to Succeed.” From her eleven hilarious years with The Carol Burnett Show (which won her an Emmy®) to her gold record for The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, her TV series Mama’s Family, her hosting of Win, Lose or Draw, Vicki! and Fox After Breakfast, and her numerous stage productions, Vicki approaches everything with a sense of humor, because “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!” She and Mama share some of that marvelous humor with us.

Seventy Top Ten hits in four years, a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award, attendance records at venue after venue: it’s difficult to exaggerate Glenn Miller’s impact. In one brief decade, he became the dominant Big Band leader and master of swing. A generation of teenagers fell in love with his unmistakable sound, dancing to In the Mood, String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Kalamazoo, Moonlight Serenade and more. Gary Tole and the Glenn Miller Orchestra keep the magic alive entertaining the teenagers of yesterday and today!

Sha Na Na is doing its part to make sure that Rock ’n’ Roll Is The “King of Rock and Roll” returns! Here to Stay. Now capturing new generations of fans, the group Once again, “Elvis” will be in the house. This show brings us the best that had its roots in the Columbia University glee club ensemble of both worlds: Scot Bruce as the young Elvis with swiveling hips and The Kingsmen rocketed to stardom after performing at Woodstock just bedroom eyes, and Mike Albert as the glitzy Las Vegas Elvis. The Big “E” before Jimi Hendrix, then in the movie Grease (Screamin’ Scott Band re-creates the authentic Elvis sound for this rock ’n’ roll afternoon. Simon penned Sandy for John Travolta) and on their own TV From Love Me Tender and Are You Lonesome Tonight? to All Shook Up, series for four years. Fans will be treated to At the Hop, The Jailhouse Rock and It’s Now or Never, Elvis left an indelible mark on Wanderer, Love Potion #9, Hand Jive, La Bamba, In the Still of the popular music. Night, Get a Job, Come Go With $18, 25 Me and many more.

Sunday, January 29, 1 pm

$18, 25

$18, 25

Only $12 with Adults at Leisure package. See page 54.

$18, 25

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$39

See page 54.


Taylor’s Traditional Irish Cabaret Starring Noel V. Ginnity

Neil Berg’s

Monday, March 5, 1 pm

Tuesday, March 13, 1 pm

Monday, March 19, 1 pm

No one does Irish quite like the Rovers! For four and a half decades, these jolly ambassadors of Irish music, wit and good times have brought joy and delight to millions of fans around the world. Wasn’t That A Party, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, The Irish Rover, Drunken Sailor, A-Rovin’, and their signature song The Unicorn remain timeless favorites. If you love a good laugh and if Celtic strains from guitars, banjo, accordion and the bodhrán make you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet, or get up and dance, this show is for you!

Spend an afternoon enjoying music from some of the great composers of our time including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen and Rodgers and Hart. From crisp, popping swing tunes to lush, poignant ballads, Simply Sinatra, backed by a hot, swinging band, will take you on a nostalgic musical journey with Sinatra masterpieces like I’ve Got You Under My Skin, The Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Life, Mack the Knife, You Make Me Feel So Young, The Best Is Yet To Come, and, of course, My Way.

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with an afternoon of Irish music, song, dance and laughter (thanks to Noel Ginnity, Ireland’s funniest comedian). High-energy dance routines choreographed by national star Ciaran Keating and accompanied by accordion, uilleann pipes and piano will lift your spirits, and soprano Emer Hartnett and tenor Paul Hennessy offer poignant and stirring Irish songs. Balladeer Andrew McCarty captures the true Irish spirit of traditional songs such as Rocky Road to Dublin and Whiskey in the Jar while renowned piper Tommy Keane completes the magic.

These Broadway concerts are a Ruth Eckerd Hall favorite. Once again, Neil Berg brings us an all-new musical revue with five stars from the Great White Way backed by an all-star New York band. Together, they re-create memorable moments from the most successful Broadway hits of the past century. Relive some of the greatest scenes from your favorite musicals. This show sells out quickly, so get your tickets early to be sure to be part of the fun!

$18, 25

$18, 25

Debby Boone: Swing This

The Irish Rovers

Friday, February 24, 1 pm

Tuesday, February 28, 1 pm

Debby Boone throws the party she’s waited a lifetime to host, offering her own personal take on the exhilarating Las Vegas style swing songs that inspired her to become a singer. Richard Kaufman, Principal Pops Conductor of the Pacific Symphony, raves, “In the tradition of great singers who can bring a song to life just the way the composer intended, Debby Boone does just that…and more.” Having progressed far beyond her megahit You Light Up My Life, she has demonstrated that she is a superbly talented vocalist with impeccable taste and style. $18, 25

Simply Sinatra

104 Years of Broadway

$18, 25

$18, 25

INDULGE Box lunches available before Adults at Leisure performances. See page 50.

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ADULTS AT

LEISURE Box Lunches Only $8.00 per person

This year we have expanded our box lunch menu selections. Each show will feature either a wrap box lunch, a sandwich box lunch, or a salad box lunch. All lunches will be served with potato salad, cookie, coffee, tea and soda. Call your Group Sales Coordinator at (727) 712-2717 for each show's menu selection. Order your box lunch for an additional $8.00. Advance orders are required.

Box Lunches are available prior to the following shows: Tuesday, December 13 .........................Tony Orlando’s American Christmas Tuesday, December 20 ..............................................A Christmas Carol Sunday, January 8 ..............................................Jim Stafford In Concert Sunday, January 15 .....................................Spencers: Theatre of Illusion Tuesday, January 17 ............................................Glenn Miller Orchestra Sunday, January 29 ..............Blue Suede Shoes (The Ultimate Elvis Birthday Bash) Thursday, February 2 ..........................................................Sha Na Na Tuesday, February 14..........Barbra and Frank: The Valentine that Never Was Sunday, February 19 .......................................Vicki Lawrence and Mama Friday, February 24 .........................................Debby Boone: Swing This Tuesday, February 28...................................................The Irish Rovers Monday, March 5 .........................................................Simply Sinatra Tuesday, March 13 ..................................Taylor’s Traditional Irish Cabaret Monday, March 19 ..............................................104 Years of Broadway Tuesday, March 27.....................................................Debbie Reynolds Doors open two hours prior to performance for box lunch ticket holders only. Limited seating available. Dining priced separately from performance ticket. Aritsts do not appear at lunches.

Call the Ticket Office (727) 791-7400 for details on dining. Groups of 10 or more, call (727) 712-2717. 50

Make a Lasting Difference with a Legacy Gift When people think of supporting nonprofit organizations like Ruth Eckerd Hall, they usually think of writing a check. But, there’s another type of charitable giving known as planned giving that can provide you with even more benefits. Planned gifts are generally deferred until after your lifetime, yet you may enjoy tax advantages today and succeeding generations may enjoy your generosity for years to come. To leave a legacy, however, you must find the right strategy for your situation. A bequest in your will to Ruth Eckerd Hall is an easy way to make a difference without affecting your current cash flow. You may also give specific assets. By making your revocable or irrevocable planned gift, you become a member of a group of generous individuals known as The Legacy Society, which entitles you to receive full recognition of your gift during your lifetime, if you so choose. Jackie and Larry Ingram, longtime supporters of Ruth Eckerd Hall and the arts, decided to continue their support into the future. According to the Ingrams, “Second only to our institutions of law and government, it has been well said that our music is America's greatest and most enduring gift to the world. If you want to hear America's music at its best, be that music jazz, blues, show tunes, pop or rock ’n’ roll, then Ruth Eckerd Hall is the place to be. The Ruth Eckerd Hall's acoustics, dedicated staff of professionals and consistently top-notch acts makes every event an evening to remember. We are all fortunate indeed to have right here in our community one of the finest sounding and best managed music venues in the world.” We hope you will consider joining Jackie and Larry in making a legacy gift to Ruth Eckerd Hall. By becoming a member of The Legacy Society, you have the opportunity to make a continuing impact on the arts in our community. To find out more about estate planning, please contact your attorney or financial planner to discuss a legacy gift that will represent your enduring values. You may also contact Lara Shane, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Chief Development Officer, at (727) 712-2718. A legacy gift of any size can make a large—even legendary—difference to Ruth Eckerd Hall and the arts!


A BIG

CEO Hall of F ame

THANK YOU to Ruth Eckerd Hall’s

Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to the CEOs that understand the importance of the arts in our community and the impact the arts have on our lives. If you would like to learn how you can support the arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall, please contact Joyce Pemberton, Director of Corporate Partnership, at (727) 712-2716 or jpemberton@rutheckerdhall.net. "Both the St. Petersburg Times and Ruth Eckerd Hall are among our region's leading cultural and intellectual assets, so the partnership between our organizations is a natural." -Paul Tash, Chairman & CEO, St. Petersburg Times "As a corporate partner headquartered in St. Petersburg and operating in 35 countries, Progress Energy is committed to supporting the arts. We believe there is nothing more powerful than strong communities. After all, our success is wholly intertwined with that of the communities we serve. That’s why we take an active role in supporting community partners, like Ruth Eckerd Hall, that positively impact our customers and employees." -Vincent Dolan, President & CEO, Progress Energy Florida "A partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall feels right on many different levels. It is great to provide our automotive dealership clients with special privileges and amenities at this outstanding venue, while continuing to show support for the arts and our local community. We are very excited." -Richard Dimmitt, President and CEO, Dimmitt Automotive Group “Raymond James is as passionate about supporting our community as we are about providing quality financial services for our clients. One manifestation of this is our continuing support of the arts in the Tampa Bay area. We not only believe that artistic expression and arts education contribute tangibly to the health and vitality of our community – it also enhances our economic climate. Raymond James is proud to be associated with Ruth Eckerd Hall, one of Tampa Bay’s outstanding institutions.” -Thomas A. James, Chairman, Raymond James Financial, Inc. "Ruth Eckerd Hall engages the Tampa Bay community in creativity with premiere live performing arts, education and entertainment in a masterful way. Personally and professionally, I am proud to play a role in delivering that value-added experience through leadership, financial support and by attending performances at this gem in our market!" -Susan Blackburn, Market President, Synovus Bank “It is rewarding on many levels to support the arts in a community. I cannot think of a better way to enrich ourselves and others than to inspire creativity. Ruth Eckerd Hall has demonstrated a commitment to bringing this creativity to life and we are thrilled to be one of their partners.” -Brian Kramer, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa "We are very proud and excited about our new partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall. It is truly a winning scenario for the arts, the community and Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant. The union makes tremendous sense. Ceviche is open late, has live music five nights a week and is only five minutes from Ruth Eckerd Hall . Our sponsorship helps Ruth Eckerd Hall continue hosting outstanding performances, programs for the arts and improvements to their facilities, all the while giving us the opportunity to create new customer relationships by establishing Ceviche as 'The Place To Go Before and After The Show'. Together we are creating unique cultural experiences for everyone." -Philip Orsino, Chairman, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

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Join Us For Our 2011–2012 Special Events

Tuesday, November 1, 2011—13th Annual Harvesting for Scholarships

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 – Circle of Stars Reception II

This annual event benefits the Ruth Eckerd Hall Youth Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Programs and includes a cocktail reception and a harvest themed dinner. Special performances will be featured. It is also an opportunity for Ruth Eckerd Hall to present the annual Marcia P. Hoffman Arts Education Award to an outstanding individual or organization and the Shining Stars Award to a superior arts educator. Please plan to join us at 6 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall for this memorable event.

Circle of Stars members can join us for a 6:30 pm reception prior to, during intermission, and after the performance of MEMPHIS in the Margarete Heye Great Room. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine and soft drinks. Artist attendance at reception is not implied or guaranteed.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 – Circle of Stars Reception I

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Annual Dinner This dinner meeting reviews the latest news about the Hall’s business plans and community impact. Also presented is a Special Recognition Award to a longtime supporter of the arts.

Circle of Stars members can join us for a 6:30 pm reception prior to, during intermission, and after the performance of ABBA: The Concert in the Margarete Heye Great Room. Enjoy complimentary hors Spring 2012 – 7th Annual Spring Gala d’oeuvres, champagne, wine and soft drinks. Artist attendance at reception is not implied or guaranteed. Join the fun at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 7th Annual Spring Gala at 6:30 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall for an evening of superb live performances, excellent food and beverages, exciting auction Sunday, March 4, 2012 – Stradivarius Society Gala items and fabulous dancing to benefit the arts education programs of The Marcia P. Hoffman The Stradivarius Society Gala supports the tradition of bringing national and international classical Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Individual ticket prices are $250 - $350 each programming to Ruth Eckerd Hall and our community. This year’s event will be in the Margarete and sponsorship opportunities range from $2,500 to $15,000 per table. Heye Great Room. The evening will begin at 4:45 pm and guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and For more details on Ruth Eckerd Hall’s events, please contact elegant seated dinner, followed by a 7 pm performance by Itzhak Perlman. Sponsorship levels are Nancy Dietrich at (727) 712-2760 or ndietrich@rutheckerdhall.net. available for $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000.

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SPECIAL OFFERS

BROADWAY SERIES PACKAGE:

ADULTS AT LEISURE SERIES PACKAGE:

ENJOY THE BEST OF BROADWAY – AT A DISCOUNT!

FIFTEEN SHOWS FOR $180. THAT’S ONLY $12 PER SHOW!

Purchase the four-show series and save!

Single tickets are priced at $18 for most shows. Package seating is in rows H-LL.

Don’t miss this exceptional lineup. Get the best seats by purchasing the series early!

Package includes:

Barbra & Frank: The Valentine That Never Was

Tuesday, December 13, 1 pm (Regularly priced at $35)

Tuesday, February 14, 1 pm

NTC Productions presents

Sunday, February 19, 2 pm (Regularly priced at $39)

A Christmas Carol

MEMPHIS Fiddler on the Roof February 7 – 12 March 30 – 31

South Pacific April 6 – 7

Beauty and the Beast August 3 – 5, 2012

Benefits Of Buying The Series:

Vicki Lawrence and Mama

Tuesday, December 20, 2 pm (Regularly priced at $39)

Debby Boone: Swing This

Jim Stafford in Concert

The Irish Rovers

Sunday, January 8, 1 pm

Tuesday, February 28, 1 pm

Friday, February 24, 1 pm

Spencers:

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Simply Sinatra

Theatre of Illusion Sunday, January 15, 1 pm

Monday, March 5, 1 pm

SERVICE FEES WAIVED! No service fees charged on a Broadway package, an additional savings of $14 per person.

Tuesday, January 17, 1 pm

Neil Berg’s 104 Years of Broadway

Blue Suede Shoes

Monday, March 19, 1 pm

Four-Show Broadway Package Discounted Prices: Price Level 1 – Starts at $243 Price Level 2 – Starts at $207

Price Level 3 – Starts at $171

See pages 2 – 4 for show information

Taylor’s Traditional Irish Cabaret The World Famous

CAP GOES CLASSICAL SERIES: All Shows at the Capitol Theatre

ONLY $125 FOR ALL FOUR SHOWS!* See pages 9 and 10 for show information.

The Alexander String Quartet Friday, November 18, 8 pm

Daedalus Quartet Saturday, February 11, 8 pm

Voxare String Quartet Saturday, January 14, 8 pm

Navah Perlman, piano Saturday, March 24, 8 pm

Call today to order packages (727) 791-7400

Tuesday, March 13, 1 pm

Glenn Miller Orchestra

(The Ultimate Elvis Birthday Bash)

Starring Scot Bruce, Mike Albert, and the Big “E” Band Sunday, January 29, 1 pm

Broadway Series Sponsor:

*May not be combined with any other discounts or offers. Does not apply to previous purchases. Must be purchased as part of the SAME ORDER. Handling fees apply.

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Package includes: Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas

Sha Na Na

An Afternoon of Music & Comedy Starring Debbie Reynolds Tuesday, March 27, 1 pm (Regularly priced at $30.50)

A Tribute to ’50s & ’60s American Rock ’n’ Roll Thursday, February 2, 1 pm Eleven-show package available for groups of ten or more. For information, contact Group Sales at (727) 712-2717. See pages 46-49 for show information. Series must be purchased by December 13 to qualify for discount.

RELAX & ENJOY LUNCH BEFORE THE SHOW Box lunches are available for $8 prior to each show. See page 50.


TIME TOGETHER PACKAGE: CHOOSE ANY 5 SHOWS FOR $32 See pages 28 through 31 for show information.

Oceans Are Talking!

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience present Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco

Sunday, October 2, 2 pm

Nevermore

WORLD CLASSICS PACKAGE: SELECT 3 OF 17 FABULOUS SHOWS FOR $99. Benise: The Spanish Guitar Tour Saturday, November 12, 8 pm (Single tickets $45.50)

The Alexander String Quartet An All-Beethoven Evening Friday, November 18, 8 pm Capitol Theatre (Single tickets $37)

The Sarasota Ballet With dancers of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Saturday, November 19, 8 pm (Single tickets $48)

Dave Koz and Friends: Christmas Tour 2011 Wednesday, November 30, 8 pm (Single tickets $48)

Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic Saturday, December 3, 3 & 7:30 pm (Single tickets $33)

Flavor of Jazz VI: Peter White Christmas Tuesday, December 13, 6 pm (Single ticket $55)

Saturday, October 22, 7:30 pm Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm Saturday, October 29, 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 25, 2 pm

Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band

Saturday, March 17, 11 am & 2 pm

Roger Day Dream Big

Saturday, November 12, 11 am

Keith Munslow

NTC Productions presents A Christmas Carol

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dance Company

Eckerd Theater Company presents A Thousand Cranes

Tuesday, December 20, 2 & 7 pm (Single tickets $39)

Saturday, January 28, 8 pm (Single tickets $35)

Saturday, December 3, 2, 5 & 7 pm Saturday, December 10, 5 & 7 pm

Sunday, April 29, 2 pm

Daedalus Quartet

Eckerd Theater Company presents Aesop’s Fables

Saturday, May 19, 11 am

The Nutcracker Presented by Moscow Classical Ballet With The Florida Orchestra Tuesday, December 27, 7 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2 & 7 pm (Single tickets $39.50)

Salute to Vienna A New Year’s Eve Celebration Saturday, December 31, 8 pm (Single tickets $56)

Voxare String Quartet Saturday, January 14, 8 pm Capitol Theatre (Single tickets $37)

Saturday, February 11, 8 pm Capitol Theatre (Single tickets $37)

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Presented by Moscow Festival Ballet Wednesday, February 29, 7:30 pm (Single tickets $45)

Pilobolus Dance Company Wednesday, March 21, 8 pm (Single tickets $48)

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra Saturday, January 21, 8 pm (Single tickets $47)

Navah Perlman, piano Saturday, March 24, 8 pm Capitol Theatre (Single tickets $37)

Package must include three different shows. Discount applies only to price point indicated. May not be combined with any other discounts or offers. Does not apply to previous purchases. Must be purchased as part of the SAME ORDER. Handling fees apply. All exchanges must be made within the World Classics Package. Seating is limited.

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Saturday, January 7, 10 am, noon & 2 pm Saturday, January 14, 10 am, noon & 2 pm Time Together Series Sponsor:

Verdi’s Rigoletto Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa With Symphony Orchestra Saturday, February 25, 8 pm (Single tickets $47)

Saturday, April 21, 11 am & 2 pm

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MURRAY PACKAGE:

PURCHASE FIVE SHOWS FOR $50. BONUS SHOW “NIGHTCAP” (TERRANCE SIMIEN PERFORMANCE TICKET FOR JUST $10 WITH SERIES PURCHASE) See pages 42 through 44 for show information.

Mike Desselle: A Gift of Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass and Country Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience (bonus show) Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm Capitol Theatre

Stan Hunter & the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo Friday, January 13, 7:30 pm

Clearwater Chorus Let's Fall in Love! Friday, February 3, 7:30 pm

The Great American Songbook, Jazz and Broadway With Rosemary and Stan Collins Friday, March 23, 7:30 pm Saturday, March 24, 7:30 pm Jared O’Roark: Hearing in Color Friday, April 20, 7:30 pm

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc., Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, FL 33759-3219 Administrative Office hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm Administration: (727) 791-7060 TICKET OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Saturday, noon – 6 pm and one hour prior to performances. Call (727) 791-7400 or 800-875-8682 (outside Pinellas & Hillsborough). We accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover cards, personal checks and cash. Service fees apply to tickets purchased by phone and online at www.rutheckerdhall.com–no service fee when purchasing in person at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office. Service fees apply to all preseason orders regardless of delivery method. A ticket is required for everyone attending a performance, including infants. A complimentary lap pass will be issued upon request to Time Together presentations ONLY for children under the age of one. Limit of one lap pass per paying adult based on availability (we must stay within permitted capacity). Unless a performance is designed for children and family interaction, we suggest discretion when choosing to bring a child. Please note: There are no refunds or exchanges unless an event is canceled or rescheduled. Exchange fees apply (waived for members). All events are on the Main Stage unless otherwise noted. All artists, programs and dates are subject to change. Opening artists may be added at management’s discretion. Call Ticket

Office for our latest updates. Six ticket limit per event. The commercial resale of Ruth Eckerd Hall tickets is a violation of venue and membership policies. Because Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, the resale of Ruth Eckerd Hall tickets in excess of $1 above face value is illegal under Florida Statute 817.36. Resold tickets violate venue policy. We reserve the right to void resold tickets and/or revoke membership privileges without compensation if we suspect violations. MEMBERSHIP Ruth Eckerd Hall is a not-for-profit, donor-funded performing arts center. Learn how you can be part of the family. Contact us at (727) 712-2720 or rutheckerdhall.com/membership. SMOKING POLICY Ruth Eckerd Hall is a smoke free facility. ATM An ATM is located in the West Lobby. STUDENT RUSH TICKETS Student Rush Tickets are available at half-price to elementary through college students for selected performances. Two tickets per student ID may be purchased with cash only (one hour prior to select events.) Call the Ticket Office for availability. Valid student ID required. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES Ruth Eckerd Hall is committed to providing an accessible building and pleasurable performance experience to every member of our audience. When ordering tickets, you may request a wheelchair location with companion seating. Offered on a first come / first served basis.

THE GROUP SALES ADVANTAGE Where groups go – fun follows! For information and a Group Sales packet, call (727) 712-2717. • Groups of 15 or more receive 10% discount on most performances. • Convenient drop-off for group buses • Get one free ticket for every 30 purchased on most shows. • No service charge… ever! • Personal service… we love groups! • Dining arrangements also available for select shows.

Support for Ruth Eckerd Hall is provided in part through the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, the City of Clearwater, the Bank of America Foundation, the Doyle Family Foundation and the Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and the Eckerd Theater Company are supported in part by Bank of America, The St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., Verizon Foundation, the Pinellas Community Foundation, Eckerd Family Foundation, The Wells Fargo Foundation, The MetLife Foundation, New York Life and the Rays Baseball Foundation.

ADVERTISING IN OUR PUBLICATIONS To advertise in Ruth Eckerd Hall publications, call (727) 712-2717. CONVENIENT ON-SITE PARKING Enjoy the convenience of free parking in one of our many spots located near the entrances around the Hall. Valet service is available for $10 per vehicle.

Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

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RENTAL FACILITIES When available, the Ruth Eckerd Hall auditorium may be rented. Our performance hall seats more than 2,000, offers state-of-the-art professional sound and lighting systems and full-service front-of-house assistance. For additional information, call the Assistant Director of Operations at (727) 712-2776. You can also download a rental packet and application from the website at rutheckerdhall.com. Looking to host that special event? Let our coordinators assist you with weddings, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs and other special occasions. Also available for rental, the Margarete Heye Great Room and a variety of additional spaces. See the ad on page 45. Contact our Food & Beverage Department at (727) 712-2759.

Patrons with a hearing disability may enjoy use of our infrared Assistive Listening Device system free of charge. Please note: You will need to leave a driver’s license or credit card until the listening device is returned. Please speak to an usher at one of the Information Stations to request an Assistive Listening Device. If you require a sign language interpreter, please submit a written request to the Patron Services Manager four (4) weeks prior to the event date. For more information, call Ruth Eckerd Hall Patron Services Department at (727) 712-2707.

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