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Arts & Culture September 2013 Volume 56 No. 8

32 LEGACY OF VALOR The Patterson Foundation’s campaign to raise awareness


of veterans programs, activities and events.

38 THE SARASOTA BALLET’S 2013-2014 SEASON Featuring Principal Dancer Danielle Brown

40 ASOLO REP The 2013-2014 season calendar, featuring the musical Show Boat.

42 SARASOTA OPERA’S DIE FLEDERMAUS The Opera’s Fall Season opens with this light hearted operetta by Johann Strauss.

44 SARASOTA ORCHESTRA With four exhilarating series and a new Music Director, SO offers a diverse season mix.

46 COSTUMES REINVENTED SCF’s Theater Program Director’s inventive costumes


52 SHORT ON TIME, LONG ON TALENT Theatre Odyssey and the Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival By Ryan G. Van Cleave

59 THE ARTS SHINE A NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON SARASOTA By Jim Shirley, Executive Director, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

60 2013-2014 ARTS & CULTURE GUIDE Season schedules of performing arts, visual arts, festivals, fairs and everything in between.

ABOUT THE COVER Cover (l to r): Sarasota Opera Youth Opera Music Director, Jesse Martins; Asolo Rep 3rd year Conservatory student, Tory Grace; Sarasota Orchestra Principal Clarinet player, Bharat Chandra; and Sarasota Ballet Principal dancer, Danielle Brown. Photo by Herb Booth.




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16 EVENTS CALENDAR SOCIALS 23 Lennar Groundbreaking of Bridgewater in LWR

20 PERFORMING ARTS CALENDAR 28 YARA’S WAY Lifestyle By Yara Shoemaker



The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

34 GALLERY SCENE Upcoming exhibitions at local galleries

36 GIVING MATTERS Guided to a Worthy Cause – Marge & Isaac Barpal By Steven J. Smith

48 SCENES FROM AN INTERVIEW Jerry Bilik: Composer, Conductor, Arranger & Performer By Gus Mollasis

54 EDUCATION MATTERS Sarasota’s Any Given Child Program By Ryan G. Van Cleave

79 BEHIND THE SCENE Society Maven Debbi Benedict Gives the Latest Scoop


By Debbi Benedict

84 HEALTH MATTERS How much do you know about Prostate Cancer? By Dr. Michael Dattoli

86 LITERARY SCENE By Ryan G. Van Cleave

88 SCENE LOCALLY News Shaping Our Community




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he first time I stepped into the



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seven and awestruck. While I didn’t understand the importance of what I was looking at, I knew the museum was something quite special. It was that same year I gazed with wonder at T-Rex at the American Museum of Natural History. At seventeen, Cavilleria rusticana and Pagliacci were my first operas at The Met and a few

years later I was screaming wildly for the Beach Boys at Carnegie Hall. While I was extremely fortunate to grow up in the cultural mecca that is New York City, I don’t believe I developed a true appreciation for all things cultural until years later. Perhaps it was the naiveté of my youth. Fast forward to Sarasota – crowned the number one small city in the nation for arts and culture and Bradenton, the number two small city for the arts. Move over New York City. An exciting new season is upon us. Diana Ross illuminates the stage at the Van Wezel. A beautiful and talented woman, Anu Tali, takes over as Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra. The Bat, otherwise known as Die Fledermaus opens Sarasota Opera’s season. Season two of Asolo Rep’s the American Character Project kicks off with Show Boat. And fresh off rave reviews from The Washington Post for its “Ballet Across America” performance, our amazing Sarasota Ballet announces a season filled with electrifying programs. Excited yet? There’s so much more. President George W. Bush will ride into town for a Ringling Library Town Hall lecture. The Ringling International Arts Festival will showcase dance, music, and theater in intimate venues. The Chalk Festival is back. The Bradenton Blues Festival is expected to draw people from far and wide and Lakewood Ranch hosts its first Winterfest Music Festival next March. Holiday lights will glitter at Selby Gardens and on St. Armands while there will be plenty of arts and craft fairs for all your holiday gift purchases. We’re busting with so many great things to do it is no wonder our housing market is booming again! Who wouldn’t want to live here! In addition to the arts guide in this issue, SCENE is publishing 40,000 arts and culture guides for the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County in a handy, easy reference format, which will be distributed throughout the community in early October. We thank the guide’s sponsors for supporting the arts in our community: Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Ringling College of Art and Design; Lakewood Ranch Communities; Plymouth Harbor; Dream Weaver on St. Armands; Grapevine Communications; Sterling Manufacturing; Serbin Printing;

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Special Publications: Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County's Arts & Culture Guide, Doctors On The Scene, The Giving Book, Leading the Scene, Men On The Scene & Women On The Scene.


September Calendar For a complete listing of community events please visit

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ALSO Youth Gala September 6 Polo Grille 6:00 pm. Featuring John Schwartz, correspondent for the New York Times and author of “Oddly Normal.” Tickets: $125 | 941.951. 2576 |

SMHF Courtyard Tower Grand Opening September 7 Sarasota Memorial Hospital 9:00 am. There will be tours of the new 9 floor tower with activities for all ages in the new courtyard and refreshments.

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Horsepower for Hope September 13 – 15 Van Wezel. This three day event starts off with a VIP Reception at Suncoast Motorsports. Then an all day auto show with over 150 distinctive and unforgettable cars from around the world will be on display. The event finishes with an Autocross Competition. Proceeds will benefit The Center for Building Hope. Tickets: $5 | 941.921.5539 |

Women’s Council of Realtors Annual Fashion Show September 18 Polo Grill’s Fete Ballroom 11:00 am. Benefits Women’s Council of Realtors and All Children’s Hospital Guild Sarasota/Manatee. Tickets: $45 | 941.921.5027 |

CYD’s 8th Annual Leadership Breakfast September 19 Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club 7:30 am. Community Youth Development of Sarasota County will honor Dan Bailey, Esq. and Chef Paul Mattison. Tickets: $30 | 941.922.5126 |




September 2013

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Make-A-Wish’s Rocking Through the Ages Gatsby September 20 Michael’s Wine Cellar 9:00 pm. Come dressed as your best 1920’s flappers and gangsters. Enjoy live entertainment, open bar, food, costume contest, and a photo booth. Benefiting Make-A-Wish. Tickets: $75 | 941.952.9474 |

CECB’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament for Children with Cerebral Palsy September 21 Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club 7:30 am. Benefits Conductive Education Center of Sarasota-Bradenton. Banquet following tournament at 1:30 pm. Tickets: $125 |

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Lennar Groundbreaking of Bridgewater in Lakewood Ranch The leaders of Southwest Florida’s #1 homebuilder, Lennar, recently gathered with Senator Bill Galvano to celebrate the ground breaking of Bridgewater at Lakewood Ranch. Over 70 guests gathered outside to enjoy brief speeches by Matt Devereaux Director of Sales and Marketing for Lennar and Senator Galvano. Guests enjoyed a  sumptuous buffet under a gleaming white tent situated overlooking the bridges and water that give Lennar’s first community in Lakewood Ranch its name. Lennar is expected to build around 290 homes in the upscale Lakewood Ranch. 

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Minimizing Portfolio Risk in a Rising-Rate Environment Christopher Cogan, CCIM®, Richard T. Williams, III, CFA®, Aimee Cogan, CFP®, CIMA® & Scott Rockwell

The specter of rising interest rates poses a quandary for fixed income investors. How can you structure your portfolio to minimize the potentially negative impact of higher rates?

he US Federal Reserve and central banks around the world responded to the 2008 financial crisis by keeping key interest rates at or near zero. But as the economic recovery gains steam, there are signs that rates are on the verge of rising. Given this environment, investors may want to position their portfolios by using a defensive, yet tactical, approach that could help limit the downside while seeking to provide a decent stream of income and return potential. Bond Portfolio Considerations For those who depend on bonds to generate income, there are several strategies that can help minimize the downside risk of rising rates. Consider the following: Reduce portfolio duration. Duration is a measure of interest rate sensitivity, representing the percentage change in a bond’s price given a 1% increase or decrease in interest rates. Generally speaking, the longer a bond’s or bond portfolio’s maturity, the greater the vulnerability to a rise in rates. To shorten the duration of your portfolio, you can sell longer maturity holdings or replace maturing bonds with those carrying shorter maturities. Investors might also consider laddering a portfolio; investing equal dollar amounts of bonds that mature in sequential years. As the bonds come due, the proceeds are reinvested at prevailing interest rate, which may help maintain the portfolio’s purchasing power. Diversify fixed-income sectors.1 Just as different fixed income sectors fill various roles in a portfolio — such as income, liquidity or total return — they also respond differently to interest rate changes. For

example, high yield bonds tend to be less rate sensitive and more credit sensitive than their investment grade counterparts, and may perform more like equities when rates increase. 2 However, they also involve higher default risk than most other fixed income instruments. International fixed income investments may also provide diversification benefits to your portfolio because a rise in US interest rates won’t necessarily occur in other economies. In addition, some floating rate bonds, which have variable yields that reset periodically, based on interest rate changes, generally perform better in rising rate environments. Assess your municipal bond exposure. Municipal securities are generally longer duration instruments than taxable bonds, and are more sensitive to rate increases. Consider reducing the duration of your municipal bond portfolio as previously described. Given recent tax hikes and the potential for more amid continued fiscal pressures, investors should weigh the rate risk municipals carry against their potential tax benefits. What About Equities? As with bonds, the impact of rising rates on equities depends on the full set of economic conditions. For example, if interest rates rise because of stronger economic growth (i.e., the Fed raises rates to offset the risk of high inflation from an overheating economy), then equities may benefit from rising earnings, strong cash flow and increasing profits. In such an environment, cyclical equity sectors that are most closely tied to an improving economy — basic materials, industrials and consumer discretionary — may be poised for outperformance. While a sharp spike in rates is unlikely, it is important to consider how rising rates will affect your investment strategy and portfolio construction. A thoughtful review of your holdings and their exposure to interest rate risk may suggest opportunities for further diversification among fixed income investments. Please contact me if you would like to discuss your particular situation in greater detail. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Aimee Cogan.

Plan Right. The Bellwether Group at Morgan Stanley can be reached at 941.363.8515 1 Asset allocation and diversification do not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in a declining financial market.

Equity Securities’ prices may fluctuate in response to specific situations for each company, industry, market conditions, and general economic environment.

2 Source: PIMCO, “Takeaway on Rising Rates,” 2012. [ MarketingPrograms/External%20Documents/PTA006_pimco_takeaway_on_rising_rates.pdf ]

Interest in municipal bonds is generally exempt from federal income tax. However, some bonds may be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Typically, state tax-exemption applies if securities are issued within one’s state of residence and, local tax-exemption typically applies if securities are issued within one’s city of residence.

Investment Considerations of Bonds: - Interest Rate Risk Interest rate risk is the risk that the market value of securities in a portfolio might rise or fall due to changes in prevailing interest rates. All fixed income securities are susceptible to fluctuations in interest rates; all else being equal, if interest rates fall, bond prices will rise and vice versa.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (“Morgan Stanley”), its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors do not render advice on tax and tax accounting matters to clients. This material was not intended ro written to be used, and it cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer under U.S. federal tax laws. You should always consult your own legal or tax advisor for information concerning your individual situation.

- Credit Risk

Article by McGraw Hill and provided courtesy of Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor.

Credit risk is the risk that the issuer might be unable to pay interest and/or principal on a timely basis. Although municipal bonds are generally considered to be high quality investments, not every issuer has the same tax base or source of revenue. -Reinvestment – Reinvestment Risk

The author(s) are not employees of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”). The opinions expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. The information and data in the article or publication has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by Morgan Stanley with respect to the purchase or sale of any security, investment, strategy or product that may be mentioned.

Reinvestment risk is the risk that the income stream from a given investment may be reinvested at a lower investment rate. This risk is especially evident during periods of falling interest rates where coupon payments are reinvested at a lower rate than the current instrument. - Call Risk Some securities may be callable. If the security is called, the investor bears the risk of reinvesting the proceeds at a lower rate of return. Because of their narrow focus, sector investments tend to be more volatile than investments that diversify across many sectors and companies. Lower rated (“junk bonds”) are more at risk of default than other bond investments. International investing involves certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, economic instability and political developments.

Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor(s) engaged Scene Magazine to feature this article. Aimee Cogan may only transact business in states where she is registered or excluded or exempted from registration Transacting business, followup and individualized responses involving either effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, will not be made to persons in states where Aimee Cogan is not registered or excluded or exempt from registration. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC 694167 [07/13]


“Artists create identities for cultures and societies.”

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Yara’s Way


By Yara Shoemaker

Supplement Reality Check “Vitamin” comes from the Latin word for “life.” They are meant to give life to our bodies, but some supplements actually do the opposite. Many conventional brands contain less than nutritious additives that harm the body. The best source of nutrition comes from real, organic, seasonal food, and no supplement can replace that. Do your research and overcome the crowd of marketing claims. Here are the basics to look for in any supplement you’re considering: “Natural” sources – the FDA doesn’t regulate the use/misuse of the word “natural,” so look for vitamins taken from real food sources to avoid loading your body with fake synthetics. Recommended daily intake – don’t think that taking an overdose of vitamins is your fountain of youth! It could actually damage your liver and kidneys. Capsule type – more often than not, supplements are encased in carnauba wax. While this is technically edible, your stomach will appreciate food-based vegetable capsules. Common additives – read labels to stay away from sneaky additives. These are the worst of the worst: sugar in all its forms (glucose, sucrose, fructose, dextrose, etc.), sorbitol, aspartame, mineral oil, dextrin, and any coloring.

Yara’s Table Chicken Shish Kabobs Kabobs are a great way to control portions without missing your favorite grilled meat. Mix colorful vegetables on the skewer to make a tastier, healthier meal. • 2 pounds boneless, skinless organic chicken breast, cut in cubes • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar • 4 tablespoons plain organic yogurt • 1 tablespoons tomato paste • One pinch each: salt, white pepper, powdered ginger, coriander, paprika • Your favorite vegetables, cut into pieces about the size of your chicken Mix marinade ingredients together and add chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours. Put chicken pieces on skewers and alternate with cut veggies (my favorites are cherry tomatoes and pearl onions). Brush a hot grill with grapeseed oil. Be careful not to overcook them: a few minutes on each side should be enough. Serve with rice and a fresh green salad for a completely delicious meal!

Kitchen Talk

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Natural Allure Magic Eraser for Sun Damage Summer left its golden mark on our skin, but it isn’t welcome on some areas of our bodies. Who wants dark spots or skin damage on their face? This refreshing mask uses the anti-inflammatory and renewing power of turmeric to magically erase unwanted marks, acne and scars. It suits all skin types and is safe to use as frequently as you want. • 1 tablespoon tumeric • 1 tablespoon organic whole milk (or more depending on consistency) • 1 tablespoon raw honey Mix all ingredients well in a glass container (turmeric stains plastic and white ceramic). Spread on the face and leave up to an hour. Wash with warm water and gentle soap a few times until the mask is completely rinsed off. Pat dry with a towel. Tip for dry skin: make a moisturizer out of turmeric and coconut oil to fight wrinkles and fine lines, even your skin tone and get a healthy glow.

No Men Allowed Save the TaTa’s As women we’re all proud to show a little cleavage once in a while. But an unwanted guest can visit women at any age: breast cancer. The key to prevention is to pay attention and follow some simple guidelines: Genetics – If you have a family history of breast cancer, you need to take this seriously. See your doctor often for check ups and any exams they recommend. Vitamin D – Multiple studies have linked vitamin D deficiency with breast cancer, especially for those over age 50, and even residents of our sun-soaked city can be lacking. What to do? First of all, take a vitamin D supplement and ask your doctor about it. Healthy Lifestyle – Following a healthy diet rich in vitamin D and essential fatty acids is easy if you’re eating your fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to move your body every day to keep it running like clockwork. Self Exam – It’s also a good idea to do self-exams at least once a month to check for changes in firmness, texture or appearance of your breasts. 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so don’t be shy! *Support women struggling with breast cancer by joining Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure Event next month!

On the Move Aspen, Colorado You probably know Aspen as a white playground, but have you ever experienced the beautiful green mountains and flowers in September? Take in deep breaths of fresh air when temperatures are in the upper 60’s (but bring a good jacket for the 40 degree nights). The St. Regis Aspen Resort is known for over the top service and is the perfect place to relax, whether you’ve been hiking the challenging Ute trail up Ajax Mountain or you took a leisurely gondola ride to the summit. Go into town for a Chinese foot massage after a morning walking through the weekend market. Stop by the Main Street Bakery for a breakfast burrito and don’t forget to treat yourself to a good steak at Pinon’s for dinner. Time your trip around the Labor Day Jazz Fest or the Wine Festival. Top it all off with an ice cream sundae at Boogie’s Diner!

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1 1) Steel Magnolias at the Sarasota Players September 18 - 29 |

Sarasota’s Players Theatre launches its 84th season with the winsome tale of southern sisterhood, “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling. The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Why It Matters: “Steel Magnolias” is the classic all-female comedy that is alternately hilarious and


touching — and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness that underlies the banter of its characters. A town tragedy offers a sudden realization of their mortality, but also draws on the underlying strength — and love — which gives the story emotional depth.

2) Always… Patsy Cline at the Manatee Players September 19 - October 6 |

The Manatee Players are excited to present the story of country music legend Patsy Cline and her friend Louise Seger as one of the first shows in the brand new Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Studio Theater. The show follows the friendship of the two women after Patsy is befriended after a personal appearance. The musical features all of Patsy’s hits including “Crazy” and “Walking After Midnight.” Why It Matters: The most important reason that ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE matters is that it is a snapshot of an era of music that forged the way for country music as we know it today.  Her hits were popular not only on radio, but in the early days of television and paved the way for other female country superstars of today.


3) NOW Ensemble and Fuzion Dance Artists September 20 |

NOW Ensemble is a group of performers and composers making chamber music for the 21st century. They blend flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass and piano to offer a new perspective on the classical tradition. For this performance, NOW will perform original compositions by Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider, John Supko, and Mark Dancigers, a Visiting Professor of Music at New College. Joining NOW for the world premiere of Dancigers’s “Dreamfall” will be Fuzión Dance Artists, led by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott. Why It Matters: NOW Ensemble and Fuzión Dance Artists work without limitations of style or genre — blending, borrowing, combining, and collaborating — always with impeccable technique and a spirit of adventure. Both groups have established themselves as innovators, have earned national reputations for excellence, and are natural partners. New Music New College is proud to bring these two outstanding groups together, as they help us all see new possibilities for music, dance and artistic experience.


4) 15th Annual Awards Celebration October 21 |

Imagine a complimentary evening at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the auditorium filled with avid arts and culture supporters, the energy and excitement palpable. Guests will be treated to live performances by the best and brightest local talents. Each year, guests leave feeling inspired by the evening’s recognition of grant recipients, award winners and leading advocates for arts and culture. Why It Matters: This free public event is an opportunity to recognize and say thank you to those who share their talent, time, and resources to enrich our lives through the arts. This celebration serves to emphasize that Sarasota is truly a community where artistic expression and inspiration meet. Want to join us? RSVP to Danae DeShazer at Visit for additional events, artist profiles and information about Sarasota’s exciting season of arts and culture.




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present an intimate recital with cocktails & dinner at the Charles Ringling Mansion at New College to launch the 2014 season of La Musica. for tickets or more information, call Janet Hunter 941.371.6798

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Legacy of Valor

Invites a Region to Honor Veterans and Their Families

When Christopher Davis was a kid, all he really wanted to do was join the military when he grew up. It’s in his DNA. His family members – since the Civil War – devoted their lives to serving in our nation’s armed forces, and Davis, 34, of Bradenton, has done the same. A former Master Sergeant in the United States Army, Davis, who now manages Goodwill Manasota’s American Veterans & Their Families Initiative, is one of the faces of the more than 80,000 veterans – according to the U.S. Census – who live, work and play in Sarasota and Manatee counties alone.

In honor of the thousands of veterans like Davis and their families in Southwest Florida, The Patterson Foundation created the Legacy of Valor campaign as an extension of its Military Initiative. Through a mosaic of more than 30 community-driven partnerships, the yearlong campaign will raise awareness about veterans programs, activities and events as well as highlight how veterans of all generations – whether they have served, are serving or are considering a military career – contribute to a thriving community. “Our community has an abundance of talent, energy and imagination, so in the spirit of ‘creating new realities,’ we reached out to encourage organizations to build interconnectivity, awareness and relationships – all benefiting veterans and their families,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Dozens of leaders – from the South Florida Museum to the Van Wezel to Venice Museum and Archives to Habitat for Humanity and so many others – responded with creativity and enthusiasm.” A MODEL FOR COMMUNITY CONNECTIVITY The Legacy of Valor partnership model encourages new possibilities in the ways area organizations not only honor veterans, but also how they interact with each other, providing the community with




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Captions from left to right: Chris Davis, former Master Sergeant in the United States Army, is one of the 80,000 veterans who call Sarasota and Manatee counties home. Davis now manages the Goodwill Manasota American Veterans and Their Families Initiative. The Bradenton Marauders honored World War II veterans during their Legacy of Valor-themed game July 2 at McKechnie Field. Donations made to a silent auction during the game benefited Honor Flight of West Central Florida. Photo courtesy of the Bradenton Marauders.  Sarasota Military Academy cadet Nayarid Gonzalez & Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Robert O’ Neill enjoy some lunch prior to the La Musica Honors Veterans concert in April.

opportunities to contribute to veterans programs and causes through time, talent and treasure. Launched in April, the first partnership honoring veterans was La Musica, Sarasota’s international chamber music festival. Through the leadership of La Musica Executive Director Sally Faron, the organization partnered with Sarasota Military Academy, where veterans enjoyed lunch and camaraderie with the cadets and attended a live chamber music performance that was recorded and shared with Sarasota County Schools. Partners like Nance Guth, of The First Brass, and Gary Reinstrom, of The Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band, said Legacy of Valor is helping them connect to a greater sense of patriotism within the community. “Musicians are always drawn to God and Country,” Guth said. “When we learned of The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor campaign, we felt it was the perfect vehicle to help us express that.”  Legacy of Valor is much more than arts and culture performances. Other partners include Suncoast Workforce and Goodwill Manasota, which are partnering on two jobs and services events for veterans. In addition, Habitat for Humanity affiliates are participating in various veterans repair projects in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. PASSING FREEDOM ON Supported by media partnerships, our region is learning about Legacy of Valor through “Freedom. Pass It On.” – which includes print, digital and broadcast components that feature veterans who are residents of Sarasota or Manatee counties and reflect the multigenerational and diverse makeup of our region. It’s faces like that of Anibal Martinez, 28, of Bradenton, who felt a calling to join the United States Coast Guard six years ago. “I got out of college and worked a bunch of different jobs,” said Martinez, who is a maritime enforcement specialist with the Coast Guard. “They were all right, but I wanted to do something bigger than myself.” The Legacy of Valor partnerships transcend The Patterson Foundation’s work to fully fund the design and construction of Patriot Plaza, the ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. The 1.83-acre Patriot Plaza, which will be dedicated in spring 2014, will provide a place of peace and reflection for families and visitors and will be a space to host veterans-related ceremonies and events. This project in and of itself is groundbreaking. It is the first time a private foundation, such as The Patterson Foundation, has fully funded the design and construction of an enhancement of this magnitude in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cemetery Administration. “Legacy of Valor embodies all of the values we’re weaving throughout Patriot Plaza,” Debra Jacobs said. “It’s taking honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom out into the community, and I hope everyone finds a way to connect.” To learn more about Legacy of Valor partnerships and to get involved, please visit

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GALLERY SCENE “Transitions: Big & Small” by Sarasota artist Jill Krasner “Transitions: Big & Small,” a solo show featuring recent oil and wax paintings of Sarasota artist Jill Krasner, opens Sept. 6 (artist’s opening reception from 6-9 p.m.) through Sept. 30 at Art Uptown on lower Main Street in Sarasota. According to the artist, the works represent the positive, very personal transitions that she experienced after becoming a full-time resident of Sarasota. The paintings she has selected for the exhibit include abstract landscapes, buildings and other architectural structures. “The smell of the Gulf, the view of cottages lined up along the shoreline, palm trees reaching up toward clear blue skies are all reflected in my art,” noted Jill, who has been designing, illustrating, painting and writing most of her life. The show will include very large paintings, along with smaller canvases. Owned by its members, Art Uptown has been continuously operating in its current location on Main Street for 33 years, representing local artists and offering affordable art and gifts. The monthly First Friday Gallery Walks on Palm and Main Street offer a wonderful opportunity to visit the gallery and meet many of the member artists.

Art Uptown | September 6 – 30, 2013 1367 Main St., Sarasota |

42nd Annual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition Internationally renowned watercolorist Linda Baker AWS, NWS is the juror and judge for the exhibition. Baker selected the show from 596 entries submitted by 492 artists. Exhibition awards will be presented at a gala dinner on September 21 at the Hyatt. Included in the exhibition will be major Florida artists Sue Allen, Frank Spino, Sue Archer, and Steve Rogers as well as local artists: Kris Parins, Helen Burkett, Elaine Charney and Diane Schmidt of Sarasota; Roger Parent of Osprey, Gary Morgan of Nokomis, Marilyn Priem and Deb Wicks of Venice; Roger Rockefeller of Longboat Key; Pauline Boston of Parrish; Anne Abgott and Susanna Spann of Cortez; Kathy Simon-McDonald and Linda Lucas of Bradenton.  The Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) is a statewide organization of over 1200 water media artists. This juried show is considered to be among the top three watercolor shows in the country, rivaled only by the National and American Watercolor Society exhibits.

Art Center Sarasota | September 16 – October 27, 2013 Opening Reception: September 20, 2013 5-7pm




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Summer Showcase The exhibit features a diverse award-winning group from around the world that includes 5 sculptors, a printmaker, 18 painters, one pastel artist and a photographer. Sarasota artists include: Patricia and David Dabbert, Robert Baxter, Craig Rubadoux, William Jerdon, James Griffin, Jeff Cornell, Nancy Turner, Beatrice del Perugia, Thyra Davidson-Wexler, Russell Woody, Sarah Costello and Nat Krate. Dabbert Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located on historic South Palm Avenue in the heart of the downtown Arts and Theatre District.

Dabbert Gallery | Through September 30th 2013 76 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota |

“The Florida We Love” by Sarasota artist Caroline F. Whitmore Local nature artist Caroline F. Whitmore is showcased in “The Florida We Love” September exhibit at Island Gallery West. Whitmore’s delicate watercolor flowers, seascapes and landscapes, draw the viewer into the beauty and serenity of Anna Maria Island.  Whitmore, a faculty member at Venice Art Center, is a long time Island Gallery West member. Established over 20 years ago by a small core group of local artists on Florida's Anna Maria Island, Island Gallery West has evolved into a successful artists' cooperative of nearly thirty members. The works of a different artist are featured each month.

Island Gallery West | Through September 30, 2013 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach |

“Some Wonderful Abstractions” The exhibit features paintings and works on paper by Luisa Basnuevo, Michael Kessler, Juri Morioka, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Yolanda Sanchez, Richard Schemm, Mike Solomon and Valerie Stuart as well as a survey of paintings by Bianca Pratorius and sculpture by Mary-Ann Prack. Pictured work is from Bianca Pratorius, a native of Cologne now working in the Miami area. Her work is featured internationally in many private and corporate collections, including the Millenium Partners Collection permanently displayed in the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art was established in 1991. Its collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed media assemblages, works on paper and prints. The gallery represents primarily mid-career artists with well-established exhibition records and occassionally works with emerging artists.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art | Through October 5, 2013 1288 N. Palm Ave, Sarasota |

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Guided to a Worthy Cause Marge & Isaac Barpal

By Steven J. Smith | Photo by Daniel Perales Marge and Isaac Barpal’s relationship with Southeastern Guide

The new facility, which just opened on Aug. 22, is enabling the organi-

Dogs began with a billboard sign the couple saw on I-75. “The sign

zation to dramatically improve the quality of on-site care provided to its

said ‘Hug a Puppy,’ and there was a picture of a golden retriever

puppies and dogs while significantly reducing costs. In addition, the facil-

puppy, and what’s cuter than that?” Marge laughed. “We looked at

ity provides the space and state-of-the-art equipment needed for South-

each other and said let’s go do that.”

eastern Guide Dogs’ advanced Genetics and Reproduction program.

The billboard guided the couple to the Southeastern Guide Dogs

“This is where everything done for the dogs takes place, from exams

Training Center in Sarasota where they not only got to hug some

to x-rays to surgical procedures,” Marge said. “This clinic is already

puppies, they also learned about the mission and work of this wor-

making a big, big difference to the daily operation of the facility,”

thy organization whose main campus is in nearby Palmetto. Its

Isaac added. “The building is important, there is no question about

mission: to create and nurture a partnership between a visually im-

it. But more important than the building is the people who receive

paired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with

the guide dogs. Once you meet them, you see what they’ve gone

mobility, independence and dignity.

through and what having a guide dog will do for them.”

“Roughly every month, nine people go through the 26-day training

Isaac told a story about an Iraq War veteran who lost his eyes in com-

session with their new guide dog,” Marge said. “They learn how to

bat. He went through 30 surgeries and, with the help of a guide dog,

handle the dog and how to get around with their new guide. Then

went to college, got a degree and is now on Southeastern’s staff.

they tell their stories at a graduation ceremony. It’s a very moving experience, hearing the newfound hope in their voices about what

“He is now living a normal life,” Isaac said. “He met a woman, he

they’re going to be able to do once they take their guide dog home.”

got married. He’s a productive member of society. We also admire Southeastern’s volunteers. The building is only as good as the vol-

Demand for Southeastern’s services had been steadily rising, the

unteers and staff in it. It’s easy to write a check if you can afford it.

couple learned, and the organization had been planning to expand

These volunteers train the dogs for over a year, then give them back

its facilities in response to the growing need. Seeing a worthwhile

to the organization. That’s real commitment. And we have more

cause they could embrace, the Barpals committed to replace its

than 600 core volunteers without whom we would not survive.”

500-square-foot veterinary clinic at the main campus with one more than ten times that size.

Marge added she and Isaac got involved with Southeastern because the organization is local. “We can see what’s going on at the school,

Isaac, who retired in 1998 as Senior Vice President and Chief Technol-

rather than through some national or global organization, where

ogy Officer of Allied Signal (now Honeywell), took action immediately.

you just don’t know what’s going on,” she said. “And we can see the results every single month at the recipients’ graduation. That’s

“My husband, being a man of action, decided that we needed to

a very gratifying, tangible, and moving experience. It’s what got us

do something,” Marge said. “So we created a challenge grant to

involved, and we can see the positive changes in people’s lives.”

raise the money for a new veterinary center. We matched, dollar for dollar, what Southeastern could raise.” “People in our country gen-

To learn more about Southeastern Guide Dogs and its mission, visit

erally are very generous,” Isaac said. “We are unique in the world.” or call 941-729-5665.

September 2013




In Conversation with The Sarasota Ballet’s Danielle Brown

Photos by Frank Atura

What does being a part of The Sarasota Ballet mean to you? It means the world to me, because it gives me a stage and an audience to share my passion and my art form. In your opinion, what is so special about The Sarasota Ballet? Our company is special because of the wonderful repertoire Iain & Maggie have given us to dance but also the unique dynamics of the dancers. They are young and hungry, while also helping create this close-knit family. Looking at the season ahead, how do you feel about the rep in 2013/2014? I’m very excited about it (like I always am)!! There’s a lot of work ahead with The Sir Frederick Ashton Festival ending the season, but it’s work I welcome. Along with all the repertoire we are doing, the festival is very important, to celebrate Ashton in America this way, something this company has worked hard to accomplish. You’ve had a very active summer, performing with The Sarasota Ballet in Washington, DC for Ballet Across America III and then in New York City at the Joyce Theatre. How does the national exposure make you feel as a professional dancer? It makes me a better dancer! The exposure is very important for me but also for The Sarasota Ballet. I am so honored to be a part of Ballet Across America III & Ballet V 6.0. They were both great festivals! I had the chance to see other companies and dancers. I learned a lot and I’m very grateful for the opportunities. I only hope next summer is as good as this one was! What are the top 3 events you look forward to the most in the upcoming season? The Ashton Festival, dancing more Balanchine pieces and having Johan Kobborg and Alina Cojocaru back to dance in April. What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not training at The Sarasota Ballet? I love being with my Sarasota family (including my boyfriend Rik Bertoni and my dog, Rudy). But I also enjoy making my own clothing! I sew all the time and it’s become another passion of mine.




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2013/2014 SEASON Program 1 

• Presented with the Sarasota Orchestra •

Theatre of Dreams Fall 2013 25 – 27 October 2013 FSU Center

Program 2 

• Presented with the Sarasota Orchestra •

George Balanchine’s Serenade Sir Frederick Ashton’s Illuminations George Balanchine’s Who Cares? 22 – 23 November 2013 Opera House

Program 3 

• Presented with the Sarasota Orchestra •

John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker 20 – 21 December 2013 Van Wezel

Program 4 George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments Will Tuckett’s World Premiere Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sinfonietta 31 January – 3 February 2014 FSU Center

Program 5 Ricardo Graziano’s World Premiere Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I & II Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo 28 February – 3 March 2014 FSU Center

Program 6 Sir Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering Ricardo Graziano’s Symphony of Sorrows Antony Tudor’s Gala Performance 4 – 5 April 2014 Opera House

Program 7 The Sarasota Ballet Presents Johan Kobborg, Alina Cojocaru & Friends 25 – 26 April 2014 Opera House

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JEROME KERN Book and Lyrics by

OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Based on the Novel by Edna Ferber Directed by

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2013-14 season Glorious musicals, contemporary and classic

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Show Boat

Music by Jerome Kern Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the Novel by Edna Ferber Directed by Rob Ruggiero Choreographed by Noah Racey NOVEMBER 12 – DECEMBER 2 9

Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel Directed by Frank Galati JANUARY 7– APRIL 12

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz Directed by Greg Leaming JANUARY 15 – FEBRUARY 27

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Grapes of Wrath by Frank Galati, from the novel by John Steinbeck Directed by Michael Donald Edwards MARCH 12–APRIL 19

Hero: The Musical Book & Concept by Aaron Thielen Music & Lyrics by Michael Mahler Directed by David H. Bell APRIL 29–JUNE 1

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Sarasota Opera’s 2006 production of Die Fledermaus. Photo by Deb Hesser.

Die Fledermaus

With an elegant Viennese ball as the backdrop, best laid plans come undone in a night of hidden identities, amorous intrigues, and unwieldy delight in this charming story where champagne reigns as King! Sarasota Opera will open its 2013 fall season with the light hearted operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss, Jr. Described as being “intoxicatingly melodious and exuberant”, Die Fledermaus quickly became a global hit after its premiere on April 5, 1874, and currently holds the title as the most performed operetta in the world today! Even though operetta became the musical genre du jour in mid-nineteenth century Vienna, the form did not begin there. The origin of the operetta began in Paris during the 1850’s. The French composer Jacques Offenbach was having great success composing one act




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satirical comedies poking fun at politicians and aristocrats which quickly proved to be a nice alternative to the increasingly serious works of grand opera in France. It wasn’t too long before Offenbach’s theater would be packed with patrons eager to enjoy evenings of light musical entertainment. In a short time, the popularity of Offenbach’s operettas (operette in French) swept through Europe, particularly in Vienna, where young Austrian composers began trying their hand at creating works of similar style. The most successful of these composers was Johann Strauss, Jr. Beyond composing some of the most famous Viennese waltzes still played today, Johann Strauss, Jr. is also famous for taking the French operette form, layering it with some Viennese flavor, and creating the Viennese operetta; his most famous and beloved being Die Fledermaus. Premiering on April 5, 1874, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Die Fledermaus was well received. It enjoyed 16 initial performances in Vienna then quickly made its way around Europe to varying degrees of success. It wasn’t until the early 20th Century that audience enthusiasm for the work solidified it’s stature as a cultural landmark and the work is now presented regularly around the world. As the story unfolds, an elaborate revenge scheme is hatched by Dr. Falke to expose the womanizing ways of his friend Eisenstein. The previous winter, Eisenstein had left his friend Falke drunk and asleep under a tree in a bat costume (hence the name of the opera The Bat). Falke has invited Eisenstein to enjoy a night of frivolity at an elaborate Viennese ball hosted by Prince Orlovsky before he departs for a short stint in jail. Falke tricks Eisenstein into flirting with his own wife, Rosalinda, who has left her own lover, Alfred, to join the charade arriving in disguise as a Hungarian countess. What results is a comedic evening full of hidden identities and amorous intrigues mixed with a splash of unwieldy delight in this charming story where ultimately champagne reigns as king!

Sean Anderson

Blythe Gaissert

Baritone Sean Anderson, who recently won critical acclaim for his performances as George in last season’s Of Mice and Men and Iago in the 2012 production of Verdi’s Otello, sang the role of the scheming Eisenstein for the first time at Sarasota Opera in 2006. He will return to reprise the same role this fall. Of his upcoming performance, Mr. Anderson says, “I always look forward to performing in Die Fledermaus, or any operetta for that matter, largely due to dialogue. Opera singing is demanding without the addition of spoken text that must, must be on par dramatically with the sections which are sung. To strive to do both with artistic integrity is a challenge I relish bending my skill towards.” Mr. Anderson will be sharing the stage with a large cast of Sarasota Opera favorites. Soprano Danielle Walker (A King for a Day, Carmen) will sing the role of his wife Rosalinda; Soprano Angela Mortellaro (Hansel and Gretel) will sing Adele, Rosalinda’s chambermaid; tenor Joshua Kohl (Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Giovanni) as Alfred, Rosalinda’s former lover; baritone Matthew Hanscom (Of Mice and Men, Turandot) as Dr. Falke, a.k.a “The Bat”; and mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert (Rigoletto, La rondine), as Prince Orlovsky, the host of the Viennese Ball where the Falke’s plot unfolds. Stephanie Sundine will direct and Maestro Victor DeRenzi will conduct the Sarasota Orchestra. Even though the opera was originally written in German, this production will be sung in English with a translation by Marcie Stapp. And like all productions at Sarasota Opera, the surtitles will be projected above the stage. With tickets starting at only $19, this is a wonderful opportunity to see one of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s most celebrated works come alive. Performances are November 1, 3 (m), 5, 7, 13, and 15 (m). Evening performances begin at 8pm and matinée performances (both weekend and weekday) begin at 1:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Sarasota Opera Box Office at (941) 328-1300 or visit us at

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Sarasota Orchestra at 65:

Then and Now

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 pm Sarasota Opera House

The Sarasota Orchestra of 2013 performs the original concert of the Florida West Coast Symphony. Enjoy several short classical favorites programmed by our first music director Lyman Wiltse. Experience the concert that launched our remarkable 65-year journey.

Sarasota Orchestra’s 65th Anniversary

Great Escapes Series These audience favorites mix popular music with light classical works. Great Escapes concert themes include: favorites from the 60s, beloved holiday tunes, American standards, Broadway scores, movie themes, and light classics.

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“Jewel ”bilee brunch

Chamber Soiree Series Chamber music lovers enjoy this concert series, featuring performances by resident ensembles of Orchestra musicians. Don’t miss our fall Song Fest and spring Mozart Madness. For more information visit or to purchase tickets call the box office at (941) 953-3434. The box office is located at 709 N. Tamiami Trail, in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.



anniverSary 1949 - 2014

Sunday, Nov. 17, 11:00 am Michael’s On East Tickets: $150 Attire: Elegant casual

Celebrate 65 years of incredible music as Sarasota Orchestra Principal Bass, John Miller, and his Jazz Ensemble dazzle you with memorable jazz and popular music. Thrill to the glittering sounds of two outstanding vocalists. Dine on a sumptuous feast from Michael’s on East as you meet and mingle with friends old and new at this Season Opener Brunch. RSVP to Mary Hoffman at 941-487-2737 or September 2013 | SCENE 45

L - R: Renaissance era costume and Elizabethan era costume, both designed by SCF Theatre Program Director Ken Erickson.




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Costumes Reinvented K

en Erickson, director of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Theater Program, is the mastermind behind an upcoming art exhibit, The Art of the Costume "Reinvented," designed to kick off the 2013-2014 theater season in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The exhibit is a first-of-its-kind collaboration of a dozen area theatres featuring costumes created from unconventional recycled or repurposed material. In preparation for the exhibit, Erickson has spent the summer in the scene shop at SCF's Howard Studio Theater designing and building two costumes — one from the Elizabethan era and another from the Renaissance era. Erickson used ordinary objects in his recipe including postage stamps, dry cleaning garment bags, drop cloths, X-ray film, gold paper doilies, packing insulation, broken windshield glass, gutter screen, wallpaper, dental floss, bingo sheets, biohazard disposable bags, plastic grapes, Gummy Bears, Sixlet candies, tortellini, glitter glue, and his daughter's old orthodontics retainer. Designed to be a simple, yet elegant dress, the Renaissance costume features a decoupage of old recycled postage stamps for the bodice of the dress accented with a colorful green plastic drop cloth skirt and capped sleeves made from blue dry cleaning garment bags. For the more elaborate and fashionable Elizabethan costume, Erickson created a red and gold foam bodice with an outer dress using red biohazard disposal bags donated by the SCF natural science department and a skirt made from bingo sheets given to him by a student whose father owns a bingo parlor. He completed a costume with a shimmering tiara adorned with Gummy Bears, Sixlet candies and his daughter's old orthodontic retainer that rests atop red tortellini ringlets. Participating theatres include SCF Studio 84 Productions, Asolo Conservatory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, Manatee Players, Sarasota Ballet, The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, The Players Theatre, Theatre Odyssey, Venice Theatre and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. SCF's Theatre Program, in partnership with SCF's Fine Art Gallery, will host an opening reception for The Art of the Costume "Reinvented" at 6-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The exhibit runs through Oct. 16.

Gown designed by Asolo Repertory Theatre costume manager David Covach and created from coffee filters, plastic sheeting, pipe cleaners, feathers, LED. lights and breath mints. The wig was designed by Michelle Hart, wig master at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Photography by SCF Fine Art Gallery Manager, Joe Loccisano. September 2013







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Scenes from an Interview:

Jerry Bilik

Composer, Conductor, Arranger & Performer

by Gus Mollasis

Name a tune and this man has either hummed it, played it, arranged it, composed it, or conducted it from a frozen field in front of 100,000 cold University of Michigan football fans to a live world wide audience of over a billion tuning in to see the latest Oscar winners. Whether conducting on ice for a Disney production or under the big top for the Ringling Brother’s circus, Jerry Bilik has struck all the right chords in a life accompanied by a musical score that has always been in perfect harmony. While working with some of the greatest entertainers in the business, his music has kept him company and his timing is seemingly impeccable. He is living proof that a 17th chair trombone player can not only guess any tune but can play any tune while hitting all the right notes. Recently, I sat down with this musical talent, and we took a look at some of scenes from an interview of his life. Where were you born? New Rochelle, New York. If you could put a piece of music to your childhood, what would it be? Almost anything that was happy. I had a very pleasant and happy childhood. Were your parents talented in music? No, but they encouraged me and wanted me to do whatever I was interested in. If I thought of something that might improve my skills, they backed it up, like going to the music camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. What made you switch from piano to trombone? I had one piano lesson when I was five and that was the last one I had because I didn’t like to practice. I’m not a piano player, I’m a trombone player, but I got better at piano as time went by. Tell us about how you and your brother had fun with music growing up. We played this song guessing game. My brother was 8 years older than me and the prize was doing each other’s chores. And because I was so young, I never won. When I was 8 or 9, I went to the piano and tried to figure out ways of disguising the song. He would get the song in three notes, because I played simple songs like “Three Blind Mice.” So I started making up chords and things that hid the melody and then I started winning. Thus began my interest in musical creativity, innocently enough.

While attending the music camp at Interlochen were you aware or were those around you aware that you had a special talent in music? Absolutely not. I was the opposite. I was ungifted, or maybe I was gifted, but I didn’t know it. Nobody else knew it. It was actually going to Interlochen that opened some doors. From my games with my brother I was able to write my first piece there that they really liked. Now after years of being a professional I look back at it (laughing) and it isn’t so great, but everybody was quite excited by it back then. I never really felt I was that unusual, except that I have a lot of energy to do a lot of things. Describe the skill that it takes to arrange music. It is something like a conductor but you write. Most of the arranging I’ve done has been for hire. Somebody wanted something. You look at the original material and you figure out how to transform it into whatever the person whose asking you to arrange wants. In my case I always trying to put myself in the place of the listener by creating what I think he would like to hear. I use various surprises and devices at hand to keep the listener interested and hopefully inspired musically. Working on a television show like the Emmy’s taught me… It taught me that working as a composer in Hollywood that the city is swarming with equally or more talented arrangers and composers. The production staff of major television shows is incredibly skilled and talented and wonderful to work with. It was a very happy time September 2013




for me and awfully inspiring to be working with all these competent people. How is it different from working on the Oscars? It’s exactly the same because you are working with the same people. There is something in LA called “first call,” and these are all the elite musicians, writers, composers and arrangers and they are all so incredibly competent and at the head of their particular field. Tell me about the show “Satchmo” you wrote and produced about the incomparable Louie Armstrong. That’s probably the highlight of my career, for me and my wife too, because we got to meet and work with Louie Armstrong’s widow Lucille at her house. We spent hours and hours in that house and in the garden talking to Lucille. I had always considered him one of the greatest musicians. Through Lucille I learned about Armstrong as a human being and it was even more amazing. His skill is unquestioned as one of the greatest jazz performers of all time, who had incredible influence in classical and popular music and had influence on everyone from Elvis to the Beatles. But I learned that he was of a man of incredible modesty and great humor and that was a natural skill. The more I learned from Lucille, from research and from talking with many people who worked with him in New Orleans, the more I learned it was almost like working with a holy person. It was unbelievable. He was hardly an angel in any sense. He wasn’t. But he was totally decent in his own way. Totally moral and honest and his music referred to that. The reason his music was so affective was because of that honesty. The music had to work for Louie and the audience had to accept it and love it as much as he did. It was his art and his sharing of his skill at the highest level. It was a joy to do that show and to work with Lucille to bring it to light. Describe the pride and anxiety you had in putting such an iconic movie as The Wizard of Oz on ice. Yes, I was daunted by doing this much in the same way I was daunted working at the first Super Bowl or doing the “Satchmo” show, or playing on the Carson show. I had a love for The Wizard of Oz and felt it was one of the greatest films ever made. I had done a few ice shows by this time and felt that this show would work because of the music. The key to any ice show is the music. It is the engine for the skaters and it is what drives them. The arrangements are so important because you have to score music that drives the skaters physically and emotionally so that they go for those jumps day after day and show after show. We did 13 shows a week. It’s really tough. So here was this film with this great music and the most beautiful sentiment. So I was little concerned and wanted to do it justice. And I just knew that it would work. In my mind, of the 35 ice shows that I have done, it is by far the best. We had real dogs playing Toto and we had

Bobby McFerrin using his pure brilliance to do 41 voices in that show which was simply incredible. I was very proud of that show and it was one of the major highlights of my life. You attended the University of Michigan so I need to ask you…do you bleed maize and blue? Yes, I bled it on the field when we would rehearse on those ridiculously cold November days in Ann Arbor with William Revelli who was the conductor of the Michigan marching band. He would scare the pants out of everybody. But it was he who made us all so good. When you hear your “M Fanfare” played before the University of Michigan’s famous fight song, “The Victors”, and your concert march “Block M” played, what does that do to you? “The Victors” is a fabulous song. What is most gratifying for a composer is the acceptance of a piece or the fact that it works emotionally for someone who is hearing it. So every time they play “M Fanfare” or “Block M” or this new composition “Victor’s Valiant”, I get a thrill. That’s the objective of a creative person – to create something that moves people. What is your advice out there to the 17th chair trombone players in marching bands who has aspirations of someday composing and arranging for a marching band as prestigious as the University of Michigan’s band? You have to be willing to take a chance. William Revelli back at Michigan kept calling me Dave Green who was the 16th chair trombone player at Michigan. And I thought to myself, this is not good because he’s going to be responsible for getting me a job when I graduate. At that time I wanted to be a music teacher. I told him I needed to do something and he needed somebody to do an arrangement for the Michigan band, and I had not done anything like that before. So I did it. I still have the sheet of music paper where Revelli wrote in pencil the ranges of the marching band instruments. I have it framed. I just had to take a chance. It’s the same thing that happened about going out to LA and competing with all those incredible people. And the same thing happened with Ringling and Disney. You have to take a chance and seize the opportunities you are given and be ready to screw it up. The very first cue that I wrote for Charlie’s Angels in Hollywood, the best musicians could not play it. I was trying to be so perfect and they had to throw the arrangement out. Luckily the second cue I did had the opposite effect. It blew everybody away. When a door opens you’ve got to go in. Name some of the people who have had the greatest influence on your career. Boy, I would have to say William Revelli at Michigan and my elementary and high school band director who was very patient with me. Also my choral director at Interlochen named Maynard Klein. He had a great influence on me by creating

performances that were so emotional. And then I had a private teacher named Tibor Serly who was an apprentice of Bela Bartok, and he was a coach and teacher for almost every professional arranger and conductor in New York. He had a great influence on me in terms of dealing with professional life. Of all the jobs in show business, which one has given you the most joy? “Satchmo” and “The Wizard of Oz on Ice”, the results of those two shows gave me the most joy. I have been very lucky. When I was first out in LA working on the show with Dick Van Dyke, he said, “You know Jerry, I never forget that anyone’s success in this town depends on being in the right place at the right time. It has nothing to do with talent because everyone here has talent.” You have had the great privilege of working with some of the most talented people in show business. Tell me the first thought that comes to mind when you think of them. Siegfried and Roy: Well that’s another whole interview. They’re amazing, very difficult but very wonderful people and totally dedicated performers who never coasted. Harry Connick, Jr: At that time he was unknown and hungry when we gave him the job on “Satchmo” and everyone in the cast loved him. Years later I would see him and he remembered everything. What you see is what you get with Harry, an incredibly sweet and talented man. Danny Kaye: Very talented. Dick Van Dyke: Very talented and as warm as a nice toaster oven. Johnny Carson: The total professional. Leonard Bernstein: Brilliant. He was one of my great heroes, down to earth and in my opinion, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th century. Neil Diamond: Talented, a great singer and writer. Barbara Streisand: I worked with her on the Academy Awards and she was incredible. She is a brilliant, brilliant performer and one of my favorites. What is the secret to your success? Helga, my wife. She’s a brilliant woman who has steered me

in the right direction at several crucial junctures in my life. What piece of music would you use to accompany the narrative of you and your wife Helga’s story? The Second Symphony of Rachmaninoff which I think describes us really well. I think it is as romantic a piece of music that exists. How did you find your way to the Sarasota area? The first time I came down here was 1977 and I was working for CBS doing music for a circus special with Danny Kaye. We discovered this area and fell in love with it. If there was one person that you could collaborate with, whom would it be? Probably Yo-Yo Ma, he’s so incredibly talented. But there have been so many talented people I have been lucky to work with like Harry Connick, Jr. and Bobby McFerrin. I would love to work with them again. One of the ways you have become involved in your community is by serving on the board of WEDU, PBS’s largest affiliate in the state of Florida. What attracted you to get involved with WEDU? I joined WEDU because I feel it plays a vital role in our area of Florida in two ways - first, and most obvious, it delivers incredibly high-quality cultural offerings to all who want them – free – and second because the station, through its Board, has embarked on an ambitious outreach program to celebrate and engage all the residents of the Sun Coast (and its inland neighbors) in exploring the depth of talent and skills in the area that hopefully can help bring us all together as a sharing community – from youngsters in creative school programs – all the way up to seniors ready to share their lifelong experiences. I just feel honored to be asked to help in what to me is such a worthwhile endeavor. What is your advice to musical artists who long to have their music heard by the masses? The basic advice is to forget the masses and reach one person at a time. Sit in your house and try to move a relative or a friend. See if you can make music that has an effect on them. Start with one. I started with myself. I sat down with my brother and tried to beat him at that song guessing game. I was playing and fooling around and making up things. So I was an audience of one. Forget the masses. That comes later. The object should be that person to person connection. How do you want to be remembered? Probably as someone who made them feel a little bit better about being human. Many years from now when you take your final bow and you exit life’s stage, what music would you like to play you out? It has to be Beethoven’s ninth. That’s the Mount Everest of the music world. September 2013




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Short On Time, Long On Talent

Theatre Odyssey and the Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival By Ryan G. Van Cleave

By its very nature, community or local theater is the most inclusive form of theater there is. For many of us, it’s the first theater we witness, the first theater that allows us to participate meaningfully in, and the last theater we’re ever involved with during our time on this earth. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization Theatre Odyssey comes from that same spirit of community creativity and collaboration, having been founded in 2006 to “encourage & promote the efforts of local playwrights and actors.” It came about when members of the Manatee Players’ national award-wining production of “Metamorphoses” got the idea to create a local theater company that delivers performances in a variety of venues. And that’s what they did. To this day, Theatre Odyssey doesn’t have a permanent home. There is no building in Manatee County or Sarasota County with a marquee that welcomes you to the Theatre Odyssey facility,” explains Preston Boyd, Artistic Director of the Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival. “Yet there are many, many artists who can claim a connection. Playwrights, directors, actors, technicians, and various other artists will list Theatre Odyssey on their professional resumes. The same phenomenon can be said of audiences. Over the years, Theatre Odyssey has produced numerous new works and enjoyed great audience response.”




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The winner also receives a $300 cash award. The deadline for original 9-11 minute scripts from these students? October 31. There’s no entry fee so encourage any age-appropriate student in your life to test out their inner bard. You never know who’ll turn out to be the next William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, or Wendy Wasserstein. Founding member Tom Aposporos says, “The ten-minute play is no passing fad.   If there is any surprise, it is that it took us seven years to produce a Student Ten Minute

Cast members Don Walker & Jenny Aldrich from Theatre Odyssey's Ten-Minute Play Festival's 2013 Winning Play A Little Help! by Bernie Yanelli.

Playwriting Festival to complement our annual Ten Minute Play Festival.“ Judging from how many entries the contest had last year, the student interest in writing short plays is no fad, either.

Photos by David Taylor Photography Copyright 2013

Theatre Odyssey is in the middle of its eighth season right Great audience response is what this group knew from the

now. It’s been active, too, having produced nearly 70 orig-

start. From a crowded one night only event at Arts Center

inal short plays. It’s even published two volumes of these

Sarasota to a sold-out staged reading of Federico Garcia

works. Since the early days of this theater, plays first pro-

Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba” at the JABU Center

duced here have gone on to larger theaters and received

in Sarasota, the interest in and support for Theatre Odyssey

international exposure. Not bad for a couple of actors with

has grown and grown. But that’s not the case everywhere.

a good idea a decade or so ago!

Boyd notes that he’s seen community theater in the Midwest cancel shows because the performers outnumbered

Dan Higgs, current Theatre Odyssey President, adds, “This

the audience members.

is NOT amateur theater; there are many professional actors trodding the stages of local theaters and many of those the-

When asked about trends in the world of live theater, Boyd

aters have dropped the word ‘community” from their names

explains, “I’d say more and more live theatre venues are

so as not to encourage the public to pre-judge their produc-

turning toward profit motivation over artistic motivation.

tions before they enter the door.” He also points out that

In general, seasons are selected based on box office pro-

every local professional theater uses local, non-union talent

jections with fewer and fewer examples of seasons that

in most of their productions. An organization like Theatre

might include “Waiting For Godot” or “The House of Blue

Odyssey creates and expands the extraordinary talent pool

Leaves” in their line-up.” Regardless of what’s going on in

in our midst who can participate in those productions.

other community theaters around the country, Theatre Odyssey strives to create an environment where artists can ex-

The entire point of Theatre Odyssey is that it exists to pro-

plore the creative process from beginning to fruition (from

vide a venue to promote the works of local playwrights as

either side of the footlights).

well as to provide opportunities to local actors, directors, and writers. As the great poet Walt Whitman said, “The

One of the exciting additions to what Theatre Odyssey does

powerful Play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

is run the Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival where

Enter the contest, attend the festival, or donate your time or

students (grades 9-12) are invited to submit original scripts

money. You’ll be glad you did.

for possible professional production. The winning play of the second annual Student Playwriting Festival this January

For more information about Theatre Odyssey or the second

will be automatically entered in the 9th annual Theatre Od-

annual Student Ten–Minute Playwriting Festival, please visit

yssey Ten-Minute Play Festival for professional playwrights.

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“We believe that every child deserves a continuous, quality arts education. All students should experience all the arts, in school and the community, so that they may become creative, engaged learners, prepared to lead successful lives.” – Sarasota’s Any Given Child Vision Statement

Kennedy Center Teaching artist Marcia Daft working with Southside Elementary 1st graders.

Education Matters Any Given Child By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Sarasota has a new honor, and this time it’s being one of a select few areas to participate in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Any Given Child program. While we were accepted into it in 2011, it’s only now that we’re prepared to fully move forward. What’s so noteworthy about this program? It’s designed to assist communities in developing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8. “If a child’s second grade teacher is familiar and comfortable with the arts,” says Michael M. Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center, “that child may have many arts experiences during the year. The teacher may integrate the arts with other subjects during instruction; the teacher may take the students to a performance or exhibit by a local arts organization or museum; the teacher may invite a teaching artist into the classroom for a residency so the artist is working with the students over time. However, if that same child's third grade teacher has little or no experience with the arts, the child may receive no arts instruction nor participate in any arts experiences that year. We would never teach math or language arts that way.” Kaiser’s vision led to the initiation of this program in 2009, designed to “assist a community in planning strategically to provide an equitable arts education for students in grades K-8, using the existing resources of the school district, the local arts community, and the Kennedy Center.” To date, only twelve communities have been chosen to participate,




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including such places as Austin, TX, Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA, and most recently, Madison, WI. “Sarasota is well known as an arts community,” says Brian Hersh, the new executive director of the of the Sarasota Any Given Child program. As the former director of education and outreach at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, he already has a good handle on the community and how to interact meaningfully with it. “But I’ve noticed a disconnect between folks who come to visit and those who are growing up here, living here year round, and their chance to have meaningful arts experiences.” More than half of all Sarasota County School students are on free or reduced lunch, so it’s not reasonable to expect those families to have the financial resources to attend arts functions on their own. The best way to change that? Start with the kids and that means working with the local schools because access to a complete arts education remains an issue for too many students. Hersh is quick to add: “We’re way ahead of the curve though thanks to so many strong art teachers.” But more can, and should, be done. Thanks to support from the Kennedy Center, professional development is being provided for classroom teachers and arts specialists. Hersh says that we’re also learning how to better connect art resources with each of the schools, which is a challenge since Sarasota County covers such a large geographic area. Traveling from Emma E. Booker Elementary down to Englewood Elementary is a pretty long haul! To give a sense of how Any Given Child can change the way kids are taught, consider a recent sample lesson at the Kennedy Center where kids were taught about the weather cycle through body movement. Imagine asking them about those concepts a year later. Do you think they’re more likely to remember that fun lesson or one done out of a traditional textbook in a regular classroom setting? These types of arts-integrated educational opportunities are deeper, more meaningful, and offer students the ability to better retain that knowledge. What should we expect from Sarasota’s participation? The Kennedy Center has identified five primary outcomes. The intention is for communities like Sarasota to: • Develop long term goals for increased access and equity in arts education programs and resources for K-8 students. • Develop and maintain programs and support systems (including data, resources, and professional development) for arts learning providers, such as classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators, arts organizations, and teaching artists. • Develop and maintain a governance structure to oversee and sustain the Any Given Child program. • Secure funding and other resources necessary to sustain the community’s long term goals for K-8 arts education for every child. • Influence arts and education policy in the school district, local government, and arts organizations. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is one of the partners making the Any Given Child program possible in Sarasota. Community Foundation contributions to Any Given Child included input on the front end through staff participation in the Community Arts Team, which helped create the four primary goals for Any Given Child, and providing the funds for the first-year’s salary of the Any Given Child executive director, Hersh. Donations are being accepted to the Any Given Child Fund, which is held at the Community Foundation, to support this important educational initiative for years to come. There’s a push now to make October Any Given Child month here in Sarasota. The culmination of that awareness campaign would be a huge celebration at Ed Smith Stadium that has the support of the Baltimore Orioles (Baltimore is also an Any Given Child community) and the Kennedy Center. “Any given child in this country deserves the opportunity to experience and engage in the arts," said Darrell M. Ayers, Kennedy Center Vice President for Education. “By offering a strong arts education, young people benefit in intellectual, personal, and social development. We want to ensure that every child receives a complete education — one that includes the arts — and that Any Given Child communities serve as examples for other cities across the United States.” And thanks to people like Brian Hersh and others, Sarasota is at the forefront of this new arts-centered educational movement. For more information on the Any Given Child program in Sarasota (including how you can help), please contact Brian Hersh at or call him at (941) 927-9000 extension 31182. For more information on the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, please visit

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The Arts Shine a National Spotlight on Sarasota By Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Sarasota has long been acclaimed as the Arts Mecca of Florida. We are blessed to have a large array of cultural organizations offering dance, theater, opera, orchestra, music, and circus. Our museums, botanical gardens and aquarium provide magnificent experiences that are available to residents and visitors alike. Hundreds of visual artists, literary artists and poets provide a rich cultural diversity in this beautiful city on the Gulf Coast. The fact that our community has such an expansive offering of artistic experiences is impressive. However, what is truly extraordinary is the exceptional quality of art that is produced and presented here every day. Earlier this year the Sarasota Ballet was invited to perform at Kennedy Center’s prestigious “Ballet Across America” in Washington, DC. The Washington Post reported, “…a fresh, bighearted performance by Sarasota Ballet ensured its place as the jewel of this year’s Ballet Across America.” This summer the Sarasota Orchestra presented its 49th Sarasota Music Festival, attracting top young musicians from around the world including Australia, Taiwan, China, and South Korea. Participants from the United States included students from premier programs like The Julliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music and Harvard College. The Westcoast Black Theater Troupe attended the National Black Theater Festival which attracted over 60,000 people from the U.S. and abroad in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this summer. All four of their performances were completely sold out and they were touted as the stars of the festival. For the second year in a row, the Van Wezel was selected as the Top Performing Arts Hall in America in the 2000-seat category. When you consider the world class exhibitions at The Ringling, the international reach of the Sarasota Opera and the magnificent performances that are produced by all of our area theaters, it is easy to understand why Sarasota is truly the cultural center of Florida. We are blessed to live, work, and play in this beautiful community where everyone has easy access to high quality art and cultural organizations that make Sarasota a place where artistic expression and inspiration meet.

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Sarasota Opera Youth Opera Music Director, Jesse Martins

Sarasota Ballet Principal Dancer, Danielle Brown Sarasota Orchestra Principal Clarinet Player, Bharat Chandra

Asolo Rep 3rd Year Conservatory Student, Tory Grace

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PERFORMING ARTS Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota


Sahib Shrine Circus

May 10 – 11, 2014

October 4 – 5, 2013

Jeffrey Hill, Tenor Richard Ollarsaba, Bass-Baritone

Inaugural Golf Tournament

May 31 – June 1, 2014

Vague de Cirque

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 300

October 21, 2013 November 15 – December 1, 2013

Sarasota, FL 34236

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Cirque des Voix

941.360.7399 / 941.306.1202

5555 North Tamiami Trail

December 13 – 15, 2013

Sarasota, FL 34243

Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular

Sahun Hong, Piano


December 27 – 30, 2013

October 6 – 7, 2013

Extreme Vegas

Stephanie Block, Violin Yi-Fang Huang, Piano


January 10 – 19, 2014

Show Boat

Circus Sarasota Gala

October 20 – 21, 2013

November 12 – December 29, 2013

January 24, 2014

Avery Sommers, Singer Alan Palanker, Piano

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Circus Sarasota Winter Performance

January 7 – April 12, 2014

February 7 – 23, 2014

November 2 – 3, 2013

Other Desert Cities

Sailor Circus 65th Anniversary Show

Rastrelli Cello Quartet

January 15 – February 27, 2014

March 27 – April 5, 2014

November 16 – 17, 2013

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

K.T. Sullivan, Singer Jon Weber, Piano

January 22 – April 13, 2014

Sailor Circus 65th Anniversary Celebration

The Grapes of Wrath

April 4, 2014

December 7 – 8, 2013

March 12 – April 19, 2014

La Cirque Appetit Outreach Luncheon

Amahl and the Night Visitors

4,000 Miles

April 24, 2014

December 21, 2013

April 2 – April 27, 2014

Summer Spectacular

Annie – Andrea McArdle Steve Marzullo, Piano

HERO, The Musical

June 17 – August 2, 2014

December 21 – 22, 2013

Summer Musical - TBA

Augustin Hadelich, Violin Joyce Yang, piano

June 10 – 29, 2014

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training


January 11 – 12, 2014

The School for Lies

Dave Bennett Quartet

October 29 – November 17, 2013

January 26, 2014


Performance - Institute of Advanced Medicine

Ritz Chamber Players

December 31, 2012 – January 19, 2014

October 12, 2013

February 1 – 2, 2014

How I Learned to Drive

Pride Fest Sarasota

Mary Wilson, Soprano Jason Ferrante, Tenor Lee Dougherty Ross, Piano

February 18 – March 9, 2014

October 19, 2013


Holiday Concert: Santa’s Yard Sale

April 8 – 27, 2014

December 6, 2013

April 29 – June 1, 2014

February 16, 2014

Auditions Spring

Sassy – Barbershop Quartet

Banyan Theater Company

February 20, 2014

Jane B. Cook Theatre

Church Performance

Tempest Trio

5555 N. Tamiami Trail

April 28, 20143

March 1 – 2, 2014

Sarasota, FL 34243

Spring Concert: Post Cards

Jennifer Sheehan, Singer James Followell, Piano


May 3, 2014

January 14, 2014

March 15 – 16, 2014

Exsultate! Chamber Chorale

Leo Adamov & Eliot Lawson, Violin duo

Carreño Dance Festival

March 20, 2014


400 Field Avenue East

Alexander Schimpf, Piano

Venice, FL 34285

April 12 – 13, 2014

Grace United Methodist Church


Vivaldi and Verdi

Circus Sarasota

April 17, 2014

2075 Bahia Vista Street

Voices of Wonder

Jason Stearns, Baritone Lee Dougherty Ross, Piano

Sarasota, FL 34239

December 1, 2013


Voices of Illumination

April 20 – 21, 2014

February 23, 2014




September 2013

Voices of Reflection

Harry Allen

Tomorrows Voices Today

April 13, 2014

April 5, 2014

November 2, 2013

Booker Kids Cabaret

Annual Fall Luncheon & Auction

May 8, 2014

November 11, 2013

Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Avenue

Cirque des Voix - Noel

Sarasota, FL 34236

Gloria Musicae



Handel & Haydn Rediscovered

February 15, 2014

Holiday Concert

Ola Gjeilo Premiere Concert

December 2, 2013

April 27, 2014

Fuzión Dance Artists

December 13 – 15, 2013

8437 Tuttle Ave. #160

Gloria Musicae Goes to the Opera

Sarasota, FL 34243

March 16, 2014


Voices of the Holocaust

La Musica International Chamber Music Festival

April 28, 2014


Voices of Fuzión: Mélange

July 4th Concert

December 7 – 8, 2013

July 4, 2014

April 2, 6, 10, 13, & 16, 2014


Lemon Bay Playhouse

8th Annual Dance Concert March 13 – 16, 2014

96 West Dearborn Street

Glenridge Performing Arts Center


Englewood, FL 34223

St Paul Lutheran Church


7333 Scotland Way

2256 Bahia Vista Street

Sarasota, FL 34238

Sarasota, Florida 34239

The Good Doctor


Mini-Recital & Lecture Series

October 23 – November 10, 2013

Art Center Sarasota

A Christmas Cactus

Asolo Rep on Tour: Romeo & Juliet

707 North Tamiami Trail

December 4 – 22, 2013

October 9, 2013

Sarasota, Florida 34236

The Last Romance

Maria Wirries Cabaret

January 22 – February 16, 2014

A Touch of Danger

Holiday Harmonies – Barbershop

Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band

December 8, 2013

The Fourposter

November 23, 2013

Cynthia Sayer & Her Hot Jazz Trio

March 12 – April 6, 2014 April 30 – May 18, 2014

January 18 – 19, 2014

Jazz Club of Sarasota

The Heiress

Michael Lasser & Friends Celebrate Music from the Movies

330 South Pineapple Ave, Ste. 111

June 11 – 29, 2014

January 25, 2014


Manatee Players

La Vie en Rouge with Louise Pitre

502 3rd Ave. West

February 5, 2014

Jazz at Two Series

Bradenton, FL 34205

Sarasota Concert Band

October 4, 2013 – April 25, 2014


February 8, 2014

Evening Concert – Sarasota Jazz Project Big Band

Belles Sing the Blues with Belle Canto February 16, 2014

October 25, 2013

Through October 6, 2013

Around the World with Katherine & Alex

Jazz on the Water Cruise

Young Frankenstein

November 3, 2013

October 24 – November 10, 2013

February 22, 2014

Evening Concert – Eddie Metz Trio

Our Town

Too Marvelous for Words: The Songs of Johnny Mercer with Lee Lessack

January 10, 2014

October 31 – November 17, 2013

Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance

Peter Pan

March 5, 2014

February 14, 2014

December 5 – 22, 2013

Ring Sarasota

34th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

March 7, 2014

February 23 – March 1, 2014

December 5 – 22, 2013

Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Sarasota, FL 34236

Always…Patsy Cline

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

March 15, 2014

Key Chorale

Chroma Quartet


Stepping Out

March 18, 2014

January 16 – February 2, 2014

January 9 – 26, 2014

September 2013




February 13 – March 2, 2014

North Port Performing Arts Association

Itzhak Perlman and PMP Alumni Concert


6400 W. Price Boulevard

November 6, 2013

February 27 – March 16, 2014

North Port, FL 34291

Sarasota Winter Residency

Man of La Mancha


December 22, 2013 – January 3, 2014

March 20 – April 6, 2014

10th Annual Celebration Concert & Gala

Greater Tuna


January 4, 2014

April 10 – 27, 2014

Yankee Doodle Dandies

My One and Only

October 31, 2013

The Players Theatre

May 1 – 18, 2014

Horns for the Holidays

838 N. Tamiami Trail


December 15, 2013

Sarasota, FL 34236

McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre

Reel Music


3333 North Tamiami Trail

January 22, 2014

Sarasota, FL 34234

Around the World with Rodgers & Hammerstein

Drag Queen Bingo

941.925.FUNY (3869)

February 20, 2014

Steel Magnolias


September 18 – 29, 2013

Moving Ethos Dance Company

March 23, 2014

Crazy For You

From Russia...with Love

October 23 – November 3, 2013

1734 Bahia Vista St.

April 17, 2014

White Christmas

Sarasota, FL 34239


December 4 – 15, 2013


Home for the Holidays


November 30, 2013

January 8 – 19, 2014

Every Friday Night

Isn’t it Romantic?

New Music New College

Sordid Lives

February 15, 2014

February 12 – 23, 2014

New College of Florida

Hats Off to Hollywood

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Caples Fine Arts Complex

April 5, 2014

March 19 – 30, 2014

5800 Bayshore Road



Sarasota, FL 34243


April 16 - 27, 2014


October 27, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Ring Sarasota

Francis Schwartz & Friends Featuring Singer Isabelle Ganz

December 8, 2013

That’s Amor

November 16, 2013

January 26, 2014

Musical Salute to all Veterans

Ugly Beauties Featuring Pianist Marilyn Lerner, Cellist Matt Brubeck, & Drummer Nick Fraser

Voices of Spring

November 10, 2013

The Best of Times

Sailor Circus

January 18, 2014

March 30, 2014

2075 Bahia Vista Street

The DIY Ensemble March 16, 2014

Miranda Cuckson, Violin Christopher Burns, Electronics

March 2, 2014

OASIS — Opera for Animals: Singing is Saving 8437 Tuttle Ave., #333

Sarasota, FL 34239 941.366.0156 See Circus Sarasota listing in this section.

April 19, 2014

Sarasota, FL 34243

Special Event


Sarasota Ballet

Historic Asolo Theater

5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Music of the Sun – Presented by The Ringling With Choral Ensemble Created in Partnership with New Music New College

Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast 941.955.4942

Theatre of Dreams

March 16, 2014

FSU Center for the Performing Arts

The Beethoven Cycle: Complete String Quartets

October 25 – 27, 2013

October 2, 4, 2013, February 26, 27 &

Sarasota Opera House

May 15 - 16, 2014

November 22 – 23, 2013




September 2013

Sarasota, FL 34243 941.359.0099

Balanchine & Ashton

John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker

Harmony of the Spheres

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

March 8, 2014

Piano Duo Concert Gloria Cook and Cynthia Lawing

December 20 – 21, 2013

Harmony of Tragedy & Comedy

February 5, 2014

Balanchine, Tuckett & Ashton

April 12, 2014

FSU Center for the Performing Arts January 31 – February 3, 2014

Memorial Day Outdoor Concert Youth In Service

Close-Up on Opera with John Goodman Dvorak: Rusalka

Graziano, Ashton’s & DeMille

May 26, 2014

February 12, 2014

February 28 – March 3, 2014

Sarasota Folk Club

Ashton, Graziano & Tudor

5287 Box Turtle Circle

Solo Violin Concert Stephen Miahky (v) Sylvia Eckes (p)

Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota, FL 34232

February 19, 2014

April 4 – 5, 2014


The Sarasota Ballet Presents Johan Kobborg, Alina Cojocaru & Friends Sarasota Sailing Squadron

Close-Up on Opera with John Goodman Massenet, Werther

Sarasota Opera House

Concert Series

February 26, 2014

April 25 – 26, 2014

941.377.9256 September 30, 2013

Close-Up on Opera with John Goodman Puccini, La Bohème

Small Potatoes

March 5, 2014

Handel’s Messiah

October 28, 2013

December 7, 2013

Walter Craft

“A Few of My Favorite Songs” Dick Reynolds, jazz pianist

FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Sarasota Choral Society

George Worthmore

November 25, 2013

March 19, 2014

Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

Holiday of Song

December 16, 2013

Chamber Music with Paul Wolfe and Friends

64th Annual Show February 22, 2014

Sarasota Concert Association

April 23, 2014

Sarasota Jewish Chorale 941.492.6944

Sarasota Opera

61 North Pineapple Avenue

Van Wezel Performing

Sarasota, FL 34236

Arts Hall

Sarasota Music Archive


777 North Tamiami Trail

Selby Public Library

Sarasota, FL 34236

Gelbart Auditorium

Fall 2013 Season


1331 First Street

Meet the Artists of Die Fledermaus

Sarasota, FL 34236

October 22, 2013

Marc-André Hamelin, piano


Die Fledermaus

January 6, 2014

November 1 – 15, 2013

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio January 27, 2014

Holiday Choral Music with Gloria Musicae

Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists

East Coast Chamber Orchestra

December 11, 2013

November 8, 2013

February 5, 2014

The Little Sweep

February 19, 2014

Close-Up On Opera with John Goodman Verdi: Il Trovatore

Detroit Symphony

January 8, 2014

November 12, 2013

March 3, 2014

Winter 2014 Festival Season

Sarasota Concert Band

Close-Up On Opera with John Goodman Wagner: Flying Dutchman

6858 Sagebrush Circle

January 15, 2014

Il trovatore

Sarasota FL, 34243

Chamber Music with the Chroma Quartet

February 8 – March 22, 2014


January 22, 2014

Harmony of Sand & Surf Harmony of Kings

Close-Up on Opera with John Goodman Mozart: Così von tutte

February 8, 2014

January 29, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic

January 19, 2014

November 9 – 10, 2013

The Operetta Concert

Meet the Artists of Il trovatore February 4, 2014

Meet the Artists of The Barber of Seville February 11, 2014

The Barber of Seville February 15 – March 21, 2014 September 2013




Concert at Noon: Studio and Apprentice Artists

Heart to Hart


February 12 – 15, 2014

Neel Performing Arts Center

February 28 & March 14, 2014

Come Fly With Me

Meet the Artists of The Flying Dutchman

March 19 – 22 & 30, 2014

“In Praise of Women!”

February 25, 2014

A Wink and a Smile

September 24, 2013

The Flying Dutchman

April 23 – 26, 2014

John Thomasson Master Class

March 1 – 23, 2014

Chamber Soiree

September 25, 2013

The American Music Concert

Song Fest 1: Folk Songs

Fall Festival of Music Concert

March 5, 2014

September 19, 2013

October 8, 2013

Meet the Artists of Jérusalem

Song Fest 2: Night Music

“The Music Man”

March 4, 2014

September 20, 2013

November 1 – 3, 2013


Mixed Shorts

SCF Symphony Orchestra in Concert

March 8 – 22, 2014

September 26, 2013

November 14, 2013

Covers at 3

East & Middle East

Pine Shores Presbyterian Concert Series

March 14, 2014

February 6, 2014

November 17, 2013

Artists Choice Concert


SCF Symphonic Band in Concert

March18, 2014

February 27, 2014

November 21, 2013

The Verdi Concert

Mozart Madness 1

Gloria Musicae Concert

March 23, 2014

March 13, 2014

December 2, 2013

Mozart Madness 2

Holiday Concert

March 14, 2014

December 3, 2013

709 N. Tamiami Trail

Special Events

Jazz Ensembles in Concert

Sarasota, FL 34236

Then and Now

December 5, 2013


October 12, 2013

Sarasota Pops Concert

“Jewel”bilee Celebration!

December 8, 2013


November 17, 2013

SCF Student Showcase Concert

Dawning of a New Season

Thrill of a Lifetime

January 16, 2014

November 8 – 10, 2013

March 1, 2014

Bay Street Brassworks

Setting New Courses

Sarasota Music Festival

January 17, 2014

December 6 – 8, 2013

June 5 – 21, 2014

Mike Markaverich Trio

Sarasota Orchestra

Superb, Sublime, Splendid…

February 4, 2014

January 10 – 12, 2014

Sarasota Pops Orchestra

Mary Wilson Master Class

Colors of Love

February 12, 2014

January 30 – February 2, 2014

941.926.POPS (7677)

Symphony Orchestra in Concert


Riverview High School Auditorium

February 18, 2014

February 20 – 23, 2014

Symphonic Band in Concert

Exotic Stories

Salute to the 5 Branches of the Military

March 7 – 9, 2014

November 10, 2013

Choirs in Concert

Beethoven’s Fifth

The 12 Days of Christmas

March 18, 2014

April 4 – 6, 2014

December 8, 2013

Jazz Ensembles in Concert


Just the 2 of Us

March 27, 2014

Broadway Bound

February 9, 2014

Chamber Ensembles in Concert

January 24 – 25, 2014

007 and Other Numerous Movies

April 3, 2014

Satchmo, Fats & The Duke

March 16, 2014

Ring Sarasota-Handbell Concert

March 28 – 29, 2014

Neel PAC, Bradenton

April 6, 2014

The Beatles in America

Take 5 Around the World

April 11 – 12, 2014

April 13, 2014

Faculty Recital Marc Mannino, Jazz Guitar

February 27, 2014

April 10, 2014

Great Escapes

Mad Men

State College of Florida

Evening Under the Stars

October 16 – 19, 2013

5840 26th Street

April 12, 2014

Let it Snow

Bradenton, FL 34207

Music Theatre Showcase

December 11 – 14, 2013


April 14, 2014

American Tapestry

SCF Music Scholarship Auditions

January 15 – 18, 2014




September 2013

April 19, 2014

Faculty Recital: Felicia Brunelle, Violin, Alfred Gratta, Cello with Guest Cheryl Tschanz, Piano

USA Dance

Alton Brown - Live

Sara Dance Center

March 2, 2014

5000 Fruitville Road

Chicago: The Musical

April 21, 2014

Sarasota, FL 34232

March 4 – 5, 2014

SCF Spring Fling Concert: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”


Academy of St Martin in the Fields

March 14, 2014

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

April 24, 2014

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

March 17 – 18, 2014

SCF Howard Studio Theatre

777 N. Tamiami Trail

April 2, 2014

“Bright Ideas”

Sarasota, FL 34236

Green Day’s American Idiot

October 4 – 13, 2013


April 7, 2014

“The Story of Juanito Citruseed”

Million Dollar Quartet

November 11, 2013

Mamma Mia!

April 8 – 9, 2014

“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”

October 29 – 30, 2013


Bring It On: The Musical

Rodney Atkins with special Guest Frankie Ballard

Venetian Harmony Chorus

Off Campus SCF Ensembles Perform at Bradenton Riverwalk Concert

November 1, 2013

1812 San Trovaso Way

Celtic Thunder: Mythology

Venice, FL 34285

November 15, 2013


April 4, 2014

Tango Fire

November 29 – December 6, 2013

Suncoast Chorale

November 16, 2013

Defending the Caveman

The Venice Symphony


November 30, 2013

Church of the Nazarene

Hello Dolly!

1535 E. Venice Ave.


December 3 – 4, 2013

Venice, FL 34292

December 6 & 8, 2013

Under The Streetlamp


Hooray for Hollywood

December 11, 2013

February 14 & 16, 2014

Reel Classics

Testament of Freedom

Salute To Vienna with The Strauss Symphony of America

April 4 & 6, 2014

January 3, 2014

Sounds of The Season


December 20 – 21, 2013

January 15, 2014


12308 Lobelia Terrace

Rock of Ages

January 16 – 18, 2014

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

January 16, 2014

From The Land of The Midnight Sun


The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

February 14 – 15, 2014

January 22, 2014

With Strings Attached

Concert Season at Northminster Presbyterian Church

Cannolis, Latkis, & Guilt

March 14 – 15, 2014

January 26, 2014

Piano Masters

November 3 & 17, December 1 & 15,


April 11 – 12, 2014

2013, January 12, February 9 & 15,

February 4, 2014


March 9 & 23, April 6 & 27, 2014


April 25 – 26, 2014

Suncoast Jazz Ambassadors

February 12, 2014

December 8, 2013, January 19, 2014,

Man of La Mancha

Venice Theatre

February 16, 2014, March 16, 2014, &

February 20, 2014

140 West Tampa Avenue

April 13, 2014


Venice, FL 34285

Special Concerts at Church of the Palms

February 24, 2014


January 26, February 23, & March 23, 2014

Lang Lang

February 26, 2014

Becky’s New Car October 1 – 20, 2013


The Moscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote

February 27, 2014

October 10 – 27, 2013

Suncoast Concert Band

Theatre Odyssey

November 15 – 16, 2013


Rhythm of the Dance February 28, 2014

September 2013




I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!

Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen

The Loveland Follies

February 7 – 8, 2014

May 29 – June 1, 2014

November 1 – 24, 2013


AACTWorldFest, 2014


February 18 – March 16, 2014

June 16 – 21, 2014

November 12 – December 8, 2013

The Kingston Trio

The Marvelous Wonderettes

February 23 – 24, 2014

December 6 – 22, 2013

Rich Little

West Coast Black Theatre Troupe

Sounds of Christmas

March 2 – 3, 2014

1646 10th Way

December 13 – 14, 2013

Let’s Hang On

Sarasota, FL 34236

A Christmas Carol

March 9 – 10, 2014


December 19 – 22, 2013

Underneath the Lintel

Red Skelton Tribute Show

March 13 – 30, 2014

WBTT’s Preseason Party

December 27 – 28, 2013

Rave On (Buddy Holly Tribute)

October 30, 2013

Red, Hot & Blue

March 16 – 17, 2014


December 29 – 31, 2013

The Silver Foxes 22nd Annual Follies

November 13 – December 15, 2013

Superior Donuts

March 19 – 23, 2014

The Whipping Man

January 9 – 26, 2014

Five Guys Named Moe

January 2 – February 2, 2014

Boeing, Boeing

April 1 – 19, 2014

Harry and Lena

January 14 – February 2, 2014

Monday, Monday

February 19 – March 23, 2014

The Legends of Doo Wop

April 6 – 7, 2014

Bubbling Brown Sugar

January 19 – 20, 2014

Parallel Lives

April 9 – May 11, 2014

The Capitol Steps

April 10 – 27, 2014

January 26 – 27, 2014

The Baby Boomer Comedy Show

West Coast Civic Ballet

The Sounds of Harry James and the Andrews Sisters

April 13 – 14, 2014

1370-D Blvd of the Arts

The Elephant Man

Sarasota, FL 34236

February 3, 2014

April 29 – May 11, 2014


Radio Gals

How I Became a Pirate

February 7 – March 2, 2014

May 8 – 25, 2014




September 2013

MUSEUMS & VISUAL ARTS Anna Maria Island Art League

CHAIR-ity Auction

Chalk Art & Festivals – Denise Kowal

April 6, 2014

January 6, 2014

Mother/Daughter Tea & Gallery Tour

Kathy Sparks & Barb Hines

May 10, 2014

January 10, 2014

Father/Son Fathers Day Project

Botanical Art & French Court Period – Olivia Braida Chusano

June 14, 2014

5312 Holmes Boulevard

February 3, 2014

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Art Center Sarasota

Judith Shepherd-Rains


707 N. Tamiami Trail

February 14, 2014

Sarasota, FL 34236

25th Anniversary Celebration

Winter Fest


March 3, 2014

December 14 – 15, 2013

SueLynn Cotton

Spring Fest

Florida Watercolor Society

March 14, 2014

March 8 – 9, 2014

Through October 27, 2013

Painting & Color – Ralph Garafalo

Art Center Manatee

April 7, 2014

209 9th Street West

CUBEMUSIC - Craig Colorusso Pulp Culture Miniatures Instructor’s Exhibit

Bradenton, FL 34205

November 7, 2013 – January 3, 2014


Embracing Our Differences Outdoor Exhibit

October 18, November 15,

Nature’s Voice: Regina Benson Tradition Gone Wild: Venetian Society of Basket Weavers ASALH Black Muse Breaking Tradition

December 20, 2013, January 17,

January 16 – February 28, 2014

Exhibit in Island Park

February 21, March 21, April 18,

March 30 – June 1, 2014

Joanna Fox - Poetry

Confluence: Israel The Secret Life of Jewelry Black Box Projects One World

October 12, 2013

March 3 – April 2, 2014

A Division of Ringling

Empty Bowls - LWR

College of Art and Design

October 17 – 28, 2013

North Sarasota County Schools Exhibition

Animals & Art Family Fun Day

April 28 – May 10, 2014

Englewood, FL 34224

November 9, 2013


Susanna Spann – Finance & Marketing For Emerging Artists

Unconventional Inventions Vanishing – Lemur Conservation Foundation Black Box Projects Perspectives

November 16, 2013

May 22 – June 27, 2014

South County Jazz

Pottery Sale

2nd Annual Florida Flavor

October 11, November 8, 2013

November 23 – 24, 2013

July 10 – August 15, 2014

January 17, February 7, March 7, 2014

Artful Holidays


Herb & Dorothy Vogel - Movie

Organic Mechanic – Russ Bellamy Back Roads to Back Homes Black Box Projects Coming Home

January 18, 2014

August 28 – September 30, 2014

October 12, 2013

Girls Night Out

May 16, June 20, July 20, 2014

December 5 – 7, 2013

Used But Useful

Margaret Kelley April 11 – 2014


Englewood Art Center 350 South McCall Road Monthly Concerts

Fall Open House, Ceramic Bowl Glazing, Art Talk Celebrating Plein-Air Painting

Jazzy Ladies Fashion Show

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

February 8, 2014

5414 Marina Drive

November 14, 2013

Lecture - TBD

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Spring Open House

February 22, 2014


January 18, 2014

Pottery Sale & Chili Cookoff

Bus Tour - Exhibition TBA

March 1 – 2, 2014

artsHOP Gallery Walk

February 27, 2014


November 8, 2013

March 8, 2014

Holmes Beach Holiday Open House

Sarasota Orchestra Assoc. Chapter South, Musical Morning

Art at the Ranch

December 6, 2013

February 27, 2014

March 14 – 16, 2014


Lecture - TBD

Art Show at the Studio at Gulf and Pine

March 22, 2014

January 3, 9, & 27, 2014

January 25 – 26, 2014

November 1, 2013

Bus Tour to Selby Gallery

September 2013




Warren Loranger Gallery

Ringling College of Art Design Students

Ringling Underground

Anything Goes

April 1 – 30, 2014

October 3, November 7, 2013

September 10 – October 5, 2013

Reception: April 5, 2014

February 6, March 6, April 3, 2014

Icons of Style Special Exhibition

Reception: September 14, 2013

Abstract Multi-Media

Members Gallery

October 4, 2013 – January 5, 2014

October 8 – November 1, 2013

Wayne Mengel

Reception: November 9, 2013

September 10 – October 5, 2013

Collecting Recollections of Award-Winning Stars of the Circus

Textile & Fiber Art

Reception: September 14, 2013

October 22, 2013 – Bello Nock

November 5 – 26, 2013

Gloria Rees-Hansen

November 5, 2013 – Tito Gaona

Reception: November 9, 2013

October 8 – November 1, 2013

November 19, 2013 – Dolly Jacobs

Englewood Camera Club

Reception: October 12, 2013

December 4 – 19, 2013

Irene Piggott

Artists of Our Time from the Hermitage Artists Retreat: Annie Morrison

Reception: December 7, 2013

November 5 – 26, 2013

October 24, 2013

Color in Motion: Rails, Wings, Wheels & Keels

Reception: November 9, 2013

The Literati Book Club

Barbara Archer & John Baldwin

October 4, November 1, December 6, 2013

January 14 – 31, 2014

December 4 – 19, 2013

January 3, 2014

Reception: January 18, 2014

Reception: December 7, 2013

Festival of Watercolor

Paul Spyropoulos

February 4 – 28, 2014

January 14 – 31, 2014

Artists of Our Time from the Hermitage Artists Retreat: Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi

Reception: February 8, 2014

Reception: January 18, 2014

November 14, 2013

Flora & Fauna | Poets & Painters

Robert Broyles

March 4 – 26, 2014

February 4 – 28, 2014

The Philip and Nancy Kotler Glass Collection Special Exhibition

Reception: March 8, 2014

Reception: February 8, 2014

November 18, 2013 – March 23 , 2014

18th Annual Youth Art Exhibition

Carole Vincent

Ringling by the Bay – Boneshakers

April 1 – 16, 2014

March 4 – 27, 2014

November 21, 2013

Reception: April 5, 2014

Reception: March 8, 2014

Unfamiliar Realities Special Exhibition

Students & Studios

Karen Schneider

November 22, 2013 – March 9, 2014

April 22 – May 2, 2014

April 1 – May 2, 2014

Optical Impulses Special Exhibition

Reception: April 26, 2014

Reception: April 5, 2014

November 22, 2013 – March 9, 2014

Ken Mitchell Gallery

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota

December 5, 2013

Katie Aucion


September 10 – October 2, 2013

Artists of Our Time from the Hermitage Artists Retreat: Lera Auerbach

Reception: September 14, 2013

Guided Art & Backstage Tours

December 12, 2013

Hugh Davies

First Tuesday of each month, October – May

Ringling by the Bay – Yesterdayze

October 8 – 30, 2013

Celebrate the Arts Luncheon

December 19, 2013

Reception: October 12, 2013

December 11, 2013

Jonno Vaughn

Annual Creators & Collectors Tour

Greet the Light A Celebration of the Winter Soltice

November 5 – 27, 2013

March 14 – 15, 2014

December 21, 2013

Holiday Splendor

Reception: November 9, 2013

Ringling by the Bay – KoKo Ray and the Soul Providers

December 4 – 19, 2013

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Reception: December 7, 2013

5401 Bay Shore Road

Picturing Japan Special Exhibition

Jill Taffet

Sarasota, FL 34243

January 17, 2014

January 9 – 29, 2014


Reception: January 11, 2014

New Stages 2014 Meklit Hadero, Places in the Sky

Fay Ku

Art After 5

January 23 – 25, 2014

February 4 – 26, 2014

Every Thursday evening throughout the year

Reception: February 8, 2014

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat

R. Luke Dubois – Now Special Exhibition

Jeffery Cornwell & Steve Strenk

Thursday and Friday evenings

January 31 – May 4, 2014

March 4 – 26, 2014

Ringling International Arts Festival

Reception: March 8, 2014

October 9 – 12, 2013

Witness to War Special Exhibition

New Stages 2014 Lostwax Multimedia Dance Theatre, Particular

Through October 27, 2013

February 6 – 8, 2014

Jackson Petty




September 2013

January 16, 2014

New Stages 2014 Ethel & Robert Mirabal, Music of the Sun

Jack Nolan – Watercolor Landscapes

Docent Guided Tours

January 28, 2014

November 16, 2013 – May 30, 2014

February 20 – 22, 2014

David Leffel – Portrait and Still Life in Oil

Opening of Season VII – Sarasota Bayfront

Ringling in Bloom

February 17 – 21, 2014

November 16, 2013

February 22 – March 3, 2014

Kris Parins – Pouring Watercolor, Layer by Layer

Opening of Small Works Exhibition

March 11 – 13, 2014

New Stages 2014 The Foundry, No Hero

January 7, 2014

March 6 – 8, 2014

Bill Buchman – Expressive Breakout

Opening of Small Works Exhibition of Season VII artists

New Stages 2014 Inuksuit: in the Capacity of the Human by John Luther Adams

March 19 – 21, 2014

January 7, 2014

March 22, 2014

First in series of Community Dialogues on Public Art

Intent to Deceive: Fakes & Forgeries in the Art World Special Exhibition

Fabulous Arts Boutique “FAB”

January 30, 2014

February 12 – 15, 2014

Symposium on Sculpture, Public Art and Architecture

Manasota Weavers Guild

May 23 – August 3, 2014

Longboat Key Center for the Arts

Exhibition of Small Works January 7 – May 31, 2014

April, 2014

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

Division of Ringling

Sarasota, FL 34234

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

College of Art and Design



6860 Longboat Drive South


North Port Art Center


5950 Sam Shapos Way



North Port, FL 34287

Vital Voices – Ageless Creativity


October 18 – December 19, 2013

Selby Gallery

Ageless Creativity “Vital Voices” Panel Discussion

Around The World

Ringling College of Art and Design

September 7 – November 9, 2013

2700 North Tamiami Trail

December 5, 2013

Pottery Show

Sarasota, FL 34234

Marlene Rose – Glass Exhibit

September 21 – October 26, 2013


January 18 – February 20, 2014


David Leffel – Artist Demonstration

November 9, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Words/Images: Illustrators 55 & Letterpress Projects

2121 North Tamiami Trail

Longboat Key, FL 34228

February 19, 2014

LBKCA Annual Community Juried Exhibition

Palm Avenue Arts Alliance

Annual Faculty Exhibition

March 1 – 27, 2014

September Swing

September 20 – October 20, 2013

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society

September 6, 2013

April 4 – 25, 2014

An Evening of Classics

Master Class

October 4, 2013

Tony Rich – Painting Landscapes in Oil

A Prelude to Season

Concurrent Exhibitions: Theo Wujcik: New Paintings Human Tide: Installation by Kirk Ke Wang

November 13 – 15, 2013

November 1, 2013

October 25 – December 11, 2013

Jack Nolan – Travel Sketching

37th Annual Holiday Walk

November 19, 2013

December 6, 2013

Ed Brickman – Jewelry Making Using the Hydraulic Press

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

Glass and Charcoal: The Art of Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May

December 10 & 17, 2013

1662 Floyd Street

Barbara Harrison – Spark Your Visual Imagination

Sarasota, FL 34239

Revelations On The World As It Is: Adriane Colburn and Christina Seely


February 21 – April 5, 2014

January 30 & 31, 2014

Through – September 11, 2013

January 6 – February 12, 2014

September 2013




Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Venice Campus

Fall Members Show

“Modern Masters”

October 11 – November 1, 2013

April 11 – May 2, 2014

September 20 – December 4, 2013

Sea Venice Seafood Festival

Annual Community Exhibitions

Peter and Mary Lou Vogt Award Winner: William Volz

November 7, 2013

February 10 – 28, 2014

November 8 – December 13, 2013

Portrait & Figure

Peter and Mary Lou Vogt Award Winner: Elizabeth Ramos

The Crystal Classic

March 10 – 28, 2014

Three Points of View II

November 15 – 18, 2013

SCF Venice Student Art Exhibition

January 17 – February 14, 2014

April 2 – 30, 2014

Fine Arts Show

May 9 – 30, 2014

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

Women Contemporary Art

December 20, 2013 – January 10, 2014

February 22 – 23, 2014

201 10th Street West

Tapestry Artists of Sarasota

Bradenton, FL 34205

8069 Stirling Falls Circle

Sea Venice Auction


Sarasota, FL 34243

April 5, 2014


On & Off The Wall Art in 3D

See History, Science & Education section

April 11 – May 2, 2014

for listings.

Tapestry Visions X 4 at FL Craftsmen Gallery

South County Public School Show

State College of Florida Fine Art Gallery

March 14 – May 3, 2014


Members Only All Media Spring Show March 7 – April 4, 2014

May 7 – 31, 2014 June 13 – 27, 2014

5840 26th St. West

Towles Court Art District

Bradenton, Florida 34207

1938 Adams Lane


Sarasota, FL 34236 /


Bradenton Campus

Women Contemporary Artists

Art of Costume “Reinvented”

Art Walks


Through October 16, 2013

Third Friday of every month

“Forging Connections” October 25, 2013 – January 15, 2014

Venice Art Center

Steven Katzman: “This Miserable Kingdom”

390 Nokomis Avenue

January 31 – April 2, 2014


SCF Bradenton Student Art Exhibition

Summerfest July 11 – August 15, 2014

Juried Fall Exhibit November 2 – December 13, 2013

Venice, FL 34285

April 11 – 23, 2014




September 2013

Historical Society of Sarasota County

Manatee Village Historical Park

1260 12th Street

1404 Manatee Ave. East

Sarasota, FL 34236

Bradenton, FL 34208



4748 Beneva Road

Historic Trolley Tours


Sarasota, FL 34233

October 13, November 16,

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee


December 14, 2013, January 11,

October 10 – 19, 2013

February 8, March 15, April 22, 2014

A 1913 Florida Cracker Christmas

Conversations at The Crocker

December 15, 2013

October 2013 – April 2014

Historical LeBarge Cruise

Heritage Days Open House: Stories of Valor; A Salute to Heroes

200 S. Washington Boulevard, Ste 2

November 3, 2013

March 15, 2014

Sarasota, FL 34236 941.955.0700

Hope Black – “Forgotten Women in Florida History”

November 7, 2013

Big Cat Habitat

America’s Troubadour Bill Schustik & Friends

900 South Palm Avenue

7101 Palmer Blvd.

November 15, 2013


Sarasota, FL 34240

Pirates & Pioneers Day


November 16, 2013

Batiks Botánicos: Viva Florida Exhibit

High Tea and Paintings Off Easel

Through November 17, 2013

January 12, 2014

Fall Music Series

HISTORY, SCIENCE & EDUCATION Adult and Community Enrichment Center

Alliance Francaise de Sarasota

Crowley Museum & Nature Center

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Sarasota, FL 34236

October 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2013

Historic Burns Square

Gems of the Rainforest Display

16405 Myakka Road

Pineapple Avenue between Ringling Avenue

October 10 – 28, 2013

Sarasota, FL 34240

and Mound Street

Tropical Jewels Display


November 7 – 25, 2013


Historic Spanish Point

Grand Opening of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden

October 26, 2013

337 North Tamiami Trail

November 9, 2013

Southwest Florida Heritage Festival

Osprey, FL 34229

Member Appreciation Day

February 22, 2014


November 9, 2013

Guided Nature Walks and Group Tours

Tropical Splendor Exhibit

Offered throughout the year

Havana Nights and White Lights

November 21, 2013 – February 27, 2014

November 16, 2013

Wine, Dine and Pine

Annual Luncheon

December 5, 2013

February 18, 2014

Lights in Bloom

Classes and events offered year round.

Fishing Tournament

December 20 – 30, 2013

March 28 – 29, 2014

Plant and Garden Festival

Guitar Sarasota

G.WIZ – The Science Museum

February 22 – 23, 2014

Rainforest Masks 2014

Sarasota, FL 34236

Longboat Key Education Center

941.309.GWIZ (4949)

5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Ste 212

Orchid Ball

Longboat Key, FL 34228

April 5, 2014


Spring Music Series

April 6 – 27 & May 4 & 11, 2014

1001 Boulevard of the Arts

The Hermitage Artist Retreat 6660 Manasota Key Road 941.475.2098

Manasota Weavers Guild

See Arts Communities & Organizations for

See Museums & Visual Arts section for

complete event listings.

complete listings.

Englewood, FL 34223

March 7 – April 18, 2014

Mother’s Day Brunch May 11, 2014

Tropical Fourth of July July 4, 2014

September 2013




Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy

2700 North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34234

Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota, FL 34234




Schedule of events available online.

Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series


Oceanic Evening October 26, 2013

Benefiting Ringling College Library

Workshop & event info available online.

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and Film Festival


November 15 – 16, 2013

Santa Jaws

Jenna Bush Hager

South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium

November 30, December 7, 14 & 21, 2013

January 13, 2014

201 10th Street West

President George W. Bush

Bradenton, FL 34205

January 14, 2014


Mote’s Night of Fish, Fun & Fright October 18, 2013

New Topics New College Speaker Series


3701 Bay Shore Road


Benefiting New College Foundation

January 28, 2014

Film Fridays

Lara Logan

Every Friday Night

“Journey into the Heart of Florida” with conservation photographer Carlton Ward

February 10, 2014

Family Night at the Museum

Wes Moore

First Saturday every month

March 6, 2014

think + drink (science)

November 21, 2013

Leon Panetta

Second Wednesday every month

“Improving Brain Health: What Validated Science and Research Reveals” with Dr. Michael Mullan, Roskamp Institute

March 20, 2014

Stelliferous Live! Last Wednesday every month

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, Inc.

Snooty’s Gala

“Lessons Learned from Rock-n-Roll” with music industry expert Tony Michaelides


Star of Bethlehem Live Planetarium Star Talk

January 21, 2014

Historic Architecture Bus Tour

December 18, 2013

“A Look at the Current Market” with Eric Rosengren, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

October 13, 2013

Couture in the Courtyard

The Building Itself Teaches

March 3, 2014

October 18, 2013

February 6, 2014

24th Annual Historic Homes Tour

Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Four and a Half Decades of Advancing Women’s Health and Human Rights” with author Judy Norsigian

March 2, 2014

July 19, 2014

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

Surface Design Guild Sarasota

February 27, 2014


Exhibitions and workshops

Tours & lectures scheduled year round.

offered year round.

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning

The Southern Atelier


1001 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34243

December 5, 2013

Powel Crosley Estate

November 2, 2013

One Seagate Drive Sarasota, FL 34243

7226 21st Street East

Sarasota, FL 34236


Revelle Academy


4001 Cattlemen Road

Exhibitions & workshops offered year round.

Sarasota, FL 34233

Sarasota & Venice Global Lecture & Music


Series schedule available online.

Tapestry Artists of Sarasota


Dance & performing arts classes offered

year round.

See Museum & Visual Arts for schedule.




September 2013


NOVEMBER 2013 Stone Crab Festival Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

Siesta Key Village Annual Holiday Lighting November 30, 2013

November 2, 2013


The John and Mable

26th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest

4th Annual Sarasota Craft Show

Ringling Museum of Art


Robarts Arena

October 9 – 12, 2013

West Venice Avenue Downtown Venice

December 6 - 8, 2013

Ringling International Arts Festival

Mote’s Night of Fish, Fun & Fright

November 2 – 3, 2013

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium


35th Annual Holiday Night of Lights

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.


St. Armands Circle

Sarasota, FL 34236


November 9 – 11, 2013

December 6, 2013

12th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Fest

Bradenton Blues Festival

Sarasota Polo Grounds

St. Armands Circle, Sarasota


December 7, 2013

October 19, 2013

November 9, 2013

19th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival

Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Fairgrounds

December 7 - 8, 2013

Main Street, Downtown Sarasota

November 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2013 October 18, 2013

Auto-Rama on St. Armands

October 19 – 20, 2013

Realize Bradenton

Olde Englewood Village Winter Fine Arts Festival West Dearborn Street

26th Annual Winterfest of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts

Lakewood Ranch’s Boo Fest

25th Annual St. Armands Art Festival

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

St. Armands

Circle, Sarasota

December 14 – 15, 2013

October 25, 2013 November 9 & 10, 2013

Anna Maria Island Art League

5th Annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Arts & Craft Show

5th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

Sarasota Chalk Festival

Five Points Park

Sarasota Payne Park

South Pineapple Avenue/Burns Square

December 14 – 15, 2013

October 25 – 27, 2013

November 13 – 18, 2013

Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Sarasota, FL 34242

Venice Nokomis Rotary Arts Festival

Sarasota Fairgrounds


Venice Airport Grounds

October 26, 2013

Master Sand Sculpting Competition

January 18 – 19, 2014

Fright Night: Halloween on St. Armands October 31, 2013

5118 Ocean Blvd

Siesta Key Beach November 15 – 18, 2013

Harvest Festival


7th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Downtown Venice Main Street

Mixon Fruit Farms

November 23 & 24, 2013

January 18 – 19, 2014 September 2013




7th Annual Forks and Corks January 24 – 27, 2014

11th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival

West Venice Ave. in Downtown Venice March 1 & 2, 2014

34th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival 941.366.1552

January 25 – 26, 2014

The Players Theatre March 5 – 9, 2014

16th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art in the Park

25th Annual Springfest Fine Arts & Crafts

Five Points Park

Anna Maria Island Art League

January 25 – 26, 2014 March 8 & 9, 2014


APRIL 2014 La Musica International Chamber Music Festival April 2, 6, 10, 13, & 16, 2014

Sarasota Film Festival April 4 – 13, 2014 (subject to change)

YouthArts Fest Arts & Cultural Alliance April 5, 2014

Sarasota County Agricultural Fair

Sarasota Wine & Balloon Festival

Sarasota Fairgrounds

April 10 – 13, 2014

Palm Avenue, Historic Downtown Sarasota February 1 & 2, 2014

March 14 – 23, 2014

20th Annual Winterfest at the Mansion Arts & Craft Show

Art at the Ranch

Sarasota Masters Art Festival

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota

March 15 – 16, 2014

February 1 & 2, 2014

20th Annual Siesta Key Craft Fair

12th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival

Main Street from Lemon Ave to Selby Five

Ocean Blvd. & Beach Road

Points Park in Downtown Sarasota

February 8 & 9, 2014

March 22 & 23, 2014

26th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts

Sarasota Folk Festival Sarasota Folk Club

Oscar Scherer State Park

Main Street, Downtown Sarasota

February 15 & 16, 2014

March 22 & 23, 2014

Southwest Florida Heritage Festival

Arts in the Park Garden of the Five Senses, North Port

Crowley Museum & Nature Center

March 29, 2014

February 22, 2014

Selby Plant & Garden Festival

LWR Winterfest Music Festival

Lakewood Ranch’s Premier Sports Campus

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

February 22 – 23, 2014

March 29 & 30, 2014

MARCH 2014

The Rotary Club of Englewood’s Fine Arts Festival

13th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic




September 2013 March 29 & 30, 2014

35th Annual Siesta Fiesta Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key Village April 26 & 27, 2014

De Soto Heritage Festival April 2014 (TBD dates)

MAY 2014 Harvey Milk Festival May 16 – 18, 2014

11th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair May 17 – 18, 2014

SUMMER 2014 Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau June 1 – 14, 2014

Sarasota Music Festival June 5 – 21, 2014

AACTWorldFest, 2014 Venice Theatre June 16 – 21, 2014

ARTS COMMUNITIES & ORGANIZATIONS Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch 8100 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard Bradenton, FL 34202 941.462.2357

Music on Main

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Ste 300

Free concerts the first Friday of each month.

Sarasota, FL 34236

Empty Bowls


October 19, 2013

Boo Fest

15th Annual Awards Ceremony October 21, 2013

Principal’s Luncheon November 13, 2013

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

October 25, 2013

Boo Run October 26, 2013

Stone Crab Festival November 2, 2013

Chanukah Celebration November 27, 2013

See Museums & Visual Arts for complete event listings.

PLATO 25 North Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34246 941.363.1727

Realize Bradenton 941.681.0708

Bradenton Blues Festival December 7, 2013

Sarasota Film Society 941.364.8662

5414 Marina Drive

Art at the Ranch

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

March 15 – 16, 2014



March 29, 2014

See Museums & Visual Arts for complete

Tour de Cure

event listings.

March 30, 2014

10715 Rodeo Drive #8

Manatee County Cultural Alliance

Movieville Film Festival

6660 Manasota Key Road Englewood, FL 34223

926 12th Street West

Cine-World Film Festival


Bradenton, FL 34205

November 1 – 10, 2013


Annual Academy Awards

The Artful Lobster

March 2, 2014

Towles Court Art District

The Song and Story of Annie Morrison

The National League of American Pen Women, Sarasota Branch

October 24, 2013


A Glorious Cacophony of Classical, Rock and Experimental Music on Violin, Voice and Percussion

Third Friday Art Walks

The Betty Altman Story

6 – 10 pm monthly

November 14, 2013

Lunch and tour of Manatee Players Performing Arts Center

Venice Main Street

November 13, 2013

Hermitage Artist Retreat

November 16, 2013 Hermitage Artist Series at the Historic Asolo Theater

The Borderless Music of Composer Lera Auerbach

October 9, 2013

Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236 Lakewood Ranch Cinemas Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 September 20 – 22, 2013

1938 Adams Lane Sarasota, FL 34236


December 12, 2013

Holiday Gala

Inside the Artist Mind of Fay Ku

December 11, 2013

Village of the Arts

February 13, 2014

Halide Smith – A Bouquet of Creativity

Bradenton, FL

Bill Morrison’s Unbearably Beautiful Decomposition of Film

January 8, 2014


March 13, 2014

Elizabeth Waterston - Life into art: the creative process for one successful writer

Hermitage Artist Series at the

February 12, 2014

available online.

Sarasota Opera House

Student Awards Luncheon

Greenfield Prize Commission Premiere

March 19, 2014

Visit Sarasota County

April 12, 2014

Annual Meeting

701 N. Tamiami Trail

April 9, 2014

Sarasota, FL 34236

Historic Burns Square

Schedule of workshops and events


Pineapple Ave. between Ringling Ave. &

Palm Avenue Arts Alliance

Mound St.

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

First Friday Gallery Walks 6 – 9 pm.

June 1 – 14, 2014

September 2013




ason! e S 4 1 0 2 31 3 0 2 Jump into our Between our MainStage, Stage II, Cabaret, Generations & Concerts Series, we’ve got the best in live entertainment for everyone! SEPT/OCT

Rich Little


Schoolhouse Rock Live!


Let’s Hang On


Becky’s New Car


Underneath the Lintel




Rave On


The Silver Foxes Follies



I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!


Five Guys Named Moe




Monday, Monday


A Christmas Carol


Parallel Lives


The Baby Boomer Comedy Show


The Elephant Man


How I Became a Pirate


The Loveland Follies


Superior Donuts


Boeing, Boeing


The Legends of Doo Wop


The Capitol Steps


The Sounds of Harry James & the Andrews Sisters

JUNE 16-21


Radio Gals


Ben Vereen




The Kingston Trio

The international community theatre festival returns!

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Behind the Scene

Society Maven Debbi Benedict Gives the Latest Scoop

The Game of Society Life in Sarasota is a

newcomer is, “Where do you live?” My, but

bit like the childhood board game of Chutes

that is a loaded question, dear Poodle, and one

and Ladders – give a significant gift to your

that can either quickly catapult you forward

favorite charity, or as several Sarasota femmes

several spaces on society’s game board, or

have done, become a nanny to a precious,

make you lose a turn. There is no perfectly

pampered, privileged tot or a nurse to the

correct answer, of course, but the farther

dying wife and wind up marrying your well-

“West of the Trail” you are, the better, and if

connected, deep-pocketed boss, and you

you are directly on the Gulf of Mexico, you

quickly make that climb up the ladder to the

get to immediately leap forward at least six

top. But one misstep or federal indictment and

spaces. In town you will want to be in Harbor

down the chute you slide to society hell or as

Acres, Cherokee Park, or any of the charming

some call it, Arcadia. We learned about how

areas near the Field Club. Of course, any

to succeed in the rarefied world of Sarasota

address on one of the keys — Longboat, Bird,

Society’s charity circuit in part one of my

Lido, Siesta, Casey, or Manasota, can elicit an

series last September. Now we will cover all

approving nod and smile from you inquiring

those little incidentals that we didn’t have

interrogator. Also acceptable are the upper tier

space for last time around. Grab your playing

country clubs such as The Oaks, Laurel Oak,

piece and spin the wheel. Your game is just

and the more elite parts of Lakewood Ranch.

beginning. Prepare to win big.

The downtown condos along the bay front,

One of the first and most telling,

with The Ritz being the crowning glory, are

though seemingly innocent, questions any

also given the stamp of society approval. My

coy Sarasotan asks upon first meeting the

tried and true real estate advice is to buy the September 2013




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smallest bungalow in the most chi-chi neighborhood and you can

the best parties and committees. Until the new shopping nirvana

always say you are in the middle of negotiations with the county

that Benderson is planning is built, a few places you might want

to do a tear-down because as we all know, that takes forever.

to look are classics like Lilly Pulitzer, Brooks Brothers, and J

If you have children you can casually meet all the “must

McLaughlin. For more designer options and a little privacy and

know” mumsys and daddies at the tres best schools. Starting with

attention, you must call the Fifth Avenue Club at Saks or go out

your toddler, Swiss Day and Forty Carrots are THE preschool

on the Circle to The Met. Many fashion aficionados hop in the

places to start your young darlings on the right social track and if

car to shop at Naples’ Waterside Shops, International Plaza in

you are in South County its European Academy. As they graduate

Tampa, or Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. New York City is a

to kindergarten and beyond, the choices become much wider.

favorite, too. With all the shopping that goes on in this town

Schools with religious leanings have always been popular and the

and one not wanting to be seen twice in the same thing, two

Sarasota area has two excellent ones – St. Martha’s and Cardinal

places to go to find, ahem, more reasonably priced attire, albeit

Mooney and though technically in Bradenton, many mommy

previously worn, are Designing Women Boutique or Women

SUVs drive north every morning to go to Saint Stephens. The

Resource Center’s Encore and More. If you pass a well-dressed

other big private school is the venerable Out-of-Door Academy

woman at an event and she diverts her eyes upon seeing you,

where your child can relish the simple pleasures of nature. If your

you might just have found the previous owner!

little progeny is a precocious smarty pants, we are fortunate to

Many of Sarasota’s society swans’ secrets are shared with their

have one of the nation’s top “gifted” schools, Pine View, where

hairdressers at our most posh salons. A few where you will see

many of Sarasota’s elite unabashedly send their children, saving

the best coiffed are Terry KcKee’s Nuovo, Venice’s James Griffith

their private school tuition money for the Ivy League schools

Salon, and Richard Day and Ray Peper’s John Carl Salon and Spa,

many will ultimately attend. Extra game points are achieved

where legend has it that one now dearly departed Grande Dame

if you join the board of trustees. Who knows, you might find

actually slapped the shampoo girl for letting water run down her

yourself sitting next to a retired Fortune 500 CEO or local mogul.

porcelain-skinned back! I know you don’t have to think too hard,

Even if you have no children to utilize as an introduction to

Poodle, to figure out the name of that imperious slapper!

Sarasota’s swishy life, an easy way to meet other swells without

Beauty maintenance is an ongoing and time-consuming past

looking like you are trying too hard is at your church or synagogue.

time. What goes on behind closed doors? We will never tell,

I know that is probably against your pious sensibilities, but it is

but we do see friends with knowing smiles passing each other

still oh so effective. I am going to break it down by categories –

as they go in and out. The places you are most likely to see the

Protestants might want to consider Church of the Palms or First

most photographed of high society are the Ritz Carlton Spa, The

Baptist; WASPy Episcopalian’s won’t go wrong at either Church

Met Day Spa/Salon, L.Spa, Fresh Salon.Spa.Style, and the ever

of the Redeemer or St. Boniface; there are several Catholic

popular, Neoderm. Since this isn’t a medical column, I won’t name

churches depending on what you are looking for - St. Martha’s,

Sarasota’s favorite plastic surgeons that “enhance” or “refresh” the

St. Michael’s, or St. Mary Star of the Sea – are good places to

most beautiful faces and bodies in town, but I will say that being a

start. If you are looking for a synagogue, Temple Beth Israel on

plastic surgeon is a very lucrative profession in this area.

Longboat Key or Temple Beth Sholom might be where you want to hang your yarmulke.

Cars are very important to your social standing. Where best to observe what Sarasota Society drives? That would be the valet line

Alright, now you have met all those wonderful new friends

at the Ritz Carlton after a charity luncheon or black-tie fundraiser.

and you want to have them over for dinner at your appropriately

You just know you will have a good 30 minutes, at the very least,

addressed home. Unless you are a terrific cook who enjoys

to see who gets into what luxury car. Lines and lines of sedans of

that sort of thing, you are going to need a dependable caterer

the Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguar, BMW, and Porsche persuasions, with

to cement your hostessing reputation. Who to hire for catering

an occasional Rolls Royce thrown in for good measure, crowd

help? Well, that depends. Some people use Philip Mancini and

under the Ritz’s porte cochere. Having the right ride often means

his Michael’s On East catering staff for every party – large or

whether or not you will be accepted into the right circles. I know

small – while other’s like Paul Mattison. The go-to private chef to

of one woman who didn’t feel she could join the Junior League

prepare your meal at home is Jeremy Hammond Chambers and

until she could drive to her meetings in a Mercedes.

if you want to just buy the fully prepared goodies, put them in

Not only do you need the right car, but another “must have”

your fanciest serving dishes and say you slaved in the kitchen all

is access to private air travel. Whether you own it or charter it,

day then you must go to Morton’s Market. Of course, your guests

a private plane is de rigueur. Just look on Facebook and you will

might be able to figure out your secret because no doubt they’ll

see lots of vacation photos of the swells standing outside their

recognize the dish since they have done it themselves!

private jets ready to board, letting you know they don’t have to

You will need a multitude of fashionable frocks to infiltrate

subject themselves to the horrors of the TSA. September 2013




On any given day, lunch or dinner, you can walk into any one of these restaurants and find your congressman, your banker, or socialites planning a posh gala at their favorite table. The top two places to see and be seen or sit back and observe the social dance of the powerful

Michelle Crabtree

Realtor, Broker Associate, CLHMS, CRS, CIPS, GRI, PMN, ABR, TRC, RSPS, AHWD, SFR, GREEN

2011 Five Star Real Estate Agents “Best In Client Satisfaction” – 6 Years 2010 Florida Realtor Honor

and philanthropic gracefully flitting from

Society – 6 Years

table to table would be Michael’s On East and the Bijou Café. Looking to see

2010 Director, Sarasota

who is meeting up for drinks and maybe

Association of Realtors (SAR)

more? Then the Ritz Carlton’s Jack Dusty

– 3 year term

is where you want to be. Louie’s Modern

2009 Women’s Council of

was new to the social scene this past

Realtors (WCR) Sarasota

season and I only expect its reputation as a go-to place will grow to the same level as its older sister, Libby’s, as just one more place to see committee chairs persuading donors to support their event. Maybe you want to be a little more low-key? You would then go to Indigenous or The Table to see the serious foodies in town. One of the best ways to see the swanky in their natural habitat is to snag

“Business Woman of the Year”

Cell: 941.724.HOME (4663) Office: 941.907.9595 Email: A third generation local & Broker Sales Associate since 1982; dedicated to your needs. Serving Sarasota, Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch.

2008 WCR Sarasota Chapter President 2007 SAR “Meritorious Service Award” 2005 WCR Sarasota “Realtor of the Year”

an invitation to one of the area’s private clubs. Of course, it helps if you are a golfer, a tennis player, a bridge player, or a boater, but you can also just like to socialize and dine. In the earliest editions of SCENE back in the late 50s and early 60s, if you weren’t a member of the Field Club, the Sarasota Yacht Club, or the Bird Key Yacht Club, you just did not have a social life. Those clubs are still popular and now we have added clubs that housing developments have been built around such at the Longboat Key Club, The Oaks Club, and Laurel Oak. Some are harder to become members of than others, but you knew that, didn’t you? There, you now have all the strategies to win the biggest game in Sarasota – just watch your opponents. We have champion gamers living here! Until next time….TaTa! Debbi Benedict is SCENE’s society maven and Special Issues Director. Contact Debbi at 941-483-4460 or

September 2013





How much do you know about Prostate Cancer? By Dr. Michael Dattoli

More men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year than women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and yet few men really know the facts about this most prevalent man’s disease. During the month of September there is a world-wide push to educate men (and the women who love them) about prostate cancer. So here we are in September again. Since this time last year nearly 230,000 American men have heard their doctors say, “You’ve got prostate cancer.” And sadly, some 32,000 of our brothers, Dr. Michael Dattoli is the Founder and Chief Physician at the Dattoli Cancer Center, 2803 Fruitville Road – Sarasota 941.957.1221 /

fathers, husbands and friends have died of this disease. While we really don’t know how to pre-

Dattoli Cancer Foundation is hosting a FREE Prostate Cancer Screening Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:00 am – 2:00 pm No appointments. No fasting required.

nosed with prostate cancer. If you have a family history (your father, brother, grandfather or

Dattoli Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

vent the disease, we do know how to effectively treat it so that men can live a high quality of life many, many years after they have heard those frightening words: you’ve got prostate cancer. The first step is to understand your odds. Today one in every six American men will be diaguncle has or had prostate cancer) your chances of developing the disease are greatly increased … maybe 1 out of 4. If you are African American your chances are increased even more. If you were exposed to Agent Orange you run an increased risk of developing a particularly aggressive type of prostate cancer. Your age and health habits also contribute to increased risk of developing prostate cancer. We can’t do anything to change our genetic inheritance, but we can make sensible choices about lifestyle. Virtually every major modern disease can be positively affected by regular exercise, the “Mediterranean diet,” moderate alcohol intake, no smoking, good mental health and pre-emptive testing. Prostate cancer is one of those situations where regular screening exams can make the difference between finding and treating the disease early, and potentially dying a lingering, painful death. The message I want to convey during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is this: Even though you feel healthy and well, and don’t know of any prostate cancer in your family, you could have a tumor growing in your prostate right now! The simple way to know is to GET SCREENED once a year. Prostate cancer itself should not be feared; when found early you stand a very good chance of being cured. What is to be feared is not knowing that you have this cancer. An undiagnosed cancer can and often does grow into a killer before exhibiting any symptoms. As we say, “Don’t fear the finger!*” If you have a family history or other high risk factor, start screening annually at age 40. Otherwise start at age 50. Even though your family doctor (and the U.S. government) might not agree with annual screening, there is no argument that early diagnosis (through screening) increases your chances of being cured. The screening is simple – a PSA blood test (one small tube of blood) and a digital rectal exam (*the finger exam) … over and done with in 10 minutes. C’mon guys – this is much easier than the screenings women have annually. Time to “man up” and look out for your own wellbeing by having this simple screening. P.S. Don’t take it personally but I really prefer not to meet you in my office one day.




September 2013

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LITERARY S By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Island of the White Rose by R. Ira Harris (Bridge Works Publishing, cloth, 266 pages, $24.95)

One of my early writing mentors grew up in Havana, so I’ve always been interested in literature about the Caribbean in general and Cuba in specific. R. Ira Harris’ novel, Island of the White Rose, is a fine addition. Set amidst the


Castro revolution (1950s), this story is about love, adventure, and betrayal. The hero of the story is Pedro Villanueva, a 37-year-old priest from a wealthy

of the

family. Things go tragically wrong as Pedro and his brother try to help prisoners escape from La Cabana prison, which convinces Pedro to join the underground fighters working to support the Fidelistas in the Sierra Maestra mountains. As the story moves on, it becomes evident that nothing is quite


what it seems, no matter what beliefs or political positions one holds. Harris spent months researching this book, watching YouTube videos

A Novel


from Cuba circa 1958, reading every book about Cuba he could find, and “peering at Google Earth to see the shoreline and to plot courses that Father Pedro takes skippering La Rosa Blanca.” But it’s important to note that this story came about through Harris’ re-connection with a college sweetheart, Asuncion Ferrer, who was living in Caracas. In their extensive exchange (witness a $1,000 invoice from Sprint for international texting!), she shared how her mother, a high level official in the Batista government and secret member of the M-26-7 underground smuggled supplies to Castro in the mountains. The character of Maria in this novel is loosely based on her. It’s no surprise either to learn that Harris is a lawyer. The prose in this novel is clean, crisp, and precise. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that he’s a big fan of Hemingway, too, with Harris’ understated style serving to highlight the narrative versus the mechanics of the writing. Harris isn’t a one-and-done author. He’s got another novel that he wrote about his experiences as a lawyer who sued a Sikh holy man for defrauding a client. He’s also developing a sequel to Island of the White Rose that will deal with some of the characters when they arrive in the U.S. and the failed attempt to remove the Castro government, culminating in the Bay of Pigs disaster. If you like high energy stories set in exotic locales, this book might do the trick.




September 2013

15 Views: Volume II: Corridor by Nathan Holic & John Henry Fleming (Burrow Press, paperback, 258 pages, $20)

This unusual anthology is by an exciting nonprofit press out of Orlando. What makes this book so unusual? It features 15 linked stories, told by 15 authors, and it’s all set in different Orlando locales. But that’s not all. Since the subtitle “Corridor” refers to I-4 which connects Orlando and Tampa Bay, the book also includes a section with 15 more linked stories, all set in the Tampa area. To read the Tampa stories, you flip the book to the “back” and start reading from there. Taken together, you have an interesting literary portrait of two very distinct Florida cities. The Orlando thread delves into an Orlando plagued with violence and the large cast of characters who feel its effects, with stories weaving their way from the outskirts of Oviedo, down the Greenway Trail and into downtown’s Orange Avenue as the bars let out. The Tampa thread sprawls across the entire bay area to form an eclectic tale involving Albanian myths, local history, an assassin, corgis, and a mysterious black plane. Of particular note are 30 black and white illustrations by Orlando artist Lesley Silvia, who also designed the cover. I also heartily recommend Susan Lilley’s “Equinox” on the Orlando side and Ira Sukrungruang’s “The Soup” on the Tampa side, though there are plenty of quirky, interesting tales throughout. Burrow Press isn’t through with these geographical anthologies, with 15 Views, Volume III being released in the Spring of 2014. This new volume will feature writing by a high schooler, a high school language arts teachers, three young adult novelists, and “a slew of other local riffraff” says publisher Ryan Rivas. Also on tap for 2014 is 15 Views of Miami. Perhaps there’ll be a 15 Views of Sarasota before long, too! For more about Burrow Press or their literary journal, Burrow Press Review, please visit

Memoir Writing for Dummies by Ryan G. Van Cleave (Wiley, paperback, 366 pages, $19.95)

Yes, the final book this month is one I wrote. I typically don’t review my own books but this one is less about me and my writing and more about you and your writing. It’s about empowering yourself to communicate your story to others both now and in the future. That’s a worthy goal for any life. Other reasons to write your memoir? Because to tell your story is to understand it and your own life better. Because you have something valuable to share. Because you want to create a legacy for your family. Because writing is therapeutic. Because writing exercises the brain and keeps your mind sharp. Because writing is fun. Because your life matters. And finally, just because. With more than 250 million books in print and more than 1,800 titles, the For Dummies series is the most widely recognized and highly regarded reference series in the world. If you’re looking for the know-how and the how-to about writing your own story, then trust that the For Dummies book on writing memoir will have everything you need to succeed. For more about this book or writing your own memoir, please visit:

September 2013







constructed waterfront home — situated on over an acre of

Anna E. von Gehr has been appointed as the Senior Director

and by Jonathan Abrams, of the firm’s Siesta Key office. Lynne

of Development for The Ringling in Sarasota, Florida. Serving

Koy, with Coldwell Banker, represented the buyer.

Gulf of Mexico frontage — sold for $6.8 million. The luxury property was co-listed by The Addy-Wittig Team, of the Longboat Key South office of Michael Saunders & Company;

under Director, Steven High and Glen Jack, Vice President for Constituent Programs at the Florida State University to enhance the scholarship, practice, and presentation of art


and culture. von Gehr comes to Florida State and The Ringling

Sarasota Crew’s Men’s Varsity 8+ boat won the U.S. Rowing

from the University of Virginia where she served as Director

Youth National Championship on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge,

of University Arts Development. As director, she restructured

Tennessee this summer. Andrew Dupuis, Nick Edwards, Jose

and grew the University’s The Fralin Museum of Art and The

Colon, Andrew Konecny, Maddux Castle, Travis Taaffe, Ryan

Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum and completed a $30

Hails, Ben Delaney and coxswain Benson Stevens (pictured left to

million campaign for The Fralin Museum of Art as part of the

right) topped off an undefeated season by winning this prestigious

University’s $3 billion campaign.

national championship covering the 2,000-meter course in

Foundation, von Gehr will lead The Ringling team’s campaign

5:52.99, nearly three seconds ahead of the second place team.

PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES NEW COLLEGE AS ONE OF NATION’S BEST COLLEGES The Princeton Review has again named New College of Florida as one of the country’s best colleges, placing it in the top 15 percent of all four-year institutions nationwide for the 12th consecutive year. The listing comes in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition,” published today. The Review already recognized New College with a third-place ranking among public colleges for quality and affordability in its annual “150 Best Value Colleges” listing, released in February.


UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SARASOTA-MANATEE MAKES HISTORY The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee welcomed its first-ever Freshman class for the fall 2013 semester. Students

A Gulf front estate at 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive has become

have an average GPA of 3.59, an average SAT (reading

the highest-priced residential property sold on Longboat Key

and math) score of 1093 and Composite ACT of 24. Of 389

in over two years. Listed in April for $7 million, the newly-

applicants, 132 or 33 percent (33%) were accepted, with 79




September 2013

students enrolled. Since 1974, when USF began offering limited courses in the




has grown to serve more than 4,500 students annually on a unique campus in Sarasota-Manatee and an instructional site in North Port. Until 2012, USFSM was an upper-division transfer university offering undergraduate and graduate course work leading to baccalaureate and




sophomores beginning in 2012, and now the first freshman class in fall 2013, signals USFSM’s major transformation to a four-year university.





SNHY) has opened its third facility in the Sarasota-Bradenton area — a 75,000-square-foot manufacturing facility adjacent to its existing operations in South Manatee County, according to Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief


executive officer of the Bradenton Area Economic




expansion facilitates growth for Sun and, over time, could lead to new jobs in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. Sun will move operations currently located in a Lenexa, Kansas facility to the new factory in the Bradenton area. Sun’s current manifold production in Manatee County will also be relocated to the new factory over the same time period. In 2011, Sun Hydraulics completed construction on improvements to utilities to serve an existing building at 701 Tallevast Road and the new building at 803


                 

Tallevast. Combined capital investment for the utilities project and the new manufacturing facility is estimated at $20 million.


   


September 2013




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