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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

Photos by Brynn Mechem

Director Carol Whitfield performs from behind the keyboard.

Photos by Katie Johns

Florence Katz’s daughter Judy Vigder and Bob Vigder

Temple Beth Israel goes from baroque to Broadway

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emple Beth Israel sang the praises of Jewish composers March 27. But they also honored one of their own. On Wednesday evening, the temple hosted its third annual Florence Katz Memorial Concert. Katz, who died in 2015, founded the temple’s choir and served as its director for 22 years. During the concert, her legacy was honored as the temple’s choir performed a medley of baroque music and Broadway classics. This year’s concert, which

benefits the choir, celebrated Salamone Rossi, a violinist and composer, and other Jewish artists including Jerry Bock and Richard Rogers. Additionally, the choir was joined by three special guests from the Sarasota Orchestra. Concert Master Daniel Jordan, soloist Robyn Rocklein and Resident Pianist Jonathan Spivey all performed throughout the evening. Following the concert, music enthusiasts enjoyed a dessert and champagne reception.

Key of Sea Chorus dedicates concert to memory of member

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he Key of Sea Chorus gave its annual concert Thursday, March 28. However, there was one member missing. The group, which performs songs from Broadway and movie musicals, dedicated its concert to the memory of Lois Hauselman. The group started in 2001 as friends who like to sing together. However, soon after, it began performing in places such as retirement communities and of course, The Players Club. The concert marked the groups ninth performance in 2019. — BRYNN MECHEM

A chorus member belts out “Pennies from Heaven.”

— KATIE JOHNS

Daniel Jordan, concert master of the Sarasota Orchestra, performs the intro to “Fiddler on the Roof” with Jonathan Spivey, the resident pianist of the orchestra.

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