Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, ARTbeat! 11.13.2015

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art beat Nov. 13, 2015
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Sarasota Youth Opera’s

Hans Krása’s Brundibár
Sarasota Youth Opera Production
Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Children $12, Adults $25
Family Package $55 (4 children, 2 adults)

Sarasota Youth Opera’s Brundibár features a new prologue created by music staff. For this Fall’s Youth Opera production, stage director Martha Collins and Youth Opera music director Jesse Martins wanted to put the opera into historical context.

Performed more than 55 times by the children of the Theresienstadt concentration camp during WWII, Hans Krása’s Brundibár finds Annette and Little Joe in search of milk for their ill mother. The children’s only hope is to raise money by singing in the marketplace, but the heartless organ grinder Brundibár chases them away.

Martha Collins created a new prologue told entirely in the words of children, set to music especially selected by Maestro Martins. The prologue is a tapestry that begins with the Declaration of Independence, moves to Germany, touches upon other countries, and ends with modern day issues of bullying.

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Asolo Rep’s Westside Story

Directed by two-time Tony Nominee Joey McKneely,
Asolo Rep opens its 2015-16 season with the
groundbreaking broadway musical, WEST SIDE STORY!

One of the greatest musicals ever written, Asolo Rep’s production will open Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. and run through Dec. 27.

This American masterpiece was crafted by some of the most legendary artists of all time, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Two-time Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely, who reproduced the choreography for the celebrated 2009 Broadway revival, will direct and reproduce Robbins’ timeless choreography for Asolo Rep’s production.

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JAZZ Meets ART Event
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail
Nov. 18 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Member $10; Non-member $15.

No RSVP necessary.

Jazz Club of Sarasota partners with Art Center Sarasota to present an evening of jazz and art. Come meet new friends and enjoy both the art display and music. Light snacks, cash bar.

Billy Marcus, a South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, has worked with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band, Dexter Gordon, Maynard Ferguson, Sonny Rollins and many other jazz greats.
Synia Carroll, with hints of Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan heard, brings a clear smoothness and respect to classic jazz standards.

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The Sarasota Ballet’s MacMillan, Wright & Ashton Repertory Program
The Sarasota Ballet offers up a mixed repertory program titled MacMillan, Wright & Ashton featuring works by three Knights of the British ballet Nov. 20 through 21 at the Sarasota Opera House. All company premieres, The Sarasota Ballet will become the first American company to bring Sir Frederick Ashton’s timeless classic, Marguerite and Armand, into its repertoire. The program also features Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto and the recreation of Sir Peter Wright’s Summertide.

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Starlite Players presents
Looking for Love (in All the Wrong Places)
Starlite Players are Looking for Love (in All the Wrong Places) with four short comedies that run Nov. 19 -22 at The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Avenue. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Looking for Love (in All the Wrong Places) features original plays written, performed and presented by talented professionals from the Tampa Bay area. The November plays are Rage Against The Robot by Jack Gilhooley, directed by Carole Kleinberg; Confessions a Deux by Stephen Cooper, directed by Mark Woodland; The Unmovable Seat by Martin Tucker, directed by Jamie Lee Butrum; and The Chatterbox Club by James Rayfield, directed by Brad Wages. 

Tickets cost $17.50 and include a 15% discount on an optional pre- or post-show dinner or Sunday brunch at The Starlite Room. Show tickets and information are available from, [email protected], and 941.587.8290 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Also see the Starlite Players Facebook page.

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Connecting Cuba Opening Reception
Connecting Cuba Art Exhibit: A World Culture Series Intitiative
Opening Reception: Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court, West Entrance
Tickets are $12 at the door or advance tickets available for $10.

Fogartyville presents the first World Culture Series of events with a multidisciplinary art exhibit called, Connecting Cuba. This program celebrates the normalization of relations with Cuba and our many connections despite years of restriction. The intention of this show is not as much to simply present Cuban artists, or art about Cuba, as it is to display in gallery style a story of how Cuba is connected to us as humans and neighbors on this planet. The exhibit highlights art, music, classic cars, baseball, shark research, and more.

Opening night begins with the Curator’s Walk and Talk at 7 p.m. Celebrate with the Cuban Dance Band, Proyecto Son beginning at 8 p.m. The gallery exhibit is open for viewing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment until Dec. 20.

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Groundreaking Composer, Performance Artist Miya Masaoka Continues
New Music New College Season

Miya Masaoka: A Line Becomes a Circle
Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
Pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Call 941-487-4888 or visit

Miya Masaoka is a musician, composer and performance artist who has reinvented the Japanese koto with computers, lasers and real-time processing.

She also is a performance artist who incorporates the natural world – plants, insects, and amplification of human heartbeats and brainwaves – into her live performances.

At New College, using the koto, resonant objects, video projections, electronics, and a wearable percussion dress, Masaoka will present a program of pieces, including an excerpt of a new work, A Line Becomes A Circle.

To learn more about Miya Masaoka, visit

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents Broadway Under the Stars
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present its major annual gala, this year titled Broadway Under the Stars, on Nov. 19, 6-10 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium (801 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota). Featured guest at the event will be the Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, TV star and recording artist Melba Moore, who was inducted into The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum in Detroit on Oct. 4.

Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner and open bar, Moore and the Troupe will perform, and there will be dancing to the WBTT band. During the event, Moore – who has come to Sarasota twice before to support WBTT – will be presented with the WBTT Spotlight Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and longtime supporters Gerri Aaron and Marvin Albert will receive the WBTT Spotlight Award for Heart and Soul Philanthropy, recognizing their financial support and leadership service to the organization.

Tickets are $200/person. Call WBTT at (941) 366-1505 for tickets or further information.

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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Body and Soul
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota continues its 20th-anniversary season with the smoldering vocals of cabaret artist, Carole J. Bufford, lending her unique spark to such popular standards as Cry Me a River, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine, Goody Goody, I Wanna Be Around, Body and Soul, and much more, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $40 and $45 and are available at 941-360-7399 or
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Join the Culture Collective!
The SARASOTA CULTURE COLLECTIVE gives those interested in the arts (ages 21-39) the chance to experience Sarasota’s world-class organizations at a dramatically discounted rate and exclusive access to pre- or post-show mix and mingle events. This can include cocktails, appetizers, a chance to schmooze with the younger set in Sarasota and a short up close and personal presentation by a performer, director, etc. from the arts organization. Memberships are $99, which gets you:

• ONE ticket to ONE performance at each of the following organizations: Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Sarasota Ballet, Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra and The Ringling.
• Discounts to other arts organizations in the area.
• Meet up events hosted by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.

Sound good to you? Snap up your membership today. Art just isn’t the same with out the audience.

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Events & Happenings

Architect Guy Petersen signing Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street
Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

This landmark volume documents the stunning work of Guy Peterson, who has spent his life pursuing and developing a rich architectural vision carefully tuned to the demands and opportunities afforded by the unique features of Florida and his design-by-removal process that has produced some of America’s greatest coastal architecture. Petersen himself will be on hand to chat and to sign his book. Please join us for this rare opportunity. More event info at or 941-36-7900.

Discussion with Ambassador James A. Joseph
Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street
Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.
Joseph will discuss his new book, Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values.
Joseph grew up in Louisiana’s Cajun country, where his parents taught him the value of education and the importance of serving others. These lessons inspired him to follow a career path that came to include working in senior executive or advisory positions for four United States Presidents and with the legendary Nelson Mandela to build a new democracy in Southern Africa. Saved for a Purpose is Joseph’s ethical autobiography, in which he shares his moral philosophy and his insights on leadership.

Jazz at First Church Returns!
104 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota
941- 955-0935
The opening program will be Nov. 15 (two separate concerts – 4 and 5:30 p.m.) with another Dixie and Swing Special. Guest artists will be Dick Hamilton, trombone and flute; Jim Martin, trumpet and flugelhorn; and Bill Carmichael, saxophone and clarinet. Our great rhythm section will be back for all programs – Johnny Moore, drums; Dominic Mancini, bass; and Tommy Goodman, piano.  Free – Donations Appreciated.

Edible Ag Event
Manatee County Agricultural Museum
Nov. 19 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Experience the Manatee County Agricultural Museum in a new way on Nov. 19, 5 – 7:30 pm! Come enjoy samples of local agricultural products while exploring the Museum. Several new exhibits will be on display, including a Harllee Barn artwork exhibit. Bring friends and family for “a little taste” of agriculture, past and present. Admission is free but reservations are requested. RSVP by Monday, November 16th, 721-2034.

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In This Issue
Sarasota Youth Opera’s Brundibár

Westside Story Opens Tonight

Jazz Meets Art Event

The Sarasota Ballet

Starlite Players is Back!

Connecting Cuba Reception

New Music New College

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Artist Series Concerts

Events and Happenings

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