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art beat March 14, 2014

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Sarasota Keys Concert at Whole Foods


Sarasota Keys

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has teamed up with Whole Foods Market Sarasota for a special Sarasota Keys concert entitled Piano Quattro Prelude. Four of the Sarasota Keys pianos will be brought together for an unforgettable evening of live music in Downtown Sarasota.

The free event will take place Friday, March 14, 5pm to 6pm, followed by the 2nd Annual Beers and Beards Festival from 6-8pm.

The pianists featured at this event are Dr. Joseph HoltLee Dougherty RossRich Ridenour, and Stephen Kline.

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Greenfield Prize Takes Center Stage


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The Greenfield Prize was born on April 23, 2008 – at lunch withBob and Louise Greenfield and Debra Jacobs who, at the time, was the administrator of the Greenfield Foundation. The conversation centered around a major relationship between theHermitage Artists Retreat and the Foundation, which eventually became a contract to develop and administer a national prize in the form of a commission for a new work of art in drama, music, and visual art.  

Working closely with Bob Greenfield, the Hermitage Artist Retreat developed the concept, a jury selection system, a celebration dinner with a major national speaker, and they dreamed of the future when work the Hermitage commissioned would find its first audiences in collaboration with regional professional arts organizations. And perhaps those annual premieres would coordinate with each new award to create a Greenfield Prize Weekend.

Well that future is here.  On April 10, the Hermitage will premiere the 2012 Greenfield Prize commission by pianist/composer Vijay Iyer during the La Musica Chamber Music Festival. On Saturday April 12, the Hermitage will be awarding the 7th Greenfield Prize to playwright Nilo Cruz. Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis will give the keynote speech. It will be a weekend filled with events, including free creative conversations with our super stars.  

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Travel Cross-Country with the Joad Family in “The Grapes of Wrath”


Grapes of Wrath

Asolo Repertory Theatre continues its 2013-2014 season withFrank Galati’s triumphant adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE GRAPES OF WRATH, directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards

Frank Galati’s adaptation premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre of Chicago in 1988. The Broadway production won the Tony award for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play in 1990 and was nominated for six additional Tony Awards. The play opens tonight, Friday, March 14 and will run through April 19.

The Grapes of Wrath is a great work of art. The Joad family’s story of survival is uplifting and universal. For me, there are few plays that touch every aspect of what it is to be human, and this is one of them. The set, featuring a recreation of the Colorado River, onstage rain, and the iconic moving jalopy, is a visual masterpiece that vividly complements this extraordinary story of what it means to be an American,” said Edwards. 

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Freud and Lewis Face-Off at FST



Florida Studio Theatre will present the new play, Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain, as part of a limited engagement run.

Freud’s Last Session presents an imagined depiction of a meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, set in the final days of Freud’s life, on the very day that England entered the Second World War. The play is inspired by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr.’s book The Question of God, which speculates on the meeting between Freud and Lewis that history can neither confirm nor deny. St. Germain’s play takes the scenario one step farther, bringing the imagined meeting to life in exquisite, thought-provoking detail. In a meeting of the minds unlike any other, the intellectual pair faces off over the existence of God and a variety of other topics.

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5th Annual YouthArts Fest

The fifth annual YouthArts Fest, sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance, will be held on March 22 at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. This event is free and open to the public.

Over 500 students will showcase their talents in various performances throughout the day. Selby Library will display an extensive student art exhibit. Local arts and cultural organizations will be exhibiting to offer information on the summer and after-school programs, workshops and scholarship opportunities they offer to students.

“One of the top priorities of the Alliance is to build support for arts education programs in our schools,“ says Arts and Cultural Alliance Executive Director, Jim Shirley. “We hope this showcase of the amazing artistic talents in our schools will inspire the community to ensure the arts remain an essential part of a complete education for our students.”

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Get Out The Vote!



Vote Yes on March 25 to keep Sarasota County schools at the top. Want to show your support? Stop by The Chamber to pick up a yard sign for your home or business.

Early voting began on March 10th click here for more information.

Click here to find your polling location.

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Gloria Musicae’s “A Night at the Opera”


Gloria Musicae

Sarasota’s Gloria Musicae Singers celebrates the artistry of opera with “A Night at the Opera,” on Sunday, March 16 at 7pm.

The concert, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, Gloria Musicae’s artistic director, will feature favorite choruses from beloved operas, including the “Brindisi” from Verdi’s La Traviata, the “Humming Chorus” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the “Easter Hymn” from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and the “Prayer” from Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto.

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Events & Happenings

007 and other Numerous Movies
Sarasota Pops Orchestra
Sunday, March 16 at 3pm
Bond, James Bond, kicks off an afternoon of movie theme music with the likes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Magnificent Seven, Apollo 13, and hits from the movie 42nd Street! The concert will take place at Riverview High School’s Performing Arts Center. Learn More!

Munchtime Musicales Performance
Sarasota Opera’s Studio Artists
Wednesday, March 19 at 12pm
The Sarasota Concert Association is pleased to present Sarasota Opera’s Studio Artists in a Munchtime Musicales performance at David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The concert is free and open to the public.

Can Art Save the World?
Putting Our Imagination to Work on Behalf of the Planet
Friday, March 14 at 7pm
Expressive Arts Florida
An “audience participation” slide-talk provides an introductory experience of Dr. Pat B. Allen’s “Collaborative Inquiry through Art” process. Be inspired by her exploration of the borders between art, psychology, spirituality, and social action. Meet-and-greet and book signing will follow. Light refreshments. Pat B. Allen is a visual artist, art therapist, educator, and author of Art is a Way of Knowing and Art is a Spiritual PathLearn More!


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In This Issue

Sarasota Keys Concert

Greenfield Prize Weekend

Asolo Rep’s Grapes of Wrath

FST’s Freud’s Last Session

YouthArts Fest 2014

Get Out the Vote!

Gloria Musicae at the Opera

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