Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents “BODY AND SOUL” With Cabaret Artist Carole J. Bufford November 14 and 15 • Historic Asolo Theater; This award-winning young cabaret singer mines the Great American Songbook to unearth fresh and subtly explosive renditions of such timeless classics as “Cry Me a River,” “What is This Thing Called Love,” and “Body and Soul.”

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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents


With Cabaret Artist Carole J. Bufford

November 14 and 15 • Historic Asolo Theater

This award-winning young cabaret singer mines the Great American Songbook to unearth fresh and subtly explosive renditions of such timeless classics as “Cry Me a River,” “What is This Thing Called Love,” and “Body and Soul.”


“Carole J. Bufford is a sizzling cabaret performer who offers the fullest realization I can remember of a 1920s girl gone wild. Ms. Bufford has a bright, rangy voice and big blue eyes that emit snapping electrical charges. She can be dangerous, but she is also funny.”  – Stephen Holden, The New York Times


(Sarasota-Manatee) 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, November 14, 7:30 p.m. and November 15, 2:00 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

Carole J. Bufford has become one of the most sought-after young performers on the New York cabaret and jazz scene. It’s easy to understand why. The Huffington Post recently wrote: “An animated, elfin performer, Bufford initially radiates an onstage vulnerability, almost like Audrey Hepburn. But then she morphs into an emotional powerhouse, with explosive renditions of torch classics, gravelly blues, flapper jazz and edgy, modern songs that ripple with darkness. New York critics have likened her rich alto to Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and others.” Bufford is the recipient of Nightlife, Bistro and BroadwayWorld awards and was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook series at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has been spotlighted in numerous “Broadway By The Year” concerts both off Broadway and on tour in California.

Bufford will be accompanied by pianist Ian Herman who, at 13, was a guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In 1999 he received the Backstage Bistro Award for best Musical Director. He was a pianist and vocal coach at the Broadway revival of “Grease,” working with guest stars such as Al Jarreau, Jon Secada, Sheena Easton, Chubby Checker, and Darlene Love. His other Broadway credits include “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “The Who’s Tommy,” “Song And Dance,” and “Swing,” for which he wrote vocal and dance arrangements.

Since 1996, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has presented an ever-expanding annual season of concerts by globally renowned and celebrated emerging artists. The 20th-anniversary season includes six concerts in its “Classical Recital Series,” five concerts in its “Pop Series,” four concerts in its “Special Performances” series, three “Soiree Series” concerts, three “Lunch, Look and Listen” concerts and three concerts in its North Port Performing Arts series. Many of the concerts are presented in multiple performances.

For more information about the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s 2015-2016 season, visit or call 941-306-1202.


The 2015-2016 Season at a Glance

Classical Recital Series

Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets at 941-360-7399 or

  • Soyeon Kate Lee: This Korean-American pianist has been lauded by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.” Her program will include Ravel’s La Valse, Brahms’ Intermezzi and more. October 31, 7:30 p.m., and November 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Les Amies: Carol Wincenc, a Grammy-nominated artist and one of the most ac­claimed flutists performing today, leads this winning trio, which includes harpist Nancy Allen and violist Cynthia Phelps. January 23, 7:30 p.m.; and January 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Akropolis Reed Quintet: Described by Fanfare Maga­zine as playing with “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” the Akropolis Reed Quintet, (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and bass clarinet), is a cutting-edge ensemble that performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. February 20, 7:30 p.m., and February 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Trio Celeste: Violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, cellist Ross Gasworth, and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks combine to form an exciting, dynamic and intelligent ensemble. They are each strong instrumentalists in their own right and have what only the best groups have; an understanding of each other’s emotions, the ability to play with both power and subtlety, and what can best be described as a spark. March 5, 7:30 p.m., and March 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Amit Peled is an Israeli-American cellist and virtuoso called a “larger than life presence on stage” (The Washington Post). Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is known as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6’5″ tall (he was once a basketball player), Peled often surprises audiences with the ways he breaks down barriers between performers and the public, making classical music more accessible to wider audiences. April 9, 7:30 p.m., and April 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • 20th Year Retrospective Celebration: As a close to the 20th anniversary season, Artist Series Concerts is bringing back favorites from past years. The performers that Sarasota audiences have loved before will be here again to entertain, celebrate and inspire. May 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m.


Pop Series

At the Historic Asolo Theater; 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets at 941-360-7399 or

  • Quartetto Gelato: For nearly two decades, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuos­ity, artistic passion and humor. Classical in training and eclectic by design, QG not only thrills its audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance rep­ertoire that spans the globe, including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide. December 5, 7:30 p.m., and December 6, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Fred Moyer Jazz Trio: Fred Moyer on piano, Lowell Ringer on bass and Bob Savine on drums bring the sounds of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, Erroll Garner, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea to the concert stage. The three musicians infuse the music with their own vitality and interpretations, much the way a chamber music ensemble approaches Bach or Beethoven. January 9, 7:30 p.m., and January 10, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • QuinTango, a touring quintet of two violins, cello, bass and piano, brings a century’s worth of tango repertoire to the concert stage with sizzling musicality and captivating narrative style. Winner of two consecutive WAMMIES, QuinTango is the only tango music group to have given a command performance at The White House. QuinTango has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” CNN, and network television in both the United States and Costa Rica. When QuinTango made its debut at Charleston’s Piccolo Festi­val, critic Robert Jones wrote exuberantly that “their concerts packed the place and sent the customers home tango crazy.” April 30, 7:30 p.m., and May 1, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • “My Favorite Things,” Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, featuring acclaimed soloists Mara Bonde, soprano, Katherine Pracht, mezzo soprano, Aaron Blake, tenor, Marcus DeLoach, baritone, and the Gloria Musicae Singers: May 7:30 p.m., and May 8, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Lunch, Look and Listen

One-hour concerts at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. At Michael’s On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota. Tickets at 941-306-1202.

  • Ann Alton, cello; Joyce Valentine, piano: January 21.
  • Miami Guitar Trio: February 18.
  • Gulfshore Trio: Reiko Niiya, violin; Susannah Kelly, cello; William Dawson, piano: March 17.

Soiree Series

Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. and Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. At the Weisenborne/Fischer residence. Call for address. Tickets at 941-306-1202.

  • Priscila Navarro, piano: The 2014 Artist Series Concerts Scholarship award winner will perform works by Liszt, Gershwin and more: October 18 and 19.
  • Bob McDonald singing songs made famous by Broadway leading man John Raitt: March 27 & 28.

Special Performances

  • Axiom Brass and Gloria Musicae Singers in a holiday musical celebration. December 19, 7:30 p.m. and December 20 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. At the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets at 941-360-7399 or

North Port Performing Arts Center Series

Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. At the North Port Performing Arts Center, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port. Tickets at 941-306-1202.

  • Miami Saxophone Quartet in “Four of a Kind.” Infectiously joyful arrangements, soulful improvisations, fine musical prowess and four of the finest saxophone players in the business in an afternoon of lively jazz, featuring “Sophisticated Lady,” “It’s a Raggy Waltz, “Lost and Found,” and much more: January 24.
  • Dick Hyman in Concert. A solo performance by the legendary Emmy Award-winning pianist and composer, renowned for his 50-year career as one of America’s most prolific and versatile jazz musicians: February 21.
  • “My Favorite Things: The Music of Rogers and Hammerstein.” Featuring the Qol Quartet, (Johanna Fincher, Robyn Rocklein, Adam Bielamowicz, and Christopher Holloway), and the Gloria Musicae Singers, directed by Joseph Holt: March 6.


Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota was formed in 1996 as the Artist Series of Sarasota. The group is a non-profit corporation based in Sarasota, FL, that prides itself on presenting several major national and international varieties of concert, opera, orchestral, Broadway and film performances throughout their season. The majority of the performances are staged at the restored Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Jerry Herman’s Broadway


Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota kicks off its 20th anniversary season with “Jerry Herman’s Broadway,” honoring the multi- Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of such classic Broadway hits as “Hello Dolly,” “Mame,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Mack & Mabel,” “The Grand Tour,” and “Milk & Honey.” The concert features the powerful vocals of Klea Blackhurst and Jason Graae, pianist James Followell; and The Gloria Musicae Singers, under the direction of Joseph Holt, October 11, 4:00 p.m., at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. The concert will be followed by a 20th-anniversary celebration dinner at The Francis. Concert tickets are $40 and $45 and are available at 941-360-7399 or For more information about the post-performance dinner, please call 941-306-1202.

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