Danae DeShazer | [email protected] | 941.365.5118 x304
March 6, 2014
Sarasota Keys and Whole Foods Market Sarasota
present… Piano Quattro Prelude
Whole Foods Market Sarasota (1451 1st Street) will host a Sarasota Keys piano project concert featuring live music on four pianos on
Friday, March 14 at 5PM.
(Sarasota, FL) — 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 on Friday, March 14, 5pm to 6pm, followed by the 2nd Annual Beers and Beards Festival from 6-8pm.
“We are so excited to bring together a unique live event once again in Downtown Sarasota, involving the arts and one of our newest partners, Whole Foods Market Sarasota,” says Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Alliance. “The Sarasota Keys pianos have been such a dynamic project, bringing the Sarasota community together to create and enjoy art. This free concert is another reason for people to get downtown and enjoy everything Sarasota has to offer.”
Directly following the concert, event attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to Whole Planet Foundation, which will allow them access into Whole Foods Market Sarasota’s 2nd Annual Beers and Beards Festival. From 6-8pm the Whole Body Department will be featuring bottomless beer samples, a “Best Beard” competition, eco-friendly men’s body care and nutrition vendors, local musicians, raffles and more. “We are thrilled to be kicking off our evening on the 14th with the Piano Quattro Prelude,” says Alina Sabadish, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Sarasota. “We hope the community enjoys this fun evening and are excited to plan future events for art lovers with the Alliance.”
The Sarasota Keys piano project began in January 2014, with the placement of six pianos along the sidewalks of Downtown Sarasota. Seven of Sarasota’s legacy artists, with the help of curator Tim Jaeger, transformed the pianos into works of public art. The artists included: Jack Dowd, Richard Capes, Gale Fulton-Ross, Steven Strenk, Cassia Kite, Tim Jaeger, and Lori Loveberry George.
The Sarasota Keys pianos are available to the public at each of the host locations:
Whole Foods – 1451 1st Street
Main Street Traders – 1468 Main Street
Louie’s Modern – 1289 N Palm Ave
Mattison’s City Grille – 1 N Lemon Ave
Bohemian Bliss Boutique – 1544 Main Street
DiFilippo Kent Showroom – 79 S Palm Ave
Sarasota Keys would like to thank each of its Piano Sponsors for their generous support of the project: Alfstad& Productions, Artist Series Concerts, Bohemian Bliss Boutique, Paul Mattison, MLC & Associates, Stan Rutstein, and Whole Foods Market Sarasota. Special thanks to Pritchard’s Pianos of Sarasota.
About Sarasota Keys
The Sarasota Keys piano project hosts six pianos along the sidewalks of Downtown Sarasota – in its inaugural season, January 2014 through May 2014. These pianos are open for the public to play, explore, learn, practice, and most importantly, enjoy. Many other major cities around the world have initiated piano projects, but none have involved an entire community to get it off the ground. With the combination of local businesses, local artists, and local arts organizations, the Sarasota Keys piano project will truly celebrate and enliven the vibrant Downtown Sarasota area and its powerful arts and cultural community.
About Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
The Arts and Cultural Alliance is a member-powered organization that serves as an advocate for arts and culture in Sarasota County. Founded in 1986 by a group of committed citizens, the Alliance has administered more than $15 million in grants to area artists and arts organizations. The Alliance works to ensure arts and culture remain essential to the continuing development of a vibrant, creative community. This is achieved through arts advocacy, education and community outreach.
About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 78,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2013, the company had sales of $12.9 billion and currently has more than 360 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
About Whole Planet Foundation®
Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower the poor living in developing-world communities with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of February 2014, Whole Planet Foundation is funding microlending programs through microfinance institution partners in 59 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S., supporting more than 2.42 million people with a chance for a better life. To date, the nonprofit has authorized more than $48 million and disbursed more than $32 million through microlending partners worldwide. Learn more and donate online at wholeplanetfoundation.org.