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Upcoming Events this Month...
Crazy For You
Where: IceHouse Theatre
DeLand Theatre Festival
Where: Sands Theater Center
A Blessing To One Another: Pope John Paul II & The Jewish
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Miami & the Keys
2nd Annual Sobay Festival of the Arts
Where: Deering Estate
The Worlds of Fingerman
Where: Phillips Center Black Box Theatre
A Kiowas Odyssey: A Sketchbook from Ft. Marion
Where: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Full & Spare- Ceramics in the 21st Century
Where: FSU MoFA
Where: Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
Where: FSTs Goldstein Cabaret
Secretary of State Announces Florida Main Street Community
of the Month
TALLAHASSEE - Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning announced today
that Kissimmee Main Street has been designated the Florida Main
Street Community of the Month for January 2008. Communities are
selected based on their participation in the Florida Main Street
Program. Kissimmee Main Street was designated a Florida Main Street
Community in 1997. This marks the second time in less than a year
that Kissimmee has earned the Community of the Month distinction,
evidence of the communitys commitment to the Main Street approach.
Selection is determined by a system of accumulated points based
on community participation in statewide and national conferences
and training, hosting of Florida Main Street events, and consistent
delivery of quarterly and annual reports to the Florida Main Street
MAGALIE AUSTIN APPOINTED TO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TRUST BOARD
MIAMI - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade
County welcomes Magalie Austin to the Performing Arts Center Trust
Board of Directors. Austin has been appointed to the Trust Board
by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. Austin is currently
assistant dean of career planning and placement at the Florida International
University College of Law.
Puccinis Turandot Boasts Largest Performing
Forces Ever By Orlando Opera Company
Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola of Famed Coppola Family,
Performed at 1927 U.S. Premier of the Puccini Masterpiece
ORLANDO. Orlando Opera Company is working to launch an April
production of Puccinis Turandot, boasting the largest number
of performing forces ever used by the half-century-old company.
The thrilling use of large dramatic voices combine with the
huge number of choral forces, supernumeraries, and orchestra to
provide the biggest spectacle Orlando Opera Company has ever produced,
stated OOCs President and CEO Jim Ireland. Orlando Opera Companys
Turandot boasts 10 singers in lead roles, a 72-member chorus, a
16-member childrens chorus, 54 Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
musicians, 1 conductor, and 50 supernumerariesnot to mention
another 79 working behind-the-scenes on stage management and direction,
wardrobe, wigs/makeup, stage hands, and production-related administration.
In total, 203 performers will be seen or heard and an impressive
282 (plus) individuals will have worked to bring the Puccini masterpiece
to life at Orlandos Bob Carr Auditorium.
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida travels to Europe
Miami - Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, under the artistic direction
of Russian Choreographer Vladimir Issaev, will begin an international
tour at the Poznan Opera House in Poland, also called The Teatr
Wielki on March of this year. The company will perform Vladimir
Issaevs Suite of Waltzes with music of Venezuelan
composer Teresa Carreño. The piece, of a neo-classical style,
was made by Issaev for 6 female dancers and expresses different
emotions: Melancholy, Joy, Sadness, Hope, Love, and Loneliness.
This piece is a trademark of the company and audiences always enjoy
the beauty and plasticity of the entire ensemble.
THE THIRD ANNUAL
BROADWAY BABIES A Smashing Success on January 21, 2008 Fundraiser
Organized by Friends of Caldwell Volunteers Raised The Roof
Boca Raton Fourteen musical theater pros and their professional
piano accompanist performed for an audience primed for an evening
of fantastic Broadway musical entertainment at Caldwell Theatre
Companys Third Annual Broadway Babies Fundraiser. The musical
review of Broadway standards included gems by Steven Sondheim, Irving
Berlin and Rodgers and Hart, just to name a few of musical theaters
greatest songwriters represented.
Bach Festival Society Receives Grant from the Community Foundation
of Central Florida
Winter Park - The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased
to announce it has received a grant from the Winter Park Community
Foundation funds of the Community Foundation of Central Florida
in support of its "Strengthening the Future" initiative.
This initiative is designed to strengthen the Society's ability
to attain the highest level of financial stability, audience development,
and customer service. "This grant from the Community Foundation
of Central Florida will allow the Society to maintain significantly
better communication with its donors, volunteers, and patrons through
the purchase equipment, software, and related training. We are very
grateful to the support of the Community Foundation of Central Florida."
said Elizabeth Gwinn, Executive Director.
Valencia Announces Winner of Playwright Competition
Orlando - The Valencia Character Company is proud to announce Michelle
Roensfarb, from Plantation, Florida, as the winner of its 17th annual
Original Play Competition among Florida playwrights. Ms. Rosenfarb's
winning script, The Gates of Choice, will be appear as a
fully-staged production from March 18-22, 2008 at the Black Box
Theater on Valencia Community College's East Campus. The drama is
set in an Orthodox Jewish district in Israel, where a young woman
tests the boundaries of her family, her community and her religion
in a timely and compelling coming-of-age story.
ACTORS PLAYHOUSE CELEBRATES 20 SEASONS OF GROWTH AND
CORAL GABLES - Twenty years ago a small theatre company was born
in a Kendall strip mall. Actors Playhouse Productions was
the fulfillment of a life-long dream for co-founders Dr. Lawrence
E. Stein and wife Barbara S. Stein, who wanted to create a theatre
in South Dade to fill the void of cultural activities. Since these
humble beginnings on Kendall Drive, Actors Playhouse has grown
into the largest regional award-winning professional theatre in
South Florida, one of 22 Miami-Dade County Cultural Institutions,
and the managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral
Kravis Center Establishes Helen K. Persson Endowment Society
West Palm Beach - The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing
Arts has announced the establishment of the Helen K. Persson Endowment
Society, recognizing members whose financial contributions to the
permanent endowment will keep the center operating for generations
to come. Kravis Center Chairman William A. Meyer made the announcement
during the Kravis Centers 2007-2008 annual Gala Benefit on
Jan. 16. The Kravis Center has established the Helen K. Persson
Endowment Society to recognize the generosity and vision of donors
who help ensure the future of the Kravis Center through their gifts
to the permanent endowment.
$30 MILLION DOLLAR GIFT BY ADRIENNE ARSHTBRINGS SOLID FINANCIAL
FOOTING AND NEW NAME TO MIAMIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Miami - National business leader and philanthropist, Adrienne Arsht,
will bring Miamis performing arts center financial security
with a $30 million donation. The gift was announced today by Sherwood
(Woody) Weiser, Foundation Chairman Emeritus. In recognition of
the gift, the former Carnival Center for the Performing Arts will
be renamed the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of
Miami-Dade County. Carnival Corporation graciously agreed to relinquish
the naming rights in favor of this new major donation.
Mosaic Announces Inaugural Spirit Award Recipients for 2008!
Mosaic Theatre is proud to announce the winners of its first annual
SPIRIT AWARD to be presented at the "Black and White Ball"
on March 8th. This prestigious award recognizes extraordinary souls
who help drive the mission of the Mosaic Theatre and cultural arts
in Broward County forward. Our winners have demonstrated excellence
in the areas of leadership, creativity, commitment and passion for
the arts. This year we are thrilled to bestow the inaugural SPIRIT
AWARDS upon William Laurie, Founder of American Heritage School,
and Mary Becht, Director of Broward County Cultural Division.
TALLAHASSEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GIVES SOLD OUT ST. AUGUSTINE
CROWD ITS "MOST FUN FILLED HOLIDAY CONCERT IN MEMORY"
TALLAHASSEE - Leo McCarthy, program director of the EMMA Concert
Association, lauded the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra for its "seamless
shower of beautiful sound" after The TSO performed two holiday
concerts at Flagler College Auditorium in St. Augustine. The TSO
performances were scheduled in a flurry of calls and paper "snow"
after the Jacksonville Symphony Association canceled its contract
during a musician lockout over union negotiations.
This month's featured artist is Kinectic Sculptor,
Ralfonso. Ralfonso's love for art began with his
fascination for mechanics and architecture. In his early 20's he
then began to combine these two elements with his artistic flair
and started to design his first kinetic sculptures.
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