January 1, 2007 Volume 3 Issue 1



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The REP's Revels Recognized Jeffery M. Revels awarded "Distinguished Career in Theatre for Youth"
ORLANDO -- Jeffery M. "Jeff" Revels, Associate Artistic Director and Education Director at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, was recently recognized with the prestigious "Distinguished Career in Theatre for Youth" at the Florida Theatre Conference held in Lakeland, Florida. Mr. Revels' career, although very distinguished, is far from over; at only 35 years of age, Jeff is the youngest recipient of this distinguished award. Mr. Revels is a graduate of Winthrop University in South Carolina with a degree in Theatre Performance and Directing. He directs productions, adjudicates regionally, serves on numerous committees, in addition to planning and implementing classes, workshops, and productions for The REP's Youth Academy. Previous to this recent recognition, Mr. Revels has also received the United Arts "Best Arts Education Program" award and the "Arts Educator of the Year" award for four years (2000-2004). $3,150 were also awarded to selected artists.

More than 350 Art Lovers Attend Patrons Opening
BOCA RATON -- The Boca Raton Museum of Art welcomed more than 350 people as it opened its Special Exhibitions: Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe; Graham Flint: Portrait of America. Images from the Gigapxl™ Project and Yozo Hamaguchi: Father of the Modern Mezzotint. The 350 attendees were entertained by a surprise appearance from Marilyn Monroe impersonator Camille Terry, who sang a sultry “Happy Birthday” to Boca Raton’s Mayor Steven L. Abrams. A life-size replica of the cake that was served to President Kennedy in 1962 at his birthday celebration was presented to Mayor Abrams. Guests then joined in for a second rendition of Happy Birthday.

Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners Named
SARASOTA -- Since 1966, Florida West Coast Symphony's Young Artists Concerto Competition, supported by Edward and Ida Wilkof, has given outstanding young musicians under the age of 21 the opportunity to compete and perform as soloists with the Youth Philharmonic, the most advanced Florida West Coast Youth Orchestra. This year was no exception. Eleven students performed their memorized concertos on November 18, in Holley Hall in front of an audience of more than 125. The participants were judged by locally and nationally recognized musicians and educators who looked for technique, intonation, rhythm, interpretation, stage presence and overall impression. First Place was awarded to Vera Higgs, 16, a Pine View School student from Sarasota, who played the piano. Second Place was awarded to Karissa Ratzenboeck, 16, a Pine View School student from Sarasota, who played the violin. Runner Up, was awarded to Charity Bouie, 16, a Booker High School student from Sarasota, who played the violin. The Wilkofs presented each winner with a monetary award.Ratzenboeck will perform at the Youth Orchestra "Showcase" concert on April 21, 2007, at 3 pm, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Higgs will perform with the Youth Philharmonic on February 26, 2007, at 7:30 pm, at the Neel Performing Arts Center at Manatee Community College in Bradenton. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Recording Artist Michael W. Smith Presents Presidential Volunteer Service Award To West Palm Beach Resident
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that one of its loyal volunteers, Helen Reilly of West Palm Beach, received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her many years of giving to the community. During his concert at the Kravis Center on December 15, recording artist Michael W. Smith, vice-chair for the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, presented the award to Reilly on behalf of President George W. Bush. Reilly, 88, has been donating her time to the Kravis Center since 1990 and volunteers more than 1000 hours annually. In addition, she volunteers for four other organizations in Palm Beach County including JFK Hospital, where she works in the medical library, and the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she is an active Airport Ambassador greeting and answering questions from visitors as they deplane. She also volunteers as an usher for two other local arts organizations: Lake Worth Playhouse and Florida Stage.

School Fund-raiser Held at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Raises $1,200 to Feed the Hungry
HOLLYWOOD -- Recently at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s student gallery, Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science (HAAS) art teacher Hilary Fine and her students held a Souper Bowl fund-raiser which generated $1,200 for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Using a calculation of $1 equals six meals, 7,200 lives were saved as a result of this visual art exhibition, which was attended by more than 375 people. Three hundred, thirty-five HAAS students in grades K-7th grade decorated clay bowls and terra cotta pots with messages to “Feed the Hungry.” Attendees of the visual art exhibition made a donation to purchase the bowls and pots while enjoying finger foods offered to them by students dressed as cheerleaders and football players. A slide show of the students creating their artwork was shown, and the cheerleaders and school choir entertained the crowd. There was also a canned food drive. This fund-raiser, which was started in Michigan, occurs nationwide and is sponsored by the NFL Super Bowl. The national Empty Bowl for Caring Organization, the Miami Dolphins, Broward County Schools and Charter Schools USA sponsored the HAAS event, and the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood donated space in its student gallery. The student gallery space is available for teachers to showcase students’ work.

Work by Mozart Aired For First Time
AUSTRIA -- A Mozart composition has been performed for the first time - 215 years after the master died. The previously unknown composition attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus was performed in his hometown, Salzburg. The piano composition, titled Allegro di Wolffgango Mozart, was found in a book of music recently sold to the archive of Salzburg archdiocese. It is believed to be one of his earliest works, written when he was between six and 10 years old. According to the director of the archdiocese archive, Ernst Hintermeier, the piece was written between 1763 and 1766. The piece is included in a book of music alongside 118 other compositions, mainly minuets, preludes and versets, some of which are by Mozart and others by prominent local composers of the time. It was dated according to its paper, which bears the watermark of a famous paper maker, Johann Sigismund Hofmann, whose products were widely used in the 1750s and the 1760s, also by Mozart and his father, Leopold. Dr Ulrich Leisinger, of the Salzburg-based International Mozart Foundation, said he saw no reason to doubt the authorship of the newly found Allegro.

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This month's featured artist is painter and teacher, Carmen Kelley. Carmen moved to the US in 1962. She left Cuba with her parents and grandparents, living in Venezuela for a year. They fled like many others during that time with only the clothes on their backs and no money in their pockets. In her own words, "I am a Cuban American artist and proud of it. I draw the beauty of my homeland when I was a child and incorporate my marine background using the colors I see here in the Keys. What would the world be without color. I can spend a lifetime drawing and it would not be enough..."
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