November 1, 2007

Volume 3 Issue 11




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Upcoming Events this Month...


Painting in Italy: Bernard Martin and Tom Sadler
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

East Coast

Catch Me if You Can
The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach

Gulf Coast
Anne Frank: A History for Today and A Private Photo Album
Florida Holocaust Museum

North Central
Russian Patriarchate Choir
University Auditorium, UF

Whose Wives Are They Anyway?
Orange Park Community Theatre


TROMPE L'OEIL: The Art of Illusion
Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science


Southeast & Keys
The Subject Was Roses
Palm Beach Dramaworks

Clyde Butcher's Cuba
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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Florida West Coast Symphony Welcomes Gordon Greenfield as Chief Marketing Officer
SARASOTA - The Florida West Coast Symphony is pleased to welcome Gordon Greenfield to their senior management team as chief marketing officer. He began work at the Symphony on October 1, 2007. "We are delighted to have a person of Gordon's profile join the Symphony's senior team," said Joseph McKenna, the Symphony's president and CEO. "His experience in marketing and his knowledge of the region are certain to benefit our organization."


Kissimmee Main Street 2006 Kissimmee Sculpture Experience People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice Awards.
KISSIMMEE - Kid’s Choice - “Guardian” by Frank Joseph Gady; People’s Choice – “Renewal” by Mindy Colton.
Over the past year the public has viewed and voted on the 11 sculptures placed throughout Historic Downtown Kissimmee as part of the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience. As a result of the voting, Mindy and Frank will each be awarded a $500 cash prize and plaque.


Sarasota's Florida West Coast Symphony's Website Ranked Among the Best in the Nation
SARASOTA - Sarasota's Florida West Coast Symphony's web site was recently ranked among the best in the nation, joining other distinguished symphony orchestras like the Nashville Symphony, the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. This past year, the Symphony revamped its site,, allowing the purchase of tickets online. This upgrade qualified the site to be reviewed by the Arts Journal's orchestra management blogger, Drew McManus, in his annual orchestra web site review. In its first year of assessment, the site ranked eighth when compared to the 83 other professional orchestra web sites evaluated.


Art Supporters to Receive Awards at Ninth Annual Crystal Vision Gala
Hollywood– Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President and CEO Nicki E. Grossman (Chairman’s Award); Silvia Flores, MD (individual); City of Hollywood Police Chief James Scarberry (government); Attorney David W. Singer (community service) and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (business) will receive the Crystal Vision Award for Support of the Arts at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s Ninth Annual Crystal Vision Gala on Saturday, Nov. 3. Also that night, special recognition will be given to retiring City of Hollywood Commissioner Sal Oliveri.


The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Student Rush Tickets
Orlando - The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra continues its ticketing opportunity for students of any age. “Rush Tickets” are now available for all of the Philharmonic’s Phil at Carr Series concerts, both matinee and evening performances. Rush Tickets are $10 each, and can only be purchased at the Orlando Philharmonic’s Will-Call window at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, beginning two hours before any Phil at Carr Series performance. Students in high school and college must provide a valid student ID when purchasing Rush Tickets. This offer is limited to one Rush Ticket per student. Rush Ticket seating is available in the Silver and Bronze seating areas of the auditorium, and is subject to availability. For additional information, please phone the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071.


Kravis Center Offers New Service For People With Hearing Loss
WEST PALM BEACH - The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce a new service called Live Performance Captioning (or open captioning) that will allow deaf or hard of hearing audience members to more fully enjoy Broadway performances at the venue. Open captioning is a text display located on either side of the stage that scrolls the words in synchronization with the performance. Generated by a computer operator to keep pace with the performance, lyrics, dialogue and even parenthetical descriptions of important sound effects are displayed in easy-to-read amber letters two inches high. The new service will be unveiled during the 2 p.m. performance of Broadway Across America’s presentation of My Fair Lady on Nov. 3.


Erika von Tiehl to Emcee Awards Gala
Hollywood– Erika von Tiehl of Channel 4 (CBS) will emcee the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s Ninth Annual Crystal Vision Gala, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This “black and white chic” fund-raiser for the Art and Culture Center will honor individuals in government, the arts, business and from the public and feature a performance from Beatlemania Live!


Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Outreach Program A Big Hit for Literacy Coalition
West Palm Beach - Palm Beach Dramaworks collaborated with the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition in “Literacy and the Arts Day” by performing an abridged version of New Kid, a play by Dennis Foon. Adult immigrants who are learning English as a second language, came from all over Palm Beach County and filled the Literacy Coalition’s Adult Education Center in West Palm Beach held on October 3, 2007. The program was sponsored by the Town of Palm Beach United Way in partnership with Palm Beach Dramaworks.


Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida opens 2007-2008 celebrating it 10th anniversary with eleven professional dancers.
MIAMI - Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida is celebrating its 10th anniversary. What started as a youth semi-professional company in 1997 has already eleven professional dancers in its corps. The concept of the company, similar to Joven Ballet de Camara de Madrid, and Le Jeune Ballet de France, is to give recent talented ballet graduates the opportunity to acquire performing experience and increase their repertoire while earning a salary while getting additional training to make further improvements.

This year's dancers are: Valerie Ackerman, and Gorky Flores both graduated from Escuela Nacional Superior de Ballet of Peru. Lara Garcia born in Madrid, Spain and graduated from the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid. Alina Hernandez from Miami and graduated from Susana Prieto’s Ballet Etudes; Andrey Konkin, a graduate from the School of Ballet of Perm and Mark Kudelya graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersbug in Russia; Sabrina Lord-Linde, graduated from the Bossov Ballet Theatre in Maine; Manuelita Navarro born in the Republic of Panama and graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, under the tutelage of Stanislav Issaev; Yoshie Oshima from Japan who began her training at the Michiko Matsumoto Ballet in Nagoya, Japan to later graduate at Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg in Russia. Also, Anna Ochoa from Ecuador and graduated from the Inge Bruckman School of Ballet, Teatro Centro de Arte de Guayaquil and Brian Ruiz born in Cali, Colombia, recently awarded Best Male Dancer at the American Ballet Competition. He is a graduate from the Colombian Institute of Classical Ballet (Incolballet).


Bach Festival performer to receive Kennedy Center Honors Award
Pianist Leon Fleisher honored for lifetime arts contribution
WINTER PARK - In February 2008, world-revered pianist Leon Fleisher will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 at the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s Annual Bach Festival. By then he will carry a Kennedy Center Honors Award, a distinction of artistic legacy. Fleisher will receive his award on December 1 at the 30th-annual celebration dinner, hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. On December 2 he will sit with the President of the United States and First Lady Laura Bush at the annual Honors Gala. Fleisher will be recognized along with actor/writer Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, film director Martin Scorsese, and songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. The gala will air on CBS on Wednesday, December 26 at 9 p.m. (EST).


The Orlando Philharmonic Proudly Welcomes AirTran Airways as the Official Airline of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Orlando - The Orlando Philharmonic is proud to announce a partnership with AirTran Airways, establishing this popular airline as the official airline of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of the partnership, AirTran Airways, which is headquartered in Orlando, will assist the orchestra with transporting guest artists and conductors to and from Orlando throughout the season. AirTran Airways is also the sponsor of two of the Philharmonic’s Phil at Carr Series concerts, Symphonic Sorcery, held on November 3, and Radio Days, held on January 19.


Caldwell Theatre Company’s Board Trustee Joan Vinik Named Junior League Woman Volunteer of the Year
Boca Raton – Caldwell Theatre Company’s longtime Board Trustee, Joan Vinik, was awarded the Junior League Woman Volunteer of the Year Award on October 26, 2007, at the Junior League’s 20th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show Ceremony held in the Mizner Center Grand Ballroom at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. For the first time in the history of these Junior League awards, a $10,000 honoraria – given by Woolbright Development in recognition and honor of the efforts of this year’s award recipient – was awarded to the nominating sponsor, Caldwell Theatre Company, in tribute to Mrs. Vinik.



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