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The Suncoast Culture Club podcast is your weekly dose of what’s happening in the performing and visual arts on Florida’s Suncoast, including interviews, reviews, discussions, behind the scene tidbits, and insider trading. Join State College of Florida arts faculty and staff members as they bring you all the arts happenings on the Suncoast from music to dance to art to theatre. Come along and join our club.
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For the third year in a row, the SCF Music Program is performing a concert to help the SCF Hispanic Latino Heritage Club celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on the State College of Florida campus. This year, Dr. Pete Carney and SCF Jazz present "Cuban Passport: The Rhythms from Havana to New Orleans," a concert that explores how Latin rhythms and instruments made their way to the States. Listen to Dr. Carney, SCF Music Cuban pianist Maria Medina, assistant professor of Language and Literature and faculty advisor to SCF's Hispanic Latino Heritage Club, Dr. Eric Cintron, and manager of SCF's Tutoring and Academic Success Center and Hispanic Heritage Month committee member, Rebecca Caskey, explain the music, the concept, the purpose, and answer the most important question of all...plantains or yuca???? All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join our club!• Tickets to Cuban Passport Concert Purple Pass• Dr. Pete Carney Website & Facebook & Instagram • Dr. Eric Cintron Email: cintroe@scf.edu• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• Student Clubs at SCF Website• Café Havana Website & FacebookSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Alfonso Lopez and Michelle Tabor both hail from Caracas, Venezuela. Alfonso is the concert master for the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra and Michelle lives in Tallahassee since she completed her doctorate in music theory at Florida State.Together, they prepare programs, rehearse, and tour twice a year presenting violin and piano recitals with music ranging from traditional Western European composers, American offerings, and those of the Latin flair.The State College of Florida is proud to host the Lopez Tabor Duo on their 2021 tour during Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the SCF Studio for the Performing Arts Recital Hall.Come hear music from Italian masters, Russian composers, American icons, and Latin American classics. Tickets available at www.scf.edu/neel or at the door.Come along and join our club!• Lopez Tabor Duo Website & Facebook• Alfonso Lopez Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lopez Tabor Duo SCF Recital Facebook Event• Tickets to Lopez Tabor Duo Recital• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
After spending 20 years as the principal pianist with the United State Army Band, Dr. Joe Holt decided it was time retire to a place that met three criteria:  by the water,  warmer weather and less politics than Washington D.C., and cultural arts opportunities. He found all of that in Sarasota, Florida.In 2008, he  became the conductor and artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota,  our region's premier professional vocal ensemble, and his musical tentacles have been far reaching ever since.This week, you will hear about Choral Artists of Sarasota's upcoming season, but also about a very special performance of a community chorus Joe has organized for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, sponsored by the Sarasota Ministerial Association. That performance will take place on Saturday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Patriot Plaza on the grounds of the Sarasota National Cemetery. Registration is free for this event.Do you remember where you were on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001? Joe Holt does, as he lived across the street from the Pentagon. Hear his story of being an Army Bandsman on that fateful day and much more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast. Come along and join the club!• Choral Artists of Sarasota Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• 20th Commemoration of 9/11 Performance Free Registration Link• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
After 18 months of thought provoking time and pent-up creative energy , Urbanite Theatre is back with "Radiance." Committed to creating visceral, shared experiences by fearlessly lifting up the boldest new voices in theatre, Urbanite Theatre believes in inclusive, artist-first storytelling, daring honesty, and the powerful connectivity of an intimate space...and this season has all of that.They begin their 8th season with a $300,000 fundraising initiative to assist in the move to a 5-day work week, raising of minimum wage, all actors being paid at Equity Union scale, and interns earning a decent living, all of which will bring us a better theatre experience, while ensuring actors of all backgrounds get a fair shake in the business.Hear Brendan Ragan and Summer Dawn Wallace share their vision of the business side of Urbanite Theatre and the excitement of producing four incredible plays this season.All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join the club!• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• freeFall Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Tsunami Website & Facebook & Instagram• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Circo: A Taco & Bourbon Joint Website & Facebook & Instagram• 99 Bottles Taproom and Bottle Shop Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
He taught music in the public schools of West Virginia for 38 years before finding the cultural scene of the Suncoast too good to pass up. Since moving here in 2015, he has become the piano accompanist at Sunnyside Village Retirement Community, the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, director of music ministry at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota, performs with the Players Center for Performing Arts, is on the board of the Sarasota Ballet, attends every cultural arts performance in town, AND is the accompanist for Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota. It is in that capacity that Bruce Ensinger talks to us today about the mission of Diversity, how singers can be a part of this "more than music" choir, and their concert plans for the 2021-2022 season.All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast. Come along a join the club!• Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Venice Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube & Twitter & Trip Advisor• Sarasota Ballet Website & Facebook & Instagram • Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Sarasota Opera Website & Facebook & Instagram• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• The Ringling Museum of Art Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Dingbat Theatre Project's Luke McFatrich and Amanda Heisey tell us all about their upcoming production of the groundbreaking show Hedwig and the Angry Inch being performed August 27 through September 11 at the Bazaar on Apricot and Lime.This Obie and Tony-winning Off-Broadway smash tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess. This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch."​Mature Audiences Only - Contains profanity, frank discussions of mature and sexual situations, and partial nudity (playboy centerfolds on the set)All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join the club!• Dingbat Theatre Company Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram • SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
He is a homegrown talent whose path to musical theatre began at Braden River High School, continued at the State College of Florida, ventured to the University of South Florida, and landed him as the choir director and department chair at the Visual and Performing Arts program at Booker High SchoolNow, Alex Zickafoose continues his creative expression outside of Booker VPA by being the musical director at Spotlight Theatre Production and performing community theatre productions at the Manatee Players. Catch him as the lead role in the Manatee Performing Arts Center's production of Stephen Schwartz's Broadway hit Pippin August 12 through August 29.Take a listen as Alex tells us about his love for community theatre, his students' experiences during Covid, and the best gelato place in town!All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club! Come along and Join the Club!• Alex Zickafoose Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Rick Kerby Facebook & LinkedIn• Booker VPA Website• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• Spotlight Theatre Production Website & Facebook• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Michael’s on East Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lido Key Beach Website• St. Armand’s Circle Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Columbia Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Settimi’s Gelato Website & Facebook• Kilwins Ice Cream Website• Crunch Gym Website & Facebook & Instagram & Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
He knew from the tender age of five that he was going to be an entertainer and when the opportunity presented itself for Jason Cohen to play Jerry Lee Lewis in the national tour of the Million Dollar Quartet, his life was changed forever. His co-creation of the spin-off Great Balls of Fire has landed him on the Suncoast for an 11-week run at Florida Studio Theatre, and now you get to hear the story of his path to Broadway, his love of Sarasota patrons,  the importance of close-toed shoes in New York City, and just exactly what he would say to Jerry Lee Lewis if he had five minutes with him.  All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast. Come along and join the club!• Jason Cohen Website & Facebook & Instagram• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Million Dollar Quartet Website & Facebook & Instagram• St. Armand’s Circle Website & Facebook & Instagram• Siesta Key Beach Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lido Key Beach Website• Sage Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram • SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Many may know them as the heart of dance instruction at the Manatee School for the Arts for the past several decades, but now Pat Ross and Kelly Burnette are teaming up to produce Kelly Burnette's one-woman show, Kelly and Friends Stepping Through Time, to be performed on Sunday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the Music Compound at 1751 Cattlemen Rd in Sarasota.Once co-workers and now "director and actor," this team has hit a homerun!Hear their stories of what dance means to them, how it can change lives for students, the importance of performing arts education in our society, and the wonderful creation of this one-woman show on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club.Come along and join the club!• Manatee School for the Arts Website & Facebook Page & Instagram & YouTube• Music Compound Website & Facebook & Instagram• Royal Academy of Dance Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Many may not know that Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister, lives in Sarasota and the leader and "George Harrison" of the Beatles tribute band in Branson, Missouri, the Liverpool Legends, befriended Louise many years ago. Marty Scott joins the club today to talk about his life as a tribute band rock star, his close personal relationship with Louise Harrison, hanging out on a couch and talking with Paul McCartney, the plight the pandemic has had on his band and his performances, and just how hard it is to find a left-handed bassist for a Beatles tribute band! All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join the club!• Liverpool Legends Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Sharky’s on the Pier Website & Facebook & Twitter• Selva Grill Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Columbia Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Anna Maria Island Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
From California to Spain to Florida's Suncoast, from swimmer to skier to flute player, from community music school director to instructor of flute at SCF to principal flutist in the Pops Orchestra, Dr. Jane Hoffman has done it all and even some things in between!Hear her unconventional journey to the world of flute playing and how she uses all her connections and experiences to enrich the musical lives of so many, including obtaining a grant from the Imre and Vera Hecht Foundation to support the annual "Camping with the Pops" summer camp for area student musicians. Come along and join the club!• Dr. Jane Hoffman Facebook & Instagram• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• Sarasota Opera Website & Facebook & Instagram• Trader Joe’s Website & Instagram & YouTube• Aldi Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Baker and Wife Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lido Key Beach Website• Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Historic Spanish Point Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Evie’s on the Point Website & Facebook• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTubeSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
She may have gotten her start as a founding member of Florida Studio Theatre's Improv Troupe, but that led to Christine Alexander starting her own company called Laugh to Feel Good, through which, using comedy and improvisational skills and games,  she runs corporate team building and hosts comedy wellness programs for Parkinson's and cancer patients.After 20 years on the Suncoast, Christine uses her podcast episode to bid adieu to her beloved Sarasota as she follows her husband to Albany, NY. But don't worry, Christine is reimagining Laugh to Feel Good to reach an even larger audience in the coming days. She's here to tell her story of finding comedy, falling in love with making people laugh, and harnessing the power of laughter for healing and leadership training. All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join the club!• Laugh to Feel Good Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• The Suncoast View on ABC-7 Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Joey Panek Website and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter • McCurdy’s Comedy Club Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Reyna’s Taqueria Website & Facebook & Instagram• Sunnyside Café Website & Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
He is the recipient of the 2019 Arts Leadership Award for Artistic Achievement for Sarasota County, freelance writer and music critic, author of a new vocal pedagogy text, mountain climber, and conductor and artistic director of Sarasota's symphonic chorus, Key Chorale. Joseph Caulkins didn't get his start as a singer or choral conductor, but his jazz saxophone major in college wasn't quite working out for him. Hear how his musical journey of choral conducting brought him to the Suncoast of Florida as the musical leader of Key Chorale, his vision that expanded Key Chorale's mission to include music therapy for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's patients, and his new vocal pedagogy book, Developing Choral Sound Through the Warmup. All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast. Come along and join the club!• Joseph Caulkins Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Key Chorale Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Developing Choral Sound Through the Warm-Up Website• Sarasota Ballet Website & Facebook & Instagram • Visible Men Academy Website• Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Circus Arts Conservatory Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Antoine’s Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram• Mote Marine Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Big Cat Habitat Website & Facebook• Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Two Scoops Ice Cream Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
A fifth generation Sarasotan was working at the Packinghouse Cafe and Leroy Selmon's Restaurant when she noticed that area musicians needed a place to interact, engage, and learn from each other. After several years of research, a business plan was hatched and Jenny Townsend is now in her sixth year of running the Music Compound, a performance-based music school that caters to all ages, any level, and any interest.Hear her story of entrepreneurship, perseverance, a year of mask making, and all the awesome offerings the Music Compound has for all musicians, young or old!Come along and join the club!• Music Compound Website & Facebook & Instagram• JR’s Old Packinghouse Café Website & Facebook & Instagram • Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Sarasota Ballet Website & Facebook & Instagram • First Watch Cafe Website & Facebook & Instagram• PDQ Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & Snapchat• Chick-Fil-A Website• Big Cat Habitat Website & Facebook• Sky Zone Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Suncoast Blues Society Website & Facebook• Realize Bradenton Riverwalk Website & Facebook & Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
He walked into Music Theory class at Juilliard on day 1, sat next to the prettiest girl in the room, and they have been making beautiful music together for the past 53 years.In Part II of the Romm Family series, Ronnie Romm, founding and former trumpet player of the Canadian Brass, and wife Avis Romm, collaborative pianist extraordinaire,  tell us their stories, share their experiences, brag on their talented sons, and share their love of each other and the Suncoast, living on Siesta Key since 1991...and did I mention Ronnie is the original owner of a 1964 Porsche??? VROOM VROOM!All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join the club! • Romm Family Trio Website & Facebook• Romm Trumpet Academy Website• Canadian Brass Wikipedia Page• Dr. Aaron Romm Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Sun-Young Gemma Shin Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Venice Symphony Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Siesta Key Beach Website & Facebook & Instagram• Village Café Website & Facebook• Café Gabbiano Website & Facebook & Twitter• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
When Rex Willis' son Ryan joined some friends for a "Dumpster Diving" excursion a decade ago, Rex never knew it would lead to him composing his second musical. During the last ten years, Rex's extensive research on homelessness in our area, the real people who experience this plight, and the stories that got them in that situation led him to write a rock opera entitled "Worthy People." Take a listen to this week's Suncoast Culture Club podcast as we learn about the process of writing, producing, and performing an original musical, as well as the deep passion for this societal issue that Rex has come to champion.Join Rex Willis as composer and lyricist, Kelly Burnette as director, Logan Martin as music director, Josh Brammer as choreographer, and a cast and crew of State College of Florida alumni, students, and staff as they present a workshop of this decades in the making musical. "Worthy Souls."Performances are Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 in the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center with food for the SCF Food Pantry being your only expense to enter the show.All SCF students, staff, and faculty will be admitted to the Neel Performing Arts Center with an SCF ID. All others who wish to attend should email Rex or Kelly at WillisR@SCF.edu or KellyDance1@aol.com to be added to the "Guest List" for admittance. • State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Well, if your dad was one of the founding trumpet players in the Canadian Brass and your mother is one of the foremost collaborative pianists on the planet, your destiny maybe laid out for you. Oh, while you're at it, why don't you marry this brilliant violin player you went to doctoral school with at the University of Illinois and move to the Suncoast to make beautiful music together all the rest of your days? Want to hear how Suncoast music power couple Dr. Aaron Romm and Dr. Sun-Young Gemma Shin got started in music, eventually met and fell in love, and now are a staple in the music communities of Bradenton and Sarasota? Tune in to Part I of the two part series on the Romm family's musical gifts to our beloved Suncoast. Truly, a family of musical royalty.All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join the club!• Dr. Aaron Romm Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Aaron Romm Voice Over Website• Sun-Young Gemma Shin Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Romm Family Trio Website & Facebook• Romm Trumpet Academy Website• Warburton Trumpets Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Venice Symphony Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota Website & Facebook & YouTube• Jimmy Johns Sandwiches Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube  • SungSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
From Kentucky, to New York City, to our beloved Florida Suncoast, Rick Kerby, Producing Artistic Director of the Florida Cultural Group, says his whole life has been a rehearsal for this job. Take a listen at how the events of 9/11 led him to take the helm of the Manatee Players and learn about their amazing upcoming season of shows.All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast.Come along and join the club!•  Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• American Association of Community Theatre Website & Facebook & Twitter • Realize Bradenton Riverwalk Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube • Primo! Ristorante Website & FacebookSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Her ancestors came to Manatee County in 1840 and now she works for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to support arts and culture in her beloved hometown. Hear Aimee Blenker's story of her life, career, passion for Manatee County, and the many ways she champions the arts people, organizations, and events in her home town (and find out the BEST seafood restaurant in Bradenton!). All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast.Come along and join the club!Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
What does a creative, imaginative theatre junkie do during a pandemic? Well, establishes a new theatre company on the Suncoast, of course! Come join the founder of the new Dingbat Theatre Project, Luke McFatrich, and the project's choreographer, Brian Finnerty, as they share with us the mission, philosophy, and purpose of the Dingbat Theatre Project, as well as tell us all about Dingbat's second production, Shrek, being performed at the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime May 6 through May 15.Come along and join the club!• Dingbat Theatre Company Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Venice Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube & Twitter & Trip Advisor• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Music Compound Website & Facebook & Instagram• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Sarasota Ballet Website & Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
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