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Robert Vodnoy brings almost 50 years of conducting experience to the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota, which he founded in 2017.They have grown from one concert a season to five, and Bob joins the club this week to tell us about the inception, growth, and planned upcoming season of his chamber orchestra, which begins on Thursday, December 1.You might also be able to answer the question, "Just what in the world IS a 'chamber orchestra!?'"All that and more on this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast. Come along and join the club!• Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota Website & Facebook & YouTubeSupport the show
Eddie Weaver hails from Atlanta, was an acting apprentice for Florida Studio Theatre last year, and is now one of the four stars of FST's cabaret "The 70s: More Than a Decade," showing now through February 12 at the John C. Court Cabaret.Take a listen to Eddie's journey to the Suncoast, his dream to run his own theatre company in his hometown, and the best place in Sarasota to get pies, pasta, and chicken!All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast.Come along and join the club!• Eddie Weaver Facebook & Instagram• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Yoders Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram• PDQ Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter and Tik Tok• Clasico Italian Chophouse Website & Facebook & Instagram• Buddy Brew Coffee Website & Facebook & Instagram• Green Zebra Website & Facebook & Instagram• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube Support the show
Actors Morgan Lavenstein and Jake Fallon join the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast to talk about their lives, journey to the Suncoast, and this crazy, wacky, dark, raucous family comedy about a brother and sister who are launching a plot to kill their 100-year old grandfather, but only dialogue through the miscommunication laden platforms of text and email.Urbanite Theatre's production of "The Burdens" is running now through December 4. Get your tickets and experience this one-of-a-kind presentation.• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Morgan Lavenstein Facebook & Instagram• Jake Fallon Website & Facebook & Instagram• Daiquiri Deck Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Owen’s Fish Camp Website & Facebook & Instagram• O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill Website & Facebook• O & A Coffee and Supply Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
The Pops Orchestra welcomes Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe performers Amber Myers, Maicy Powell, CJ Melton, and Raleigh Mosely II  in presentation of The Spirit of America, featuring spirituals, gospel tunes, and anthems, along with stirring patriotic selections to honor our nation's veterans. Join conductor Robyn Bell as she talks to these four talented singers about their lives, careers with WBTT, and the importance of this music in the history of America and as part of America's gifts to the world.You have two opportunities to see this show:1. Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center and 2. Monday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m at the Neel Performing Arts CenterGet your tickets at ThePopsOrchestra.org or by calling 941-926-POPS (7677)The Pops Orchestra: Music You Love, Musicians You Know.We'll see you at the show!• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTubeSupport the show
You might know him as the former Producing Artistic Director at the Players Centre, but Jeffery Kin has a new job and mission and he wants to share it with the world.Join Robyn Bell and Jeffery Kin as they both talk about their new jobs, the vision of Sarasota Rising, and their plot to get the Benderson Corporation to explore one more philanthropic initiative, this one for the arts organizations of Sarasota County.All that and more on this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast.Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Rising Facebook & Instagram• SCF Foundation Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter Support the show
The first 20 years of her career was spent performing leading roles in more than 30 opera houses across Europe. Her second 20 years was spent teaching voice at Utah State University and Boston University. Her next 20 years has been spent on the Suncoast where Joy McIntyre volunteers for countless arts organizations including the Artist Series Concerts, Suncoast Music Scholarship, Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (past-president), Sarasota Concert Association (past-president), and Sarasota Music Archive (vice-president). Joy brings joy to all those who work and perform alongside her. On this podcast episode, listen to her fabulous life stories, from Brunnehilde to Casey Key! • Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Sarasota Concert Association Website & Facebook• Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning Website & Facebook• Sarasota Music Archive Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Who has the coolest job in town? Why, it would most certainly be Jay Handelman, the arts editor and theatre critic for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune , his employer since 1984. Jay joins the club to talk about his career at the paper, the many changes he has witnessed in the arts scene on the Suncoast, and how to walk that tightrope when a performance doesn't quite hit the mark for him.All that and more on this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast. Come along and join the club!• Jay Handelman Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Sarasota Herald-Tribune Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Sarasota Opera Website & Facebook & Instagram• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube • Sarasota Ballet Website & Facebook & Instagram Support the show
The SCF Theatre Program presents its first play of the year, "Nothing Serious" written by Rich Orloff,  September 23 through October 2 in the Howard Studio Theatre on the SCF Bradenton campus. The play's director, faculty member Amanda Schlachter, and assistant director, SCF Theatre major Tori Flounders, join the club this week to talk about their experiences, the importance of the SCF Theatre Program in the lives of students and community members,  the concept of this show (ten 10-minute comedies rolled into one!), and so much more! Come along and join the club!Rich Orloff's Nothing SeriousDirected by Amanda SchlachterAssistant director Victoria FloundersElements designed by Craig Smith, Timothy Bourn, Kenji Trujillo, and Ethan Fuhrmeister. Cast and crew includes:  William Ashburn, Christopher Byler, Erika Campbell, Sarah, Chowdhury, Samuel Echevarria, Jean Felicita, Thomas Finn, Victoria Flounders, Ethan Fuhrmeister, Starr Mandell, Martin Nichols, Sofia Radbach, and Elizabeth Sorba • SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram & Tickets• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTubeSupport the show
She is a graduate of FSU's Asolo Theatre Conservatory and owner and artistic director of Sarasota's Tree Fort Productions. Katherine Michelle Tanner is an actor, playwright, singer, dancer, filmmaker, choreographer, photographer, and teacher, and for the next month, she is producing and performing the one act play she wrote and choreographed about World War II Polish Jewish ballerina, Franceska Mann called Mann's Last Dance. Her remarkable play about this unlikely World War II heroine can be seen at Tree Fort Productions at the Crossings Mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail) September 9 through October 2. Take a listen to this podcast episode about Katherine's life, career, and the making of her one woman play, Mann's Last Dance and then go see this performance!Come along and join the club!• Katherine Michelle Tanner Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Mann's Last Stand Ticket Link• Tree Fort Productions Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
When she was in college, if you would have told Kerry Smith that she would be anything other than a professional viola player, she would have told you to go fly a kite. How she ended up being an arts administrator and becoming the Director of Artistic Planning for the Sarasota Orchestra is a fascinating and heartwarming story. One that has seen her make beautiful personal connections and experience great loss of those she has come to admire most, including Bramwell Tovey, the Sarasota Orchestra's recently passed conductor.Listen to this week's podcast to learn about Kerry's life and career, the enormous challenges and fulfilling experiences she has had in her role with the Sarasota Orchestra since coming here in 2019,  the incredible season of performances with guest conductors and soloists she has put together, and the next steps for the Sarasota Orchestra as it begins another search for a new conductor and the process of building a new music center.All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast.Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Each summer, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe hosts a 5-week summer camp for students ages 10 to 18 called "Stage of Discovery."  Jim Weaver, WBTT's education director and artistic associate, and Astrid Victoria, a Stage of Discovery alumnus who now serves on the staff of the camp, join the club this week to tell us about this wonderful program, the growth and progress of the students, and this year's theme for the Stage of Discovery performance called "We Dream."The Stage of Discovery performers will present their "We Dream" show for the public on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Donelly Theatre. Tickets are available at WestcoastBlackTheatre.org. Don't miss it! Come along and join the club!• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
From Pennsylvania to Tucson, the Buddy Holly Story to Dollywood, and many stops in between, Jared Mancuso and Nick Gallardo combined their love of playing rock 'n' roll and formed the band "Not Fade Away." Now, they can travel the country performing your favorite 50's and 60's rock 'n' roll tunes in their reimagined arrangements. Their show "Rock 'n' Roll Reignited" is playing now through August 7 at Florida Studio Theatre's Court Cabaret and you can hear the story of their careers, the influence for this show, and their many other creative projects on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast. Come along and join the club!• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Not Fade Away Show Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Jared Mancuso Website & Facebook & Instagram• Nick Gallardo Facebook• The Barber Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lido Key Beach Website• Bricks Smoked Meat Website & Yelp & Instagram• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Actors Lea Sevola and Emma Giorgio, along with director Summer Dawn Wallace, join the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast to talk about their lives, journey to Urbanite, and this amazing story of two strong young ladies who start as fencing foes and end up wanting something for each other...something more than they want for themselves.Urbanite Theatre's production of "Athena" is running now through July 10. Get your tickets and watch these wonderful actors bring the story to life.• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Summer Dawn Wallace Website & Facebook• Lea Sevola Website & Facebook & Instagram• Emma Giorgio Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
After a two year pandemic induced hiatus, the Sarasota Orchestra is bringing back the Sarasota Music Festival, June 6 -25 at the Sarasota Opera House and Holley Hall. Here to introduce herself to the podcast and tell us all about this incredible summer festival for approximately 60 pre-professional music fellows and their faculty mentors is Dr. Olivia Steinman Deems, Artistic Operations Manager for the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Music Festival. Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Music Festival Website & Facebook & Instagram• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Dr. Olivia Steinman Deems Facebook & Instagram & LinkedIn• Gabriel Kahane Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Caroline Shaw Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Calidore String Quartet Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, TITANIC-The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own. All innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the Second Class imagine they too can join the lifestyles of the rich and famous, whilst the millionaire Barons of the First Class anticipate legacies lasting forever. See this show playing at the Manatee Performing Arts Center April 28 through May 15.Join cast members Cory Woomert and Michelle Anaya as they tell us about this wonderful production, their characters in the show, some behind the scene tidbits, and which is their preference, opening night or closing night! Come along and join the show!• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Michele Anaya Facebook• Cory Woomert Facebook & Instagram• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
The SCF Theatre Program presents its final play of the season, "Peter/Wendy" written by Jeremy Bloom,  April 15 through April 24 in the Howard Studio Theatre on the SCF Bradenton campus. Join Theatre Assistant Professor Amanda Schlachter as she talks to guest director India Marie Paul and stage manager Madison Swanson about the play, their experiences putting the show together, and the importance of "play" in all of our lives.Performance dates and times are:Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Friday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram• Amanda Schlachter Website & Facebook• India Marie Paul Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Dan Jordan has been the concertmaster for the Sarasota Orchestra for 23 years while Rachel Halvorson has been the principal violist for only two years, one and a half of which was through the pandemic!But together, along with their colleagues violinist Christopher Takeda and cellist Natalie Helm, they share the amazing experience of performing in the Sarasota Orchestra’s String Quartet. Hear Dan and Rachel talk about their very different life paths to the Sarasota Orchestra, the unique experiences of rehearsing and performing with the string quartet, the program selections for their upcoming concert on Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Holley Hall, and the importance of the Sarasota Orchestra to find a permanent home that serves everyone in our community. You can get tickets to the December 19 performance by the Sarasota Orchestra’s String Quartet through the Sarasota Orchestra’s website or the Suncoast Culture Club’s website Calendar of Events page.  Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Rachel Halvorson Website• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram  Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Sarasota's premier handbell choir, Ring Sarasota, joins the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota for its annual holiday concert, this year called "Ring in the Holidays!"  On this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast,  conductor of Ring Sarasota, Rick Holdsworth and conductor of the Pops Orchestra, Robyn Bell, sit down to talk about Rick's life and career (30 years in the Navy Band!), everything you need to know about Ring Sarasota, and the music the handbell choir and the orchestra will be performing together.  You have two opportunities to catch this fabulous show:1. Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota2. Monday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center in BradentonGet your tickets through the Pops Orchestra website at thepopsorchestra.org.We'll see you at the show!• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Ring Sarasota Website & Facebook & YouTube• Pine Shores Presbyterian Church Website & Facebook• Dr. Robyn L. Bell Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Dingbat Theatre Project is at it again, this time with the SpongeBob Musical production showing at the Bizaare on Apricot and Lime, December 3rd through 19th.Director and choreographer Brian Finnerty, along with the star of the show, Jamie Molina, join the club this week to talk about the production, Dingbat's special take on the show, and what makes our area such a wealth collaboration with all of our arts groups.You can get your tickets to this show by going to Dingbat Theatre's Website or through the Suncoast Culture Club's Calendar of Events page.Come along and join the club!• Dingbat Theatre Company Website & Facebook & Instagram• Jamie Molina Website• The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Venice Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube & Twitter & Trip Advisor• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
She is product of the Manatee School for the Arts, the State College of Florida, and Florida State University, but now she is back home sharing her gifts of performing and teaching music on the Suncoast.Katie Priest stars as Cinderella in the Manatee Players Production of the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical running December 2 through December 19 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. Listen to her interview about her life, career, love of performing, and the show Cinderella on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast.Come along and join the club!• Katie Priest Facebook & Instagram• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Elizabeth Farrell Music Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
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