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The Suncoast Culture Club podcast is your weekly dose of what’s happening in the performing and visual arts this week 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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Her tour of the world includes Louisville, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Des Moines, Boston, Montgomery, and finally, Bradenton/Sarasota. Natalie Helm is celebrating year number five as the principal cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra and she's here to tell us about her organization Upward Notes, what she finds most valuable in a conductor, why she has named her cello "Ricky," and so much more. Join us for this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club. Come along and join the club!• Natalie Helm Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Upward Notes Facebook• Sorella Duo Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Instagram• SCF Music Playbill• State College of Florida Foundation Website & Facebook & Instagram & LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
For the second performance of its 2020-21 season, Sarasota Contemporary Dance will reprise a popular collaboration with renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot called  SCD + Piazzolla. Performances are November 19-22 at the Historic Asolo Theater, available both in-person (socially distanced, limited capacity seating) and online through the company’s Digital Theater, a professional multi-angle immersive experience. There will be four performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit sarasotacontemporarydance.org/tickets or call the box office at (941)-260-8485.The collaboration between Ann Hobson Pilot – the former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra – and SCD Artistic Director and choreographer Leymis Bolaños Wilmott will showcase a dynamic passage through the music of Astor Piazzolla, an extraordinary composer of tango music. Pilot’s arrangement for the harp, violin (Marcus Ratzenboeck) and bandoneon (Rodolfo Zanetti), inspired by Piazzola’s compositions, infuses the composer’s melodies into a contemporary mix of tango music, filled with jazz and classical influences. Through an invigorating visual and emotional experience, SCD brings a passionate and poignant performance to the Historic Asolo Theater with PiazzollaSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
How does one fulfill the will of the world's most famous circus leader and art collector, John Ringling? Just ask Steven High, Executive Director of the John and Mable Ringling Museum Art, he can tell you how exact and precise that will states the art collection must be preserved and shared. At the Ringling, every day is different, every piece of art tells a story, and every Monday is free. Listen to Steven's story and experience the passion he has for the Ringling Museum of Art (and his secret place on campus to enjoy a sunset!).Come along and join the club!• The Ringling Museum of Art Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter • The Gallery at SCF Facebook & Instagram• Katherine Bzura Facebook & Instagram • State College of Florida Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
This episode welcomes Lisa Goss from the SCF Veterans Service Department, Tenesia Pinkney, a flute player in the SCF Symphonic Band and a US Navy Veteran, and Garrett Height, an actor in the SCF Theatre Program who will be narrating two pieces on this program. Learn how the SCF Veterans Service Department helps our students transition from service life to student life to career life, and how the music on this program embodies the military and American spirit.If you are a member of the SCF family (student, staff, or faculty member), you may join us live and in person (up to 50 people) in the Neel Performing Arts Center, free of charge, on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 PM  – email Allison Baker at bakera@scf.edu to get your name on the attendee list.If you are a guest to the campus, join us for free on the SCF Music Facebook book on the same date and time (Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 PM) to enjoy the celebration. • SCF Music Program Facebook Page Link to watch the concert live• SCF Salutes Veterans Virtual Event-Tuesday, November 10 at 3:00 PM• Paychecks for Patriots Event Registration-Thursday, November 12, 2:00 to 6:00 PM• SCF Foundation Donate2Music Link to donate to the SCF Music Program• Text Code to donate to the SCF Music Program: Text "SCFMUSIC" to 41444 • State College of Florida Music Program Website and Instagram• SCF Music Playbill• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• SCF Art Gallery Facebook & Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
She moved to the Suncoast from Tucson, Arizona to open the much anticipated Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College at the repurposed Sarasota High School on 41. Three months later, it closed due to Covid. Now that it has reopened to the public, executive director, Anne-Marie Russell, wants you to know about this "third space" and how it can enhance your life. Every object has a story, the creation of art allowed us to become human, art tells the truth, art helps me have a conversation with myself, this place was built with love. Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Art Musum of Ringling College Website & Facebook & Instagram• Ringling College of Art and Design Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• SCF Art Gallery Facebook & Instagram• Katherine Bzura Facebook & Instagram • State College of Florida Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
The SCF Musical Theatre Program is proud to offer the 2020 Fall Musical Children of Eden through a pre-recorded scheduled content viewing experience available onSaturday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.Sunday, November 8, 2:00 p.m.Sunday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s musical, Children of Eden, casts the beloved biblical stories of Genesis through the personal lens of family. This epic musical starts with the very beginning: the creation of the universe. Father breathes life into his children, Adam and Eve, and learns that the hardest part of being a loving Father is letting go. It’s a lesson that translates into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth – and is reiterated once again as Noah parents his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. This joyous and inspiring musical celebrates the difficulty of choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning, and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face the consequences.The cast of Children of Eden will be wearing "Singing Masks" and following CDC guidelines in regard to social distancing throughout the entire performance.The production will be filmed on Friday, November 6 in the Neel Performing Arts Center and available for viewing on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. andSunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. • Children of Eden Tickets• SCF Foundation Donate2Music Link to donate to the SCF Music Program• Text Code to donate to the SCF Music Program: Text "SCFMUSIC" to 41444 • SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram• SCF Art Gallery Facebook & Instagram• SCF Foundation Website & Facebook & Instagram & LinkedIn• State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTubeSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
How does one go from owning a medical sales company in Atlanta, Georgia to being the Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County? Jim Shirley is here to tell us. As our area's number one lobbying group for the arts, Jim's organization oversees hotel tax dollars designated for our arts organizations, provides office and meeting space for various arts entities, and even coordinates the tour guide program at Patriot Plaza at Sarasota's National Cemetery. That's just the tip of the iceberg! Hear all that and more on this Suncoast Culture Club Podcast. Come along and join the club!• Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter • Siesta Key Website & Facebook & Instagram• Sarasota Sharks Swim Team Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Sailor Circus Academy at the Circus Arts Conservatory Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website and Facebook and Instagram• Sarasota Orchestra Website and Facebook and Instagram• Florida Studio Theatre Website • SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram• SCF Art Gallery Facebook & Instagram• SCF Foundation Website & Facebook & Instagram & LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
He's a percussionist and she's a violinist. Together, they might just rule the world one day, but for now, they want to make the best and highest level of music they can. George Nickson and Samantha Bennett founded Ensemble New SRQ to forge their love of performing new chamber music and to bring the Suncoast combinations of sounds it has never heard before. Check out their upcoming season, "Reimagined & Recomposed," right here on the Suncoast Culture Club podcast. Come along and join the club!• Ensemble New SRQ Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• George Nickson Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Samantha Bennett Facebook & Instagram • Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Dallas Symphony Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Hermitage Artist Retreat Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• West Coast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Sarasota Farmers Market Website & Facebook • Artisan Cheese Company Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Canned Ham Vintage Website & Facebook & Instagram • Shakespeare Craft Beer and Gastro Pub Website & Facebook Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
So you say you want to start a theatre company that produces thought provoking, deeply moving, audience engaging, can't wait to come back for more content? That's just what Brendan Ragan has done with Urbanite Theatre. Along with Summer Dawn Wallace and Harry Lipstein, he has set downtown Sarasota a buzz with theatre that will, literally, change your life and make your world bigger. Wanna hear how? Come along and join the club!• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook Page & Instagram & YouTube • Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• West Coast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook Page & Instagram & YouTube• Sarasota Contemporary Dance Website & Facebook Page & Instagram & YouTube• Green Zebra Cafe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State Street Eating House Website & Facebook • Indigenous Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram• SCF Website and Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Foundation Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
On Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a fantastic lineup of Latin/Spanish inspired music and solo violinist Felicia Brunelle performing Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. Get ready for a fiesta of fun from Carmen to Malagueña. Listen to our guest soloist talk about the music she will be performing with us and then join us on the SCF Music Facebook page to experience the concert live-streamed. Come along and join the club!• SCF Music Program Facebook Page Link to watch the concert live• SCF Foundation Donate2Music Link to donate to the SCF Music Program• Text Code to donate to the SCF Music Program: Text "SCFMUSIC" to 41444 • State College of Florida Music Program Website and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
As a multimedia artist on the Suncoast who specializes in painting conceptual pop art, Mark Mitchell has spent his career honing his visual and communication skills, always in pursuit of the big idea. Whether his medium is painting, photography, design, music, spoken word, or video, Mark has used these skills in his life path to sell everything from beer to bestsellers, cable TV, and miracle drugs and we want you to know about him and his art. Come along a join the club!• Mark Mitchell Studios Website and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and YouTube and Tumblr and LinkedIn and Artslant• SCF Art Gallery Facebook and Instagram• Katherine Bzura Facebook and Instagram • State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
On Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 PM, join the SCF Music Program on our Facebook Page for our first concert of the season. “Stronger Together” celebrates the unique power of people in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic and will feature the SCF Symphonic Band, Big Band, Jazz Combo, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Guitar Ensemble. Listen to conductors Dr. Pete Carney, Rex Willis, Melodie Dickerson, and Dr. Robyn Bell as they talk about the selections on this concert, rehearsal procedures SCF Music Program has been following, and how the wonderful and dedicated SCF Music Program students and Neel Performing Arts Center staff have persevered through this time. This concert is presented free as a livestream on the SCF Music Facebook page, but donations will be taken through the SCF Foundation. Hearing is believing! Come along and join the club!• SCF Music Program Facebook Page Link to watch the concert live• SCF Foundation Donate2Music Link to donate to the SCF Music Program• Text Code to donate to the SCF Music Program: Text "SCFMUSIC" to 41444 • Guitar Sarasota Website and Facebook and YouTube• The Singers Mask from the Broadway Relief Project Website • Blow Hole Masks from Directors Assistant Website• Instrument Bell Covers from Directors Assistant Website• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
What's it like to go from living in New York City working as an actor, writer, director, and Tony Award winning producer one day to living on the beaches of Manasota Key running the Hermitage Artist Retreat the next? And...just what in the world IS the Hermitage Artist Retreat?? Andy Sandberg knows. He is the new Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Hermitage Artist Retreat and he is here to tell us all about his life, his passions, one of the coolest arts organizations in our area, and how he avoids tripping over sea turtles on Manasota Key. Come along and join the club! • Hermitage Artist Retreat Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Andy Sandberg Website and Facebook and Instagram • Sarasota Opera Website and Facebook  and Instagram and YouTube• Sarasota Orchestra Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Florida Studio Theatre Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube • St Armand's Circle Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
She is an actor, director, producer, playwright, and film director who has grown SOURCE Productions from a small group of youth into a large, nationally recognized theatre and film company. KT Curran's films tell the stories that help illuminate and shine a light on on the issues and concerns of young people. Come along and join the club!• The SOURCE Productions Website and Facebook and YouTube• Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Surviving Lunch Trailer• The First Time Club Trailer• Boost the film• When the Party Ends Trailer• C'est La Vie Website and Facebook and Instagram• Siesta Key Website and Facebook and Instagram• Art Ovation Hotel and Rooftop Bar Website and Facebook and Instagram• Urbanite Theatre Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Jack Dusty at the Ritz-Carlton Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
In Michigan, she was a middle school band director, high school band director, middle school principal, high school principal, and even school superintendent. Retiring to the Suncoast of Florida meant she, unexpectedly, became involved with the many community bands and arts organizations our area is so well known for. Now, Lynn Cleary is the conductor of the Manatee Community Concert Band, the Suncoast Wind Ensemble, performs in and is president of the North Port Concert Band and the North Port Performing Arts Alliance, and performs in the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble. Hear her story of finding community music making on our Suncoast and much more on this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast. Come along and join the club!• Manatee Community Concert Band Website and Facebook  and YouTube• North Port Concert Band Website and Facebook • Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble Website and Facebook • State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
How can a little unexpected college degree change your life? Joey Panek, Senior Producer of ABC-7's Suncoast View, tells us how his career as an actor, singer, and dancer suddenly changed when he decided to get a degree in video production to help supplement his income while in between performances. Look at him now! Hear that story and so much more on this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast. Come along and join our club!• Joey Panek Website and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter • The Suncoast View on ABC-7 Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website and Facebook Page and Instagram and YouTube Channel • Florida Studio Theatre Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Manatee Performing Arts Center and Manatee Players Theatre Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Manatee School for the Arts Website and Facebook Page and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
As if searching for a new conductor and a new home at the same time isn't hard enough, try doing it during a pandemic! Joe McKenna talks to us about his life as the Executive Director of the Sarasota Orchestra, the amazing tapestry of cultural arts organizations in our town that have been working side-by-side through the pandemic, and the challenges that lie ahead for music education. Come along and join our club!• Sarasota Orchestra Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Sarasota Opera Website and Facebook  and Instagram and YouTube• Sarasota Ballet Website and Facebook Page and Instagram • Asolo Repertory Theatre Website and Facebook Page and Instagram and YouTube • Sarasota Opera Website and Facebook and Instagram• Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Florida Studio Theatre Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Checkout what the Sarasota Orchestra, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Opera, The Pops Orchestra, and SCF Music Program are working on this week. Come along and Join the Club!• Sarasota Orchestra Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website and Facebook Page and Instagram and YouTube Channel • Sarasota Opera Website and Facebook and Instagram• The Pops Orchestra Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook Page and InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
From a projected $2 million surplus for the season to a completely dark hall for the next six months, executive director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Mary Bensel, tells us her story of the Friday the 13th in March that changed her life and the lives of her staff, patrons, and our entire community. Come along and join the club!• Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Van Wezel Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Suncoast View Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Sarasota Ballet Website and Facebook Page and Instagram • Sarasota Orchestra Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• Ringling Town Hall Website and Facebook and YouTube• Sarasota Concert Association Website and Facebook• Sarasota Opera Website and Facebook  and Instagram and YouTube• Florida Studio Theatre Website • State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedInSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
From drum major of her high school band to the 6th president of the State College of Florida, Dr. Carol Probstfeld brings an abundance of leadership skills, eye for talent, passion for students, and appreciation for culture to work with her every day. Hear her story of what brought her to the Suncoast, how she's navigated the community's college during a pandemic, and why the arts are vitally important to a student's education. Come along and join our club!• State College of Florida Website and Facebook and Instagram and YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website and Facebook and Instagram• State College of Florida Theatre Program Website and Facebook Page and Instagram• State College of Florida Foundation Website and Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn• Pier 22 Restaurant Website and Facebook and Instagram• O'Bricks Irish Pub and Martini Bar Website and Facebook and InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
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