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SRQ DAILY May 1, 2019

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"One day, we are going to be known nationally as the musical organization dedicated to the professional development of emerging artists."

- Marcy Miller, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

[Music]  Artist Series Concerts Announces Miller as Executive Director
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

There’s something in the air in Sarasota, and Marcy Miller has begun taking voice lessons again after “I won’t tell you how many years”—which, though not exact, sounds like more than five. Music has re-entered her life in a big way since she and her husband moved down here two years ago, dormant perhaps since her days in the all-women’s a capella group at Yale but now wide awake as she assumes her new role as executive director of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, which she begins today. Most recently serving as the executive director of the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA, Miller took a moment with SRQ to talk both first steps and long-term goals in her new artistic home.

What is your responsibility as executive director? Miller: My primary role will be making sure that the organization is strong financially, through good management and fundraising. Finding the music is for the artistic director. My role will be to find venues, to contract with them to make sure we’re getting what we need at a good price.

What are some of your goals going in? I would like to expand the venues a little bit. Right now, we’re not performing in Manatee County. I would love to find a good venue in Manatee. And maybe expand a little bit to the south as well. We’re in the Venice Performing Arts Center and also at the Plantation Country Club, and I’d like to see if there’s anything more down there.

What is ASC’s goal this season? Recently, ASC went through some strategic planning and I’m excited about its rededicated mission to young artists. We’re really going to focus on presenting and promoting young and emerging talent, and one day we are going to be known nationally as the musical organization dedicated to the professional development of emerging artists.

Why is that important? A lot of schools right now are cutting back on music and arts education. And so a lot of the younger generations are not being educated in classical music and other arts. Lee Dougherty Ross, the founder of ASC, is now Director of Outreach, and she brings a lot of artists into the schools. I love the idea of students seeing young artists, so they know its something they can do as well.

How does it feel to be singing again? It feels wonderful. And one of the things I’m going to enjoy most about my position is the opportunity to attend all of these concerts. We have close to 30 a year, and just the thought of attending all of those brings me a lot of joy. 

[Philanthropy]  Sunshine from Darkness Nonprofit Plans 2020 Resurgence

Jeffrey Peterson, son of Sunshine From Darkness founders Lee and Bob Peterson, has announced plans to bring Sunshine From Darkness back to the forefront of the mental health research funding and direct services community. The nonprofit organization will launch its renewed efforts with a pair of special events—The Journey to Wellness Symposium and the Inspiring Hope Dinner—on Saturday, March 14, 2020, to raise both awareness and funds for local mental health causes.
The Journey to Wellness Symposium is free and open to the public, scheduled from 9:15am to 11:30am at the Van Wezel Grand Foyer. The Inspiring Hope Dinner will take place that same evening at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and will feature speakers Steve Ford, actor, mental health advocate and son of former President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford; Kathy Cronkite, mental health advocate, author and daughter of broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite; and Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Life Animated. This special event will raise funds to benefit direct mental health and addiction services provided by Coastal Behavioral Health, whose programs serve more than 7,000 local children, adolescents, adults, seniors and families where they are needed. 

Sunshine from Darkness

[Philanthropy]  Brey Joins Transition Sarasota as Executive Director

Transition Sarasota has announced that Rebecca Brey was recently hired as its new part-time executive director. Brey replaces Executive Director Janet Lewis, who has been hired by CIMMYT (Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo, or The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) to help develop a global consortium to improve wheat crop resistance to the effects of climate change. Brey’s experience with diverse populations and events as well as her passion for food and the environment make her an excellent addition, according to Transition Sarasota. Through her dedication to exploring locally, she has already volunteered and connected with many of Transition Sarasota's partners in the local community in her two years here, including serving as associate producer of marketing, events and programs with SRQ Media Group. 

Transition Sarasota

[Education]  Pine View School Ranks #1 High School in Florida

Sarasota County Schools has announced that Pine View School has once again been ranked as the #1 high school in the state of Florida, based on U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best High Schools Rankings.

U.S. News & World Report ranked 17,245 public high schools out of more than 23,000 reviewed. The 2019 rankings are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality: college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, and graduation rates. The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions.

Two other Sarasota County schools, Riverview High School and Suncoast Polytechnical High School, were also featured in the top 100, receiving spots 52 and 58, respectively. Neighboring Manatee County Schools first appeared at #114 with Lakewood Ranch High School, and Charlotte County Public Schools appeared at #180 with Lemon Bay High School. 

Pine View School

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Chivalry & Circus , February 9 – May 13

The exhibition shows the imagery of knights in shining armor and how are they woven throughout the history of American popular culture. Founded with the democratic values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, from its beginning, the United States has idealized the traits of courage, piety, and civility that are embodied in images of knights of the Middle Ages.

Circus Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: Bazaar Birthday Bash , May 1

Celebrate The Bazaar’s one year birthday with live music by Kaleidogroove, free beer from JDub’s, smoothies from Cha Cha Coconuts and cupcakes from Bad Girls Baking Co-Op. Also find art demos, great shopping, food truck and more surprises.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Run4Love FUN-K , May 4

Run and honor the LGBTQ+ history, at the Ringling Bridge. The Fun-K welcomes everyone just wear your silliest light-up, glowing, flashing, blinking costumes and show up!  Get some cool stuff, including a limited-edition T-shirt of the first-ever Harvey Milk Run4Love! Participants 21+ will also get a free beer alongside some great food offerings from The Overton Restaurant.

JD Hamel Park, JD Hamel Park, Bayfront Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Plena Adentro , May 4

Plena’s origins can be traced back to the changes in society caused by Puerto Rico’s transfer from Spanish to U.S. rule, and the abolition of slavery which caused displaced colonial sugar cane workers to seek economic opportunities in the growing cities of the island. While it is important to study Plena given the popularity of its folkloric style, it is equally as important because it is a living tradition that is still an active part of Puerto Rico today, marking important occasions in the lives of our people, from birth to death, and even street protests.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , May 4 – June 1

This murder and revenge in 19th Century London has shocked audiences. Unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to take his revenge on the judge who took him from his family. When he partners with Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her meat pie ship, Todd’s need for vengeance increases. Their notoriety soars until Todd comes face to face with the judge. This thrilling theatrical treat is Sondheim at his very best.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Tomorrow's Voices Today , May 5

Witness a choral festival incorporating more than 200 singers of all ages. Maestro Caulkins inspires music-making at the highest levels, planting seeds that will ripen throughout students’ lives with an eclectic program from classics to contemporary. Key Chorale’s 6th annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools will feature Pine View, Venice and North Port High School choirs performing separately and alongside Key Chorale.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Harvey Milk Festival , May 9 – May 11

The photo exhibition, at the Art Center Sarasota from May 9-11 is intended to showcase American LGBTQ+ history from the 1890s to the times of Harvey Milk. May 10-11, located at 500 Tallevast Rd, presents the BASSment which offers the community a safe space and diverse platform to inspire the youth. May 11 starts off with a brunch at Stage Restaurant following the Harvey Milk Music Festival which celebrates the 10 year anniversary by presenting music at HD Jamal Park.

Various locations , Various locations

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: An Afternoon of Operetta , May 12

Two centuries after the beginnings of operetta - a form of opera with light music and subject matter - it continues to delight audiences worldwide. Our production showcases the work of favorite composers Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz von Suppe' and Jacques Offenbach. Revel in the glorious melodies featurning soloists, chorus and instrumentalists.

Sarasota Opera HOuse , 61 NOrth Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay for Life Sarasota , May 18

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FOOD: Morton's Market 50th Anniversary Party , May 19

Join Morton's Market to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary. Food & Fun! Live music & raffle prizes! All proceeds to benefits the Morton Culinary Education Fund.

SRQ Media Group

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