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"I was really excited about what I proposed, but I did not know how I did. It is a testament that being vulnerable is fruitful."

- Angelica Negron, Composer

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Hermitage Surprises Composer Angelica Negron with Greenfield Prize
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

As Angélica Negrón sat in the Zoom waiting room, the composer and multi-instrumentalist had no idea what awaited her when she joined the chat. A finalist for the prestigious $30,000 Greenfield Prize that includes a 6-week residency at The Hermitage, she was led to believe she was in the waiting room with the other three finalists and that the announcement would be made with all finalists together in the chat. But The Hermitage’s artistic director and CEO, Andy Sandberg, has a flair for the dramatic.

“She doesn’t actually know that she’s already won,” said Sandberg to the nearly 100 guests that joined in for the virtual announcement ceremony.

When Sandberg finally let Negrón into the chat and made the announcement, her shock and jubilation manifested themselves as a touching moment of vulnerability. “This definitely caught me off guard,” she said, “and this is my first time crying on Zoom.”

The Puerto Rican-born Negrón, who lives in New York City, composes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as for chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her musical compositions span genres and aesthetics, ranging all the way from stripped down piano pieces to quirky, avant garde soundscapes comprised of dings, scratches and white noise.

Of her work’s artistic and cultural significance, those in virtual attendance got a rare chance to meet three jurors involved in Negron’s selection, and juror Terrance McKnight described it best. “Angelica’s music places value on the softest, most vulnerable instruments in the room,” he said. “In her scores, even the robots have a pulse. Her compositional insight is the heartbeat of true democracy.”

For Negron, who remained emotional for the duration of her time on screen, McKnight’s comments echo the spirit in which she received the award. “I’m just so moved to know that [my interview] resonated,” she says. “I was really excited about what I proposed, but I didn’t know how I did. It’s a testament that being vulnerable is fruitful.”

Negron begins her residency later this year and is set to compose a piece intended to be played as the sun sets. The composition will be inspired by the sun’s low-frequency sounds as captured by NASA.


Pictured: Angelica Negron. Photo Credit: Catalina Kulczar.

[New Director]  The Players Centre Hires New Artistic Director

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the hiring of their new artistic director, Lee Gundersheimer. The 92-year-old organization looks forward to growing through Gundersheimer’s strong skill set cultivated over many years and in various areas of the theatre. He will begin January 18, to overlap the departure of 15-year producing artistic director, Jeffery Kin. Gundersheimer is excited to be back in Florida where he began his theatre career over 40 years ago. Raised in Miami, Lee is a graduate of the BFA program in Theatre at Florida State University and received his Actor’s Equity Card before graduating college as one of the original apprentices at the Burt Reynold’s Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Fl. where he worked onstage with Sally Field, Martin Sheen, and Carol Burnett among others. Gundersheimer was based in New York City for many years and built his first theater on the upper westside, Avalon Rep, before he was 30. He then helped plan, build, and was the Producing Director of the Century Center for the Performing Arts in Union Square, where two Pulitzer Prize winning plays had their off-Broadway commercial runs. All the while working professionally, Gundersheimer taught academically in multiple universities, and for 10 years was the Industry Liaison for the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  

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[Children's Services]  Child Protection Center Expanding in South County

As the population in South Sarasota County continues to grow at a rapid pace, the area has seen a simultaneous increase in the need for child abuse services. To meet this growing need, the Child Protection Center (CPC) has recently closed on a new property and building in North Port.  From the year 2000 through 2020, the population of North Port grew by 213%- almost ten times more than Sarasota and Venice in the same time frame. The area is also a popular space for families, with school aged children and adolescents making up 22% of the population and a median age of 46. As the demand for CPC's services has been steadily increasing alongside the population growth, the pandemic greatly exacerbated the problem- in the early months of the pandemic, the center's Child Protection Team reported an over 23% increase in child sexual abuse. More recently, a waiting list of verified victims of child abuse in need of therapy grew to over 70 children. "The need is clear," said Doug Staley, the Executive Director of the nonprofit. "There are children requiring immediate access to our services, and it's our responsibility to protect them. No child should ever have to wait for treatment." Local philanthropist Graci McGillicuddy, one of CPC's most dedicated supporters over her 35 year history of involvement, joined in full support upon hearing the announcement. "Our dream is to one day transform this building into a children's museum because child abuse will no longer exist," she said. She went on to credit CPC's staff on their expertise in the field and their dedication to the mission. Renovations on the building will begin as quickly as possible with a goal of opening for services by summer. 

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[Building Design]  Architecture Sarasota Announces 2022 Season

Architecture Sarasota has announced its 2022 Winter/Spring programming season, inspiring audiences about the merits of good design and celebrating Sarasota’s stature as a globally-recognized city of design. Earlier this week, The New York Times named the organization among  “52 Places for a Changed World.”  The Times article recognizes Architecture Sarasota’s role in promoting and protecting “…the most spectacular concentration of Modernist buildings east of the Mississippi.”  The annual list recognizes global destinations where visitors can be part of the solution to problems like over-tourism and climate change, which aligns well with the mission of Architecture Sarasota. This year’s Winter/Spring Architecture Sarasota program features a Modern Architecture 101 series, which explores the hallmarks of Modernism: new materials, new techniques, new ideas, and new cultural influences at the intersection of the Industrial Revolution, the colonial project and the expansion of class participation in cultural production. Given the ongoing challenges of Covid, Architecture Sarasota has created a series of en plein air and Covid-conscious events to enjoy this season, including yoga at Paul Rudolph’s iconic Umbrella House and architecture tours via kayak. Lovers of both culture and nature will enjoy viewing architecture from the water with both design experts and naturalists. Other events include guided tours of The Vision of Philip Hiss exhibition at the William Rupp and Joe Farrell designed Scott Building, headquarters of Architecture Sarasota, and monthly Iconic Homes Tours, providing an in-depth look at some of Sarasota’s most significant Modern houses. 

Pictured: St. Paul Lutheran Church. Photo.credit Greg Wilson

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[New Airline]  Avelo Airlines Begins New Nonstop Service From Sarasota-Bradenton to Southern Connecticut

On Thursday, Avelo Airlines began new nonstop service from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to New Haven, CT, the ultra-convenient gateway to the greater Connecticut, New York and New England region. Very low one-way fares between SRQ and Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) starting at $49* are available at AveloAir.com. “We’re excited to begin the New Year with this new, convenient and affordable direct service to Southern Connecticut,” said Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. “With our very low fares and HVN’s unmatched convenience, Avelo makes getting to Connecticut and all this region has to offer easier than ever. We can’t wait to welcome our new Sarasota-Bradenton Customers aboard to experience our exceptional service and the best hospitality on the East Coast.” Avelo’s exclusive nonstop service utilizing Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737 jets will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 

Photo courtesy of Avelo Airlines.

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[Recognition]  Manatee Young Professional MVP Nominees Announced

MYP MVP Individual Nominees Jose Benejan-Lorenzo, Bensa Chiropractic and Wellness; Jonathan Evans, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County Inc.; Kyle Grimes, Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano, P.L.; Colbe Herr, IMG Academy; Kristin Hokanson, Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard; Katie Howard, Insurance Time of Bradenton; Andrea Knies, Realize Bradenton; Katy Kopstad, Sea Breeze Coffee and Tea; John Lang, Bank OZK; Sean LePach, Johnson Messal Bristow PLLC; Mitch Lomazov, EXCELLence Performance; Brooke Mailloux, Florida Suncoast Real Estate; Drew Navy, Navy Advertising Co.; Jason Osborne, Bank OZK; Jessica Ryherd, Feeding Empty Little Tummies; Sandy Shahinian, Lakewood Ranch Communities; Aubrie Stevens, Harbor Chiropractic; Amanda Tullidge, Blalock Walters, P.A.; Danielle Visone, Tidewell Hospice; Beth Walters, Centerstone; Cassie White, Fairway Funding Group-Terry Mortgage Team; Andrea Wilkinson, Andrea Wilkinson Photography; Keenan Wooten, School District of Manatee County. MVP Employer Award Nominees: Blalock Walters, P.A., Clark Financial Partners, Johnson Messal Bristow PLLC, Len’s Roofing, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The winners will be recognized at the event on February 17, 2022, from 5-8pm at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. 

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[Donation]  Join Cat Depot in the #BettyWhiteChallenge

On Betty White's 100th birthday on January 17, Cat Depot challenges everyone to pick a local rescue or shelter and donate just $5 in Betty White's name. She was an avid animal lover and by donating in her honor, her movement will be remembers. 

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[Scholarship Opportunity]  2022 Big Bill Big 5K

The 2nd annual Big Bill Big 5K presented by All Point Retail and On Running will take place at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota on Saturday, January 29th, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. The Big Bill Big 5K will benefit the Big Bill Foundation which was created in memory of Bradenton native and co-founder of Fit2Run, Bill Robinson after he lost his battle with Leukemia in 2020 at the age of 70. The Big Bill Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships to survivors or bereaved siblings of childhood cancer. At this year’s Big Bill Big 5K, the Big Bill Foundation inaugural scholarships will be awarded during a heartfelt ceremony on race day. Awardees will be presented with a scholarship check and will be recognized for their perseverance and bravery. In addition to the scholarships, age group awards, master's awards, and a few surprise awards that are new for Fit2Time races will be presented.  

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[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival , January 14 – January 16, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

The Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival returns for its Sixth Year on January 14-16, 2022. Join us in JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street. Bring along your family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. The event begins Friday night January 14 with festivities running 4pm-10pm. The event continues Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. General admission is FREE. The event, hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association, offers a diverse menu of foods cooked fresh on site. Seafood items are prepared using only the freshest local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Meat and vegetarian offerings also are on the menu, along with a variety of side dishes and of course - tantalizing desserts! Alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks are available along with a selection of sodas and bottled water. In the breaks between performances, explore shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. Performers in 2020 were: Dr. Dave Band, JP Soars & The Red Hots and Black Honkeys, The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell, the Billy Rice Band, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, The Verge and 22N, Big Night Out, Kettle of Fish, and Fleetwood Max. Check back as the event approaches to see the bands participating and their performance times. They will be posted on this page in the column to the right.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 3rd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival , January 15, 12pm-8pm

The 3rd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival and the Sarasota Winter Carnival at The Mall at University Town Center will take place on January 15th from 12pm to 8pm. The BEST Traveling Beer & Burger Festival in Central Florida is back in Sarasota again. This family-friendly, live, in-person event includes at least a dozen Burger Artisans, Craft Brewers with in-person sampling, and 4 live music performances, plus sponsored giveaways, shop local market, and a 5-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Full Carnival by Dreamland Amusements. Live Entertainment and Concert: 12:30pm - Live DJ with Top Hits, 3pm - Sound Hammer, 6pm - The Best of Both Worlds Florida: Van Halen Sammy Hagar Tribute. FREE CRAFT BEER SAMPLES from 12pm to 4pm (while supplies last). Winners from the craft beer sampling will be announced around 4:30pm. PEOPLE'S CHOICE BURGER COMPETITION from 12pm to 7:30pm. Guests must pick which food truck is their favorite and order their meals directly, and if they deem the food worthy, they can cast a single vote per person for that food truck to win. The winning truck with the most votes will receive the coveted People’s Choice Best Burger Award. The judge’s choice winners will be announced at 4:30pm for Craft Beer and 6pm for the Burgers. They will each receive a special award for winning in their class.  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Jay Leno , January 15, 8pm

From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car-builder and philanthropist ... it’s no wonder that JAY LENO is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy®, People’s Choice and TV Guide Awards, as well as a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. This show will take place on Saturday, January 15 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Music Compound: Shred the Love , January 15, 6pm-9pm

The Music Compound invites its members and the community to enjoy an unforgettable evening of music, food, art and more during its Shred the Love fundraiser, with proceeds supporting scholarships for area youth who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 or whose parents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Organizers hope that the event, which takes place on Saturday, January 15 from 6pm to 9pm at Music Compound (1751 Cattlemen Rd.), will raise at least $5,000. This event, a partnership with local not-for-profit Every Child, is being organized by middle and high school students, led by homeschool student Sam Stahlmann. “Shred the Love” was originally started as an IB project at Riverview High School to support career readiness, enable students to learn how to plan and implement an event, and see the value of charitable works. The inaugural Shred the Love concert in 2018 funded the purchase of ukuleles for children with cancer; in 2019, the event funded music programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Children First. Committee members include Eden Stahlmann (homeschool student), Hailey Renner (10th grader at Cardinal Mooney), Macy Young (State College of Florida), Asher Voros, and Caitlyn Healey (homeschool student).

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Righteous Brothers , January 16, 7pm

The Lovin’ Feelin’ is back as blue-eyed soul pioneers, THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS, return to the Van Wezel! Original Brother Bill Medley is joined by Bucky Heard in a concert experience that features their biggest hits, including the most-played song in radio history: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Don’t miss hit-favorites such as “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s Grammy®-winning Dirty Dancing theme, “The Time of My Life,” and much more. This show will take place on Sunday, January 16 at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: WSLR + Fogartyville: David Wilcox , January 16, 7pm

More than three decades into his career, singer/songwriter David Wilcox continues to push himself, just as he always has. Wilcox, by so many measures, is a quintessential folk singer, telling stories full of heart, humor, and hope, substance, searching, and style. His innate sense of adventure and authenticity is why critics and colleagues, alike, have always praised not just his artistry, but his humanity, as well. David Wilcox will perform on Sunday, January 16 at 7pm. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Knights of Columbus Hall: Car Show , January 16, 11am-2pm

Join the Knights of Columbus Hall for their First Annual Car Show to benefit Knights of Columbus Charities. The Car Show will take place on Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 11am-2pm, at their Hall at 4880 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Early registration is $15, or $20 the day of show. Goodie bags & T-shirts for the first 100 cars. Trophies, Door Prizes, Live DJ - Trivia, Great food & full bar for purchase. For info & registration, contact Ken at kjnshark@yahoo.com or Candy Girl at candy@carnewsbycandygirl.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Guitar Sarasota: Emerging Artist Series: Dr. Sam Desmet , January 17, 7:30pm

Join Guitar Sarasota for a six-concert series that showcases local and regional musicians who perform a 45-minute concert, followed by a question and answer session. Free and open to the public, thanks to a generous and ongoing grant from the Vera and Imre Hecht Foundation, these concerts entertain, educate, and raise awareness of the beauty of classical guitar music. Dr. Sam Desmet, Classical Guitar, will take place at 7:30pm on Monday, January 17, 2022 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Praised for his “poetic and sensible playing,” award winning European Guitarist Dr. Sam Desmet has performed in Asia, Europe and the United States, interpreting nineteenth and twentieth century repertoire.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration , January 17, 7:30pm

Join us for a WBTT annual tradition honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in spoken word and song on Monday January 17, 2022 at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., arranged and directed by Nate Jacobs. Reverend Charles McKenzie will return to lend his voice to Dr. King's words, and WBTT professional performers and Stage of Discovery students will fill the house with uplifting music and dance. We will also recognize the 2022 winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest sponsored by the Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Beautiful - The Carol King Musical , January 18 – January 19, 7:30pm and 2pm

BEAUTIFUL — THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony Award® nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards® and a 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album. This show will take place on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, January 19 at 2pm.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Play That Goes Wrong , February 2 – March 13, Varies.

Welcome to the opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), everything that can go wrong does go wrong during this 1920s murder mystery play. Will these accident-prone performers beat the odds and make it to their final curtain call? Find out with this Olivier Award-winning comedy. The Play That Goes Wrong, by Henry Lewis, Johnathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, will play beginning January 19, 2022 through March 13, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Forbidden Broadway , January 19 – January 29, 7:30pm and 2pm

In this long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters. Single tickets available Sept. 1, 2021 ($26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student). Subscriptions are available now. The show dates are Jan. 19-22, 25-29 at 7:30pm and Jan. 23, 29-30 at 2pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Grand Horizons , January 19 – January 25, Varies.

You’re never too old to learn, but what if you learn that the person you’ve been married to for 50 years is making you miserable? Bill and Nancy practically breathe in unison; they anticipate each other’s sighs, sneezes, and ends of sentences. But just as they settle into their new retirement home in Florida, Nancy wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the news, they’re forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best. Sophisticated, funny, delightfully – and sometimes provocatively – honest, this new Broadway hit comedy takes an intimate look at the unpredictable and enduring nature of love. Contains mature themes and language. Recommended for age 16+. Grand Horizons will show January 19–April 1, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: CHAPLIN: The Musical , January 20 – February 6, Varies.

CHAPLIN: The Musical will run from Thursday January 20 2022 to Sunday February 6 2022 at Stone Hall, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes. He came to America an unknown. He left amidst scandals and controversy. In between, Charlie Chaplin became one of the best-loved and most famous entertainers in the world. Chaplin provides a captivating close-up of the man who changed motion pictures forever. The musical dramatizes the making of Chaplin’s legendary films, including The Kid, The Circus, Modern Times and The Great Dictator as well as his turbulent childhood, frenzied love life and political beliefs. Featuring an original score by Christopher Curtis, including “Look at All the People,” “Just Another Day in Hollywood” and “This Man,” Chaplin tells the touching story of the man who makes the world laugh as his legendary screen persona, the Tramp, but struggles to find happiness in his own life.

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