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SRQ DAILY Dec 7, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"There are tens of thousands of people that are better off and did not go through the aftermath of being alone because of the generosity of Mattamy."

- Eric Corliss, Regional CEO for Central Florida and the US Virgin Islands, American Red Cross.

[Hurricane Relief]  Mattamy Homes Presents $800,000 for Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts to the American Red Cross
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Mattamy Homes, the parent company of Wellen Park, a top-selling master-planned community located near North Port, is doing their part to help with Hurricane Ian relief efforts. The home-building company recently presented the American Red Cross with a significant donation of $800,000 to assist communities across Florida impacted by the storm.

While there is no one organization that can really capture all the needs that someone would have during a disaster, the Red Cross provides a piece of the puzzle, whether it's groceries for the month, a hotel stay, or basic necessities. According to Kristin Burke, chief development officer for the Central, Florida region of the American Red Cross, “Our teams that work directly with folks that have been in our shelters are coordinating what some of those specific needs might be. It’s not life-changing money but it helps people on their road to recovery. The Mattamy donation went to serve specifically our relief efforts for all of the work that we did during Hurricane Ian.” At the peak of the hurricane relief operations, the Red Cross had over 100 emergency response vehicles (ERVs) delivering food and clean-up kits. “It costs us about $25,000 to fully operate one ERV and that is just one example of how donations like the one from Mattamy can be helpful,” she adds.

“We’re so blessed to have a founder of the Mattamy company, Peter Gilgan, who puts value in time, talent and treasure. And for him, he put a portion of his treasure toward an area that needs it the most. But more importantly, that treasure can be compounded by going to a group like the American Red Cross, who can do far more with it than what any one of us could do singularly if somebody handed that check to us,” says Rick Severance, Wellen Park division president, Mattamy Homes. “Beyond our area, we know that so many others throughout the state have been impacted by the storm. We value the Red Cross and what they do most effectively, which is their ability to strategically place and prioritize funds based on need.”

“The Mattamy donation is supporting families from Collier County up into Fort Myers all the way up and over and around the I-4 corridor over to Daytona, and that is huge. It's a significant portion of Florida that was affected by the hurricanes this season,” says Eric Corliss, chief executive officer, for the Central Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands regions of the American Red Cross. "There are tens of thousands of people that are better off and that were cared for and didn’t go through the aftermath of being alone because of the generosity of Mattamy.”

“We have donors of every kind, some who will give their last $5.00 for the week, all the way up to donations like the one from Mattamy,” shares Burke. “It takes a collective effort and Mattamy has certainly been a leader in that charge.” 

To make a donation to the American Red Cross, click here.

[Scholarships]  Gecko's Grill and Pub's 30th Anniversary Party Raises Record Scholarship Funds for Sarasota County 4-H Foundation

The Gecko’s Hospitality Group family of restaurants has renewed its ongoing commitment as a Business Partner with the Sarasota County 4-H Clubs & Foundation, designating the 4-H Foundation scholarship fund as the direct beneficiary of donations raised during our 30th Anniversary BBQ and Party. Gecko’s co-owners, Michael Quillen & Mike Gowan awarded the check at a presentation ceremony at the Fruitville Gecko’s. “It is with the generosity and commitment of local business leaders like the Gecko’s Hospitality Group that allows the Sarasota County 4-H Foundation to fund the programming which helps children achieve their goals,” said Sarah Davis, University of Florida/IFAS Extension Agent with the local 4-H Foundation. “Since the values of the Gecko’s family of restaurants and the 4-H Clubs are closely aligned, building on our commitment was a natural fit,” said Quillen. “We are proud to support the pivotal experiences provided by the 4-H programs which build a foundation of leadership and skills for success in the future careers of children in our community. We believe that investing in 4-H serves to honor the agricultural legacy of the great State of Florida, which has provided the livestock and produce that feeds our citizens and visitors alike, and which offers our children the programs that help them develop the life skills so essential to helping them become good citizens.” 

Pictured: Annette Hiatt, 4-H , Kevin Thompson, GM Fruitville Geckos, Mike Quillen, co-owner Geckos Hospitality Group, Nicole Bartell, 4-H Jr. Cattlemen; Lee Hayes Byron and Sarah Davis, 4-H, Mike Lynch, Geckos, Anne Rollings, Fiona Farrell,GHG.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Embracing Our Differences Announces Winners of the 2023 Exhibit to be Displayed in Sarasota, Bradenton and North Port

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it achieves this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition comprising 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quotation. This year’s response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotations received 13,733 entries pouring in from 119 countries and 45 states. Students from 424 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotations to the juried exhibit. The Best-in-Show Adult artwork award went to Whittney de Araújo, from Recife, Brazil, for “We Are All Pearls.” Alexis Lee, a 10th grade student from the Icon Art Academy in Irvine, California, won the Best-in-Show Student award for “Stretching Beauty.” Alexis Morrell of Wolcott, Connecticut, won Best-in-Show Adult for her inspirational quotation, “It takes more courage to speak in a silent room than to become another voice in a crowd.”  The award for the Best-in-Show Student inspirational quotation was given to Hartley Livesey, a fifth grade student at The Out-of-Door Academy for “Always remember you are braver than you think and stronger than you believe.” The winning quotations and art will be showcased at the 20th annual exhibits, January 18-March 12, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park; March 22-April 19 at Butler Park in North Port; and April 26-May 29 at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.  For more information about these exhibits or Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710 or visit www.embracingourdifferences.org. 

Pictured: Stretching Beauty by Alexis Lee, winner, Best-in-Show Student Award. Photo courtesy of Embracing Our Differences.

[Holiday Donations]  Safe Children Coalition Seeks Gifts for Children in State Care

For many families in our area, the holidays are a time of great excitement and joy, with presents, delicious meals, and time spent with family and friends. For foster children, however, the holidays can be a time of stress and sadness, a time when the thought of their families may dredge up unhappy memories and when they are living with people they may not know very well. Some foster children may never have even experienced a real holiday celebration, with presents and holiday displays. The Safe Children Coalition's Angels program works to ensure that foster and other vulnerable children in Florida's Circuit 12 (encompassing Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties) feel the warmth of the holiday season through the donation of gifts from caring members of the community. The program matches sponsors to children's gift wish lists. Already in 2022, more than 100 sponsors have generously addressed the wish lists of several hundred children but there are always additional youths coming into the system to cover. Now the agency is seeking community members who can shop for general wish list items to help every child have something under the tree. Families, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions can sign up for a wish list at sccfl.org/angels, and then bring the gifts to Safe Children Coalition or people can make monetary donations that help support critical, life-saving programs for children who are homeless, abused, and neglected throughout the entire year. Safe Children Coalition served nearly 9,300 children in Foster Care and Adoptions and Prevention and Diversion programs this year. When children are removed from a home, the primary reasons are drug abuse by a parent or caretaker, domestic violence in the home, physical abuse, neglect, inadequate housing, and abandonment. Over 2,000 children were served in licensed foster care and out-of-home care placement in our community this year. More than 7,000 children were served in Prevention and Diversion programs, with the purpose of diverting children and families from the foster care system. Gifts are being gratefully accepted through December 16. For more information or to request a holiday wish list, visit sccfl.org/angels, email angels@sccfl.org, or call the program direct line at 941-356-9445. 

Pictured: Safe Children Coalition team members (from l-r) Maryna Niftulaeva, April Davis and Nicole Frey were on hand to receive a donation of bicycles from a local business. Photo courtesy of Safe Children Coalition.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Opera Guild Poinsettia Luncheon

The Sarasota Opera Guild invites you to the 38th Annual Poinsettia Luncheon to be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Michael’s on East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota, starting at 11:30am. The doors will open at 11:00am. This year’s theme--Passport to Opera--reflects the international scope of this season’s Sarasota Operas, which are placed in Japan, Spain, Italy, and France. The highlight of the luncheon is a performance by Heather Johnson, mezzo soprano. Among her many credits, Ms. Johnson has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera, and New York City Opera. At Sarasota Opera, she has appeared as Maddalena in Rigoletto, the title character in La Cenerentola, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel and Beppe in L’Amico Fritz. She will be accompanied by Jesse Martins on the piano. The afternoon includes an opportunity to bid on an array of silent auction items and bountiful gift baskets. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser assist Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Youth Opera, and aspiring opera singers. Timetable: Welcome – noon: Meryl Gale, Sarasota Opera Guild President, Richard Russell, General Director Sarasota Opera. Performance – Heather Johnson, Lunch – 12:15. 

[Environmental Summit]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Participates in 2022 National Environmental Summit

This week, Jon Thaxton, Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Community Leadership, and Dr. Jennifer Shafer, Co-Executive Director of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, presented a poster abstract on The Community Playbook for Healthy Waterways at Restore America’s Estuaries 2022 Coastal & Estuarine Summit in New Orleans. The Playbook is a comprehensive collection of actionable recommendations to achieve and sustain community-wide nutrient management for water quality in our ponds, creeks, bays, and estuaries. This nutrient management strategy was developed for a Florida Gulf Coast community through a facilitated brainstorm of experts and practitioners, followed by research and stakeholder interviews to determine feasibility. The Playbook can be adapted and customized by communities across Florida for use by municipal, county and state governments and agencies, non-profit environmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, businesses, homeowner associations and other leaders. Since the Playbook launched, the community has made progress in coordinating and implementing specific recommended activities. To learn more about Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Water Quality Playbook, visit www.waterqualityplaybook.org. 

Pictured: Jon Thaxton discusses the Community Playbook for Healthy Waterways. Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

[Recognition]  Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Ranked Among Nation’s Best Nursing Homes

Sarasota Memorial Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was named among the nation’s top nursing homes for short- and long-term rehabilitation in U.S. News’ annual “Best Nursing Homes” ratings. Now in its 13th year, the 2022-2023 Best Nursing Homes ratings recognize the top nursing homes in every U.S. state and large metropolitan area to help prospective residents and their families make informed decisions about where to receive short-term or long-term nursing home care. Only 16% of more than 15,000 skilled-nursing facilities evaluated earned the “Best Nursing Home” rating this year. Sarasota Memorial has been providing short- and long-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care at the Sarasota Memorial Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at its Clark Road campus for more than 25 years. The skilled nursing home and rehab facility at 5640 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, offers a variety of short-term and long-term care and rehabilitation services for patients recovering from surgery, injury or illness. The center is equipped to offer a wide range of medical specialties, with a multi-disciplinary team that cares for approximately 120 residents around the clock, 365 days a year. The Best Nursing Homes methodology factors data such as resident care, safety, and outcomes. To calculate the Best Nursing Homes ratings, U.S. News evaluated each nursing home’s performance using a variety of data obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Both short- and long-term ratings include data on consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs, and success in preventing ER and hospital visits. The long-term care rating also includes measures of whether a home changed ownership and how well they were staffed on weekends. The short-term rehabilitation rating also includes measures of a home’s success in preventing falls, preventing serious infections, and making sure residents are able to return homes. 

[35 Under 35]  35 Under 35 Honoree - Melissa Beachy, PA-C, Glow DermSpa by Arsenault Dermatology

Meet the region's 35 Under 35 Awards Honorees for the 2022 program produced by SRQ Magazine to recognize young professionals who are taking a leadership position at their company and in the community. Learn more about Melissa Beachy, Medical Director and Master Injector from Glow Derm Spa by Arsenault Dermatology!


Since the start of her career, Melissa has worked exclusively in aesthetic and medical dermatology. Over the last 12 years, she has established a stellar reputation for delivering beautiful results with a gentle hand and having unrivaled attention to detail. Melissa has trained under some of the most respected aesthetic injectors in the field, and she continues to strive for excellence by staying up to date on the latest, most innovative techniques, procedures and products. Her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen was given an opportunity to shine through when she became the Director at Glow. In her role as Director, she realized her unique skillset to understand technical medical dermatology, have a gifted hand and eye for cosmetic dermatology and understand how to grow and run a successful business. Melissa truly believes there is an art and science to beauty. She is thankful for the opportunity to lead an amazing team who seeks to help patients see, enhance and become more confident in their natural beauty. 

To read the full article, click here.

[Feature]  Ashley Judd
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

SHARING HER JOURNEY | Ashley Judd shared her own journey to mental health at Resilient Retreat's grand opening luncheon.

Learn about Judd's personal healing journey and Resilient Retreat, the non-profit organization built on 84 acres of conservation land, dedicated to helping those impacted by trauma and abuse. Read more through this link, on our social media, or in the December Edition!  

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[SOON]  MUSEUM: Holiday Splendor: Toys for Tots DEC 1, 8+15 , December 1 – December 15, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Celebrate the holiday season and help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. Local schools will provide musical entertainment on the Bolger Campiello. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. All venues will be open for self-touring, including the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan, and the Circus Museum. Admission to this event is free with one unwrapped toy per person. Regular admission will apply without a toy donation. $15 Adult / $5 Child. Guests are encouraged to shop in the Museum Store, which has a large selection of toys under $20. Please enter through the Visitors Pavilion.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hound Happy Hour and Holiday Shopping , December 9, 5pm-8pm

This Friday, Dec 9 from 5-8pm  it’s a Paw-ty! The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime will open their doors for after hours shopping.  Satchels Last Resort and Tender Heart Charities will be bringing adoptable dogs. Dog-centric vendors will be joining Hamlet’s Eatery outside. Have a bite to eat, enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine while listening to live music by Jsanti. Creative Liberties across the street from The Bazaar will also be open. Great time to get your holiday shopping done. 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.Bazaaronapricotandlime.com or call 941-445-1938.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play , December 1 – December 11, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd season with Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play.  Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith. Original Songs and Arrangements by Jon Lorenz Original Songs and Arrangements by Jon Lorenz. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court, and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, Miracle on 34th Street is a beloved musical radio version of the classic film that will melt even the most cynical of hearts. December 1-11, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GALLERY: Christmas with Kinkade Exhibition Coming to Tampa December 2-11 , December 2 – December 11

Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier contemporary art space, presents, in a limited engagement presentation, Christmas with Kinkade. This is a new exhibition from Thomas Kinkade Studios featuring Disney, Marvel, DC and Star Wars characters. Works will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery from December 2 through December 11, 2022. Four not to be missed receptions with Zac Kinkade are planned for Friday, December 9 from 5-7pm, Saturday, December 10 from 12-2 pm and 4-7 pm as well as Sunday, December 11 from 12-3 pm. Bring the kids to a special fun-filled children’s event on Saturday, December 10 from 11am-noon.  All events are complementary and open to the public. For additional information about this exhibition, contact 813-902-1414 or email gallery@mmgart.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Classical, Classical with a Contemporary Twist, and Genre-Defying Acoustic Concerts in December , December 6 – December 15

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota will present three concerts in December: Double Feature with violinists Blake Pouliot – performing the Southeastern premiere of Derrick Skye’s “god of the gaps” – and Simone Porter on December 6 at the Sarasota Opera House; The 442s, a genre-defying St. Louis-based acoustic quintet, on December 13 at the Historic Asolo Theater; and Vision Duo, featuring award-winning musicians Ariel Horowitz, violin, and Britton-René Collins, marimba, on December 15 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. For more information and tickets, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Southside Village Business Association Annual Holiday Stroll to benefit Girls, Inc. Dec. 9 , December 9, 5pm-9pm

The Southside Village Business Association invites our community, neighborhood residents and visitors to the annual Southside Village Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 9, 2022 from 5-9 p.m. The free, family-friendly annual celebration will feature a snow slide, bungy trampoline, bouncy house, hot cocoa, face painting and a holiday concert by Music Compound. Additionally, there will amazing raffles donated by local SSVBA business, a visit from Santa, festive activities and crafts organized and hosted by area businesses, plus a Southside Village storefront decorating contest to help guests catch the holiday spirit. Businesses will hold extended hours to welcome guests. Event proceeds will benefit Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County, the local affiliate of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Participants from Girls, Inc. chorus will perform and volunteer at the event. The Southside Village Holiday Stroll will be celebrated throughout the business district surrounding the intersection of Hillview Street and Osprey Ave in Sarasota. Free Parking is available courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in the south parking garage located at the intersection of Hillview and US 41. Guests are encouraged to follow the Southside Village Holiday Stroll Facebook page for updates about the event.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elements by Cheryl Moody to be Featured at Art Uptown Gallery in February , January 27 – February 23

From January 27, 2023 to February 23, Art Uptown Gallery will exhibit Elements by Cheryl Moody. Cheryl loves being outdoors and painting subjects in oils that spark her interest, whether it's the way light filters through leaves, reflects on water, creates patterns of color in the landscape, or how palm fronds twist in the wind. Cheryl enjoys hearing from people saying they could “ feel the wind blowing” or “smell the salt air,” and knowing that they have been transported to her special places. Meet the artist at the gallery on Saturday, January 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the monthly First Friday, 6 p.m. public reception on February 3. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street daily where the diverse art works of regional, award-winning artists are exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Ernani , March 11 – March 26, Varied

Ernani is a Dramma lirico in four acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The bandit Ernani has lost his land, wealth, and title, and faces competing suitors, including the king, as he pursues his true love, Elvira. One of the greatest of Verdi’s early works encompasses love, honor, and tragedy with passionate choruses, emotional arias, and a stirring score. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. Runs March 11th-March 26th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300 

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: Movies For Heroes , September 13 – December 13, Varied

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. Location Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236.

506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Cabaret , November 16 – December 31, Varied

Willkommen to Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET, which transports us to 1939 Berlin and the dynamic and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As a dark shadow falls over the city and the power of the Third Reich begins to mount, the Klub’s performers and patrons must decide if they’ll wake up to the evil on their doorsteps or continue to escape to the alluring fantasy world of the cabaret. Since its debut in 1967, this classic musical has won countless awards, including the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Revival of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and beloved songs like “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this timely masterwork will burst to life on stage under the direction of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Gods and Lovers: Hindu and Muslim Paintings from Courtly India, 17th to 19th Centuries , December 8, 11:00 AM

The exhibition, Gods and Lovers: Paintings and Sculptures from India, offers a dazzling array of paintings that were produced in the leading centers of royal and princely art patronage, both Hindu and Muslim, from the 16th century to the early 19th century. Guest speaker Wes Ervin will lead you into a visual exploration of each painting.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association announces Free Music Matinees , January 4 – April 19, 12:00 PM

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music. Scheduled this season: Passerine; Wednesday, January 4 at noon. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing skills, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from ballads to contemporary Americana. Duo Pianists Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro; Wednesday, February 22 at noon; The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo performs a wide range of music, from classical to popular, for two pianos and piano four–hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. Their New York City debut as a piano duo at Carnegie Hall in March of 2022 was sold out and met with critical acclaim. Soprano Hein Jung and pianist Gregorios Zamparas; Friday, March 17 at noon Soprano Hein Jung has performed in recitals and with opera companies in major cities throughout the U.S, Italy and South Korea. She will be accompanied by pianist Gregorios Zamparas who has been praised for his versatility as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. Cellist Natalie Helm and Pianist Jesse Martins; Wednesday, April 19 at noon Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. For this performance she will collaborate with pianist Jesse Martins, who also serves as conductor and vocal coach with the Sarasota Opera. The concerts are free but pre-registration is required and available 30 days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org. Performances take place at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at 941-966-6161.

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