Florida Culture for the Week of August 14, 2016 by Josh Garrick


Florida Culture for the Week of August 14, 2016 by Josh Garrick

NOW to August 29 – Breakthrough Theatre presents ‘Godspell’‘Godspell’ was the first major musical from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children Of Eden). Led by a parade of hit songs, it took the world by storm. Told through a variety of games, story-telling, and tongue-in-cheek comedy, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life in this unique production with two casts: a student cast and an adult cast. Call 407.920.4034 or visit breakthroughtheatre.com  Breakthrough Theatre presents ‘Godspell’
Photo by Valerie Sims. Pictured: Joseph Sikkema and Lucas Coura

NOW to Sept 18 – ‘CONSUMADOS’ Art Exhibit at Henao Contemporary Center 
HENAO Contemporary Center presents its 5th ‘feature exhibit’ hosting the work of artists Patrick McGrath Muniz who worked in Orlando before moving to Houston where his career has ‘boomed;’ Carlos Barberena, printmaker working out of Chicago, recipient of the National Printmaking Award 2012; and Kevin Haran, Asst. Director of the School of Visual Arts, UCF. Each Artist’s work reflects their reaction to our consumerist society at the HENAO Center at 5601 Edgewater Drive in Orlando. Call 407.272.0317 or visit henaocenter.com 
‘CONSUMADOS’ Art Exhibit at Henao Contemporary Center

August 19 at 7 pm -- Actors and Professional Wrestlers in the Ring – TOGETHER!
A unique theatrical production, about to be presented at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, was written by professional wrestler-turned-playwright Jason Static. It’s the story of a blind wrestling promoter who must produce a one-hour televised tryout to share his ‘vision’ with the world. The audience gets to witness the Promoter’s unique journey from the bottom to …. where? Originally titled, “We Don’t Playfight,” the production brings together “actors who act and (real) wrestlers who wrestle” in this one-night-only performance. Call 407.590.0822 or visit eventbrite.com/e/conquer-we-dont-play-fight
 Actors and Professional Wrestlers in the Ring – TOGETHER!

August 20 at 4 pm – Orlando Public Library Celebrates Turning 50 
It was August of 1966 when the Orlando Public Library opened the doors of its modern, new library in downtown Orlando. The building, designed by Harvard Five architect John Johansen, was controversial for its time, criticized as bleak and severe by its detractors. Today it is recognized as a prime example of the ‘Brutalism’ style of all-concrete architecture. On August 20, historian Christine Madrid French will celebrate the Building’s 50th anniversary at 101 E. Central Boulevard with a presentation exploring the library’s place in the international ‘Brutalism’ movement. The talk is free and open to the public. Visit ocls.info. 
Orlando Public Library Celebrates Turning 50

Aug 20 at 8 pm – Baroque Chamber Orchestra in Maitland 
Maitland’s relatively new Baroque Chamber Orchestra will perform at the brand NEW Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts on August 20, under the direction of Dr. Alvaro Gomez. Gomez promises a musical travel through time with selections from Don Quixote, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Rutter, Coldplay, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Guest instrumentalists joining the 17 piece chamber orchestra include: Alexia Jowers on Flute, Austin Burket on Violin/Drums, Emily Palmer on Electric Violin, and Dale Burket on Bass Guitar. Tickets at bbcfa.ticketleap.com/baroque-chamber-ensemble-8-20-16/
Baroque Chamber Orchestra in Maitland

Aug 20 to Sept 25 – Art Exhibit – Metal Man: New Work by Chris Beck
Alabama Artist Chris Beck describes his work as “making something from nothing.” On August 20 from 6 pm to 9 pm, Jeanine Taylor Folk Art welcomes Chris Beck with a Free-to-the-Public Reception that coincides with Sanford’s monthly Art Walk. Beck transforms old metal (e.g. from tin roofs) into three dimensional wall hangings that resemble clothing and accessories like hats and shoes. You may meet the Artist at the opening at 211 East First Street in Sanford. Call 407-323-2774 or visit jtfolkart.com 
Art Exhibit – Metal Man: New Work by Chris Beck

August 21 – Amanda Crider in Recital in Premiere of Series
Praised for her “focused, golden toned voice,” American mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider has been invited to give the first recital in Opera Orlando’s new recital series on August 21. Ms. Crider has sung with opera companies across the US including the New York City Opera and Florida Grand Opera. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 and currently serves as Artistic Director of Miami's Vocal Chamber Music series. Pianist Robin Stamper accompanies at the University Club at 841 N. Park Avenue in Winter Park. Visit operaorlando.org/opera-in-the-park
manda Crider in Recital in Premiere of Series

August 22 at 7 pm – Orlando Phil presents ‘Birds of a Feather’ 
Many compositions of the 20th-century composers Francis Poulenc, Eugene Bozza, and Jean Francaix are staples in the woodwind repertoire, so Principal Bassoon Diane Bishop gathered some of her friends to perform this irresistible music. The program is called ‘Birds of a Feather’ and will include Brahms Serenade No. 1 in the second half of the program. While the Serenade is most often played by a full orchestra, the ‘Birds of a Feather’ will perform the work in its original form of woodwind and string quintets combined. Ms. Bishop says, “Great friends performing great music together, is the inspiration for this program.” Call 407.770.0071 or visit orlandophil.org
Orlando Phil presents ‘Birds of a Feather’

Aug 26 – ‘Minions’ is the Final FREE MoviEola Film of the Summer 
The Final FREE outdoor movie in Orlando’s Lake Eola Park begins at 6 pm with activities and music from Mix 105.1. That’s a good thing, because this time you’ll want to arrive early to secure your spot, because EVERYONE LOVES MINIONS. Bring the family, some blankets or chairs, and a banana or two to enjoy pre-show activities with the movie beginning promptly at 8:15 pm. Visit cityoforlando.net/parks/movieola 
inions’ is the Final FREE MoviEola Film of the Summer

August 26 & 27 – CFC ArtsChoir Presents: Sondheim, Gershwin, & Porter - Oh My! 
On August 26 and 27, the CFCArts Community Choir will present some of the most legendary works of America’s greatest Broadway composers. Enjoy "Someone to Watch Over Me” and "Summertime" by George Gershwin; relive the beauty of the classic "Night and Day" by Cole Porter; and experience the melodic complexities of Stephen Sondheim. “Sondheim, Gershwin, & Porter – Oh, My!” will be presented on both evenings at 7:30 pm at Central Christian Church at 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd. in Orlando. Advance tickets are $10. Children age 12 under admitted FREE. Call 407.937.1800 X710 or visit cfcommunityarts.com. 
CFC ArtsChoir Presents: Sondheim, Gershwin, & Porter - Oh My!

August 26 & 27 – 8 am to 12 pm -- McRae Artists – 18 Years of Art – ON SALE 
Think of it as the biggest “fine art garage sale” ever. After 18 years in Winter Park, McRae Art Studios, Central Florida’s oldest art studio complex, will hold a giant moving sale before relocating to a new home. All of the 22 artists in the group will offer original art, including paintings, photographs, mixed media, jewelry, and ceramics – at REDUCED prices, AND they will also sell art equipment, tools, furniture, art books, and music CDs as well. This is a ‘golden opportunity to add an original piece of Art to your collection and help out some local Artists at the same time. Visit mcraeartstudios.com or call 407.599.9956
McRae Artists – 18 Years of Art – ON SALE
McRae Artists – 18 Years of Art – ON SALE

August 27– Taste of the Nation – Orlando
Taste of the Nation brings together the area's top chefs who donate their time, talent, and passion to END childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with unlimited samplings of extraordinary food, guests sample select wines while enjoying auctions and entertainment. We need to do something about the horrific statistic that one in five children in Central Florida goes to bed HUNGRY. Please know that every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in Central Florida. Tickets are $150. Visit tasteofthenation.org/orlando and/or facebook.com/OrlandoTaste. We can all BUY a ticket and HELP. 
Taste of the Nation – Orlando
Taste of the Nation – Orlando
Taste of the Nation – Orlando

August 28 – “The Three Baritones” Perform in Opera Series 
Three Baritones -- Gabriel Preisser, Nathan Stark, and Bryan Myer will share the bill for an Opera Recital at the University Club in Winter Park on August 28. Brian James Myer joins the resident ensemble at Opera San Jose during the 2016-2017 season. With a Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music, Myer is also a published composer. Praised by the Washington Post as having a voice of "unearthly power," bass-baritone Nathan Stark has performed on stages including the Metropolitan, Cincinnati, and Atlanta Operas. Acclaimed by The New York Times and Opera News, OperaOrlando’s own Gabriel Preisser has performed lead roles for Minnesota, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati and in a national broadcast on PBS. You’ve seen the “Three Tenors.” Imagine that concept translated for men with DEEP voices. For tickets, please visit operaorlando.org.
“The Three Baritones” Perform in Opera Series
“The Three Baritones” Perform in Opera Series
“The Three Baritones” Perform in Opera Series

August 31 at 1 pm – Baritone Gabriel Preisser (Solo this Time) at University Club 
The ultra-busy (see above) lyric baritone/opera star Gabriel Preisser, (he’s also OperaOrlando’s Executive Director) will sing opera areas at the University Club of Winter Park's Classical Music, accompanied by pianist and opera baritone Chevalier Lovett. A 2016 League of American Orchestras Emerging Artist, Preisser has been praised by Opera News and The New York Times. His resume includes more than 40 operatic and musical theater roles, including Danilo in The Merry Widow, Billy in Carousel, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and Escamillo in Carmen. His performance as Lt. Gordon with Minnestora Opera was broadcast nationally on PBS. Visit operaorlando.org or email Joe[at]rizzolovesmusic.com
 Baritone Gabriel Preisser (Solo this Time) at University Club

Baritone Gabriel Preisser (Solo this Time) at University Club



Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators