Archive for January, 2013

Make Thursday January 24 “A Night to Remember”

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Doug RenfroeMake Thursday January 24 “A Night to Remember”
Broadway Legend Douglas Renfroe Live! At the Promenade

By Patrice Shields

At 7:00p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2013, Broadway legend Douglas Renfroe will be performing “A Night to Remember” including Broadway favorites that include selections from Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and more at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Live! at the PromenadeBonitaBay performance space.  The Center for the Arts cozy café theater seating offers the perfect atmosphere to watch and hear Renfroe perform.  

Douglas Renfroe is a nationally acclaimed bass baritone who made his LincolnCenter debut in Schumann’s Paradise and Peri and his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Renfroe has specialized in oratorio works including the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Conductors with whom he has sung include Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Loren Maezel.

Critics in Austria said “Douglas Renfroe’s virile bass, remarkably lyrical in the upper register, was equally rich in the dark deeps of the low sustained tones.” Regarding his theatre works as Tevye, it has been said: “Mr. Renfroe owns the role of Tevye. His rich vocal line is only matched by the warmth he displays as the father. He acts as if he talks to God on a regular basis.”

Dr. Renfroe has appeared at the Washington Opera with Placido Domingo, the Boston Opera directed by Sarah Caldwell, and has been a concert recitalist under Columbia Artist Management. From 1970-1974, he was the Director and Bass Soloist with the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in Washington, D.C. In 2003, he made his Edinburgh Music Festival debut. He has been featured as soloist in several recordings with various symphonies throughout the world in addition to a solo recording of German lieder. In 2006 he returned to Bulgaria and Israel performing the Verdi Requiem and portrayed Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof. He returned to the Varna International Music Festival in 2007 and sang Elijah prior to returning to Scotland for his fifth concert tour. In 2009 he presented his ninth European concert tour.

 As a conductor, Renfroe has created two equity theatre companies, the Concord Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director of the Lakes Region Symphony. He was responsible for the Summer Pops programs while with the U. S. Navy Band, and has appeared as a guest conductor at the Varna International Music Festival prior to his performing as a vocal soloist at the New Hampshire Music Festival. In 2010, he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Voices of Naples, an auditioned choral ensemble in Naples, FL.

Presently living in Ft. Myers, FL, he has been the Cantor and Music Director at TempleBat Yam on Sanibel Island since 2001, Music Director at BeachUnitedMethodistChurch on Ft.MyersBeach, served as Artistic Director of Moorings Capital Opera in Naples, and was Adjunct Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at EdisonCollege. He is in demand as a soloist throughout the United States and is listed in the 1980 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America and the 2004 edition of Who’s Who in America for his outstanding achievements in the performing arts. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from University of California.

The Center for the Arts’ Live! at the Promenade series is sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Lee County Tourist Development Council Arts & Attractions Grant & WGCU Public Media.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first – time members only.  Tickets to “A Night to Remember” with Douglas Renfroe are available as part of this promotion.

If You Go:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: The Music of Broadway with Douglas Renfroe
When: 7:00pm January 24, 2013
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members

 

Everyone is a Winner at the Center for the Arts Signature Fundraising Event “Off the Walls!”

Posted in Art Outreach, Special Events with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Everyone is a Winner at the Center for the Arts Signature Fundraising Event “Off the Walls!”
6:00pm Friday January 18, 2013

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By Patrice Shields

Everyone is a winner at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs signature fundraising event “Off the Walls!” The event that brings back hundreds of loyal attendees each year is back at 6:00pm on January 18, 2013. For the ticket price of $150, every guest will leave the gallery with an original piece of artwork or collectible of his or her choice, valued at $275 to $6,000. National and international artists make this event possible with donations of original artworks that support the Center for the Arts Youth Scholarship Program. While each guest feels like a winner leaving the event with the original artworks that they chose, the real winners are local youth who will benefit from the quality art, theater and dance programming this event makes available to them throughout the year.

Enriching the lives of local children through the arts is the goal of this unique event. Guests purchase tickets for $150 prior to the event on January 18 and on arrival to Center for the Arts are greeted with catered hors d’oeuvre stations, wine, beer and a dessert and coffee bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. and ticket holders are able to browse the selection of art, jewelry, sculptures, and other valuables. This is not an auction and there is no bidding —your $150 ticket secures you an item. At 6:30 p.m. ticket numbers are called and that guest selects a piece of art to take home. There are always 20 more items than ticket numbers so there’s a large selection available. Artworks and collectibles are valued from $275 to $6,000.

Prizes include a diamond tennis bracelet valued at $6,000, original paintings valued from $500 to $5,000; a pair of bronze sculptures by Merri Roderick valued at $3,000 and a wine and restaurant package worth $1,000.

While “Off the Walls” ends at 8:30 p.m., the funds raised secure an entire year of student programming. All of the money raised goes directly to scholarships for students in the youth education program at the Center for the Arts. Last year over $70,000 was awarded—much higher than the prior year’s amount.

“Twice as many parents requested financial aid this year for their children,” said Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts. “Some lost their jobs or took pay cuts to keep their jobs. The point is they wanted to provide their children with our wonderful programs and needed our help.”

Over 70 percent of students enrolled in Center for the Arts classes receive some type of scholarship assistance. All classes in the Youth Education program are available for scholarships. Classes include pottery, dance, drama, photography, along with other creative courses. A five-week semester ranges in price from $45 to $113 depending on the course selected. A portion or all of the cost may be covered by a scholarship for eligible students. A complete listing of children’s programming is available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

“Off the Walls” guests not only get to take home a beautiful piece of art from themselves, but they also provide a way for a child to experience art.

“Studies show children who participate in the arts are more likely to succeed as adults,” Bridges said.

“Off the Walls” is 6:00pm, Friday, January 18, 2013. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989. “Off the Walls!” is sponsored by FineMark National Bank and Trust.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: Off the Walls
When: 6:00pm, Friday January 18, 2013
Where: Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: $150 per person

 

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
10:00am-5:00pm January 12-13

By Patrice Shields

February Bonita Springs National Art FestivalJanuary marks the Bonita Springs National Art Festival’s 26th festival at the Promenade, rated one of the top Fine Art Festivals in America by The Harris List and ranked 11th nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Artists are chosen by a highly selective jury to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship in paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more. The January festival is bringing a number of fresh new artists to join returning award winners.

Master of kiln formed glass, artist Scott Amrhein returns to the January festival where he won best in show in 2012. His glass sculptures show the hands-on care of an artist who has painstakingly created these timeless works of art. Scott fashions striking pedestals to complement his luminescent glass bowls. The result is Scott’s fine reputation for unique and exceptional handcrafted artwork that is known throughout the United States.

GL-005 Scott Amrhein EBLAST“It has been said that ‘man cannot duplicate nature but merely represent it.’ I hope that every piece I create, combining natural and man-made materials, is a reflection of that statement,” says Amrhein in speaking of the inspiration behind his work.

“Is it a painting or a photograph?” This is the most asked question about the larger than life oil paintings of Jeannie Maddox that have been capturing the attention of art festival crowds for over 33 years. Maddox work took Best in Show at the January 2011 Bonita Springs National Art Festival.

“To the viewer, my paintings appear to focus on photo realism. As an artist, my journey is through small abstract areas of shape, color and contrast, that, when completed and taken as a whole constantly surprise me by becoming hyper-real. I often say that I am a photo realistic painter who paints abstractly,” says Maddox.

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In 1976 Maddox took some photographs of one of her young art students in a pool. The painting sold immediately and soon art show patrons were signing up on a two-year waiting list for a commissioned painting by Maddox, which took an average of 425 hours to create. In 1977 at Burdines of Florida bought her complete display during a festival show and continued buying for several years reproducing Maddox’s work to hang in the large atrium areas of the stores that were opening every six months across Florida. Maddox became one of the most recognized artists in South Florida.

“I believe there are many ways to express the art form known as jewelry,” says Jewelry Artist Kim Koch, winner of Best of 3D at the January 2012 Bonita Springs National Art Festival. “I choose quiet refinement, in which splashes of color radiate from my design through precise goldsmithing. My craftsmanship is a process; over three decades of working metals to fulfill my artist mission, while keeping sight of the enjoyment jewelry brings us.”

Koch is recognized nationally for innovative award winning design and craftsmanship, which he maintains by personally designing and creating each piece. His techniques include: casting, forging, fabrication, and multiple surface treatments, often all utilized in a single piece. Koch specializes in rare, color gemstones set in gold and platinum.

In addition to the Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Koch is three-time winner of Wisconsin Jewelers Association, AGTA Spectrum, Signity, and The Niche Award.

If Amrhein’s glass, Maddox’s photo realistic larger than life oil paintings, or Koch’s finely crafted gold jewelry are not intriguing enough, the 208 additional artists who passed the discriminating jury process for January’s festival will certainly offer fine art to make this a festival you will remember.

All proceeds from the festival support the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs programming and its mission to provide opportunities for education and artistic expression for everyone—regardless of economic ability.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have attended our 25 festivals at the Promenade. They come back each year because they know the art is great and there is something for everyone. It is like a walking tour of high quality art galleries, but this one is set up outside in sunny Florida,” said Susan Bridges, President of Center for the Arts.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals offer ample free parking on site with food and beverages available for purchase. While there is no admission fee for this event, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs volunteers will be asking for an optional $5 donation, directly supporting the Center for the Arts programming.

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival will be held at The Promenade located at 26805 South Bay Drive in BonitaSprings. It will run on January 12-13, 2013 from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 495-8989.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
When: 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13, 2013
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Free ($5 optional donation for admission to support the Center for the Arts of

If You Are Looking For Some Good Old Fashioned Fun in the New Year…

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Night Train Band-Fifties ShowIf You Are Looking For Some Good Old Fashioned Fun in the New Year…
The Night Train Band May be Just the Ticket!

By Patrice Shields 

The Night Train takes the stage for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Live at the Promenade performance Series at 7:00pm, Thursday January 10, 2013. With a local reputation for putting on a great show, the Night Train has earned a reputation for consistently selling out performances. So polish up your dancing shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor because the Night Train is bringing the fun and music of the 1950’s to their show at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs café theater at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  

Come dance to the hits of the 1950’s with Vic Tommarchi and the Night Train Band.  Tommarchi has been in the music business since 1959 when as a sixteen-year-old student he worked as a lead guitar player in the small recording studios in New York’s now famous BrillBuilding. 

“We usually worked on Sundays, since that’s when studio time was less expensive. Sometimes we’d do up to 17 takes, and I’d get home via subway at 3:30am with my Fender guitar in one hand and amp in the other, says Tommarchi.  “Who knew that a half a century later that we’d call that music Doo -Wop, Rock a Billy, or simply ‘Those Oldies, but Goodies’. There is something timeless about the music of the fifties. It seems to be loved by young and old alike. The fifties were just a time that frankly, people wouldn’t mind going back to.”  

The band has changed since Tommarchi began in 1959, but the passion for the music of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, B.B. King and the Platters is the same for Tommarchi today as it was back then.  The Night Train Band is comprised of Bernie Panto who sings and fronts the band, Pat Bracy on vocals and keyboard, Kenny Mariano on Bass and Joey T on drums. Tommarchi plays lead guitar and acts as the bandleader. 

The dance floor will be open at the Center for the Arts cozy café theater where every table offers a great view of the performance.  So ‘Bop,’ ‘Twist,’ ‘Bunny Hop’ or ‘Swing’ your way down to the Promenade for the most fun you will have this side of the 1950’s. 

The Night Train Band performs their 1950’s Tribute at 7:00pm, Thursday January 10 at the Promenade at BonitaBay. The Promenade is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and South Bay Drive, approximately 1.5 miles north of Bonita Beach Road. The performance space is located at the northwest corner of the Promenade, space #114. Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and open seating is available.  Advance reservations are suggested and tables can be reserved for groups of four or more.

To purchase tickets or for more information regarding this performance, please call the Center for the Arts at (239) 495-8989.  

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only. 

If You Go: 
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 
What: 50’s Night with The Night Train Band Live! At the Promenade 
When: 7:00pm, Thursday January 10, 2013  
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 
Cost: $15 Members/ $20 non-members 

 

Light up Your Holidays with Beautiful Music

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Light up Your Holidays with Beautiful Music
Classical Music Virtuosos Naomi Niskala and Salley Koo & The Bay Singers Choir
Take the Stage Live! this Month at the Promenade at BonitaBay

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By Patrice Shields

Nothing encourages the spirit of the holidays like music, and nothing creates special holiday memories like listening to that music with those you love.   The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is offering two opportunities this December for you to share the music of the holidays with friends and family.   At 7:00 p.m. on December 6, virtuosos   pianist Naomi Niskala and violinist Salley Koo bring an evening of classical music to the stage.  At 7:00 p.m. on December 13.  The Bay Singers Choir, lift their voices to bring you the beautiful music of December.

World renowned pianist Naomi Niskala and violinist Salley Koo present an evening of music that spans the lyrical works of Schubert to the heartfelt romances of Dvorak, and even the syncopated, jazzy American Rag. These two musicians return to the Center for the Arts Live! performance space with a new program of music for the holidays. The musical synergy created by training together for years at Yale, makes Niskala and Koo a treat for the ears.

Both Niskala and Koo have a long list of accolades. From teaching to performing, each has mastered their craft. Niskala has appeared as soloist and chamber musician across the globe, with stints in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Canada and Japan. Additionally, her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio and NPR’s “Performance Today”. Her release of the first complete recordings of Helps’ solo piano was chosen as one of its 2007 Best of the Year cds. Her recent performances include the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Series at Davies Symphony Hall, Spectrum Concerts Berlin at Philharmonic Hall in Germany, and soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic of Russia.         

Violinist Salley Koo is also no stranger to performance and teaching. She maintains her career performing solo and chamber music. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 from Harvard-RadcliffeUniversity. Koo also earned her Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from YaleUniversity. Her current educational pursuits have taken her to StonyBrookUniversity where she is working on her D.M.A. under the guidance of Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer.

Then join local favorites, The Bay Singers, to celebrate the many holidays of the season with their 40-person choir.  Conductor Bruce Galbraith has planned a varied program, so the audience is sure to enjoy it all – and might even join in!
Tickets for both performances are still available, and refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available at both shows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Open seating is available to individuals and reserved seating is available for groups of four or more.     

To purchase tickets, please call the Center for the Arts at (239) 495-8989.

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live! performance at the Promenade.   Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.

IF YOU GO:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! An Evening of Classical Music with Naomi Niskala and Salley Koo
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! The Bay Singers Choir
When: Thursday, December 13, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

 

 

 

Capturing a Moment Artist Stephanie Birdsall

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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Artist Stephanie Birdsall Records Her World in Oils and Pastels

By Patrice Shields

“I always paint from life,” offers artist Stephanie Birdsall who made Naples, Florida her home from 1998-2004.  “I believe it to be the ultimate in representational art because it is about real experience and demands the highest level of skill. When you paint from life, the subject, the environment and you interact as one together.”

Whether she is capturing a Sabal Palm in the everglades in pastel or a rocky ridge in Arizona in oils, Birdsall paints from life. “I often fall in love with a beautiful flower or edge or texture and that will be the inspiration for my painting,” says Birdsall.  “It’s pretty immediate. The same is true for a landscape. I see it and then want to paint it!”

Birdsall received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. After graduation she spent time traveling through Europe honing her skills as a plein air painter. Upon her return to the United States, Stephanie continued her study under several top artists including Doug Dawson, Albert Handel, Ramon Kelly, and Frank Federico, and has been fortunate to paint under the tutelage of Richard Schmid and the Putney Painters.

Birdsall’s work is among the permanent collections of the Museum of the Everglades, the FloridaMuseum of Art & Culture, the Florida State Art Collection at the Florida State Capital, and the SonoranDesertMuseum in Tucson, Arizona. Stephanie was honored with a successful one-woman show at the Florida Museum of Art and Culture in 2006.

Birdsall’s lush, scenic landscapes and enticing still-life work has garnered national and international recognition and more than 30 major awards. Birdsall has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, England, Bargemon in France and at the National Arts Club in New York.

Birsall has received numerous awards including Best in Show at the Bridgeport Museum of Arts and Science; the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award; the Degas Pastel Society Exceptional Merit Award; the Connecticut Pastel Society Herman Margulies Award,the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the John Manship Award. In 2004, her work was selected by the NationalAcademy of the Arts for inclusion in the Arts for the Parks National Exhibition.
Birdsall is a distinguished workshop instructor. When not traveling on location to paint plein air, she spends her time working and teaching.  Birdsall prefers her students to paint from life but she also teaches them to paint from photos and what to look for when choosing a photograph.   Birdsall advises new artists to just continue painting.  “It gets harder and easier at the same time,” says Birdsall. “Your vision will change and you will become one with the painting! It will speak to you.”
Birdsall has returned to BonitaSprings to teach a week-long workshop in November at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  The workshop offers students the opportunity to get back to basics, or to relearn them in a new way. Painters will have the opportunity to work with both still life and from landscape photos. The workshop is a jam-packed five days that will continue to offer value to your work long after the workshop ends.
“I am constantly inspired by the beauty of this world,” explains Birdsall of her love of painting. “Each moment is precious, infused with feeling and worthy of recording. Whether I am plein air painting in the Rockies or in my studio, I work to convey the feeling of the moment.”

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live! performance at the Promenade.   Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household. 

If You Go:

Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: “Painting Boot Camp for Oil or Pastels” with Stephanie Birdsall
When: November 12-16, 2012; 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Cost:  $545 Center for the Arts Members, $595 Non-Members

Demonstration Sunday, November 11, 2012, 1:00-3:00pm.  $15 per person.

 

Claire Lynch Brings Bluegrass to BonitaSprings

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Claire Lynch Brings Bluegrass to BonitaSprings
Thursday, November 15, 2012 

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By Patrice Shields

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music.

Claire grew up in Kingston, N.Y. until the age of 12, when the family moved to Huntsville, Alabama. There she began her education in country music and became immersed in the bluegrass revival of the 1970’s, joining a band called Hickory Wind.  The band later changed its name to the Front Porch String Band with Claire’s vocals as its centerpiece.

As a songwriter, her tunes have been recorded by such luminaries as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, the Whites and Stephanie Davis.  Lynch’s first album, “Friends for a Lifetime” was released in 1993 followed by “Moonlighter” in 1995 for which she received her first Grammy. “Silver and Gold” from 1997 was also nominated for Grammy glory.  She was named the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and enjoyed many chart successes. 

Lynch sang harmony on “The Grass is Blue” and “Little Sparrow,” which led to promotional tours as a backup vocalist for Dolly Parton, who has described Lynch as “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”  Lynch has graced other artists’ albums with her background vocals, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley.  Lynch’s current list of guest appearances continues including spots on albums by Donna the Buffalo, Sara Watkins, the Gibson Brothers, Jonathan Edwards and Jesse Winchester.

Lynch struck out on her own in 2005, forming the Claire Lynch Band and releasing the aptly named “New Day” CD. It was a hit on the bluegrass charts and earned her IBMA nominations for Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year as well as an induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.  In 2010 Lynch won the trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year from the IBMA.

The Claire Lynch Band will be making one appearance in Southwest Florida during their 2012 tour.  The band will perform live at the Promenade in BonitaSprings, at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts members, and $25 for non-members. Advance reservations are suggested by calling 239-495-8989. 

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive two free tickets to a Live! performance, including this performance by The Claire Lynch Band.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.

“Her original songs display her gifts as a songwriter of uncommon skill, and her outside song choices reinforce her artistic self, one who feels deeply about home, family, strength, resilience and courage.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter  

 

If You Go:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! Bluegrass with The Claire Lynch Band
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $20 Members, $25 Non-Members