WHO KILLED THE RABBI? CFABS Deliciously Hilarious Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch Theater Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm (Dinner) & Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am (Brunch)

By Patrice ShieldsWho-Killed-the-Rabbi-Horizontal-with-No-Title

You are cordially invited to a traditional Jewish wedding at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs that is anything but typical. It’s the rabbi’s first wedding, the groom’s mother is distraught, the maid of honor is drunk and the bride is clueless. Or, maybe it is typical… until the Rabbi is killed. “Who Killed the Rabbi?” is a laugh riot that almost becomes a real riot and you are invited to eat, dance, and celebrate as an invited guest.
Audience members help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this comedy wedding murder mystery. Be the first table to solve the mystery and win the grand prize. There are two performances offering a dinner show option and a brunch matinee. The dinner show is Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm and the brunch show is Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am.

Who Killed the Rabbi Cantor and Mother of BrideThe very funny Margot Escott and Leigh Shein, who both teach and perform improv wrote and star in this show. “You will recognize all of your dysfunctional relatives,” says Writer/Director/Actress Margot Escott. “Just imagine, it’s a wedding you can laugh at and you don’t have to bring a gift.” Escott and Shein’s cast include members of CFABS’ notorious Improv Anonymous troupe, CFABS’ Community Players and some fresh faces to the comedy scene.

The widowed mother of the bride “Sadie Berkowitz” played by Margot Escott is not happy and she has reason. Not only is her beloved orthodox daughter “Sarah Berkowitz” played by Jodie Fox Costello marrying the ‘half Jewish’ “Steve Miller” played by Steve Cobb, but she is saddled with the clueless “Rabbi Leo,” played by Leigh Shein who is stumbling through officiating his first wedding. You will agree that Sadie should have paid the “MC” played by Craig Price better because he is just not making enough on this gig to care that this wedding fiasco is spiraling out of control.

And the wedding party does nothing to help things at all. One “Maid of Honor” played by Marina Acosta MillerWho Killed the Rabbi Rabbi Groom & Best Man is clueless and very drunk and the other played by CC Bronson loves gospel music more than Hebrew songs. The groom’s buff, wrester brother and best man “Chad Miller” played by Chad Schmous is distracted with his ‘I could have been a contender’ complex and then there is Sadie’s sister “Aunt Marian,” played by Marian Horgan who is busy supervising her pianist granddaughter played by Miranda Shein. Coincidentally, “Aunt Lisa” on the groom’s side, played by Lisa Guzda is both a singer and volunteer sheriff.

Oy vey! As the title suggests, a murder occurs during the show and you as an audience member are there to help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this deliciously wacky murder mystery. If your table is the first to solve the mystery, you win the grand prize.

Who Killed the Rabbi Bride and Groom PizzaBesides the laughs, and lots of dancing, the redeeming aspect of this wedding is the food catered by Artichoke & Company. The buffet dinner includes Cesar Salad with Roasted Tomatoes & Kalamata Olives, Grilled Chicken Medallions with Wild Mushroom and Marsala Wine Sauce, Penne Pasta with Creamy Pomodoro Sauce, Tri Color Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce, Farfalle with Roasted Garlic Wine Sauce Prosciutto Di Parma Fresh Spinach and Pecorino, New York Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Coffee. Beer and wine are available before and during the performance.

The buffet brunch show menu includes Fresh Scrambled Eggs with Sides of Diced Tomato and Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Bacon & Breakfast Sausage, Assorted Muffins and Crumb Cakes, French Toast Casserole with Granny Smith Apples and Cinnamon, Bagels, Tropical Fruit Salad, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Vanilla Glazed Strawberry Roll and Coffee.

You’ll be glad you came to this wedding reception of a lifetime and glad this is not your family! Tickets are $50 for members of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, $55 for non-members and $55 for all at the door if available. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance time. Tickets include dinner/brunch and the show. To select seats and purchase tickets visit http://www.artcenterbonita.org or call 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to select Live at the Center performances. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Deb & the Dynamics,” Saturday, October 17, 8pm, “Tab Benoit,” Wednesday, October 21, 8pm, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” October 30, 8:30pm (Center for Visual Arts Outdoor Stage, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs) and the “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for most events listed are available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:Who Killed the Rabbi Hora Dance
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Who Killed the Rabbi? Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch Theater
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm (Dinner) &
Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am (Brunch)
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: $50 Members, $55 Non-Members, $55 Door for all if available (Ticket price includes dinner/brunch and show)

Make Thursday January 24 “A Night to Remember”

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

 

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival

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…

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

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

 

 

 

Claire Lynch Brings Bluegrass to BonitaSprings

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

 

An Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson

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October 18 at the Promenade at BonitaBay

By Patrice Shields

Local Jazz legends, vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar and bassist Dan Heck present, “The Jazz Forum, Live at the Promenade!”  Richardson and Heck offer a night of jazz featuring melodies that are epic and timeless, by composers including Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.  “We chose great songs with interesting changes for a soloist to work with,” explains Richardson.  “We wanted to offer the audience and evening of music that has a sub-melody or a story that wants to be told.”  The “Evening of Jazz,” is presented by The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in their intimate café theater at the Promenade at BonitaBay on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm.

“The ‘Jazz Forum’ performances are fun, historical tributes that guests walk away from having learned something about the music and performers that they did not know before,” offers Craig Price, Performing Arts Director at the Center for the Arts.  “After intermission, Richardson and Heck briefly fields questions from the audience which adds layers to the listener’s appreciation of the music played in the last set.  We feel incredibly lucky to have such word class talent back again for a live performance this year.”  While Richardson and Heck have earned loyal local following, their talent and experience are earned through years playing jazz venues across the globe.

Richardson’s smooth melodic vocal style has been compared to popular jazz vocalist Diana Krall.  Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from CornishCollege of the Arts and went on to study in New York, with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and attending master classes at the JuilliardSchool. Richardson’s career has spanned ten years, beginning in Seattle, where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz Guitarist and Bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner. 

Recording artist, composer and educator Heck, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  A move to Seattle in 1993, offered Heck the perfect opportunity to establish his professional jazz reputation. As a founding member of the band “Bebop and Destruction”, he experienced national success and recognition for his efforts, winning several awards and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s with the group.

After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in fabulous New York City, working in famous venues such as the blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians.  Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Naples, Richardson and Heck relocated where they continue to play together, solo and with larger groups.

The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade performance space creates an intimate venue where audience and performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served before performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and  $25 for non-members.  Last year’s performance sold out so advance reservations are suggested.

The Center for the Arts Live! Performances are generously sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, SWFL Arts & Attractions Grant and WGCU Public Media.  A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495.8989

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live at the Promenade performance, including this performance by Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. One membership per household.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: An Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson
October 18, 2012; 7:00pm

The Promenade at BonitaBay, Suite 114, 26811 South Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members