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Some Holiday Ideas

Posted in Adult Education, Art Outreach, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Live Music, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized on November 30, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
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Raku pieces during the firing process at a Raku and You! One-Night Event.

By Mickey Lacroix

Prior to working for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, I always struggled during the holiday season to come up with fun and meaningful gifts to share with my loved ones. Last year, I ended up being able to give a number of my family members tickets to see the folk musician Jonathan Edwards, who performed at the Center for Performing Arts last spring.  My sisters and I had not seen him in concert prior to that event, though we had grown up listening to his songs.  My mom and stepdad, who also attended, had seen him perform, but not for many years.  Altogether, it ended up being a wonderful evening that we each look back upon fondly.

There are probably a good many people on your holiday “shopping” list who would also be more touched by a great experience than a cleverly selected item. As such, there are many interesting services, classes and performances held at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs that might make a great holiday gift, especially as a group gift to an event or class that you can attend together.

One night events and mini workshops often make great group gifts, because they take place in a relaxed environment and allow people to make a work of art over the span of just a few hours. These events are especially fun if you get a group of people together to attend, as there is something magically intimate about sharing in the creative process. Then, at the end of the session, you each get to bring home the art you made, which will serve as a continuing reminder of the shared experience.

CFABS also offers a full series of top-notch performances, varying from improvisational theater, to concerts in a variety of musical genres, foreign films, one man theater productions, and traditional theater. If you might be interested in giving a gift of this nature to someone you know, but are not sure of their schedule, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has gift certificates available at any denomination.

One of the other interesting gift possibilities is a ticket to the annual OFF THE WALLS! fundraiser. Everyone is a winner in this amazing ‘lottery’ event and each person selected gets to choose from any number of artworks and collectibles donated for the event.   A fabulous buffet, soft drinks, beer and wine are all included in the $150 ticket price.  Each prize item is valued at a minimum of $275.  Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to give scholarships for youth programming at CFABS.  This year’s off the walls will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 and doors will open at 6:00pm.

Information about any of the programs available through the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org, or by phone at 239-495-8989. You are also cordially invited to drop in to either center, where you may pick up literature, buy tickets, sign up for classes, view the exhibitions in the galleries, and get more information in general.  The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Rd. and the Center for Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.  Please consider coming out to see or contacting us to give someone you love the opportunity to enrich their lives through the arts.

ACOUSTIC STORYTELLERS MUSIC AND STORIES FROM THE ROAD Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Concerts Southwest Florida, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

Three of music’s most well-tuned and road worthy musicians Alan James, Graham Gillot and Ray Nesbit take you on an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at life on tour with legends including Roy Orbison, Rodriguez, Goo Goo Dolls, Traveling Wilburys, Moody Blues and others. Enjoy music and stories from the road with “Acoustic Storytellers” Thursday, December 3, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ Hinman Auditorium. Enjoy the humor, hear the tragedies, and share the triumphs and stories behind the songs. Share a glimpse of the personal lives on the road and the concert performances.

Performers include Alan James, who many may know from his group Powerhouse, a band considered one of a premier corporate act playing for Donald Trump, President Bush twice, multiple celebrity weddings, three Super Bowls and high profile celebrity fundraisers. James hails from London England and has an extensive career in the music business. As a young musician in London he became one of the most in demand rock guitar players on the club circuit and was recognized in circles with such notables as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Peter Frampton. His first single on Columbia Records was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and had a chart success amongst some of the all-time classic rock hits of that era. As a young guitarist Alan spent several years traveling and entertaining U.S. forces around the world living in Greece, Turkey, Germany, France and Italy.

Alan was hired to be the lead guitarist and vocalist for International singing star Roy Orbison and went on to become Roy’s musical director and personal manager for twelve years and has performed at all the major venues around the globe.

Joining James for this performance is guitarist Ray Nesbit, who has traveled around the US working with members of ACDC, Goo Goo Dolls, Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and many more. A highlight of his career was performing a fundraising show with AC/DC. “Yeah, I got to be Malcolm Young for one night,” he remembers.

Virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer Graham Gillot rounds off the performance with his showmanship and musical range on the guitar. Gillot played lead guitar for Rodriguez, star of the 2012 Oscar winning film “Searching for Sugarmann” and was featured on NBC’s #1 show of the summer “America’s Got Talent.”

Gillot has performed in shows, festivals, theatres, concerts and stadiums internationally around the world including the US, UK, Dubai, Turkey, Spain and South Africa. After accomplishing a study record by obtaining Grade 8 Classical Guitar in just two years of study through Trinity College London, he is considered to be a new century guitar maestro.

Guests of “Acoustic Storytellers” will take away their own stories to share after this unique musical event.

Tickets for “Acoustic Storytellers,” are $40 for Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats and $30 Side Seats. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org, by calling 239-495-8989 and at the door 30 minutes before the performance.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances including “Acoustic Storytellers.”

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Improv Tonight,” December 5, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Classical Music Series-Brahms & Clara a Love Story,” December 6, 3:00pm, “Naples Klezmer Band,” December 12, 8:00pm, “Flamenco Puro,” December 17, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO:     The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT:   Acoustic Storytellers-Music and Stories from the Road
WHEN:   Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
PRICE: Tickets: $40 Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats, $30 Side Seats

 

BOSSES OF BOSSA NOVA BRAZILIAN JAZZ SENSATION ‘O SOM DO At The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

Literally translated, Bossa Nova means “New Beat,” a vibrational combination of Brazilian Samba and the cool jazz music originating from California in the 1960’s. Heralded as the best Brazilian band in Florida, “O Som Do” brings their jazzy bossa nova beat to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm. Globally recognized, ‘O Som Do’s exceptional Jazz compilations have been featured in HBO’s hit series “Looking.” Their beat is contagiously danceable, so the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs will have a dance floor for you to move and groove on.

‘O Som Do features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced musicians that excel in their interpretation of Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, samba and samba-jazz. ‘O Som Do, translated is the sound of jazz in Portuguese, recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian music. Imagine Brazilian musicians in love with American jazz playing in Rio de Janeiro night clubs circa 1965 – and you get an idea of what O Som Do Jazz is about.

“I always liked Brazilian music, but I didn’t know it very deeply. A lot of what I heard was very Americanized. Cool stuff like Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 and it was Andrea who showed me the real Brazilian music,” Manson said of his wife and ‘O Som Do’s vocalist. The two met at a block party in St. Petersburg and were married in 2002.

‘O Som Do is part of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs monthly jazz series that includes Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto as they celebrate the genius and music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart on Saturday February 27, Rebecca Richardson and Dan Heck present an evening dedicated to the ladies of swing, from Ella to the Andrews Sisters and beyond on March 4, Los Angeles jazz artist Jebry performs on March 25, the 10-piece Helios Swingtet Orchestra on April 15 followed by A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis with Bob Zottola on May 6.

Tickets for “O’Som Do” are $30 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door the night of the performance for all. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two tickets to a select Live at the Center performance, that can be used at this performance of ‘O Som Do. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Southern Gothic-A One-Man Show,” January 17, 3:00pm, “Hairspray Jr.,” January 29-31, “Vocal Supergroup-Quattro Divo,” February 4, 7:30pm, “Meet the Composers,” February 7, 3:00pm, “Tea for Three-An Intimate Portrait of Life in the White House,” February 9, 8:00pm, “Folk Legend-Jonathan Edwards,” February 11, 8:00pm, “The Bonita Springs International Film Festival,” February 12-16, 2016 and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or on their website http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:
WHO:
The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: ‘O Som Do – Brazilian Jazz Night
WHEN:
Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $30 for members, $35 for non-members, $40 at the door

 

A TRUMPET CALL TO JAZZ LOVERS – A NIGHT OF JAZZ WITH BOB ZOTTOLA Friday, May 6, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Concerts Southwest Florida, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Bob Zotola

By Patrice Shields

The versatile and accomplished trumpet master Bob Zottola has played with the best performers in the music industry. His resume of accompaniments includes music legends Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Stevie Wonder, Mel Torme, and Peggy Lee. Zottola brings his classic quintet “Jazz Simpatico,” to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Friday, May 6, 8:00pm for “A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis.”

In addition to providing the trumpet sound behind some of the most memorable voices in musical history, Zottola played for the hottest show on Broadway including West Side Story, Chicago, 42nd Street, Hello Dolly and a 16-year run with Les Miserables. With a history that includes the entire who’s who of the music industry, one might think Zottola would find the audiences of Southwest Florida anticlimactic, but he loves playing for local jazz fans.

“There’s something very, very special about who I call ‘The Naples Jazz Lovers.’ Part of it might be the nostalgia factor. They lived through the big band era,” says Zottola.

Zotolla’s program for the evening traces the evolution of Jazz through the myriad of innovative musicians. Zottola and his band highlight the great music of two major Jazz influences, Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong and Miles Davis. Follow the development of Jazz as an American art form and enjoy Latin, Afro-Cuban music, then on to the great voice of Billie Holiday. The evening includes music from Bob’s ‘Old Boss’ the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.

If you are a jazz lover, then heed the trumpet call of the great Bob Zottola and get your tickets for “A Night of Jazz,” at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Tickets are $22 Members, $27 Non-members, $32 at the door for all and can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance, including “A Night of Jazz.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, May 7, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” Sunday, May 8, 3:00pm, “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14, 7:00pm & Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15 2:00pm, and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016; 8:00pm
COST: Tickets: $22 Members, $27 Non-members, $32 At Door

 

 

COME FLY AWAY WITH THE HELIOS SWINGTET ORCHESTRA Bryan Hughes and Tampa’s Top Musician’s Bring Big Band to Bonita Springs Friday, April 15, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Concerts Southwest Florida, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

The Helios Swingtet Orchestra, directed by Dr. David Manson blend their very danceable ‘Big Band’ sound with the Sinatra like vocals of Bryan Hughes for a performance at the Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs this Friday, April 15, 8:00pm. The 10-piece Helios Swingtet Orchestra features singer Hughes and top jazz musicians from the Tampa Bay area. Helios Swingtet’s sound is smart, stylish and great for dancing.

Led by trombonist Dr. David Manson, the group plays a wide range of music including Swing, Great American Songbook standards, Latin jazz, Rat Pack favorites, ballads, Bossa Nova, Dixieland, Tin Pan Alley and more. Vocalist Bryan Hughes lends his unmistakable, smooth as dry martini, voice to the band as they perform Big Band favorite songs made popular by the great Frank Sinatra.

The Helio’s Band is a popular feature in the Tampa area, with performances at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Palladium Theater, Ybor Jazz Festival, Sarasota Big Band Bash, the Salvador Dali Museum and the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival. Bring your best guy or gal along this Friday night because this music was made for dancing and the CPABS dance floor is open for this performance.

Tickets for “Helios Swingtet Orchestra,” are $30 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door for all. Tickets for “Helios Swingtet Orchestra” can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance including “Helios Swingtet Orchestra.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Patchouli & Terra Guitar: The Landscape of Guitar,” April 22, 8:00pm, “The BonArts Chamber Music Series: Russian/Bohemian Music Salon,” April 27, 7:00pm, “Meet the Composers: Beethoven the Bold,” May 1, 3:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Helio’s Swingtet Orchestra – Big Band Music

WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016; 7:30pm
COST: Tickets: $30 members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door for all

 

FOLK LEGEND JONATHAN EDWARDS AT THE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields
Special to The Banner

Veteran singer and songwriter Jonathan Edwards brings his four decade long repertoire of hits to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Edwards will perform the music that played on repeat on every radio station throughout the 1970s including the anthem “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.”

Joining Edwards to perform his classics and music from his new album “Tomorrow’s Child,” will be his daughter Grace (of Grace and the Victory Riders), guitarist- arranger Jérôme Degey, jazz-folk pianist Tom Snow and composer-guitarist Don Campbell. When Edwards isn’t recording one of over a dozen albums or writing movie and TV score, he is on the road performing.

“I’ve been … doing what I do best,” said Edwards, “which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it.”

Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.

His new album “Tomorrow’s Child, is produced by four-time Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott, and features the venerable and beloved Edwards accompanied by such roots music luminaries Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, John Cowan, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss.

Edwards maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that have kept himperforming live for over 40 years. “It is really gratifying to hear,” says Edwards of the positive feedback from his fans.

Tickets for “Jonathan Edwards” are $40 for Premium Seats, $35 for Center Seats and $30 for Side Seats and can be purchased online at artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

 What: Jonathan Edwards
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016; 8 p.m.
Where: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs — Hinman Auditorium10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
Cost: Tickets are $40 for premium seats, $35 for center seats, and $30 for side seats

Information: Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. Call 239-495-8989 or visit artcenterbonita.org.

 

 

A JOYOUSE SOUND – THE BAY SINGERS CHORALE OF 70 Friday, April 1, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Concerts Southwest Florida, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

Join Pianist and Chorale Director Cynthia Dallas for an evening filled with the joyous voices of the 70 member “Bay Singers,” Friday, April 1, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Founded in 1998, the Bay Singers have grown into a chorale of almost 70 that perform traditional Holiday music, Broadway Shows, Americana Classics, Spirituals and Patriotic music throughout the area. This season, The Bay Singers are lead by Cynthia Dallas, who has served as Principal Piano with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 1989, and was the founding assistant conductor/accompanist of the Philharmonic Center Chorale.

Dallas received her degree in music from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she graduated summa cum laude. While in Philadelphia, she served as conductor and music director for over 60 regional and equity musical theater productions and was on the theatre staff at St. Joseph’s University, LaSalle University and Beaver College. She also served as choral contractor for the Pennsylvania Ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Carmina Burana, and performed on the PBS production of Verdi’s Requiem with Luciano Pavarotti.

In her tenure with the NPO, she has had the privilege of accompanying Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Denice Graves, Frederica von Stade and Renee Fleming, and performed with a wide range of stars from Frank Langella and Eli Wallach to George Takei and Hayley Mills. In addition to her orchestra and show work, Cindy is the Assistant Director of Music at St. Agnes Parish in Naples. She returns to the Bay Singers as Music Director, having served as accompanist for three seasons from 2010 to 2013.

Tickets for “The Bay Singers,” are $20 Members, $25 Non-members, $30 at the door for all and can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance including “The Bay Singers.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through March 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, April 2, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” April 3, 3:00pm, “Tuesday Art Talks,” April 5, 7:00pm, “Mama Cooks it Up,” April 9, 7:30pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Bay Singers Chorale Performance
WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2016; 7:30pm
COST: Tickets: $20 Members, $25 Non-members, $30 At Door