Suncoast Culture Club

Suncoast Culture Club

The Suncoast Culture Club podcast is your weekly dose of what’s happening in the performing and visual arts on Florida’s Suncoast, including interviews, reviews, discussions, behind the scene tidbits, and insider trading. Join State College of Florida arts faculty and staff members as they bring you all the arts happenings on the Suncoast from music to dance to art to theatre. Come along and join our club.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 40 min

Just as using shards of glass and tile to create a whole new image in art, so can individual singers be brought together to create a variety of vocal ensembles from small duos to a large choir. In this concert, the SCF Choirs will explore the many ways of presenting choral music during challenging times.

• SCF Music Program Facebook Page Link to watch the concert live

• SCF Foundation Donate2Music Link to donate to the SCF Music Prog...

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Strap on your cowboy hat and boots to join the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra for Boots, Banjos and the South on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Selections will include Aaron Copland’s Hoedown and Buckaroo Holiday  from Rodeo, Donald Grantham’s Southern Harmony, which is based on four southern shape note tunes, and featuring Dr. Jon Godfrey as composer and soloist on the premier of his Okeechobee Concerto for Banjo and Orchest...

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Nate and Erin Mayland have been making a living playing on Broadway in pit orchestras for the past decade. Nate plays jazz and orchestral trombone having toured with the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Platters, and Frankie Valli, as well as performing for over 10 Broadway shows including Beetlejuice. 
Erin played violin in many Broadway shows and for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show with the Rockettes, until she auditioned...

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She is a Brazilian-born educator and artist with extensive work experience and knowledge in theater, music, arts and literacy, and cross-cultural engagement. On the Suncoast, Maria Schaedler-Luera has served as the Manager for Arts Integration for Any Given Child Sarasota at Sarasota County Schools and serves as a drama teaching artist for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Her company, Atomica Arts, has a simple mission: To explo...

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Dr. Dan Burdick "retired" to Lakewood Ranch about a month ago. He is a world-class tuba player and teacher,  was on the faculty of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, has two degrees from Boston University and his doctorate in tuba performance from the University of Michigan. He has performed with the Canadian Brass, the Detroit Symphony, the John Philip Sousa Band, and has soloed on tuba all around the world, including Au...

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From shooting the Worker Project at the Sarasota Art Museum to hanging from the ceiling by her belt to shoot for the Sarasota Ballet, to taking photos of political figures such as Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama, Suncoast native Barbara Banks tells stories through pictures. Her skill and eye for light and pose make her photos remarkable, memorable, and iconic. Take a listen to her story of growing up in Sarasota, ...

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Ever wonder what the state of Florida does to support music education? Listen to this episode as Melodie Dickerson and Robyn Bell explain what the state sponsored "Student Artist Competition" is and meet SCF Music's eight students who will be competing this January for the $2000 scholarship. These eight students will be presenting their competition pieces in a recital on Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. live-streamed o...

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In the halls of the SCF Music building, you often hear, "Ms. Aza! Ms. Aza!" as student affectionately call her. To her colleagues, she is simply known as "Aza, piano player and teacher extraordinaire." Her road from Russia led her to an unfamiliar place, hearing an unfamiliar language, but performing very familiar music. Take a listen as Aza Torshkoeva describes her upbringing, early piano successes, navigation of t...

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The Suncoast Culture Club podcasters Robyn Bell, Kelly Burnett, Katherine Bzura, Melodie Dickerson, and Amanda Schlachter chat together about their experiences in the cultural arts and the semester in the arts at SCF over the past five months. How close did we come to someone getting COVID? Closer than you might think! What's in store for the SCF Art Gallery, Theatre Program, Dance Company, and Music Program in the spring semes...

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From Poland to Baltimore to Philadelphia to Boston to Houston to Sarasota, find out how this trip around the planet brought the Sarasota Orchestra's Acting Principal Percussionist and new SCF Percussion Instructor Tomasz Kowalczyk to our beloved Suncoast of Florida.
And, what we all really want to know...Polish sausage or pierogis? Tomasz is here to tell us on this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club.
Come along and join the cl...

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As the Van Wezel Foundation looks to expand is arts education programs while raising money and awareness for the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center on the Sarasota Bay, Suzanne Hudson-Smith has returned to the Suncoast to help cultivate donor relationships and experiences at the Foundation. Her experience in theatre and the performing arts and her rich history in the cultural arts on the Suncoast makes her the perfect fit to fulfi...

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On Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 PM, join the SCF Music Program on our Facebook Page for our final concert of the semester. “Joy to the World” brings you all your holiday favorites and will feature the SCF Big Band and Jazz Combo, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir,  Guitar Ensemble, and Bradenton Symphony Orchestra.
Listen to conductors Dr. Pete Carney, Rex Willis, Melodie Dickerson, and Dr. Robyn Bell as they talk about the selections...

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Her tour of the world includes Louisville, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Des Moines, Boston, Montgomery, and finally, Bradenton/Sarasota. Natalie Helm is celebrating year number five as the principal cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra and she's here to tell us about her organization Upward Notes, what she finds most valuable in a conductor, why she has named her cello "Ricky," and so much more.
Join us for this episode of t...

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For the second performance of its 2020-21 season, Sarasota Contemporary Dance will reprise a popular collaboration with renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot called  SCD + Piazzolla. Performances are November 19-22 at the Historic Asolo Theater, available both in-person (socially distanced, limited capacity seating) and online through the company’s Digital Theater, a professional multi-angle immersive experience. There will be four...

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How does one fulfill the will of the world's most famous circus leader and art collector, John Ringling? Just ask Steven High, Executive Director of the John and Mable Ringling Museum Art, he can tell you how exact and precise that will states the art collection must be preserved and shared.
At the Ringling, every day is different, every piece of art tells a story, and every Monday is free. Listen to Steven's story and expe...

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This episode welcomes Lisa Goss from the SCF Veterans Service Department, Tenesia Pinkney, a flute player in the SCF Symphonic Band and a US Navy Veteran, and Garrett Height, an actor in the SCF Theatre Program who will be narrating two pieces on this program.
Learn how the SCF Veterans Service Department helps our students transition from service life to student life to career life, and how the music on this program embodies the m...

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She moved to the Suncoast from Tucson, Arizona to open the much anticipated Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College at the repurposed Sarasota High School on 41. Three months later, it closed due to Covid. Now that it has reopened to the public, executive director, Anne-Marie Russell, wants you to know about this "third space" and how it can enhance your life.
Every object has a story, the creation of art allowed us to beco...

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The SCF Musical Theatre Program is proud to offer the 2020 Fall Musical Children of Eden through a pre-recorded scheduled content viewing experience available on
Saturday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s musical, Children of Eden, casts the beloved biblical stories of Genesis through the personal lens of family. This epic musical starts with the very be...

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How does one go from owning a medical sales company in Atlanta, Georgia to being the Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County? Jim Shirley is here to tell us. As our area's number one lobbying group for the arts, Jim's organization oversees hotel tax dollars designated for our arts organizations, provides office and meeting space for various arts entities, and even coordinates the tour guide p...

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He's a percussionist and she's a violinist. Together, they might just rule the world one day, but for now, they want to make the best and highest level of music they can. George Nickson and Samantha Bennett founded Ensemble New SRQ to forge their love of performing new chamber music and to bring the Suncoast combinations of sounds it has never heard before. Check out their upcoming season, "Reimagined & Recomposed,&...

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