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The Arts Connection for March 6, 2008

Learn more about Central Florida's arts community at The Red Chair Project, Central Florida's official guide to arts and culture.  Also, follow the link above for Cultural Links to many arts organizations and county arts councils.


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Margot Knight, president of United Arts, looks at where the arts stand in the upcoming state budget- the 2008 legislative session opened Tuesday. United Arts has an advocacy e-mail list- if listeners want to be added to the list to receive alerts about local, state, and federal government arts funding issues, contact United Arts at 407.-628-0333.

Pat Metheny and the Daytona Beach International Festival



The biennial Daytona Beach International Festival (DBIF), previously known as the Florida International Festival, brings world-class concerts and special events to Daytona Beach and showcases the finest artists in classical, jazz, folk, country and world music. One of the festival's biggest events will feature jazz legend Pat Metheny, performing on March 11 at the Peabody Auditorium. This is one of the festival's biggest events. On this week's show 90.7's Mark Simpson has a conversation with Pat Metheny. 

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The Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, an ambitious national publicity campaign, and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works. 

Orlando will be participating in the Big Read, and has selected the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The keynote and kick-off event will be on March 8, at 2 at the Orlando Public Library, featuring "Harper Lee: A Literary Mystery," presented by author Charles J. Shields. Shields will discuss his book Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, and will address the reasons behind his decision to write a biography of Miss Lee, the surprises he encountered, and the parallels between To Kill a Mockingbird and Miss Lee's life, as well as why she chose to never publish a second book. Irene Zabykto, our literary contributor, will have an interview with Shields about his experiences writing this biography.

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This Week's Highlights:


Southern Autographics exhibit at Crealde

The Crealde School of Art presents Southern Autographics: The Photography of Todd Bertolaet, at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery March 7 to April 26, 2008. Artist Todd Bertolaet is a Professor of Photography at Florida A & M University, and is known for his ethereal landscape photos of North and Central Florida. This exhibition will feature the Autographics from his Guggenheim project. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 7 from 7-9:30. 


Blues Clues Live at Orlando Repertory Theatre

The Orlando Repertory Theatre will present Nickelodeon's Blues Clues Live! The Most Spectacular Place.  In an arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Nickelodeon, the Orlando Rep will be the first regional theater to bring the production to the stage. The production opens this Friday night and runs until March 30. Showtimes are Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 2 and 7, and Sunday at 2.

Brevard Symphony Concert

Soprano Esther Hardenbergh and Baritone Anthony Offerle will join the Brevard Community Chorus and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at the King Center on Saturday for a special performance of Gabriel Faure's Requiem. Performances are at 2 and 8.  


Orlando Chorale Concert

The Orlando Chorale, Central Florida's 70-voice choir of professional and experienced singers under the direction of Gregory Ruffer, and the Orlando Chamber Singers will celebrate the human voice with a program of all a cappella works on Sunday at 3:00.  The concert will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando.

Cathedral Choir Festival

On Sunday at 6:00, Orlando's three cathedral choirs St. Luke's Episcopal, St. James Catholic Cathedral and the Anglican Cathedral of the Incarnation will sing "The Seven Last Words of Christ", an Oratorio by Theodore Dubois. The Stetson University Orchestra will be featured, as well as guest soloists from the voice faculty of the University of Central Florida. The concert will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke

Auditions and other artist opportunities can be found at the Arts & Cultural Alliance website.  

Auditions are also listed on Elizabeth Maupin's blog, Attention Must Be Paid.  Elizabeth is the theatre critic for the Orlando Sentinel



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