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Debbie Reynolds, Sarasota Ballet top Ruth Eckerd Hall schedule for 2011-2012

Ruth Eckerd Hall released its 2011-2012 schedule of classical, opera, dance and world stage performances on Monday.

Highlights include the a collaboration with the Sarasota Ballet with dancers of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Verdi's Rigoletto with Symphony Orchestra and Benise, the Spanish Guitar Tour.

The announcement also noted that four classical performances, including Navah Perlman, will take place at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater, underscoring the hall's commitment to that venue, according to Robert A. Freedman, Ruth Eckerd's president and CEO.

Packages for the announced performances will go on sale to members this week. They will be available to the general public in July. For more information, visit the hall's website at

Here are the acts and the descriptions that were included in a news release:

World stage, Classical, Orchestra

Benise, The Spanish Guitar Tour

Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.

$78, $45.50, $42.50

Benise returns with his Emmy Award-winning cast in The Spanish Guitar, hailed as the "The Latin Riverdance." Benise will take the audience on an epic adventure through Spanish Nouveau Flamenco, Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba, Argentinean tango, Indian Bollywood, Parisian waltz and exotic African drumming. The music is edgy, exotic, romantic and sensual, and is a celebration of culture, love, music and life.

The Alexander String Quartet

An All-Beethoven Evening

Saturday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.

$45, $37

Capitol Theatre

Among the world's premier ensembles for nearly three decades, this quartet has been described by The Times (London) as "resilient enough to take inspiring risks and sophisticated enough to see them through with imaginative sensitivity." Widely admired for their interpretations of Beethoven, Clearwater native Paul Yarbrough and his colleagues of The Alexander String Quartet offer an all-Beethoven evening.

The Sarasota Ballet, artistic director Iain Webb

With dancers of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, artistic director Suzanne Farrell

Saturday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.

$68, $58, $48, $38

Ruth Eckerd Hall will collaborate with the Sarasota Ballet in offering works of two of the world's greatest choreographers. Sarasota and Suzanne Farrell dancers bring to life the brilliant choreography of Balanchine's Diamonds, originally created for Farrell and set to Tchaikovsky's magnificent Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29, recalling the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia. The Sarasota Ballet performs The Two Pigeons, the André Messager classic choreographed by Ashton and based on a Jean de La Fontaine fable of a wandering lover and his ultimate return to love, home and reconciliation.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011

With special guests Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.

$85, $58, $48

A cherished holiday tradition marking its 14th anniversary, Dave's Christmas Tour brings together a magical combination of musicians to celebrate this special season. Joining multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Koz will be trumpeter/composer/producer Rick Braun, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. Artists perform their own hits and jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites in an uplifting, high-energy show for the whole family.

Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic

Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 and 7:30 p.m.

$48, $33, $28

This amazing extravaganza brings the hit television show Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic to us live on stage, complete with exotic animals, beautiful dancers, escapologists, comedy magic, quick change artists, mentalists, sleight of hand and more. Audience participation adds to the fun and suspense.

Flavor of Jazz VI

Peter White Christmas

Featuring Kirk Whalum & Mindi Abair

Tuesday, Dec. 13, tastings begin at 6 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m.

$93, $55

Celebrate the season and indulge yourself with culinary offerings from some of the area's finest restaurants, then relax and enjoy the music of guitarist Peter White and saxophonists Kirk Whalum and St. Pete's own Mindi Abair – all for the benefit of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and Clearwater Jazz Holiday jazz education programs. The Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band opens the show.

A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m.

$45, $39, $33, $28

Let this lavish Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens' timeless tale transport you to the snowy streets of 19th century Victorian England. The longest-running tour of A Christmas Carol in the United States, resplendent with sumptuous costumes and magnificent sets, this classic has long been a favorite family tradition.

The Nutcracker

Presented by Moscow Classical Ballet

With the Florida Orchestra

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2 and 7 p.m.

$59, $39.50

A treasured holiday tradition, and a classic coming of age tale, Tchaikovsky masterfully transformed E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King into one of the most beloved ballets of our time. Live music, the talent and grace of the dancers, and stunning costumes bring this story to life. This production draws its inspiration from the original choreography presented in St. Petersburg, Russia more than 100 years ago. Local children help create the magic of this seasonal favorite, the only Nutcracker to feature The Florida Orchestra.

Salute to Vienna, a New Year's Eve Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

The Strauss Symphony of America, Mika Eichenholz, conductor (Stockholm)

Mónika Fischl, soprano (Budapest); Dániel Vadász, tenor (Budapest)

Dancers from Ballett St. Pölten and International Champion Ballroom Dancers

$72, $66, $56, $46

The 15th anniversary of this lavish concert offers a fresh new program featuring a cast of more than 75 musicians, stellar European singers, and dancers in beautiful costumes and the music of Johann Strauss Jr. (Vienna's "Waltz King") and his contemporaries. Popular operetta excerpts, favorite waltzes and polkas create an ambiance of refinement and charm in the tradition of the famous Austrian Neujahrskonzert (New Year's Concert).

Voxare String Quartet

Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m.

$45, $37

Capitol Theatre

This exciting new ensemble is known for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail and passionate performances. The concert features a new score played to the silent film The Man with the Movie Camera. Music is drawn from quartets by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Mosolov, Russian composers active when the film was made in 1929. Voxare has frequently been the New York Times classical pick of the week and received Chamber Music America's 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Mozart's Don Giovanni

Presented by Teatro Lirico D'Europa

With Symphony Orchestra

In Italian with English supertitles

Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

$58, $47

The embodiment of evil, Don Giovanni, a dissolute serial rapist, is charming, wicked, egotistical and unrepentant. He thrives on seduction and is not above murder. Based on the actual escapades of Don Juan of Seville, an aristocratic serial rapist who lived during the 1600s, Mozart's magnificent musical masterwork is one of unparalleled beauty, considered by many to be the greatest of all operas. (Pre-show lecture at 7 pm provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket.)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dance Company

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.

$50, $45, $35

Can serious dance be funny? You bet. Since 1974, "The Trocks" have been presenting a playful, entertaining view of classical ballet. They are living proof that men can dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces, and their comic approach is impeccable. Although performances are offered as parodies, this all-male troupe is comprised of seriously talented dancers. The humor is in the choreography.

Daedalus Quartet

Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.

$45, $37

Capitol Theatre

The New York Times praises them as "imaginative and energetic … insightful and vibrant … polished and vigorous." "One of the finest young groups to emerge in our current golden age of American string quartets" (The New Yorker), Daedalus Quartet brings the ethereal beauty of Shubert balanced with a contemporary piece that demonstrates the broad range of this ensemble's virtuosity. Winner of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America's Guarneri String Quartet Award, Daedalus has assured its place among today's string ensembles.

Verdi's Rigoletto

Presented by Teatro Lirico D'Europa

With Symphony Orchestra

In Italian with English supertitles

Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m.

$58, $47

Destinies collide as the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his vengeful court jester Rigoletto weave a fascinating drama of seduction, betrayal, curses and vendettas. Verdi creates an intriguing study in contrasts between good and evil, drama and comedy, honesty and deception. The physically deformed hunchback Rigoletto, sarcastic and vindictive, cursed by one he has mocked and condemned by his physical appearance to play the "fool," is none the less a protective and loving father. Despite this nobler side of his character, Rigoletto's desire for revenge results in tragedy. (Pre-show lecture at 7 pm provided by Pinellas Opera League, $3.50 with performance ticket.)

Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Presented by Moscow Festival Ballet

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.

$50, $45, $38

A classic battle between an evil sorcerer and the power of true love is told through the silent beauty and grace of dance accompanied by the magical music of Tchaikovsky. Follow Prince Siegfried on his journey to manhood and authority to reign over his kingdom. As he leaves the carefree whims of youth behind and the time is at hand for him to choose a bride, evil is afoot and temptation lurks. Brought to life with the choreography of the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the tale of Siegfried unfolds. Will love triumph over the sorcerer's curse?

Pilobolus Dance Company

Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m.

$59, $48

Bursting with surprises and originality, Pilobolus has developed a genre of modern dance all its own. Through a collaborative approach to choreography that springs from intense creative play based primarily on the assembling of multi-bodied, shape-shifting forms, Pilobolus compositions are acrobatic, organic, elemental – and fun. With more than 100 works to its credit, Pilobolus recently celebrated 40 years of imagination, discovery and communication through dance.

Navah Perlman, piano

Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.

$45, $37

Capitol Theatre

Perlman has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. A Juilliard graduate, she has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and is a member of the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio, known for its energetic and passionate chamber music performances. She is also active in educational outreach programs. Experience the lyrical eloquence of Navah Perlman and the magnificence of Schumann, Beethoven, Corigliano and Chopin in the intimacy of the historic Capitol Theatre. Perlman last appeared in Clearwater as a soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Adults at Leisure

Tony Orlando

Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m.

$43, $35 ($12 with Adults at Leisure package)

One of America's most endearing and enduring stars, Tony Orlando is known for his warmth, his energy, a host of hits including five that made it to No. 1, a successful TV variety show, roles in movies and on Broadway, and as a popular casino entertainer. It all began with the surprise hit Candida, followed by Knock Three Times (top-selling song of 1971), Sweet Gypsy Rose, Cupid, He Don't Love You, and, of course, his signature song of 1973 Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree.

Jim Stafford

Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Eloise born and Winter Haven raised comedian/guitarist/singer-songwriter Jim Stafford offers music and satirical humor. His accomplishments range from novelty hits Spiders & Snakes and Cow Patti to his classical guitar album Somewhere in Time, from performing and writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour to The Jim Stafford Show, movie soundtracks, hosting Nashville on the Road, co-hosting Those Amazing Animals and hosting and co-writing Branson USA. Join him for classical guitar and heartwarming stories peppered with comedy.

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Breathtaking illusions, dazzling special effects, drama, comedy, danger, magnificent set design: this is not your father's magic show. "Modern day Houdinis" Kevin and Cindy Spencer, International Magicians of the Year and six times Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year, have created a high-tech wonder that is one of the largest touring illusion productions today. Artistry and theater converge, and intellect and amazement collide as this engaging duo offers an unforgettable theatrical experience

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Tuesday, Jan., 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Seventy Top 10 hits in four years, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, attendance records at venue after venue; it's difficult to exaggerate Glenn Miller's impact. In one brief decade, he became the dominant Big Band leader and master of swing. A generation of teenagers fell in love with his unmistakable sound, dancing to In the Mood, String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Kalamazoo, Moonlight Serenade and more. Gary Tole and the Glenn Miller Orchestra keep the magic alive entertaining the teenagers of yesterday and today!

Blue Suede Shoes (The Ultimate Elvis Birthday Bash)

Starring Scot Bruce, Mike Albert, and the Big "E" Band

Sunday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Once again, "Elvis" will be in the house. This show brings us the best of both worlds: Scot Bruce as the young Elvis that rocked the music world with swiveling hips and bedroom eyes, and Mike Albert as the glitzy, charismatic, polished Las Vegas professional. The Big "E" Band re-creates the authentic Elvis sound for this rock 'n' roll afternoon.

Sha Na Na, a Tribute to '50s and '60s American Rock 'n' Roll

Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Sha Na Na is doing its part to make sure that Rock 'n' Roll Is Here to Stay. Now capturing new generations of fans, the group that had its roots in the Columbia University glee club ensemble The Kingsmen rocketed to stardom after performing at Woodstock just before Jimi Hendrix, then in the movie Grease (Screamin' Scott Simon penned Sandy for John Travolta) and on their own TV series for four years. Fans will be treated to At the Hop, The Wanderer, Love Potion #9, Hand Jive, La Bamba, In the Still of the Night, Get a Job, Come Go With Me and many more.

Barbra & Frank: The Valentine That Never Was

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Dare to dream the impossible, and Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo will make that dream seem like reality: Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, the Chairman and the Diva, on stage together at last. Sharon looks uncannily like Barbra and has the voice to match. Sebastian masterfully re-creates a confident young Frank in his prime, cocky, swingin' and with the Sinatra swagger. Their show from Las Vegas includes video clips.

Vicki Lawrence and Mama

Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m.

$49, $39 ($12 with Adults at Leisure package)

Vicki Lawrence's classmates were spot on when they voted her "Most Likely to Succeed." From her 11 hilarious years with The Carol Burnett Show (which won her an Emmy) to her gold record for The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, her TV series Mama's Family, her hosting of Win, Lose or Draw, Vicki! and Fox After Breakfast, and numerous stage productions, Lawrence approaches everything with a sense of humor.

Debby Boone: Swing This

Friday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Debby Boone throws the party she's waited a lifetime to host, offering her own personal take on the exhilarating Las Vegas style swing songs that inspired her to become a singer. Richard Kaufman, principal pops conductor of the Pacific Symphony, raves, "In the tradition of great singers who can bring a song to life just the way the composer intended, Debby Boone does just that … and more." Having progressed far beyond her megahit You Light Up My Life, she has demonstrated that she is a superbly talented vocalist with impeccable taste and style.

The Irish Rovers

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

For four and a half decades, these ambassadors of Irish music, wit and good times have brought joy and delight to millions of fans around the world. Wasn't That A Party, The Irish Rover, Drunken Sailor, A-Rovin', and their signature song The Unicorn remain timeless favorites.

Simply Sinatra

Monday, March 5, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Spend an afternoon enjoying music from some of the great composers of our time including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen and Rodgers and Hart. From crisp, popping swing tunes to lush, poignant ballads, Simply Sinatra, backed by a swinging band, will take you on a nostalgic musical journey with Sinatra masterpieces like I've Got You Under My Skin, The Lady Is A Tramp, That's Life, Mack the Knife, You Make Me Feel So Young, The Best Is Yet To Come, and, of course, My Way.

Taylor's Traditional Irish Cabaret, starring Noel V. Ginnity

Tuesday, March 13, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with an afternoon of Irish music, song, dance and laughter (thanks to Noel Ginnity, Ireland's funniest comedian). High-energy dance routines choreographed by national star Ciaran Keating and accompanied by accordion, uilleann pipes and piano will lift your spirits, and soprano Emer Hartnett and tenor Paul Hennessy offer poignant and stirring Irish songs. Balladeer Andrew McCarty captures the true Irish spirit of traditional songs such as Rocky Road to Dublin and Whiskey in the Jar while renowned piper Tommy Keane completes the magic.

Neil Berg's 104 Years of Broadway

Monday, March 19, 1 p.m.

$25, $18

These Broadway concerts are a Ruth Eckerd Hall favorite. Once again, Neil Berg brings us an all-new musical revue with five stars from the Great White Way backed by an all-star New York band. Together, they re-create memorable moments from the most successful Broadway hits of the past century. Relive some of the greatest scenes from your favorite musicals. This show sells out quickly, so get your tickets early to be sure to be part of the fun!

An Afternoon of Music and Comedy Starring Debbie Reynolds

Tuesday, March 27, 1 p.m.

$39.50, $30.50 ($12 with Adults at Leisure package)

Ironically, it was a beauty contest that first brought Debbie Reynolds to the attention of scouts from Warner Bros. and MGM (impressed with her lip-synching rendition of a Betty Hutton tune). Known for starring roles in Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, her wit, dancing and singing ability, versatility as an actress, successful nightclub and casino acts, and film and television roles, Debbie has proven to be a star with enduring appeal. She has won the respect of her colleagues and the affection of audiences around the world.

Time Together Kids Series

Sam Lardner's Ocean Ensemble

Oceans Are Talking!

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.


The "oceans are talking," and Sam Lardner and his Flamenco fusion band help kids listen to what they are saying. In this spirited, creative and enlightening interactive concert, children are offered a powerful yet fun message that fosters understanding of the challenging environmental issues facing our oceans and the creatures that dwell in them. Catchy, engaging songs unravel the mysteries of complicated conservation problems, encourage ocean stewardship and offer suggestions on how kids can become part of the solution.

Nevermore, directed by Ian Beck

Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.

$8, $15 (includes post-show movie)

Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall

When a strange mark appears on the walls, creeping its way throughout the confines of castle Lenore, something manipulates the mind of the only resident who can see these dark, vague images. Leaving his sanity to walk through the silent shadows, the poor soul tries to solve the mystery of this torturous haunting before it consumes him completely. First presented during the Hoffman Institute's summer session, Nevermore combines several Edgar Allan Poe stories for a journey through the madness and delight of the macabre that are the hallmarks of Poe's dark artistry. Nevermore is followed by a Poe movie for a double feature night.

Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band

Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.


A lively, engaging, interactive, world music-infused experience comes your way from Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band. Whether singing about feelings, relationships and belonging or on a musical safari to explore animals and their world, Alex and his band use spirited, catchy rhythms and meaningful lyrics to take kids on a fun-filled journey that opens minds and teaches compassion and understanding. Winner of numerous national awards for excellence in children's entertainment, this group should please both kids and adults.

Eckerd Theater Company presents A Thousand Cranes

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2, 5 and 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 and 7 p.m.


Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall

This is the true story of Sadako Sasaki, just 2 when an atom bomb exploded over Hiroshima and 12 when she was afflicted with radiation sickness. Legend claims a person who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish. Sadako began folding cranes, wishing to be well, wishing an atom bomb would never be dropped again. Before her death, she folded 644 cranes. Her friends and classmates folded 356 more to make a thousand. Her spirit of hope and strength continues to inspire young people around the world to work for peace.

Eckerd Theater Company presents Aesop's Fables

Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.


Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall

For centuries, the wit and wisdom of Aesop's fables have been passed down from one generation to the next. In a lively storytelling style that invites interactive participation, Aesop's Fables brings to life familiar favorites like The Lion and the Mouse, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Fox and the Grapes and more.

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience present Creole for Kidz and The History of Zydeco

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.


Capitol Theatre

Experience zydeco, music of the Creoles, a delicious blending of African, French, Spanish and Native American cultural influences. Grammy winner Terrance Simien creates a hypnotic, innovative mix of roots zydeco, based on rural blues and jazz, and contemporary influences such as rock 'n' roll, R&B, reggae, funk and soul. With a voice often compared to that of Sam Cook, Simien takes zydeco to a new level.

Roger Day, Dream Big

Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall

With wit, whimsy and wordplay, two-time Parents' Choice Award winner and recipient of the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity, Roger Day encourages kids to sing loud, jump high and dream big. He musically urges kids to use their brains and their bodies, employing colorful imagery and verbal gymnastics. His goal is to empower kids to follow their dreams and make an impact on the world. With a Schoolhouse Rock quality to his music, Roger confides, "I've had more than one parent admit they listen to my CDs even when their kids aren't around."

Keith Munslow

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Keith Munslow delivers fun, funky music, lightning-fast cartooning and hilarious stories in a highly-interactive show that will have both kids and adults laughing. Upbeat and positive, Munslow looks at real-life experiences of kids and families with honesty and humor. Accidentally On Purpose won the Parents' Choice Award, and after witnessing his rhythmic piano playing, improvisations and quick wit, you'll know why. This show provides fun for the whole family.

The Hoffman Institute Spring Concert: Side by Side by Side

Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m.


This annual event celebrates the tremendous talent of the students of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and the extraordinary efforts of the Hoffman staff to bring those talents to their fullest potential. The concert showcases the accomplishments of the Jazz, Vocal and Dance Tracks of the Institute and gives a special nod to the senior students who will be graduating and continuing their studies at universities across the country.

Hot Peas 'N Butter

Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.


Capitol Theatre

Straight from Noggin and Nickelodeon, Hot Peas 'N Butter shares its unique brand of world music, a delightful multicultural sound that is often bilingual. Its sizzling percussive rhythms are sure to raise the spirits of anyone lucky enough to hear them. The interactive nature of this show makes it all the more fun as kids learn while having a great time. From Best of the Bowl to The Pod Squad (featuring Different Spokes for Different Folks about bicycling safety) and Deep Down and Number 1, Hot Peas 'N Butter offers smooth harmonies and good fun.

Clearwater Chorus

Spirit of America

Nov. 13, 8 p.m.


Join the Clearwater Chorus for a heartfelt tribute to this great country of ours, featuring members of the Pasadena Community Church Choir, the Hoffman Institute Center Stage Teen Choir and other special guests.

Let's Fall in Love!

Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.


Murray Studio Theater

The Clearwater Chorus and local favorites Suzanne and Matt Ruley bring the songs we love to life in the intimate Murray Studio Theater for this special pre-Valentine's Day performance.

Broadway Melodies

April 15, 2 p.m.


Songs in tribute to the Great White Way will fill the hall in April for the Clearwater Chorus' annual spring concert.

(Friends of the Chorus package: Enjoy all three Chorus concerts for only $30.)

Evening at the Murray Studio Theater

Mike Desselle: A Gift of Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass and Country

With Special Guest Melissa Nolan

Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

$17, $12 for students

Mike Desselle, formerly Molten Mike, joins the Evening at the Murray Series doing what Mike is known for, the blues. Deselle started playing guitar at 6 and has played some of the top Music Clubs in Florida, Nashville, Ohio and in Australia.

Stan Hunter & Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo

Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m.

$17, $12 for students

Stan Hunter is a world-class pianist, organist and composer who has performed with many of the greatest jazz artists of all time including John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Stitt and Dexter Gordon. He can be found on recordings with Jimmy Paxton, Chris Columbo, Sonny Fortune, Gil Askey and Al Grey. Originally from Philadelphia, Hunter currently resides in St. Petersburg with his wife Pam.

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

$17, $12 for students

Capitol Theatre

Evening at the Murray moves to the Capitol Theatre for Grammy-winning artist Terrance Simien. A direct descendant of one of the first Creole families to settle St. Landry Parish, Simien offers an eclectic fusion of zydeco that is evolving yet remains true to its origins. He's one of the most respected and internationally recognized artists in roots music today and has been a major contributor to the renaissance of a genre once in danger of disappearing.

The Great American Songbook, Jazz and Broadway

With Rosemary and Stan Collins

Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.

$17, $12 for students

With the growth of Broadway in the early 20th century came the need to adapt enjoyable songs to the constraints of theater and plot, encouraging the rise of composers like George Gershwin, Vincent Youmans, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. Their songs have endured and are known as the Great American Songbook.

Jared O'Roarke: Hearing in Color

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.

$17, $12 for students

Discover a night filled with colorful characters depicting universal emotions that connect us all. Jared O'Roarke brings the lovable character Little Stevie back to the Murray Studio as he delivers an evening of brightly painted stories. Hear the tints and shades of the stories of a war vet, aSouthern cook and a father who simply wants to know how to praise his son.

Debbie Reynolds, Sarasota Ballet top Ruth Eckerd Hall schedule for 2011-2012 06/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 3:01pm]
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