Kathleen Monahan, who heads up Tarpon Springs' arts and cultural programs, characterizes the upcoming performing arts season as the "best ever."
There seems to be something for everyone in this eclectic mix of theatre, music and dance, along with plenty of workshops and opportunities to trip the light fantastic. It's an ambitious venture for this city of Greek heritage.
"The Greeks really invented the concept of the arts, and they continue to be an important part of our community," Monahan said.
Following Sunday's modern dance performance by River North Dance Chicago, the clock turns back to the 1920s and '30s and the music of the Rhythm Kings.
A Hollywood-themed costume ball is slated for Oct. 17, so come dressed as your favorite star or starlet. The dance band performs the third Thursday of each month inside the Heritage Museum.
On Oct. 26, flamenco artist and choreographer Clarita Filgueiras performs with the ensemble Flamenco Puro at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Learn the art of this percussive tap dance during an Oct. 27 workshop.
For a fatally funny evening, catch a performance of Marriage Is Murder, a comedy at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center Oct. 18-20 and 25-27. On Nov. 15-17, the Gilbert and Sullivan Players are back at the helm, navigating the comic romp HMS Pinafore at the Performing Arts Center.
Mark your calendars for Dec. 6-8, when Mozart's Don Giovanni is sung in English at the Performing Arts Center. The opera tells the story, both comic and tragic, of the legendary lover Don Juan.
It's a Sunday afternoon of Bach, Brahms and Mozart by local resident and award-winning concert pianist Joseph Schwartz Oct. 20.
The New Christy Minstrels, with three original members from the 1960s group, perform favorite folk hits including This Land is Your Land, The Mighty Mississippi and more on Oct. 24.
In 2011, Harry Antoniou won the third season of the Greek version of the television singing competition The X Factor when he performed You Are So Beautiful to Me. Nov. 2, the Greek idol will be serenading Tarpon Springs audiences at the Heritage Museum.
The Diamonds, a four-part vocal group that pays tribute to '60s greats — the Four Lads, the Four Aces, the Four Freshmen, and the Four Seasons — will doo-wop it up Nov. 8 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.
Dec. 15 brings the music and spirit of Christmas as the Baltimore Consort performs ballads and folk songs from the Renaissance period.
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