Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Dade City's Moonlight and Ivory will tempt the senses

Featuring selections from the popular Les Miserables and the classic La Boheme, the 16th annual Moonlight and Ivory concert will fill the halls of the Dade City Woman's Club with music, art and gourmet treats.

Presented by the Heritage Arts Center Association and sponsored by Jim and Judy Wilson, Saturday's performances feature vocal and instrumental renditions of show tunes, classics, contemporary, jazz, blue grass, and sacred pieces by professional level musicians from Dade City, Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel.

"This is the cultural event of the season in east Pasco," said Barbara Friedman, Moonlight and Ivory producer and publicity chairperson.

When guests step into the Dade City Woman's Club for the matinee or evening show, they will enter a hall filled with floral arrangements and greenery.

Inside the performance area, guests will see elegantly dressed musicians — some seated at the arts center's Yamaha Conservatory grand piano funded by proceeds from the first Moonlight show — performing what producer Jean Johnson calls a "mix of old and new favorites," with music from artists ranging from Claude Debussy to Josh Groban, Giacomo Puccini to Johnny Mercer. Instruments will include flutes, guitars, pianos, banjos and electric guitars.

"We have Broadway tunes, classical pieces, two original compositions by Moonlight artists, and a seven-piece ensemble with a singer," said Johnson.

Both Moonlight shows also will feature a full art exhibition from area artists.

"We will have art all over the place at the show in every medium," said Suzanne Desneux, art show coordinator of the Moonlight and Ivory concert, "including photography, acrylics, carved gourds, fused glass."

From mask makers to portrait painters, an array of artists will show their works at the art exhibition, which guests can enjoy while snacking on gourmet refreshments and desserts created by Dade City's Betty Cakes and served at intermission.

Moonlight and Ivory was created to support the efforts of the Heritage Arts Center Association, including the Spotlight on Talent competition, a performing arts competition for young people offering trophies and cash prizes. This year, the association will award a $1,000 Pasco Heritage scholarship to the Pasco-based high school senior competitor with the highest total scores from the finals judges. The scholarship was made possible through Moonlight and Ivory.

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