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Versatile lineup stars at Tarpon Springs arts center

Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center fills a vital niche in the Tampa Bay area's cultural landscape by presenting a well-balanced lineup of ethnic, folk and classical music and dance. Its 2004-05 season includes the Irish accordion band Bohola, soprano Sabrina Coleman Clark's tribute to Marian Anderson and the Middle Eastern music group Divahn.

Hello, Dolly!, staged by the center's community theater company, opened the season and has a final performance today. Excellent fiddler Laura Risk and percussionist Paddy League give a concert of Celtic music Oct. 1. Highlights of the season also include legendary folk singer Glenn Yarborough, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin (which has the audience vote before the concert on what the group is to play), a pair of Gilbert and Sullivan productions (The Mikado and Patience), Miami's Maximum Dance Company and Irish acoustic band Lunasa.

The Performing Arts Center has joined with the opera program at St. Petersburg College to form the New Century Opera, whose first production will be Mozart's The Magic Flute in April. Tarpon Springs composer Constantine Grame's opera The Spoiler, or Demotic Democracy, a political farce, will be premiered in November.

The center (denoted by PAC) is in City Hall (the former Tarpon Springs High School) on Pine Street between N Ring and Grosse. A few performances are at the Cultural Center (denoted by CC), Pinellas Avenue between Court and Lemon streets. Call (727) 942-5605.

TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 2004-05 SEASON

OCTOBER

Oct. 1, PAC, Laura Risk and Paddy League, Celtic music, $12-$14

Oct. 2, CC, Wild Rice, comedy, $10-$12

Oct. 8, CC, Ian Frost, Bill Studdiford present The Three Romantics: Byron, Shelley and Keats, $10-$12

Oct. 10, PAC, The Emperor's New Clothes, GMT Productions, $10-$12, $6 children

Oct. 15, PAC, Magical, Musical Memories, Peter Columbo, $10-$12

Oct. 16, PAC, Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, pianist/vocalist, $12-$14

Oct. 23, PAC, In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War, tenor Robert Trentham, $14-$16

Oct. 28, PAC, flutist Donna Wissinger, $12-$14

NOVEMBER

Nov. 4, PAC, Maximum Dance Company, $16-$18

Nov. 6, PAC, Martinu Collegium, piano trio, $14-$16

Nov. 7, PAC, David Walburn presents Lewis & Clark, $10-$12, $8 students

Nov. 13-14, PAC, The Spoiler, new opera, $12-$14

Nov. 19, CC, Wild Rice, comedy, $10-$12

Nov. 20, PAC, Siempre Flemenco, $16-$18

DECEMBER

Dec. 4, PAC, Joseph Schwartz, piano, $12-$14

Dec. 10, PAC, Moscow Boys Choir Holiday Program, $16-$18

Dec. 11-12, PAC, The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan Players, $14-$16

Dec. 19, PAC, Kitka, Eastern European Women's Chorus, $14-$16

JANUARY

Jan. 3 & 5, PAC, Duquesne University Tamburitzans, $17-$20

Jan. 8, PAC, Roger Chase and Michiko Otaki, violin and piano, $14-$16

Jan. 9, PAC, North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, $16-18

Jan. 14, PAC, Tribute to the Weavers, $14-$16

Jan. 16, PAC, Bruce Adler, vaudeville, $14-$16

Jan. 22, PAC, The Revolutionary Mrs. Adams, Rebecca Bloomfield, $12-$14

Jan. 23, PAC, Mathemagic, Bradley Fields, $10-$12, $8 children

Jan. 28, PAC, Peter Ostroushko, folk/acoustic, $16-$18

Jan. 29, PAC, Sabrina Coleman Clark, Tribute to Marian Anderson, $12-$14

Jan. 30, Peter Rabbit, Bits and Pieces Puppet Theater, $10-$12, $8

FEBRUARY

Feb. 4, Debussy String Quartet, $14-$16

Feb. 10-20, PAC, Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, $14-$16

Feb. 27, PAC, Leepa Rattner Museum and Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center present Michael York, ticket price TBA

MARCH

March 4, PAC, Lunasa, Irish band, $14-$16

March 6, PAC, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, $17-$19

March 8, PAC, Glenn Yarborough, ticket price TBA

March 11-13, Patience, Gilbert & Sullivan Players, $16-$18

March 18, PAC, Keep on the Sunny Side, Carter Family Tribute, $14-$16

March 19, PAC, Bohola, Irish band, $14-$16

APRIL

April 1, PAC, Gideon Trio, $14-$16

April 7, PAC, Divahn, Middle Eastern and Sephardic music, $14-$16

April 9, PAC, Gospel Explosion, $10-$12

April 15, PAC, Robin Huw Bowen, Welsh triple harpist, $14-$16

April 16, Eleftheria Kotzia, Greek classical guitarist, $14-$16

April 21-24, The Magic Flute, New Century Opera, $16-$18

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