Martin County Library System Press Releases

June 10, 2013

‘A Broadway Revue’ closes out 2013 Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         
DATE: JUNE 10, 2013       
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403      

 
StarStruck Performing Arts Center & Theatre presents A Broadway Revue: Peter Jones & Friends Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 pm in the Donahue Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City. Starring 2007 mARTie Award winner Peter Jones and directed by 2012 mARTie Award winner Jennifer Jones, this musical extravaganza is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System with support from Elisabeth Lahti. It is the sixth and final event in the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series.

Free tickets are required and available for pickup only at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library beginning June 18. Reservations cannot be accepted by telephone.

Join us for an exciting journey through musical theater history! Enjoy show tunes from a variety of musicals as you hum along and tap your toes during this sure-to-please event. A Broadway Revue features 2011 BroadwayWorld Award winner Josh Rhett Noble, international touring star Carla Holbrook, Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Award nominee Matt McClure and award-winning, rising stars Sophia Liano, Katie Rodgers and Talia Suskauer.

For more information on this or other Chautauqua South events, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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May 1, 2013

Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series continues with Beatriz Malnic Trio

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         
DATE: MAY 1, 2013       
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403      

 
The Beatriz Malnic Trio will present a one-hour concert Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Donahue Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm City. Brazilian singer Beatriz Malnic is accompanied by Mike Orta on piano and Don Wilner on upright bass for an afternoon of smooth, sensual bossa nova tunes. The trio will take the audience on a journey through Brazilian jazz in the United States, sambas and American numbers. Underwritten by Elisabeth Lahti, the program is the fifth music event in the six-part Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series. Free tickets are required and available for pickup only at the Cummings Library beginning May 14.  Reservations cannot be accepted by telephone.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Beatriz Malnic is a vocalist, arranger and the director of Brazilian Voices, a women’s vocal ensemble. She has performed and recorded with musical luminaries such as Al Di Meola, Nestor Torres, Toquinho and many others. In 2009, Malnic won an award for best Brazilian singer living in the United States and, in 2012, her latest album Chico Buarque by Beatriz Malnic won for best Brazilian CD released in the United States, both from the Brazilian International Press Awards.

Pianist Mike Orta was chosen as one of five finalists in the prestigious Great American Jazz Piano Competition. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the major names in jazz such as Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker and Conrad Herwig, to name a few. Orta is Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Performance at Florida International University teaching jazz piano and jazz improvisation. He also directs both jazz and Latin jazz ensembles.

Bassist Don Wilner performs in both the classical and jazz genres. He earned a doctorate in music, was principal bassist and a featured soloist with the Palm Beach Pops, and assistant principal bassist with the Miami City Ballet for many years. Named best jazz musician in 2000 in Miami New Times’ “Best of Miami” issue, Dr. Wilner originated, promoted and sustained the jazz music program at the Van Dyke Cafe for 13 years, which Miami New Times labeled as Miami’s best jazz club on numerous occasions. 

For more information on this or other Chautauqua South events, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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April 5, 2013

Doo-wop group Sha-Boom performing at Hoke Library April 19

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit
         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  APRIL 5, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403
           

*UPDATE 4/17/13 – Tickets are no longer available. All free tickets have been claimed.

Hear street corner harmony at its best with singing group Sha-Boom on Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. Founded and led by Sal Giarraffa, Sha-Boom sings both a cappella and with musical accompaniment, performing Doo-wop standards and hits from the 1950s to the 1970s. Sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., free tickets are required and available for pickup at the Hoke Library beginning April 16. Limit 2.
         
Sha-Boom is comprised of Giarraffa, Guy Tann, John Iaci and David Valpatic. Though the music is rehearsed, the performance itself is improvised, with the group inserting jokes and stories throughout. Giarraffa is one of the original members of Brooklyn’s legendary Doo-wop group, the Arrogants.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South programs or the Martin County Library System, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Internationally acclaimed musical duo iAN&ANi performing at Blake Library April 20

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit
         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  APRIL 5, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403
           

iAN&ANi, an internationally acclaimed, Chicago-based ensemble, present two can’t-miss performances in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library on Saturday, April 20. A part of their album release tour, Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova first conduct an interactive, educational performance for children and teens, with meet-and-greet, from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Following this performance, the duo presents a concert for adults from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the events are free and open to the public. The Blake Library is located at 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.

The album, Tango Plus, features music of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla as well as works by Alberto Ginastera, Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel and Rodion Shchedrin. They will also perform works by contemporary Chicago composer Ilya Levinson, commissioned by the duo.

In just over one year of working together, Maksin and Gogova have performed nearly 100 concerts in the United States and Europe. They have appeared on National Public Radio and many of its affiliate stations throughout the U.S., as well as on national radio programs in Poland, Bulgaria and Russia. Time Out Magazine selected the duo as “Critic’s Pick” three times. 

Outside classical music, Maksin has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb of the former Bee Gees, P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg, to name a few. His main goal as an artist is “to close the musical gap between generations and societies and make cello music accessible for everyone.”

Gogova has appeared in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, England, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal, Macedonia and throughout the U.S. In 2003, she was appointed to the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University becoming the youngest professor to join the world-renowned faculty of the Music Conservatory.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or visit the website at  www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 15, 2013

Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series continues with dynamic jazz trio

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         
DATE: MARCH 15, 2013       
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403      

 
The Irwin Solomon Jazz Trio will present a one-hour concert Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Donahue Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm City. The Trio takes participants on a journey through the Great American Songbook and tells the stories behind the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. Underwritten by Elisabeth Lahti, the program is the fourth music event in the six-part Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series. Free tickets are required and are available for pickup only at the Cummings Library beginning April 2.  Reservations cannot be accepted by telephone.

Consisting of Irwin Solomon on piano, Dave Tomasello on bass and Jason Miller on drums, the Trio features three of South Florida’s top jazz artists. A classically trained pianist, Solomon’s roots can be heard in his inventive stylings of jazz standards. Tomasello, known for his impeccable playing and musical interpretations, performs locally, nationally and internationally and is one of the most sought-after bass players in South Florida. Miller has performed and recorded with many well-known artists, including Dave Brubeck and Bela Fleck, and has played at jazz festivals nationwide.  In 2002, he received the prestigious Pathfinder Award for Instrumental Music Performance.

For more information on this or other Chautauqua South events, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 14, 2013

Yale University professor discusses ‘The Second Nuclear Age’ at Blake Library April 4

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit
         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  MARCH 14, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772-221-1403
           

Paul Bracken, Ph.D., professor of management and political science at Yale University, presents his book The Second Nuclear Age on Thursday, April 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Blake Library. Professor Bracken discusses how nuclear weapons are changing the calculus of power politics, and he offers an incisive tour of the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia to underscore how the United States must not allow itself to be unprepared for managing such crises. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Bracken is also the author of Managing Strategic Surprise, Fire in the East and The Command and Control of Nuclear Forces and numerous other books and articles. He serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and chairs the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Naval War College. In 2012, The Princeton Review included Bracken in its book The Best 300 Professors in the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Yale University. 

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. The Blake Library is located at 2351 S.E. Monterey Rd., Stuart.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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March 13, 2013

‘Living History’ series brings art display to Blake Library March 30

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  MARCH 13, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772-221-1403                                                          

      
                      
Lisa Jill Allison presents “Art from the Heart” on Saturday, March 30 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Blake Library. Allison’s demonstration will reveal the logistics of being an artist from A to Z and guide participants through the steps of putting inspirational images on a canvas. A gallery of her art will be on display before the presentation. Free and open to the public, the event was developed as part of Professor Robert Farley’s series Living History: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories.

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. The Blake Library is located at 2351 S.E. Monterey Rd., Stuart.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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March 12, 2013

New Monrovia community featured at Robert Morgade Library

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  MARCH 12, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772-221-1403                                                          
                      
Dr. W. Jay Thompson presents “From the Roots of New Monrovia” on Tuesday, March 26 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library. Dr. Thompson shares a historical reflection of the New Monrovia subdivision through word and music. Free and open to the public, the event covers the educational, cultural and social aspects of this African-American community of Port Salerno from 1913-2013. 

Dr. Thompson founded the East Stuart Historical Society in 1990. He was also named Martin County School District’s Teacher of the Year in 1987.

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. The Robert Morgade Library is located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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Professor Farley’s ‘Living History’ series continues March 23

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  MARCH 12, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772-221-1403                                                                 
                      

Robert Farley, Indian River State College professor of history, presents “The Cuban Influence on Sugar Cane in Florida” on Saturday, March 23 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library. Professor Farley and Perla Underwood, Florida Atlantic University graduate student of history, present an economic, historical and cultural look at the Sunshine State’s sugar cane business and how Cuban-Americans greatly influenced its adaptation. Free and open to the public, the event was developed as part of Professor Farley’s series Living History: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories.

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. The Cummings Library is located at 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave., Palm City.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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March 7, 2013

UCF professor discusses the African influence on Florida’s Seminoles March 23

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
 Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit
         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  MARCH 7, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403
           

   
Dr. Rosalyn Howard, University of Central Florida professor of anthropology, presents the lecture The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles on Saturday, March 23 at two Martin County libraries. The Blake Library, located at 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, is host from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., while the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, will offer the discussion from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

As Dr. Howard explains, African slaves risked their lives to escape southern slavery, but the options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others ventured south and joined forces with another group of outlaws – the Seminoles. The lecture examines the African influence on Florida’s iconic tribe, as well as the related Caribbean diaspora.

This event is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., and is part of Viva Florida 500, a yearlong celebration of Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s shores and the following 500 years of history.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library branch or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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