Doug Renfroe Performs
Join us on Thursday, April 20th, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium as we welcome back Bay Village favorite Doug Renfroe back to the stage.
If you aren’t familiar, Dr. Renfroe is a nationally acclaimed bass baritone who has specialized in oratorio works and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He received his undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, his graduate degree from Catholic University of America, and in 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from The University of California. He has been a featured soloist and guest conductor with the Varna International Music Festival. He has been a featured soloist in Voices of Naples’ annual “Sing-Along-Messiah” since 2006. Doug is the Cantor at Temple Bat Yam on Sanibel Island and is the Artistic Director of Moorings Capital Opera.
Doug always performs a variety of selections from Broadway, opera and other classics! Join us for another memorable evening with Doug!
Dan and Baibe Return!
Vocalist Baibe Vengers and pianist Dan Wascoe usually have a “theme” to go with their presentation. At press time, we aren’t sure what they are going to surprise us with, but we’ll let you know on the mailbox flier! We do know the date, however; it’s Thursday, April 6th, at 7:30 p.m. Remember last year’s “Divas & Vixens”?? Clever!
They are “ed-utainers.” You learn something AND you are entertained! Note: They stay overnight so Dan treats us to great lunchtime music on Friday, April 7th.
Filled with endearing characters, punctuated with wonderful performances, AFTER CIRCUS is a deeply moving journey into the unique world of the circus community in Sarasota Florida. We are going to show this unique film, which was created by Viveka Meiki, on Thursday, April 13th, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Can anyone guess who some of the stars of the film might be?
By Petra Mueller
After a busy March, I have planned some more interesting outings during April. On Saturday, April 1st, in the afternoon we are going to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Area to see where the many Manatees gather during the colder “Winter Season” in Florida.
Saturday, April 22nd, is the next Ringling Bridge Walk followed by Breakfast afterwards at Millie’s – one of everybody’s favorite restaurants. Also coming up in early May, we will head to the Bay and view the final “Ski-A-Rees” water ski show of the season. Join us on Sunday, May 7th, for that! We’ll have lunch at the Old Salty Dog prior to the show. The mailbox fliers will have further details these fun ways to get “out and about!”
Lady Sang the Blues
April 7 marks the anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth. The influential jazz singer, who often wore gardenias in her hair, became famous for her creativity and vivacity. She was known for ballads such as “Strange Fruit” and “Gloomy Sunday.”
B.I.L.L. Series News
On MONDAY APRIL 3rd (NOTE THE DAY) at 2:30 p.m. (NOTE THE TIME) art aficionado and instructor, Baila Miller will return and present, “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.” If you have never attended one of Baila’s presentations, please come, because they are excellent! You can check out her website to read more about her at www.bailamillerprograms.com.
On March 7th, we began another “Foreign Affairs” series with Bob Clementis. Bob’s class is provided to us courtesy of Sarasota Adult and Community Education. Bob’s classes are very popular and encourage discussion, so we were glad to be able bring him back! The final class in this series is on April 11th. During this time, we have “lighter” DVDs at the usual B.I.L.L. time, every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, April 4th, and since it’s so close to “Tartan Day“, which is April 6th, we’ll show Scotland’s famous Military Tattoo. Join us for the color, spectacle and excitement of this decades old tradition that takes place at the Edinburgh Castle. This is the largest single gathering of military musicians in the United Kingdom and is quite the sight! On April 11th, another film that showcases a country in the U.K., “Visions of England.”
Details about those films will be on the flyer you receive in your mailbox. On Tuesday, April 18th, at 7:30 p.m. artist and instructor Kevin Costello will present, “Goddesses: Female Beauty From Ancient Times To The Present.” If you remember, a few months ago, Kevin had this class scheduled with us and he had to cancel, so we are glad he’s back on the calendar. It is a four-week series. Kevin was born in England and graduated from Goldsmith’s College at the University of London. He now teaches at Ringling College and is the Art Correspondent for the Herald Tribune. The class is provided to us through Adult & Community Education.
Diamonds In the Sky
Here on Earth, rainy days are a rite of spring, but you’d never expect diamonds to fall from the sky. However, that may be just what is happening on some other planets in our solar system. Scientists speculate that during storms on Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, lightning transforms methane in the atmosphere into graphite. As the graphite falls, intense pressure transforms it into diamonds. Although the hot temperatures of Saturn and Jupiter cause the diamonds to melt quickly, the cooler climates of Neptune and Uranus allow the precious stones to stay solid, even as they reach the planets’ cores.
The third Monday in April marks Patriots’ Day, the annual public holiday in Massachusetts and Maine that commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord. The two battles were fought on April 19, 1775, and were the first conflicts of the Revolutionary War.