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Supporting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere

Volume 6 No. 17 | April 26, 2024

Notes from the Editor:

The last weekend in April will be your last chance to see or hear a few things that might have been on your Don't Miss list this season. I'll spend a little time this afternoon planning these days and kicking myself for letting the calendar get away from me. Again.

The good news is the never-ending bounty of offerings where we live (or are visiting) — Arts Blast land! Sweeney Todd's coming to The Barn in May!

Arts Blast readers who missed the Vero Beach Choral Society's performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: Mass for Peace can see it on YouTube!

This Arts Blast offers news of plenty of things to do but there are far more that we can't fit in. Make the Arts Blast calendar at a frequent stop.



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April 24, 2024 - Steve Giddens of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists joins the show and tells us about the concert coming up on April 28th. Discover more at

And we talk to Aaron Collins of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra about the upcoming performance of Swan Lake, in conjunction with the Brevard Ballet Company at the King Center in Melbourne on May 4th.

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In This Issue

Music, Theatre, and Dance!

Hanneke Cassel Trio

Downtown Friday

TC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Concert

VBHS Spring Orchestra Concerts

Laura Riding Jackson Home Summer Closing

MartinCounty Arts

Tree Giveaway

VBMA Updates

Indian River Pops

And More ...!

Scroll down for a load of entries from the Arts Blast online calendar.

St Andrews Episcopal Church in Ft Pierce is supporting the TCCAGO Scholarship Fund during the month of April as they host the Members Recital on April 28th at 4:00 p.m. They are making this their Outreach Mission and church members will have the opportunity to designate all or part of their offering to go to this fund. As an added bonus, an anonymous donor will match the church’s giving toward the fund. TCCAGO thanks The Rev. Canon Ellis Brust, Rector of St Andrews and a strong supporter of church music and the organ, not only at St Andrews and Academy, but beyond. Canon Brust saw through the completion of their new A.E. Schlueter pipe organ and the renovated altar and chancel. The church now has a Choral Scholar program for students who sing in the Parish Choir and now they are extending that education to organ students.

To donate to the TCCAGO scholarship fund, send a check to: TCCAGO, PO Box 643814, Vero Beach, FL 32964. Please write “scholarship” on the memo line. 

The Indian River Pops Orchestra has been performing for more than 20 years in Stuart. The full orchestra will be at Ross Hall, Pittenger Center, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church on SE Ocean Blvd, Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m. Broadway and Beyond will be directed by conductor Michael Robbins.

Email for information about playing with the IR Pops Orchestra,

Journey: 450 Years of African American History” at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce on Thursday, May 2, 2024, from 7:00 – 9:00pm. The short 30-minute documentary film highlight’s Florida’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Speakers include Melanie Hayling George, Larry Lee, and Derek Boyd Hankerson, who will present a talk on the civil rights history of this area, including Zora Neale Hurston. Tickets are available at the Sunrise or online.

The entire family is welcome at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Children’s Art Festival. The FREE, all-ages event, is the museum’s annual celebration of the arts and art making. Attendees will enjoy art-making activities, music and dance performances, food trucks, art hunts, docent-led tours of the galleries, and free admission to Ancient Egypt & the Napoleonic Era: Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art—on view only through April 28.

 VBMA docents will facilitate additional family-friendly activities and tours in the galleries. Multiple student art exhibitions will also be on view. An Artistic Discovery: 2024 Congressional Art Show Exhibition presented by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey may be viewed in Holmes Great Hall, the School District of Indian River County Student Art Exhibit will be on display in the Atrium, and the Indian River County Secondary Student Exhibition will be on view in the Patten Community Gallery.

Local youth groups will offer live performances: Beachland Elementary Shark Singers, Imagine South Vero Tangerines, Fratelli Quartet, Indian River Charter High School Dance, Rosewood Magnet Panther Performers, Osceola Singers & Explorer Ensemble, Liberty Magnet Eagle Orff and Chorus, and the Gifford Youth Orchestra.

Kona Ice, Dolly’s Table, and Saussie Pig will be on hand with food and beverages for purchase. Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach, Florida. For more information about museum exhibitions, family programming, art classes, and more, visit



Join Ballet Vero Beach and Riverside Theatre in a celebration of dance, bringing ten brilliant professional dance companies to Vero Beach during the Riverside Dance Festival over the years.

All companies still at full operating capacity are scheduled to appear for this special event on May 17 and 18 at Riverside Theatre.


Performing companies include:

Ariel Rivka Dance

Ballet Vero Beach

Chicago Dance Crash

Chicago Repertory Ballet

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami


Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre


Performances are Friday, May 17, 2024, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 2:00 pm on the Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre. 

To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, the A.E. Backus Museum and the BlueBird Educational Foundation's presentation of The Art of Jazz on April 26 is sold out!

Spring at VBHS PAC

Spring Orchestra Concert April 30 ~ 7:00 p.m.

Our Orchestra Department ending the year strong with a production filled things they've worked on all year. This event will also feature the winner of the Concerto Competition from earlier in the year!

Spring Band Concert May 2 ~ 7:00 p.m.

This is the Band Department's final concert for the year! This concert will feature both the concert and jazz bands as we finish out the year strong.

Chroma Choral Concert May 7 ~ 7:00 p.m.

Close out our 2024 season with the VBHS chorus in this presentation of "One Day a Time."

Fort Pierce City Commissioners are actively seeking community-minded individuals to join the Sunrise Theatre Advisory Board. Qualified candidates should be residents of either St. Lucie County or a neighboring county and willing to commit to a three-year term. Comprised of fourteen members, the Sunrise Theatre Advisory Board plays a pivotal role in ensuring the ongoing financial stability of the theatre. Members also provide valuable guidance and advice to address the community’s needs and serve as liaisons between the theatre and the public.

Interested individuals can access the application online at and must submit their application by April 30, 2024. For additional information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 772.467.3065 or email

Experience art and environmental discovery at the highly anticipated ‘Our Wondrous Planet Exhibition,’ featuring the traveling showcase ‘World of Away’ Eco-Art Experience, alongside masterpieces by local artists. Explore innovative artworks promoting sustainable living and environmental stewardship.

The exhibit, presented by the Oxbow Eco-Center at St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center in collaboration with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, highlights the hidden impacts of material consumption and disposal. These collaborative efforts have resulted in captivating artworks created from reclaimed materials collected during cleanups in St. Lucie County. Through engaging initiatives, the Oxbow Eco-Center aims to inspire sustainable practices and raise awareness about environmental conservation.

A Meet the Artists Reception will take place Thursday, May 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to meet the talented artists behind these remarkable creations. The exhibition will be open for viewing on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 2 to June 27, 2024, at the Art at the Emerson Gallery, at The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach.

“We are delighted to introduce this innovative and impactful exhibition to Vero Beach,” says Dawn Orre, Gallery Director at Art at the Emerson Gallery. “It’s not just about art; it’s about sparking conversations and inspiring positive change for our planet.”

For more information, visit Art at the Emerson Gallery’s website at

The Laura Riding Jackson house will be closed up for hurricane season soon. Sign up for a tour on Monday or Tuesday, April 29th and 30th, from 1-5pm. Your next chance after that will be in November. Fingers crossed we all avoid any major hurricane damage between now and then!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

 The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is pleased to announce the return of MOSAIC (“Month of Shows, Art, Ideas and Culture”) this May. Now in its seventh year, the month-long celebration showcases the premier arts and cultural institutions throughout The Palm Beaches, Florida's Cultural Capital®. Offers include 'buy one, get one’ deals and up to 50 percent off discounts on admission tickets, retail purchases, and unique experiences. Participating organizations range from the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society to the interactive Cox Science Center and Aquarium and the world-class Norton Museum of Art. With more than 25 limited-time, one-of-a-kind deals on a wide range of experiences, MOSAIC is the perfect time to visit The Palm Beaches. 

Also in May, more than 90 artists will participate in Palm Beach County Open Studios between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Artists will be welcoming visitors into their personal studios as well as at notable art-making hubs like Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach, Zero Empty Spaces in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton, and The Peach in West Palm Beach. This event is a self-guided tour. Participating artists will demonstrate a range of art forms — painting, glass blowing, photography, jewelry making, sculpture, printmaking, and more. Allan Creary, a local West Palm Beach postmodernism artist, was commissioned by the Cultural Council to create the official MOSAIC 2024 artwork, and his resulting piece and other works will be on display at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in downtown Lake Worth Beach.

Coming Up on the Arts Blast Calendar

Events listed are for the next few weeks. For a complete listing of future events, (click here or go to:

Indian River County

​April 26, 7:30 p.m. - Vero Beach International Music Festival presents: Hanneke Cassel Trio at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach

April 26 - Ballet Under the Stars - Ballet Vero Beach

April 26, 5:30 p.m. - Concerts in the Park, Riverview Park, Sebastian - Allen Wronko Band

April 26 & 27, 6 & 8 p.m. - The Comedy zone at Riverside Theatre - Casey Peruse and Rob Smiles

April 26, 6-9 p.m. - Downtown Friday - Vero Beach 14th Avenue

​April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Children's Art Festival 2024 at Vero Beach Museum of Art - free

April 27, 1 p.m. - Jesse Watters at Vero Beach Book Center. Ticketed

​April 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Vero Beach Orchid Society Show & Sale - Riverside Park

April 30, 7 p.m. - Spring Orchestra Concert at VBHS

May 2, 7 p.m. - Spring Band Concert/Concert & Jazz Bands at VBHS 

​May 3-12 - Sondheim Tribute Review at Vero Beach Theatre Guild

​May 3, 10:30 a.m. - May the Force Be With You story hour at Vero Beach Book Center

May 3-19 - You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Musical at Vero Beach Theatre Guild

​May 3, 5-8 p.m. - Opening reception for Mitch Gubnitsky exhibition at Gallery 14

​May 4-5 - treasure Coast Seafood Festival at IR Fairgrounds

Through April 26 - Tied, Dyed, Woven & Stitched: A Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Center for Spiritual Care, Vero Beach

​Through April 26 - Celebrating Nature - Paintings by Reed Dixon at Gallery 14. Reception April 5.

Through April 28 - Ancient Egypt & the Napoleonic Era: Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum at VB Museum of Art.

Through April 28 - A Tropical Flock of Avian Avatars by The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein - at McKee Botanical Garden

Through May 5 - On Your Feet at Riverside Theatre

Through April - Violins & Hope: From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall  at Community Church of Vero Beach 

​Through May - Reflections of Nature presented by Orchid Island Art Club - Environmental Learning Center. 

ThroughJune 30 - Spring Art Show at Galleries at First Pres

St. Lucie County

April 26, 6-8 p.m. - The Art of Jazz at the A.E. Backus Museum, with BlueBird Educational Foundation. Ticketed. Galleries open at 5. SOLD OUT

April 26-28 - Final weekend for Exit Laughing at The Pineapple Playhouse

April 27, 7 p.m. - Puerto Rican Power & Charlie Cruz - MIDFLORIDA Event Center

April 27 - STEAM TALK: The Celestial Tapestry - Free lecture connection art & the sky at the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium

April 28, 4 p.m. - Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Membership Concert at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Pierce - Free but donations are appreciated ​

April 30, 7 p.m. - FDO, Big Swingin' Band at Sunrise Theatre Black Box

May 1, 10:30 a.m. - Music in the Gardens at Heathcote Botanical Gardens

May 3 - Final day for entries in Through the Eye of the Camera at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

May 10-June 21 - Through the Eye of the Camera at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Ongoing: Parado: Gina F. Duffy at The Vault Art Gallery

Mondays 10 a.m.-noon Art on the Porch at Cool Beans Brew

Mondays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Fort Pierce Art Club Members Open Studio at 2nd Street Art, FP

Thursdays 12-1 p.m. - Music in the Garden at Heathcote Botanical Gardens​

Through April 28 - Art of the Fantastic: Imaginative Illustration from the Korshak Collection at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Through April 28- The Cemetery Club at Treasure Coast Theatre PSL

​Through April 28 - Private Lives at IRSC McAlpin Fine Arts Center

Through April 28 – Exit Laughing at Pineapple Playhouse

​Through May 3 - Entires accepted for Through the Eye of the Camera at Backus Museum

Martin County

April 27, 7 p.m. - The Best of Broadway - Terry Barber and Shelley Keelor at The Lyric Theatre

April 28, 1 p.m. - Rock'n Riverwalk, Stuart

April 30-June 22 - Marvin S. Cone 38th Annual High School Juried Art Show. 80 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart

April 30, 4-7 p.m. - Cruising at the Beach - Elliott Museum

May 1, 5:30-7 p.m. - Martin Artisans Guild - Opening reception for Tropical Temptations - Harbor Bay Plaza

May 2, 6 p.m. - Jammin' in Jensen

May 3, 5 p.m. - First Friday CREEK Walk

May 3-19 - Red - at A.C.T. Studio Theatre

May 3-19 - John Logan's Red at A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Stuart

Through April 26 - Through the Eyes of Curt Whiticar at the Elliott

Through April 27 - Martin Artisans Guild exhibit Spring Forward at Palm Room Art Gallery.

​Through May 31 - In Celebration of King Tut at the Elliott


Every Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. - Rock'n Riverwalk​, 300 St. Lucie Ave, Stuart

Every Sunday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Market on Main, Flagler Park, Stuart

Fridays, 2 p.m. - Guided Nature Walks at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Thursdays, 6-9:30 p.m. - Jammin’ Jensen on Jensen Beach Boulevard

Tuesdays at The Elliott: Tim Kyle Carpenter's Open Jam Session

Tuesdays - 4-7 p.m. - Cruising at the Beach – Elliott Museum 

Brevard County

Apr 25 – 28: Spring Art Show & Sale, Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library, Cocoa, Central Brevard Art Association

Apr 26: Cryderman’s BBQ Dinner with Joe, Indian River Queen, Cocoa Village Marina

Apr 26 – May 12: The Odd Couple, Surfside Players, Cocoa Beach

April 26, 7 p.m. - Indialantic Chamber Singers at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Palm Bay

April 27, 7:30 p.m. - Brevard Chorale - ENCORE at Simpkins Fine Arts Auditorium,EFSC Cocoa

Apr 27-28: Melbourne Art Festival, Wickham Park, Melbourne

Apr 27: First City Market, Rockledge Civic Hub

April 28, 3 p.m. - Indialantic Chamber Singers at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Indialantic

April 28, 3 p.m. - Central Florida Winds featuring Allan Vaché & Old time Jazz Band at Suntree UMC, north Melbourne

Apr 29: Taylor Swift Trivia Night, Playalinda Brewing Company, Titusville

May 1 – 12: Cabaret, Titusville Playhouse,

May 1 - 31: It Takes a Village Historic Cruise, Indian River Queen, Cocoa Village Marina

May 1-12: The Odd Couple, Surfside Players, Cocoa Beach

May 1 & 2, 6:15/7 p.m. - Dead Men Tell No Tales - Melbourne Community Orchestra at Melbourne Auditorium

May 3: First Friday Reception, Eau Gallery, Eau Gallie Arts District

May 3: Friday Fest, City of Cape Canaveral

May 3-19: The SpongeBob Musical, Cocoa Village Playhouse

May 3 -: Platinum Coast Orchid Society Show and Sale, Kiwanis Island Recreation Center, Merritt Island

May 3-26: The Bodyguard, Henegar Center, Downtown Melbourne

May 4: May the Fourth Be With You, Intergalactic Assembly, Field Manor, Merritt Island

May 4: The Flavor Experience, Downtown Melbourne

​May 4, 6 p.m. - Swan Lake at King Center - Brevard Ballet Youth Company and Space Coast SO

May 5: Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show, King Center, Melbourne

Through April 27 - Between Worlds with Erika Masterson, Fifth Avenue Gallery, Eau Gallie

Through April 28 – The Sunshine Boys at Melbourne Civic Theatre

​Through April 28 - Floridian Flora & Fauna, Artwork by Pete Steenland - Studios of Cocoa Beach

Through Apr 28: It Takes a Village Historic Cruise, Indian River Queen, Cocoa Village Marina

Through May 12 - Cabaret at Titusville Playhouse

Through May 30 – The Play Goes Wrong at Cocoa Village Playhouse 

Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. - Art Night at Strawbridge Art League

Palm Beach County

April 29, 7 p.m. - Treasure Coast Youth Symphony at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Tequesta

May 3-5 - SunFest 2024 - Downtown WPB

May 3, 6-9 p.m. - First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Delray Beach - Cornell Art Museum

​May 4, 6 p.m. - Swan Lake with Brevard Ballet Youth Company and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at King Center

​May 5, noon-10 p.m. - Cinco de Mayo Black Party - The Park at Old School Square, Delray Beach

​May 7, 6 p.m. - Jews of Florida at Delray Beach Public Library -Delray Beach Historical Society 

Through April 28 - Free concert, green market in Delray Beach

Through May 3 - Boca Raton Museum of Art' s Art School Student Art Exhibition

Through June at Old School Square - Emotional Intelligence by Matthew LaPenta

Through July at Old School Square - Central American Modernism

Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. at Cornell Art Museum - Music at the Museum

First Friday Art Walk 6-9 p.m. every month at Cornell Art Museum

Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - Garden Sculpture Tours at the Norton

Thursdays 6-9 p.m. - Clematis by Night

Every Friday, 5-10 p.m. - ART AFTER DARK at the Norton

Beyond the Treasure Coast

April 26 - Concert Under the Stars: Unspoken Tradition - Lake Wales

April 29 - Lake Wales Arts Council Open House: Volunteer opps for 2024 summer arts camps

​Through April 30 - Big Read - Miami Book Fair

Through May 26 - Rockwell/Wyeth: Icons of Americana at Polk Museum of Art


Every Saturday 1 p.m. - Saturday Exhibition Highlight Tours at Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park

Live carillon concerts Thursday - Sunday, 1 & 3 p.m. - Bok Tower Gardens. 

​Through April 14 -The Nature of Art at MFA St. Pete


Ballet Vero Beach is looking for energetic and outgoing individuals to help us promote the art of dance as a universal language in our community and beyond.







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