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Volume 4 No. 32 | September 9, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

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In This Issue


Remembering 9/11 with Space Coast Symphony

Riverside Weekend Changes & Playtime!

Kudos to Ballet Vero Beach

A Talkin' Birds Anniversary

Pelican Island Conservation Society's Art Show

Help with Soup Bowls


Pineapple Playhouse

Heathcote Botanical 

Let There Be Music

American Songbook with Dick Golden

... and more!

Kudos to Ballet Vero Beach

Ballet Vero Beach has been selected to present its "Stage to Page" program and "Fellowship Initiative for Dancers" at the 2022 National Convening for the Arts Education Partnership which will be held September 14 and 15 in Baltimore, MD. Artistic Director Adam Schnell said, “Ballet Vero Beach was chosen from applicants across the country for our unique approach to arts education and specifically our groundbreaking work with arts integration and arts literacy.”

From the AEP:

The Arts Education Partnership is a national network of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing arts education. AEP has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education since 1995 and is administered by Education Commission of the States.

AEP is the nation’s hub for arts and education leaders, building their leadership capacity to support students, educators and learning environments. Through research, reports, convenings and counsel, leaders gain knowledge and insights to ensure that all learners receive an excellent arts education.

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) was established in 1995 through a unique interagency agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education … . The founding organizations continue to provide support and promote AEP as the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students.

In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education selected Education Commission of the States to serve as the new host organization for AEP.

Ballet Vero Beach is committed to inspiring the next generation of artists and arts lovers. Each season we provide three absolutely free student matinee performances. The goal of our Student Matinee Series is to provide each and every 1st, 3rd, and 4th grader living in Indian River County a meaningful professional arts experience and additional on campus engagement each year. This program is open to all public, private, charter, or home school students, and transportation scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.

Ballet Vero Beach is thrilled to be working with The Learning Alliance to transform our Student Matinee Series into the Stage to Page program. This program provides the highest quality arts exposure while folding in additional engagement using arts integration techniques to combat the early literacy problem in our community.

Riverside Theatre for Kids presents Playtime in the Park, a brand new FREE program for the community’s youngest audience members.  

On the second Saturday of most months at 11am, theatre student performers will present original interactive fairy tale plays. Throughout the shows, young audience members will be encouraged to join in the stories in fun and exciting ways. 

On the third Saturday of most months at 11am, faculty members and students of the dance education program along with professional dancers from Ballet Vero Beach will present dance-along classes, mini-performances, and more.

The Riverside Theatre Education Program is committed to promoting educational opportunities to students of all ages by producing quality work for young people and families and transforming lives through the study, exploration, and creation of theatre and dance. 

Playtime in the Park Fall Schedule:

September 10 @ 11am – Theatre Program Presentation

September 17 @ 11am – Dance Program Presentation

October 8 @ 11am – Theatre Program Presentation

October 15 @ 11am – Dance Program Presentation

November 12 @ 11am – Theatre Program Presentation

(No Dance Program in November)

December 10 @ 11am – Theatre Program Presentation

December 17 @ 11am – Dance Program Presentation 

Tickets are NOT required. For further information, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990.

Weekend Changes at Riverside Theatre

Some new changes for The Comedy Zone:

  • Face masks are recommended INSIDE Riverside Theatre facilities regardless of vaccination status, but not required. Masks will continue to be made available at the entrance.
  • We have reduced the number of tables and seats, limiting shows to 50% attendance.
  • Come Hungry! Support us by purchasing food & beverages at The Theatre’s Grill & Bar and help us keep the laughter alive and music rockin’! Do not bring coolers, tumblers, water bottles or food on our campus. 
  • Arrive early for Live Music on the outdoor stage before the comedy show begins. Live music times: 5:45pm-6:45pm, 7pm-8pm and 8:15pm-9pm. 

Some new changes for Live in the Loop 2022:

Walk-up Anytime, Tickets NOT Required. Free Open Seating Under Our Oaks, Bring Lawn Chairs Or Purchase Reserved Seating In Our New Covered Tents.

  • Free Entry! Walk up anytime and sit at an available table. First come, first served.
  • New Covered Reserved Table Areas! Guarantee yourself a table seat at the show under the the big tents and arrive anytime after 5:30pm, the seats are yours all evening. Purchase a reservation ticket up to 2 weeks in advance. Reserved Seats are $5 per person and are non-refundable.
  • We welcome Lawn Chairs inside our gates. Sit on the grass in front of the stage or in designated areas. Order food and drinks inside at the lobby bar.
  • Come Hungry! We offer table service or you may purchase food and beverages inside the lobby bar.  Do not bring: coolers, tumblers, water bottles or food on our campus. We offer free cups of water and bottled water for $2. Support us by purchasing food & beverages at The Loop and help us keep the concert series alive and rock’n!
  • The Bands play 3 sets rain or shine between: 5:45pm-6:45pm, 7pm-8pm, and 8:15pm-9pm
  • Sorry, no pets allowed on campus (except for certified service dogs).

A Milestone for Talkin' Birds

This weekend will mark the 900th broadcast of Talkin' Birds, a long-time Arts Blast supporter, although not as long as it took to produce 900 weekly programs!

Congratulations to Ray Brown and his sterling (starling?) crew for this important contribution to the conservation of the winged wonders we love to watch, count, and depict in artwork. Chirps to many more, Ray!

As an aside, Ray, based in Boston but heard everywhere, once narrated Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus with the Boston Pops!

And speaking of birds in art, the Pelican Island Conservation Society (PICS) Annual Indian River Bird and Nature Art Show will be at the Environmental Learning Center in Wabasso Monday October 3rd - Saturday Oct 29th. The show is held in October each year around the National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9-15 this year.

There will be an artists reception Oct. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., with Ruth Stanbridge as featured speaker at 7. She will talk about Jungle Trail, "the history of a trail that turned into a commercial corridor for agriculture, ... a gateway for tourists, treasure hunters, and today's winter residents." Other events are planned for the month-long event including several sunset wine and cheese pontoon cruises to Pelican Island.

For more information, email Debbie Avery or PICS, or call the Environmental Learning Center at 772-589-5050.

Help Indian River Clay with Soup Bowls

Membership not required! Don't know how to make a bowl but want to help? We look forward to seeing everyone in the studio for this wonderful cause.

Mask Policy | Update as of August 10, 2022

In response to COVID variant cases and the community's need for safety and well-being, IRC has implemented safety procedures for our members, class participants, and studio guests.

º If you have a fever, cough, sneezing or generally do not feel well, please stay home.

º If you are not fully vaccinated, we prefer you to wear a mask while in the studio.


Saturday, September 17: 10am - 4pm

Sunday, September 18: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday, September 21: 6pm - 9pm

The soup bowl project raises money for the Samaritan Center Transitional Housing program. Follow the links below to find out more about the program and the soup bowl efforts.

1239 16th Street, Vero Beach

Pineapple Playhouse - September 15 - 25

The Barn Theatre - Stuart

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra

September 10, 7 p.m.

The Scott Center, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne

September 11, 3 p.m.

Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd St., Vero Beach

For many who remember that devastating morning in 2001, it’s impossible to believe that an entire generation of years has passed since the unthinkable happened in the United States. 

This weekend, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Aaron Collins will pay tribute to “the victims and survivors, their families, and emergency responders, whose lives were forever impacted on that tragic day.” The Remembering 9/11 program will begin with the moving Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, performed in its original form for string quartet. 

On the program is Kenneth Fuchs’ Falling Man, a series of arias and interludes written for voice and orchestra, “inspired by the 2007 novel about life after 9/11 by Don DeLillo,” Collins said. Fuchs had lived in New York City for twenty years. Falling Man was presented at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. This performance will feature baritone Thomas Potter, who has performed all over the world in concerts and fully staged operas. In 2005, he joined the University of Central Florida as director of the UCF Opera and vocal instructor.

Also on the program are Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and John Williams’ Lincoln: With Malice Toward None.

The concert will end with a personal favorite of the conductor, Barber’s Symphony No.1, “a compelling work with unbridled energy and heart-on-sleeve passion.” Collins said, “We hope you will join us for this important and unforgettable program. It will be a deeply moving tribute to those we lost. Your attendance would mean the world to us ….” These concerts are part of the Symphony for Everyone program, “designed to provide complimentary or discounted Symphony tickets to those who may otherwise not be able to attend a Symphony performance. Essentially, pay what you can!” The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s philosophy is that everyone should have the opportunity to attend a symphony orchestra concert regardless of ability to pay. Details are online.


It's a Grand Night for Singing at the Treasure Coast Theatre

Treasure Coast Theatre presents a fun and entertaining revue of songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved musicals. Includes songs from Allegro, Cinderella, Carousel, Flower Drum Song, Me and Juliet, Oklahoma, South Pacific, State Fair, The King and I, The Sound of Music

Sept. 9 - 25, dates and ties vary.

Discounts are available for groups, students and season tickets

Town Centre Plaza (near Bealls) 

10175 South Federal Hwy (US 1), Port St. Lucie


From the Vero Beach Choral Society:

The Vero Beach Choral Society will kick off their 2022-2023 performance season with rehearsals beginning on September 12, 2022, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. This auditioned group of high-quality singers is currently looking for vocalists to join and already has concerts planned for December and April. Artistic Director Dr. Jacob Craig has scheduled a performance of “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi for December 13 and 14, in a collaboration alongside the First Presbyterian Church Chancel and Youth Choirs, and Symphonic Orchestra. They will also be joined by the Vero Beach High School Symphonic Orchestra. 

Currently, the Choral Society is in need of vocalists in both Tenor and Alto ranges. Anyone who can read music and has experience singing in a vocal ensemble is welcomed to join the group by audition. Visit the group’s website,, and click on “Audition” to apply. There is a $100 annual membership fee that covers operational costs for the group.

For more information, please contact Joanne Alexander at, or call (305) 797-7177.

From the Treasure Coast Chorale:

The Board of Directors and Music Director Dr. Michael Carter have announced that a full three-concert schedule is ready for the 2022-2023 season. This music group, now into its 21st year in Vero Beach, had been in hiatus for two years, returning to First Baptist Church in Vero Beach last spring. The first rehearsal has been called for Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. No audition is required to join the chorale but Dr. Carter will work with each new singer to determine where they fit into the four-part harmony traditional to our selections.

There is an annual fee of $60 and women must purchase a special costume. Our men look very elegant in their tuxedos.

All concerts are held at the First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Avenue, Vero Beach at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Doors will open at 3 p.m. for early seating and all concerts are free with no tickets required. A donation will be requested during the concert.

Anyone who has some experience with choral or choir singing and enjoys the style of music that we offer is welcome to come to a rehearsal on Monday, September 12 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church. Please call Dr. Michael Carter at 772-567-4341 or Sally at 772-231-3498 for directions and informational detail as to the meeting place. We are looking forward to a spectacular year and hope that many of you will join us!

In St. Lucie County

From Aaron Collins - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra:

We have added a special FREE benefit concert coming this September. The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents A Heart for Ukraine, celebrating the rich cultural history of Ukraine, its indomitable spirit, and also the generosity of all of us who are moved to lessen the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Ukranian clarinetist Dmitry Perevertailenko joins prominent pianist Leslie Spotz in a program featuring the music of Ukranian composers including Verbytsky, Kashyrtsev, and Skoryk. In addition, the program will highlight popular works from Chopin, Verdi, and Beethoven.

Perevertailenko is currently taking care of his parents, sister, and niece who have all fled Kharkiv, Ukraine. This concert will benefit Dmitry’s family with both current needs and relocation assistance back to Ukraine. Admission is free, but a $25 suggested donation will be accepted.




First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach

520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach


Eastminster Presbyterian Church

106 N Riverside Dr, Indialantic

A Treasure Coast radio tradition since 1999, “The American Songbook” is heard on WQCP online and on 91.9FM Saturdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Host Dick Golden will present a galaxy of American originals including singer Nancy Wilson and some starry music from Sarah Vaughn and Mel Torme.  

Jazz Vespers: A Contemporary Riff on an Ancient Prayer Service.

From Community Church of Vero Beach:

The Community Church of Vero Beach is excited for the return of Jazz Vespers on Sunday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtyard. (Weather Location: Community Hall) 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach.

September 18 Vespers will welcome Rachel Carter Murphy as vocalist and feature Rev. David W. Johnson, Executive Minister of The Community Church of Vero Beach.

Treasure Coast Community Singers have begun their 20th year of Keeping People Singing on the Treasure Coast.


The Youth Chorus is open to elementary and middle school age singers and meets on Monday 4:30-5:30. They will be singing as part of the Community Choir Concert, October 8 and 9, 2022


The Chamber Singers is by audition and rehearses on Monday, 5:45 – 6:45. This choir will be presenting Handel’s Messiah On November 19 and 20, 2022. Part of this choir will then go to Carnegie Hall to perform Messiah on November 27, 2022.


The Community Chorus will present Tony Awards! On October 8 and 9, 2022. For more information about these performances and how to join these choruses, see the website,

Happening in Brevard County

Sept 9 – Oct 2: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Titusville Playhouse, 321-268-1125,

Sept 10: Remembering September 11 Concert, Space Coast Symphony, Scott Center Auditorium at Holy Trinity, Suntree, 855-252-7276,

Sept 11: Conductor’s Favorites Concert, Community Band of Brevard, Merritt Island High Auditorium, 321-338-6210,

Sept 16: Micah Tyler in Concert, King Center, Melbourne, 321-242-2219,

Sept 16 & 17: Space Coast Mural Festival, Downtown Cocoa Beach,

Sept 16 – Oct 2: Glorious, Surfside Players, Cocoa Beach, 321-783-3127,

American Songbook with Dick Golden Saturdays 8-midnighton NPR affiliate WQCS/WQCP

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