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Volume 4 No.6 | February 18, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

From artist friend Chris Kling about last weekend's ArtsFest in Stuart:

What a crazy last day of the Stuart ArtsFest! First they brought me the First Place ribbon for Painting, Yay! and it proceeded to rain all morning! Then as soon as the weather cleared we hear, “Everybody evacuate!!! Leave everything and get out! Gas leak!” After 1 1/2 hours we were let back in. The gas leak was in the building across from my booth! But all’s well that ends well. People flocked back in. Life is unpredictable!

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In This Issue

Caio Pagano in Concert

Livingston Taylor & Jonathan Edwards in Vero

Ballet Vero Beach Fellowship Program

Distinguished Lecturer Spalding at Riverside

Highwaymen Weekend at Backus

Brevard Cultural Alliance True Colors

ArtsFest 2022 Results

Treasure Classical Guitar Society

Vero Collects at VBMA

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LRJF Writers Showcase

Brevard SO's Peter & the Wolf

Leslie Stokes at CCOVB

Mamma Mia auditions

Orphans at ACT

Tim Sanchez

AAUW's First Ladies

Thunder on the Beach Powwow

Literature & Poetry at Morgade

Caio Pagano Returns to Christ by the Sea

Getting together with an old friend is usually a treat for both but when it’s Marcos Flores and Caio Pagano, the get-together is a spectacular event for a lot of music lovers! Flores has been organizing an annual concert series at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church since he arrived there to guide the Worship Arts program. Local professional musicians are often on the bill but when he can, Flores casts his net all the way to Arizona to capture someone special in his life, Maestro Caio Pagano.

“I’ve known Maestro Caio Pagano since the mid 1990s, when I started my Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree under his tutelage at Arizona State University. I always admired his unique performing style with a solid technique, musical depth, and exquisite artistry,” Flores said. “Despite the fact that he is a scholar, speaks more than 5 languages, and has performed all around the world, he has always been very down to earth, centered, funny, and with a willingness to help us all at anytime!” Pagano has been invited to the Christ by the Sea series several times and has returned the kindness by inviting Flores to judge his piano competitions in Arizona.

From Wikipedia (excerpts), with thanks to Stephanie Hermesmeyer for the translation from Portuguese: 

Caio Pagano (Sao Paulo, May 14, 1940) is a Brazilian pianist and teacher. … He graduated in law from Universidade de Sao Paulo/Sao Paulo University in 1965 and received a doctorate in music from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

As a concert pianist, he has performed as a soloist with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Sao Paulo, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Guatemala, Portugal, and the Czech Republic, as well as with the Cameratas of Zurich and the Netherlands. He has been a Steinway artist since 1990 and has a discography of around 25 titles. In 1996 he became a professor at Arizona State University, receiving the title Regent Professor in 1999, and creating the Brazilian Arts Festival in 2002.

Pagano was born in Brazil to an Italian father and Brazilian mother and has two daughters and three grandchildren of his own, none of whom have followed in his musical footsteps. His mother had a conservatory education and “played modestly piano,” Pagano said, “mostly salon pieces, like in those days people entertained themselves among friends and family at home, someone always played something...guitar, accordion, piano, or sang.” She was the one who “detected my acute need for music. … At four, my mom sent me to a piano teacher in the little village (where we lived). … I was the laziest of the students but also the quickest to learn.”

The pianist shared a personal story involving that teacher: “There is a 4-hand little children's song, (author I forgot), called the Rooster's Song. … The child plays the treble and the teacher plays the bass... but at a certain pause, the child is asked to sing 'cocorico'.... Oh my, I wanted to play that song and sing cocorico all day long.... 40 years later, that good old lady retired! The village (now population 30,000) paid a large tribute to her, actually every kid in town had studied piano with her, more or less... . So the local club brought a grand piano from the large town next, and invited 300 people to a huge party with my concert and dinner. After my usual pieces, she came on stage and we played THE ROOSTER's SONG, and I had to force my heart to stop crying and sing Cocorico once again. ... There was not a single dry eye in the audience.”  

Piano is Pagano’s instrument but he has a fondness for the harpsichord. “One of the last projects I did in the past 5 years was to relearn how to play it and perform the Manuel de Falla Harpsichord concerto,” proving there’s no time limit on learning something you set your mind to.

Pagano said he keeps his concert appearances now to “places where my friends will be with me; I immensely believe that life is made of human rapports, and the relation I have with Marcos and his family is precious.”

Flores said he owes much of his career to Pagano. “Maestro Caio Pagano is a vital person and a total blessing in my life: I owe him whom I am today, and I try my best to pass on the passion of the gift of music I learned from him to all my piano students and my community at large.May we can continue enjoying his incredible gifts for many years to come.”

The concert is this Sunday, February 20, 3 p.m., at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hwy. A1A, Vero Beach. Tickets are available at the door.

Photos counterclockwise from upper left:

Caio Pagano; Local pianists, from left to right: Jacob Craig, Kelly Coppage, Joanne Knott, Rochelle Sallee, Marcos Flores, and Caio Pagano; Caio Pagano; and Marcos Flores, Joanne Knott, Caio Paganao, Jacob Craig, Kelly Coppage.

Ballet Vero Beach Fellowship Program

ATTENTION GRADUATING SENIORS AND RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES: Ballet Vero Beach has unveiled a brand-new fellowship program for dancers. This initiative will be free for all applicants with Florida residency. Earn your Associate Degree from IRSC - Indian River State College, perform with Ballet Vero Beach, and receive ancillary training from The Learning Alliance. Visit (under the Community Engagement tab) to learn more. Priority application deadline is March 15. Hear Adam Schnell, BVB CEO, talking about it on this week's Arts Blast on the Air.

Symphonic Dances is next weekend, Feb. 25 and 26, at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. Watch at Home tickets will be available for all performances this season. Updates and additional information can be found on the BVB website and Facebook page.

Vero Beach Museum of Art Reveals Hidden Treasures

Vero Beach Museum of Art is hosting Vero Collects: Hidden treasures Revealed, representing more than 50 local collectors and over 100 artworks. The exhibition will be on view through May 15. 

It's Highwaymen Weekend at Backus

Although the closing reception for The Highwaymen: Art/History is Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m., the Highwaymen Celebration goes on through the weekend, and the exhibition is running through March 6 at the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery in Fort Pierce.

The Museum & Gallery will present the annual Highwaymen Celebration Weekend Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20 during regular hours each day. Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a range of special offerings, including viewing the special exhibition The Highwaymen: Art / History. Admission will be free, with activities outside and inside at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.

Special Coronavirus Procedures for Your Safety: Activities will be held outside weather permitting, and inside subject to limited and spaced seating. Visitors are asked to wear face coverings indoors and practice social distancing for the safety and comfort of guests, staff, and volunteers. Thank you in advance for your understanding.​

PLEASE NOTE: The City of Fort Pierce cancelled the 6th Annual Highwaymen Art & Music Festival on February 19 due to the changing nature and uncertainty of COVID. (For more information:

Livingston Taylor

In a unique pairing, Live from Vero Beach! brings two musicians back to town for a repeat appearance, but with a twist. Livingston Taylor and Jonathan Edwards have shared the Emerson Center stage more than once, effectively dividing the evening into two concerts, one for each. According to Taylor, this time around they’ll do their segments on their own, as usual, but also will perform some pieces together.

Taylor began playing back in the days when coffeehouses gave over stages to some of the musicians who would supply the musical soundtracks for so many who came of age fifty years ago. Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull were among those he performed beside. He sings, plays acoustic guitar, and shares his stories. 

Taylor has authored several children’s books and teaches Stage Performance at Berklee College of Music. Later this year he will be a musical host on a cruise ship and conduct “The Masters Class Retreat” at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. Watch a documentary on YouTube, Life is Good, and listen to him in conversation on Arts Blast on the Air with Willi Miller.

And Jonathan Edwards

From Live! From Vero Beach:

Jonathan Edwards is well-described “warm as summer sunshine, as real as the truth and as intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends.” Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man casually delivers… song after song…filled with passion, songs of insight and songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, have only grown sweeter with age. You’ll hum to some favorite classics such as “Sunshine (Go Away Today),”and “Sometimes in the Morning.”

The Cultural Council of Indian River County will receive 25% of ticket sales on the Livingston Taylor & Jonathan Edwards Concert on February 24 at The Emerson Center, Vero Beach @ 7 pm.

Brevard Cultural Alliance's True Colors Podcast

The Brevard Cultural Alliance’s True Colors podcast honors Black History Month with two special episodes hosted by Diversity of Thought CEO David Jones.. The first, broadcast earlier this week, featured the Moore Cultural Center and Museum, a historic site located in Mims that commemorates the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Moore’s legacy as early pioneers in the fight for civil rights.

The second episode, streaming March 1, will focus on the three freed slaves that went on to found the City of Melbourne. Kathy Engerran, executive director of Brevard Cultural Alliance, said, “We are honored to spotlight those locally who have paved the way for a better tomorrow.” Past and present episodes of the show can be streamed and are available on the Brevard Cultural Alliance’s Facebook and YouTube Channels. Future guests of the show are strongly encouraged to apply directly on the BCA’s website at  

Distinguished Lecturer Series at Riverside Welcomes Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert Spalding

Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert Spalding, author of Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, is the next speaker in Riverside Theatre's Distinguished Lecturer Series.

From Riverside:

Rob Spalding is a national security policy strategist, and globally recognized for his knowledge of Chinese economic competition and influence, as well as for his ability to forecast global trends and develop innovative solutions. He has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as brigadier general. He was the chief architect for the Trump Administration’s widely praised National Security Strategy (NSS), and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council. 

Dr. Spalding is a skilled combat leader and a seasoned diplomat. Under Dr. Spalding’s leadership, the 509th Operations Group—the nation’s only B-2 Stealth Bomber unit—experienced unprecedented technological and operational advances. Dr. Spalding’s demonstrated acumen for solving complex technological issues to achieve operational success, was demonstrated when he led a low-cost rapid-integration project for a secure global communications capability in the B-2, achieving tremendous results at almost no cost to the government. As commander, he led forces in the air and on the ground in Libya and Iraq. He is a former China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as well as having served as the senior defense official and defense attaché in Beijing. During the UUV Incident of 2016, Dr. Spalding averted a diplomatic crisis by negotiating with the Chinese PLA for the return of the UUV, without the aid of a translator. 

Call the Riverside Theatre box office for ticket information. Lecture times are 4 and 6 p.m.

Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society

The Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society is a community for classical guitar enthusiasts to promote appreciation of the classical guitar.

The all-volunteer orchestra plays at the various locations within the Martin County Public Library System.

The Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society in partnership with the Martin County Library System are proud to present the second concert in the 2022 Classical Guitar Concert Series featuring Dr. Ben Lougheed.

Dr. Lougheed has been described as “an emerging force in the classical guitar world”. He is repeatedly praised for his “beautiful and extremely precise” playing and is the founder of the Florida Guitar Festival.

Blake Library February 20 at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 pm

Listen to the TCCGS

Ribbon winners in ArtsFest 2022

Best of Show: 

Paul Shampine, Mixed Media

1st Place:

John Cheer, Ceramics

Jean Yao, Fiber

Andrew Libecki, Glass

Valerie Lamott, Jewelry

Dan Bi, Mixed Media

Chris Kling, Painting

Lazaro Ruda, Photography

Josh Price, Sculpture

Magali Cereghino-Groves, Wood

Honorable Mentions (across categories):

Luis Gutierrez, Ceramics

Busarin Kittichareonsup, Jewelry

Barbara Umbel, Jewelry

Candice Rodriguez-Adams, Mixed Media

Scott Klimek, Painting


The Barn Theatre in Stuart announces auditions for

Mamma Mia! The Musical


Auditions Feb. 20, 6 p.m., register at 5 p.m.

Call backs Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Show dates May 12-29

Leslie Stokes is the featured artist in the Community Church of Vero Beach

AAUW Vero Beach presents First Ladies and their Presidents, two one-act plays that bring to life first Abigail and John Adams, and then Lou and Herbert Hoover. Created and performed by Sue and William Wills.

Feb. 20, 3 p.m., at Emerson Center, Vero Beach.

Writer's Showcase at Laura Riding Jackson house Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m.

Tim Sanchez exhibits a series of new assemblages he calls “Reconstructions” at the Center for Spiritual Care at 1550 24th St. in Vero Beach through February 28.. Viewing after the opening is by appointment between 10 and 4 seven days a week. Call 772-567-1233. 

Literature & Poetry Series

presented by Dr. Roderick C. Hofer

FEB 23 @ 3:30pm

Morgade Library 

Dr. Hofer, retired Indian River State College English professor, will present and discuss. This "Memory" session includes: Yeats, Merrill & Wright.

Thunder on the Beach Native American Powwow is at the Indian River County Fairgrounds Feb. 18-20.

Florida Indian Heritage Association.

This is the final weekend for Orphans by Lyle Kessler at A.C.T.Studio Theatre in Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart.

Brevard Symphony Orchestra's free Peter and the Wolf concert is Feb. 20, 2 p.m. at King Center

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