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Volume 4 No.12 | April 8, 2022

Notes from the Editor:

What a treat it was to talk with these two young men, Sergey Belyavsky and Christoph Seybold, for Arts Blast on the Air this week. They will be performing at the Emerson Center April 9, 7 p.m., in a benefit concert for the Gifford Youth Orchestra. Last weekend I got to see and hear Sergey in concert at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, for the Chamber Music Series finale. What a way to end the season! I'd say it was a tossup for winner of the bad hair day in this photo taken after our recording session, but I have a feeling I was the only one it applied to.

We kicked off Jazz Appreciation Month last week and now we add Poetry Month! Sean Sexton, we love your Yesterday Morning. Thank You!

Oh, it's also National Fresh Celery Month and National Soft Pretzel Month.

Congratulations and a huge Thank You to Pelican Island Audubon for its efforts to keep Indian River County green and beautiful! They've hit the 11,000 (yes, thousand!) mark for free trees distributed to residents for home planting! On top of that, volunteers recently installed a County Education & Demonstration Native Plant Garden at the entrance to Building A of the Administration Building complex in Vero Beach.

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Arts Blast on the Air with Willi Miller

This week on Arts Blast on the Air, hear Rachel Carter Murphy and Andrew Galuska discuss the Good Friday service at Community Church of Vero Beach; pianist Sergey Belyavsky and violinist Christoph Seybold, guest performers for the Gifford Youth Orchestra fundraising concert April 9, 7 p.m, Emerson Center, Vero Beach. Listen to or download the podcast now or turn on the radio — 101.7FM ON THE TREASURE COAST — 7 p.m. Sundays.

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In This Issue

Jazz Appreciation Month

Riverside Weekends Are Back!

Poetry Month

Sean Sexton Yesterday Morning

LRJF Poetry & BBQ

Tom Servinsky On the Move

ZAM!! in St. Lucie County

Ballet Vero Beach Ends Season plus

An Evening Under the Stars

Pelican Island Audubon (see above)

VBMA's Annual Children's Art Festival

TIDBITS - Scroll All the Way Down

Art After Dark at the Norton - CARS!

Sunset Concerts April 12

Bluegrass in the Pavilion

Countertenor Terry Barber

Tour the Coming Stuart Art Center Site

Dance at Riverside Theatre

Marguerite at Miami-Dade Auditorium

Wilde at A.C.T. Studio Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Ends

Night at the Oscars at the Barn

Garden Club of Fort Pierce

Youth Arts Celebration at the Lyric

Delray Affair

At the McAlpin

Studios of Cocoa Beach Trash Bash

Riverside Weekends Are Back!

It's been a long time coming — probably not as long as it felt to some of us — but the promised return of Riverside Theatre's wonderful weekends has finally happened!

Go hungry and grab your supper from the grill in the loop!

Marketing Director Oscar Sales has been looking forward to this day for months. "We're thrilled to bring back the excitement of music and comedy to the Theatre with the Comedy Zone and live band performances on our newly recreated outdoor stage. And, with an incredible line up of professional stand-up comedians and favorite local musicians, we encourage everyone to come out, rock out, and have some fun.

"No tickets are required to come to the Loop, but there is a special covered area with tables and chairs that people can reserve for $5 per seat for the entire night."

Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Humiston Park, Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

Jazz Appreciation Month is In full Swing

Music lovers around the world get to appreciate jazz for the entire month of April and Arts Blast plans to do its part. I asked old friend Dick Golden, an award-winning, long-time producer of radio shows devoted to jazz and the great American songbook, to be a guest writer on his years with the musical phenomenon that is jazz and the month of celebration.

In 2010 I had the honor of being the onstage host for a Voice of America memorial concert to celebrate the accomplishments of VOA music host Willis Conover. He began his very popular program, Voice of America Jazz Hour, in the early 1950s. Mr. Conover’s name and voice were well known around the world, but not so much at home. He was the voice of jazz over the Voice of America for more than 40 years, most of it during the Cold War.

Imagine what it was like to sit in the dark of a hushed room in Prague, Moscow or Warsaw in the 1960s, fiddle with the dial of a shortwave radio, slide over crackles, pops, and jamming, to finally find the opening notes of "The A Train" and a rich baritone intoning slowly through the static, "Good evening. Willis Conover with Music USA.” 

He played the Count, the Duke, and Satchmo, Dizzy, Miss Sarah Vaughan, and Charlie Parker and introduced the artistry of so many of America’s jazz legends to audiences who lived in countries behind “the Iron Curtain” and millions more in the east and far eastern countries and cultivated a deep appreciation and passion for America’s original music, Jazz. As Conover told Time Magazine in 1966, "Jazz tells more about America than any American can realize. It bespeaks vitality, strength, social mobility; it's a free music with its own discipline, but not an imposed, inhibiting discipline.”

The evening of the concert, held at the D.C. Voice of America studios on Independence Avenue, I finished the sound check and the walkthrough of the program with time to spare and thought I might take a stroll along the auditorium corridors where the VOA had on display, a group of photographs representing some of the highlights of the people and events they had covered for a devoted international audience. The first photo I saw was a stunning picture, taken at the studio in 1956, of Willis Conover interviewing Louis Armstrong. To the right of that picture was a photo of Neil Armstrong setting his foot on the surface of the moon, an event VOA broadcast to the world in July of 1969. For me it was a “eureka” moment. Armstrong to Armstrong. These photos capture perhaps two of 20th century America’s unique contributions to the world; Louis Armstrong and his indelible contributions to America’s original music, jazz, and Neil Armstrong’s the first human being to walk on the moon representing the pioneering spirit of America.

As a radio host, I’ve had the personal great fortune of presenting jazz and the great American songbook standards for over forty years. The American Songbook weekly radio program has been a part of the WQCS/WQCP schedule since 1999 and for over twenty years the month of April’s broadcasts have included portions that commemorate the annual celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. This international tradition began in the early part of the 21st century when Dr. John Edward Hasse, now Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, believed we, as a country, should pause each April to reflect on this body of music, American jazz. This music is an artistic expression, created in 20th century America that continues to inspire a world-wide audience.

April is also the birthday month for so many iconic jazz artists and on this week’s American Songbook program we will include April birthday artist Billie Holiday with jazz producer Nat Hentoff reflecting on Billie's last television appearance with a group of Jazz All-Stars including saxophonist on the live 1957 CBS special The Sound of Jazz. Dr. John Edward Hasse, the creator of Jazz Appreciation Month, continues our discussion on the epic CD release, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, and we'll include tracks by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, and Benny Goodman.  

Golden's American Songbook on WQCS/WQCP has been a staple for fans of the genre since 1999 and "for over twenty years the month of April’s broadcasts have included portions that commemorate the annual celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month." This month is no exception. Listen Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Arts Blast will have more from Golden coming up.

Photos courtesy of Dick Golden.

Top left: Willis Conover, Louis Armstrong

Jazz Jams at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

April 6, April 20

May 4, May 18

June 1, June 15, June 29

July 13, July 27

​August 10. August 24

September 7, September 21

October 5, October 19

November 9, November 23

​December 7, December 21

The Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents Memories of Louis Armstrong April 16.

2022 Season concerts are at the Vero Beach Yacht Club at 12:30 p.m. Members are $40 each and Non Members are $45. Register in advance.

Jazz Notes:

Memories of Louis Armstrong with the Treasure Coast Jazz Society April 16. John Skillman, a huge success in his 2020 concert here, will lead & play clarinet.

Ray Adams joined the board of the Treasure Coast Jazz Society recently.

Ballet Vero Beach Ends the Season on a Fun Note This Weekend!

Ballet Vero Beach's 2021-2022 Season concludes with a program that promises to illicit some of our favorite responses: contented sighs and hearty guffaws! Take a journey with the company from hilarious toiling in the studio to the thrilling heights of technical accomplishment. The supremely classical and ambitious Bournonville Divertissement returns to showcase Danish style at its best, and Peter Anastos brings his comedic skewering of ballet schools everywhere to the Ballet Vero Beach stage in the iconic Ecole de Ballet.

Bournonville Divertissement (last seen at Ballet Vero Beach in 2017) is a tour de force journey into the work of Danish master choreographer August Bournonville (1805-1879). Bournonville’s signature style greatly influenced choreographers such as George Balanchine and is known for its technical, yet approachable nature. Ecole de Ballet (Ballet School) is one of Emmy winning choreographer Peter Anastos’s most madcap and endearing works. Ballet Vero Beach’s production will feature scenery designed by Emily Luongo and Anna Cable, costumes by Ballet Vero Beach’s lead costumer Amy Voogd, and a cast chocked full of nutty characters. Celebrate the end of Ballet Vero Beach’s 9th season with a truly wonderful program.

Checking in With Tom Servinsky - More Jazz

After more than 30 years with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, clarinetist Tom Servinsky is packing that hat away while pulling out a new one or two.

Some readers know Tom as the guy to call when their piano hits a sour note. He has the tuning tools and will travel. More on that later — this is jazz month.

When I asked Tom for suggestions for the Jazz Appreciation Month in Arts Blast, before telling me about his own plans, he raved about a jazz pianist appearing in solo concert at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. "Aaron Diehl cut his teeth with the Jazz from Lincoln Center project, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. He's finally starting his solo career which should be stellar."

The following week, Sat. April 30 at 2 p.m., Servinsky teams up Lorrianna Colozzo, as they kick off their TLC Jazz Duet at the Cummings Library in Palm City. Tickets are free, but you have to go in person to get your tickets. The American songbook and more! A whole new side of Tom Servinsky.

Another of his hats is reserved for the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, in concert three consecutive Mondays this month:

Mon. April 11- Eissey Campus Theatre Palm Beach Gardens 7pm- tickets at the door or at our website: 

Mon. April 18- Lyric Theatre- Stuart 7pm- tickets at the Lyric Box Office 

Mon. April 25- Church of the Good Shepherd- Tequesta 7pm - tickets at the door

You can give Tom an ACO sendoff at the concert series this month:

Wed. April 20 Community Church- Vero Beach 7:30pm 

Thurs. April 21, Eissey Campus Theatre- Palm Beach Gardens 7:30pm 

Friday, April 22, Lyric Theatre-Stuart 4pm and 8pm.

And a little plug for the traveling technician:

If you spend summers in the Northeast and have a piano that needs a checkup, check in with Servinsky. "Over the summer months I'm usually hired to work for colleges and touring artists at their northern locations. Lately, more of my Florida clients are asking me to consider making stops at their northern homes. ... This next trip will be in mid-June with stops in Philadelphia, Connecticut, New York, then heading back south late June. Contact me soon if you would like to get on that list."

Photo courtesy of Treasure Coast Youth Symphony website.

Poetry Month Notes

The Miami-Dade College Miami Book Fair Online is celebrating National Poetry Month with a long lineup of online events. The website broke news Friday morning when they shared the appointment of Richard Blanco as the first Miami-Dade County poet laureate. Blanco read his "One Today" at the 2012 inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is gearing up for the Eleventh Annual Poetry Barbecue on Saturday, May 14 at the LRJ Pole Barn on the Indian River State College campus in Vero Beach. This year the theme is Best of the West, "featuring three awesome poets from our western states--Andy Wilkinson, Jerry Brooks Prescott, and Shadd Piehl."

Yesterday Morning

I coaxed you out with me to go open a gate and let the cattle move

and we found the pasture filled with swallows, winging in trajectories 

of near misses, steep swoops—perilous courses bringing them close— 

so it seemed as though wire was strung across our path in grand, 

disappearing hoops.

At the hem of hoof and horn as the cattle stirred on our approach, 

white birds arose, like a thousand prayer flags filling the sky. 

And we drove to them in the distance every time they landed, to see 

it happen again; swallows always just ahead—candle-wicking the air 

so we forgot the cattle and the gate and got back home a little late. 

Sean Sexton

Vero Beach Museum of Art's Annual Children's Art Festival

Join us at the Vero Beach Museum of Art for our annual Children’s Art Festival event for the enjoyment of families and children of the community. The event, to be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10 am to 3 pm throughout the Museum, is inspired by the exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed. This year, creative art-making returns to the studios with MAS instructors inspiring young artists to try Easy Easel Painting, A-Door-Able designs inspired by Francis Sprout’s painting called Surrounded by Others, Express Yourself self-portraits, and Scratch Art Masterpieces with Tyler Evin and students from Indian River Charter High School.

VBMA Docents will facilitate fun activities in the galleries, including storytelling, sketching, movement with music and scarves, close-looking with spyglasses, and much more! Performances by local youth groups include Panther Performers, Imagine South Vero Tangerines, Moonshot Academy, Osceola Singers and Explorer Ensemble, Vero Classical Ballet, and Rhythm and Soul Dance. 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

Treasure Coast Arts & Mindfulness Fest returns as ZAM Fest (Zen, Arts, and Music) on April 23rd and 24th, 2022

For the musical lineup and the full list of activities please visit

ZAM Fest starts at 11 AM both days


Tips from the Trenches, Navigating the Grant-writing Process

Tuesday, April, 26. 10 a.m.-Cultural Alliance Gallery

111 Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce

Did you know that the state of Florida awarded $26,734,635 last year to fund cultural community organizations? 

Danila Coppola, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Grant Program Manager will discuss the grant programs and walk through each of the components. 

Grant writer Diane Kimes and Alyona Ushe, Executive Director and frequent panelist for DCA will be there to answer specific questions.

Free to Cultural Alliance Members

$15 fee for non-members 

Additionally, the VBMA is delighted to present the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s popular Once Upon an Orchestra musical series! These performances begin at 12:30pm and 1:30pm in Holmes Great Hall.

Visitors will enjoy free admission to the current exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed, and Martin Puryear: Printmaker. As well as student art exhibitions, including An Artistic Discovery – 2022, Congressional Art Competition presented by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, and SDIRC Elementary School Student Art Show. 

Lunch, snacks, and refreshments will be available for purchase from The Dignity Food Truck during the festival.

Martin Arts Update

Tour the site of the Arts Center of the future

Cultural Council of Indian River County

For members only. New members welcome!

Call for Art in Public Places

Location: Intergenerational Recreation Center (IG Center) 1590 9th Street SW, Vero Beach

Theme: Favorite Activities or Pastimes

Exhibit Title: Fun Under The Sun

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 27

Notification of Selection Date: Thursday, April 28

Delivery Date and Time: Wednesday, May 4, 11am to 12 noon

Exhibit Dates: May 4 to August 3, 2022


Midori joins the Palm Beach Symphony April 10 for the season finale at the Kravis Center. Dvorak's eighth Symphony and Korngold's Violin Concerto

The Riverside Dance Festival is now accepting applicants (age 10-college) for Summer 2022. This year's invited company is Chicago Dance Crash.

The Tim Raybon Band, High Fidelity perform at Bluegrass in the Pavilion at the Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, April 23, 3 p.m.

At the Norton:

A Remarkable Gathering: The Fisher Family Collection runs through Sept. 11.

Also opening for the same run is Dürer, Rembrandt, and Piasso: Three Masters of the Print.

Art After Dark at the Norton

Friday, April 8 / 5-10pm

Special Guest: Calder BMW Art Car! The evening will include a car show featuring cars from the 1920s – 1970s organized by PBC Classics Car Club, a DJ will play tunes from the era, a trivia game that will test your art and car knowledge, a film screening of Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015), and an Open Studio inspired by the car in which you’ll get to design your own 3D car model.

Admission: Adults & Seniors $10, Students $5, Members free

From Classical to Contemporary

a Choir and Wind Ensemble performance

April 7 - 9 , 7 p.m., April 9, 2 p.m.

Join the IRSC Chorale and Wind Ensemble in celebration of classical and contemporary music spanning over 60 years.

Tickets are $15 (or $10 for subscription holders)

Important information:

Please arrive 15 minutes before the performance begins.


Saturday, April 9th | 8am-12pm

The Studios will Captain the Cocoa Beach Downtown area during Keep Brevard Beautiful’s 39th Annual TRASH BASH which is held in conjunction with THE GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP. The last bash in 2019 had twelve municipalities with 1200 volunteers who collected 54,035 pounds of trash. We need YOU to help make 2022's Bash the most successful yet!

April 8, 7 p.m. - Concert Under the Stars: Pokey LaFarge

April 9, 7 p.m. - Arias and Broadway: Opera in Concert

Performed by

Pamela Armstrong, soprano

Carol Crawford, piano

of the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra

Lake Wales Visitor Center

Marguerite – Live Performance!

April 8 & 9 @ 8 p.m. | Miami-Dade County Auditorium 


Conecta Miami Arts presents Marguerite, the peculiar journey of a woman who, in the midst of hallucinations, speaks of her life and her passion – the radio and her listeners – accompanied by live music and singers. Featuring local musicians Inez Barlatier (Haiti-Miami), Daniela Padrón (Venezuela), and Michael Gil (Cuba). In Spanish

This is the final weekend for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Fifth annual Youth Arts Celebration at the Lyric Theatre April 10, 6 p.m.

Sunset Concerts | April 12: “Spring Concert“ Stuart School of Music directed by Cindy Kessler

Tuesday, April 12

5:30 - 6:30 pm

80 SE Ocean Blvd.


Countertenor Terry Barber returns to Florida with a new venture, EleMenTrio — April 21 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart and April 22 at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Avenua.

The Vero Beach Choral Society will premiere a concert entitled A Little Night Music on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Admission is free; the suggested donation is $10.

Delray Beach Historical Society's fundraiser, Twilight in the Garden, is scheduled for April 22, 6 p.m.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe airs a special screening of Playing Through April 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Garden Club of Fort Pierce has scheduled, Plants in the Park, a multi-club sale, for April 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Glidden Park Center. Fort Pierce

A Barn Theatre fundraiser, A Night at the Oscars is this weekend, April 8-10, with matinees Saturday and Sunday.

The 60th Delray Affair outdoor arts celebration is April 8-10 at various locations in Delray Beach.

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