What’s happening at the LBK Education Center

Contributing Writer

January heralds the beginning of the inimitable “season” in our Paradise.

The Longboat Key Education Center, now in its 30th year of operation, is getting into full gear. Everything from Shakespeare To Super Bowl Foreplay will be offered in January and then there is February, the groaning board of our educational, recreational and entertainment programs including field trips, Saturday workshops, Theatre Showcase on Fridays and Live New Orleans Jazz on Thursday nights.  Over 150 programs are offered in a short period of a few months! But more about all that’s coming in future columns.

For now let me highlight our upcoming performing arts series, Sunday Salons, which will kick off the New Year!

You will be treated like royalty with the exquisite sounds of world-class musicians performing baroque music of 18th century France by composers such as LeDuc, Leclair, Couperin and Mondonville performed by Mark Kroll, one of the world’s leading harpsichordists (Mark will bring his harpsichord to play on) who plays with the Boston symphony, and his wife Carol Lieberman, renowned violinist and professor of music at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. “Let Them Eat Cake!” French Baroque Music Fit for a King and Queen, will be presented on Sunday, January 4.  Joy Leitner, soprano, Jakob Hamilton, pianist, and artists from the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) will present  “A Classic Winter Interlude”  featuring great composers of the classical romantic and modern era such as Puccini, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and more, on Sunday, January 11. Yusuke will serenade you with romantic Latin American boleros on his guitar; Michelet will sing and play French chansons and Italian Spanish ballads; and Nic and Ari will ignite the room with gypsy music. There will be plenty of romance and passion in their concert aptly entitled “Café De Romance” on Sunday, January 18.

Rounding out the diverse and eclectic performances for January in our Sunday Salon Series will be “Celebrate Living” with the versatile Preston Boyd, who sings and plays the guitar and banjo. Preston uses a combination of well-known folk songs (Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger) and contemporary blues and show tunes, plus a smattering of original material. Preston peppers his performance with his engaging stories of the road and real-life experiences.

All Sunday Salons are from 3-4:30 PM. Cost is $20 per person for members and $25 for non-members. Refreshments are served and the audience is encouraged to ask the performers questions at the end of the concert. You can call the school, 941-383-8811 and make a reservation or visit www.lbkeducationcenter.org.

Susan Goldfarb is a free-lance writer and executive director of The Longboat Key Education Center. You can contact her at susan@lbkeducationcenter.org.

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