Cultural Calendar Mar 23-30


Performances & Events

RISING STARS OPERA FESTIVAL: Competition & Concert on March 22, 23, & 24.  Each year Vero Beach Opera invites at least 10 of the MET Opera Laffont Audition Finalists to compete for cash prizes in Vero Beach. First prize is $10,000, second prize is $5,000 and third prize is $3,000. Prizes are provided by the Kleinschmidt Family Foundation. Additional Cash Encouragement Awards are presented by Vero Beach Opera.

Lenten Organ and Poetry Series

March 23 & 30 at11am,  A weekly concerts of the spoken word, highlighted by organ improvisation featuring nationally-recognized poets and Andrew R. Galuska. Community Church of Vero Beach Sanctuary, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach 

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace

Different Perspectives On view March 23 – May 5 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Live from Vero Beach! presentsEaglemania, The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band on

March 24, 7pm at The Emerson Center

Indian River Symphonic Association presents: Palm Beach Symphony on March 24, 7:30pm with Gerard Schwarz, Conductor & Misha Dichter, Pianist.  Joseph Schwantner: Sojourn: Reflections on Thoreau (2023), G. Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F Major & I. Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete).

2023 Indian River Genealogy Conference

March 25, 9am The public is invited to the 2023 IR Genealogy Conference, The Art of Storytelling, Connecting Ancestors through Family History 16 expert led sessions to choose from, information and resources, free, registration suggested for advanced handouts and schedule.

Sebastian River Art Club offers Art by the River on March 25, 10am.   Meet local artists and crafters, who exhibit and sell their work, created in a variety of mediums: oils, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, photography, sculpture, crafts and more, during this free show in scenic Riverview Park.

VBMA Museum Studios  

March 25, 10am – 1pm 

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on March 29 , 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 2-4 years old on March 29 , 10:30 – 11:30am 

Sunrise Theatre offers:

Celebrate The Music Of Neil Diamond I Am…He Said, March 25

Comedy Corner Featuring Ken Miller, March 25

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. The Aretha Franklin Story, March 31

Details :

Art in the Park a Fine Art & Crafts Show, is presented by Vero Beach Art Club Members held at the beautiful Humiston Park. March 26, 10am – 4pm.

René Guerin Open Studio, March 26, 2 – 5pm

Studio of René Guerin, 5324 16th St in Vero Beach

First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach presents Vero Beach International Music Festival with Mike Block (cello/vocals), Christylez Bacon (beatbox/rhymes/guitar) and Patricia Ligia (electric bass guitar/vocals) forming a dynamic trio. Mar 26, 7:30pm

Bjorn Lomborg

Riverside Theatre Distinguished Lecturer Series – Speaker: Bjorn Lomborg, Author and President of Copenhagen Consensus. Mar 27, 4pm & 6pm.

VBMA Film Studies Finding Your Voice: Celebrating the Healing Power of Music on March 28 , 1:30 or 7pm

We so often talk about the curative power of music; and the films included in this series may just make you burst out in song! Music in cinema sets a tone and implants subtle expectations in us, about how we will get emotionally engaged with a film. Whether it’s the words of a song that we relate to, or a memory that it triggers, music is always crucial to a successful film, even ones that aren’t billed as “musicals.” Come enjoy an entertaining true story from the UK called Fisherman’s Friends (2019), the tale of a traditional folk-singing group from Port Isaac, Cornwall.  Their love of the sea is transferred into the wonderful sea shanties they sing.

Dennis Hanisak

The Emerson Center E-Series: Reversing the Course of Sea Grass Loss in the Indian River Lagoon. Speaker: Dr. M. Dennis Hanisak, March 28, 7pm.

Indian River Symphonic Association presents: Buffalo Philharmonic on March 28, 7:30pm with JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Sandy Cameron, violinist. Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galanta, Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 & Antonín Dvoák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141.

The Best of Classic Rock – Get ready to rock… again! Expanding on last season’s program, your Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra will combine their considerable talents with specialty vocalists to take on some more of the greatest rock and pop classics in recent history. The special concert, in collaboration with Live! From Vero Beach and produced by MusicWorks, will feature the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra performing music from top bands and artists, including Queen, U2, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, James Brown, The Eagles, ELO, Pink Floyd, and more. March 30, 7pm.

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JM Stringer Gallery of Fine Art presents Dancing in the Light the recent paintings of Andre Lucero & Richard Oversmith

On view through April 29

Writers Window Pane on March 24,10am at Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

ELC 2nd Annual Spring Fling Art Show

On view through May 31

Vero Beach Theatre Guild – Mainstage Theatre – PIPPIN

Performances run through March 26

Pippin is the story of a young prince, an old king, and a group of traveling performers. Pippin is seeking fulfillment in his life…he is on a journey and has plenty of exciting, tragic, and thought-provoking adventures along the way. 

Join this wild, fun, sometimes dark, and magical ride with an amazing cast to bring this memorable musical to life! 


Form + FireContemporary Clay Exhibit

On view through March 28.

Indian River Clay presents Form + Fire, a juried contemporary clay exhibit featuring functional, sculptural, decorate and experimental pieces in clay created by Florida artists.  Location: Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach.

Art at The Emerson presents The Honor Roll Exhibition

On view through March 28.

A tribute to the past and present IRC school teachers exhibiting their fine arts.

On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.

Gallery Hours: Monday -Friday 10am – 3pm, No entry fee.

Center for Spiritual Care offers Heightened Awareness

Kerwick Friendship

New paintings solo exhibition by Jill Kerwick

On view through March 31.

Kerwick brings her paintings to the Center after a series of highly praised gallery and museum shows in the Northeastern United States over the past year. Kerwick, who earned her MFA from New York University, did her undergraduate work in painting at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, the oldest art school for women in the country.

Viewings at the Center from March 4-31 will be by appointment only.

Personal tours of Kerwick’s show can be arranged by calling 772-567-1233.

Janet Kipp Tribus Broad Street

Gallery 14 presents the work of  a contemporary oil painter Entitled Red Umbrellas and Abstraction: Oil Paintings by Janet Kipp Tribus, this colorful, vibrant and joyful exhibit will run through March 31.  Janet, who has been painting for almost forty years came from an artistic family. She studied at the Art Students League in NYC and at Oxbow, a residency program of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work has been showcased at The Morris Museum in New Jersey. After being part of Palm House Gallery & Studio in Vero Beach, she founded her own studio where she has been painting since 1918.   Janet’s highly imaginative work focuses on figurative subjects, black and white abstractions, colorful abstracts, and stylized landscapes known as ‘red umbrella paintings.’Also featured will be Gallery 14 artist-owners: Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, George Pillorgé, Deborah Polackwich and Dorothy Napp Schindel, as well as Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, Carol Staub, and artist-sales associate Jo Zaza. 

Water Woman

Sixth Anniversary Art Show ~  Galleries at First Pres

The show will feature the works of local artists Jean Breeding, Cathleen Hahn, and George Kofas. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach

Misty by R. Ziegler

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery featuring original art by local artist-owners. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing.  Located: 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, Saturdays 11 – 3

Ella Chabot Children’s Moon

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit, IRC Administration Buildings A & B Artist Choice”.

Featuring works by Tony Caruso, Ella Chabot, Janet Grossarth, Evelyn Haught, Barbara Krupp, David LoPresti, Gwen McNenney &  Tara Rovani.

On view through April 5.

Riverside Theatre presents Oleanna

”The Original Power Play Of He Said. She Said”

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, Oleanna explores the escalating power struggle between a haughty professor and the failing student whose charges of sexual harassment threaten his career. 

This play contains adult language. On the Waxlax Stage, Performances through April 9

Merana Cadorette pond at dawn

Art In Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit IRC Courthouse Solo Exhibit by Merana Cadorette, Acrylic Art: A Retrospective. On view through Apr 19.

FINE PRINT: Rediscovering the Backus Portfolio on Paper and Canvas

A.E. Backus (1906-1990). Casual Worker – Nassau, c. 1950.

On view through April 30.  A very prominent limited-edition print portfolio titled “Florida and the West Indies – Sketches by A.E. Backus.” What makes this exhibition so special is that the original sketches have been paired with paintings from public and private collections that connect with the portfolio images.  The story of the prized limited-edition print portfolio “Florida and the West Indies – Sketches by A.E. Backus” is revisited in FINE PRINT for the 50th anniversary of its publication. These exceptional images were drawn from and inspired by the artist’s travels over nearly twenty years and gathered in 1972 as a high-quality portfolio. This assembly reveals Backus’ deep connection to the places and people he encountered. 16 of the original drawings are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, and are presented together for the first time since the limited-edition folio was published.   These singular drawings from the Backus Portfolio are displayed in conversation with colorful, rarely seen oil paintings that showcase the artist’s inspiration and creative process. The 40 works in the exhibition are grouped into the geographical subject categories of the original portfolio, with contextual information provided for each. Those categories include Florida; the Everglades; the Bahamas; Hispaniola 

(Haiti and the Dominican Republic); and Jamaica. The collection of drawings and paintings breathe new life into the classic 18 prints known and cherished for generations. 

Yellow and White Cattleya Set

McKee Botanical Garden to Host World-Renowned Master Glass Sculptor and Artist Jason Gamrath’s Garden of Glass Exhibition

McKee Botanical Garden hosts Master Glass Artist Jason Gamrath’ s Garden of Glass Exhibition. On view through April 30th.

Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Historic Home Opens for the 2022-2023 Season

Tours: Every Tuesday afternoon 1 – 5pm through May 23, 2023 

& The 2nd Sunday of each month 1 – 5pm through May 21, 2023

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit Intergenerational Recreation Center, Windows On The World. On view through June 14.

A Look Ahead:

“A Musical Evening at the Majestic Theater” 

March 31, 7pm

The evening will begin with a short film presented by Living our Mission entitled 10 Scientifically-Proven Benefits of Music Education for Children. A concert will take place following the film, featuring Kapprianah Anderson, a Music Angels vocal and key board scholarship recipient; and Canta Libre, a lively and energetic quintet of flute, harp and strings, direct from New York City.

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