Cultural Calendar Apr 13-20


Performances & Events

Atlantic Classical Orchestra presents Masterworks Concert on April 13, 7:30pm

Concert featuring Beethoven’s 5th symphony! WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll, LOPES: Concerto for Harp “Recife”, BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 BRIDGET KIBBEY, harp & DAVID AMADO, conductor

Description: Of all of the moments in classical music that have been elevated to cultural memes (Tchaikovsky’s magical Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; the Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem; O Fortuna from Orff’s Carmina Burana) the opening of Beethoven’s 5th stands out as the most indelible. Those famous four notes have become a cultural touchstone, spawning countless reflections and reactions. But those notes also spawn an entire symphony whose inexorable dramatic arc became the gold standard for symphonic composers for more than a century.  We’ll begin the concert with Wagner’s heartfelt, and uncharacteristically modest Siegfried Idyll, and then feature a new concerto for harp by Brazilian composer João Luis performed by brilliant harpist Bridget Kibbey. Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach 

Sunrise Theatre presents:

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience on April 13, 7:30pm

AEG Presents Don Felder on April 14, 8pm

Menopause The Musical® on April 16, 3pm

Million Dollar Time Machine  on April 18, 7:30pm

The Martin & Lewis Tribute Show on April 19, 7:30pm

Details :

Writers Window Pane on April 14,10am at Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

Treasure Coast Jazz Society offers Gene Bruno’s Magic Saz Interpretations

On April 14, 12:30 – 3pm at Oak Harbor, 4755 S. Harbor Dr., Vero Beach

Center for Spiritual Care

1550 24th St., at the corner of 16th Ave. and 24th St.

A Retrospective Including New Works. 41 Years of Working Together –

Collaboration: A Celebration Sharon and Sean Sexton

Sharon and Sean: Together Through Time

Opening reception April 14, 5 – 7pm. On view through April 30

Call 772-567-1233 to arrange your own personal tour.

VBMA offers TLC Jazz Duo: The American Songbook

April 14, 7pm – Tickets include admission to the galleries.

Galleries will open at 6:00pm; come early to see the exhibition.

An evening of live classic tunes from the American Songbook, a collection of defining and influential songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, and many more memorable melodies. Let TLC Jazz Duo take you back in time to the days of Rolling Sculpture. The Treasure Coast’s own TLC Jazz Duo features vocals from Lorianna Colozzo and Tom Servinsky on piano.

Ballet Vero Beach presents Program 3 ~  “Choreographer’s Notebook: Samuel Kurkjian” Live Performances: April 14 – 7:30pm. April 15 – 2 & 7:30pm, VBHS Performing Arts Center. Ballet Vero Beach’s 10th Anniversary Season draws to a close with a celebration of the greatest influence on Artistic Director/CEO Adam Schnell’s life in dance, the late choreographer Samuel Kurkjian. Kurkjian’s thrilling Debussy Suite and sparkling Chopin Variations return to the stage, while the company adds a third Kurkjian ballet to the permanent repertoire, the charming German Dances. Program 3 will be a fitting cap to our 10th anniversary celebration of influences on our organization.

Ballet Vero Beach~ 10th Anniversary Season goes out with a bang with the second Ballet Under The Stars.

April 28, 6pm.  RSVP by April 14

Ballet Under The Stars, a casually elegant cocktail party to benefit the education and community engagement programs of Ballet Vero Beach will take April 28, 6pm at Tree House Vero Beach. Guest will enjoy sumptuous international bites and a light seafood themed buffet with open bar by Adrienne Drew. The Ballet Vero Beach dancers will debut an exclusive performance, a deluxe live auction will be offered, and attendees will dance the night away with our artists to the fabulous sounds of the Dave Capp Project! Last year was a sold-out smash, reservations are required, and the RSVP date is April 14. This one of a kind fundraiser benefits the unique and much lauded programs Ballet Vero Beach uses to improve the lives of all citizens in our community. These programs include the company’s Ticket Donation Program, Stage to Page Student Matinee Series, and the new Fellowship Initiative for Dancers.

Ballet Vero Beach offers

The Sleeping Princess on April 16, 2pm


All performances take place at VBHS Performing Arts Center.

Ballet Vero Beach is thrilled to combine our Accessible Series and Family Friendly Series this season. These extra special hour-long performances are specifically geared to the needs of the differently abled individuals of our community and also young children. Performances include: modified audio/visual effects and venue setup that meets the needs of all attendees with differing abilities. Performances are a bit more informal and may include Q&A sessions or opportunities to take photos with a dancer.

Muffy Charles

Gifford Youth Orchestra hosts an afternoon Jazz Concert Fundraiser

April 16, 2pm.  Ms. Muffy Charles and the ASAP band (AS Smooth As Possible) will headline “For the Love of Gifford” Concert at

Gifford Community Center 43rd Ave at 4855 at 3pm. Doors open at 2pm.

 Food by Phatz Restaurant. There will be great music, food, raffles and lots of Love for Gifford…and the Gifford Youth Orchestra or GYO

visit for more information on the GYO

Christopher Confessore

Indian River Symphonic Association presents Brevard Symphony Orchestra

April 16, 7:30pm,  performance at Community Church of Vero Beach 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach 

Christopher Confessore, Conductor

Mark Kosower, Cellist

Mark Kosower

A. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

A. Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

J. Higdon: blue cathedral

H. Hanson: Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major, Op. 30, W45, “Romantic”

Indian River Clay presents “Yours, Mine, and Ours”

This new concept is a collaboration between two artists, one or both being a potter, and the other can work in any chosen media. Each artist will submit their own individual piece, and then one piece will be submitted as a collaboration between the two. Each team will submit three pieces, and Indian River Clay members can team up with as many different artists as they wish to enter additional sets.

Indian River Clay will be using Raw Space Gallery to exhibit the pieces for this event: Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Highway

Gallery Open: Tuesday, April 18 – 11am – 2pm, Friday, April 14 & 21- 5 – 8 pm and Saturday, April 15 & 22- 11am – 2pm

Riverside Theatre  ~ Distinguished Lecture Series offers Walter Isaacson on April 17, 4 &6 pm.


Best-Selling Author; Acclaimed Historian and Journalist; Professor of History, Tulane University, Walter Isaacson is a Professor of History at Tulane and an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City. He is the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow, and has been the chairman of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.  Isaacson’s most recent biography, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race (2021) offers a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

He is also the author of Leonardo da Vinci (2017), The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014), Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He is a host of the show “Amanpour and Company” on PBS and CNN, a contributor to CNBC, and host of the podcast “Trailblazers, from Dell Technologies.”

VBMA Film Studies Finding Your Voice: Celebrating the Healing Power of Music on April 18, 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.

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on April 19 , 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 2-4 years old on April 19, 10:30 – 11:30am 

VBMA Art Talk on April 19 , 12 – 1pm| Rolling Sculpture: Concept Cars

Merana Cadorette pond at dawn

Space is limited; pre-registration required

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.

Reed Dixon Purple Gallinule

Gallery 14 presents the work of acrylic nature and bird artist Reed Dixon

Southern Light: Focus On Nature by Reed Dixon

On view through April 28

Reed currently lives and works in Boynton Beach, FL. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he studied graphic design and fine arts at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was originally a Hallmark Card designer and illustrator. Later on, after spending years in the ad business (while always painting) Reed opened Dixon Graphics, a graphic design and fine arts studio. His work has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City and for the past fifty years he has been widely shown and can be found in several corporate and private collections.

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

On view through April 29

VBMA offers Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles. On View through April 30.  Beginning in the 1930s, the confluence of aircraft design, the sleek shapes of fast railroad locomotives, advanced highways like the German Autobahns, the Italian Autostradas, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, along with epoch-changing global events like the 1939 New York City World’s Fair, encouraged automotive designers and engineers to style truly streamlined cars. This exhibition presents a select group of rare automobiles and motorcycles that demonstrate how automobile designers translated the popular new concept of aerodynamic efficiency into exciting machines that looked as though they were moving while at rest. Ken Gross, former Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, served as Guest Curator. He notes: “the twenty rare cars and two motorcycles in this exhibition were designed without the myriad safety and crash-absorbing constraints that affect the look and shape of the modern automobile. The operative charge was that they be sleek and streamlined.“

Riverside Theatre presents 42nd Street

”Song and Dance Extravaganza” Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin

Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, 42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer, who comes to the big city to audition for a new Broadway musical. Unfortunately, she arrives too late. Luckily, she catches the eye of the famous director, Julian Marsh, and he casts Peggy as a chorus girl. When the star of the show breaks her ankle on opening night, Peggy is unexpectedly pushed center stage and not only saves the show, but becomes a big star. Filled with spectacular dance routines, lavish costumes, and wonderful songs, this Tony Award-winning musical will lift your spirits and have you dancing all the way home. ON THE STARK MAIN STAGE, April 11-30

l Lisa Willnow Pacific Waterlily

Art at The Emerson offers Forever in Bloom: A fragrant array of floral art.

On view through May 30. Featured Artists: Lisa Willnow, Paris Birich, Vera Titova, Daniel Jones, Patricia Kolalewski, Betsy Kurzinger, Anne Whitney & Judy Burgarella

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm, with no entry fee.

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 hosts World-Renowned Master Glass Sculptor and Artist Jason Gamrath’s Garden of Glass Exhibition. On view through April 30th.

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace  ~ Different Perspectives

On view through May 5, 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

ELC  2nd Annual Spring Fling Art Show

On view through May 31

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

Piercing the Darkness by Barbara Glover

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

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit Intergenerational Recreation Center, Windows On The World. Featuring works by Ella Chabot, Evelyn Haught, Gail Jaffe, Pat Forelle, Gwen McNenney, Yvonne Steere. On view through June 14.

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Administrative Complex, Bldg A & B, First & Second Floors

Members Exhibit  Artist’s Choice  Featuring works by Tony Caruso, Ella Chabot, David LoPresti, Gwen McNenney, Judy Burgarella,  Michele Nevaeh & Barbara Krupp . On view through July 5

A Look Ahead:

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation presents 12th Annual Poetry and BBQ

on April 22. One of our most popular events each season is the Poetry and Barbeque, held in April in honor of National Poetry Month. This event combines great poetry, live music, delicious barbeque, and a silent auction and raffle that helps us raise funds to support our programming.

Richardson Center, IRSC, Mueller Campus, Vero Beach

Spring Art Installment Galleries at First Pres

Opening Reception on April 23, 1 – 3pm

The show will feature the works of local artists: Rebecca Anders, Margaret Hobbs, Tana Brasie Nalley & Iris Peters

Admission is free.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents The Best of John Williams Side-By-Side Concert

May 28, 3pm, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

Whether your loyalties lie with the Imperial Forces or the Rebel Troops, you’re sure to hear all of your favorite themes. The film industry has ensured that orchestras continue to be heard far and wide, and no one composed more inspired and recognizable soundtracks than the illustrious John Williams. Relive the magic of blockbuster classics when your Space Coast Symphony fills the hall with the music of Williams’ most legendary film scores like Star Wars, E.T., Jane Eyre, Far and Away, The Cowboys, The Book Thief, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more.  

To experience the true power of the force, attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Star Wars (or similarly themed) attire or costume. The concert will be presented with images on the big screen. Selected youth musicians from around Central Florida will perform side-by-side on the second half with their professional SCSO counterparts in this incredible program.

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