Cultural Calendar April 20-27


Performances & Events

VBHS Performing Arts Department presents Spring Band Concert on April 20, 7pm.  Featuring VBHS Symphonic Band

Sunrise Theatre presents:

Jazz Appreciation Month – A Trumpet Summit April 20, 7pm

Comedy Corner with Myke Herlihy!April 22, 8pm

Mary PoppinsApril 28 & 29, 7pm, April 30, 3pm

Details :

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

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: Friday, April 21- 5 – 8 pm and Saturday, April 22- 11am – 2pm

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

Sebastian River Art Club’s 6th Annual Beautiful Lagoon Show

April 22, 10am – 4pm.  In conjunction with Sebastian’s Earth Day Celebration in Sebastian’s scenic Riverview Park located at 600 U.S. Highway 1, Sebastian FL

All Artwork is original and for sale, featuring the Indian River lagoon.

All Local Artists. A Portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Indian River Lagoon Projects. Come vote for your favorite piece of art at the Sebastian River Art Club’s display of Beautiful Lagoon Fine Artworks entered in this annual show! Votes must be in by 2:30 pm.

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.

Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra presents

Overture to the Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

Concerto for oboe and strings by Dominica Cimarosa

Guest Artist Dr. Sara Luciani Oboe

Intermission:Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Franz Schubert

On April 23, 2pm at VBHS Performing Arts Center,1707 16th St.

Dr. Sara Luciani (née Diehl) is an international performer and active freelance oboist. Currently second oboe and English horn with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Sara was previously principal oboist with Palm Beach Pops. She has performed with other ensembles including: the Austin Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, and Treasure Coast Opera. 

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra offers Aaron & Friends  – Chamber Orchestra Plays Works by Artistic Director, Composition Students 

April 23, 3pm – Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Avenue in Vero Beach

Local audiences will have the chance to hear the music of three young composers and their teacher during a performance of Aaron & Friends. On the program is chamber music penned by Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins, along with work by students Lucas Cornejo, Guyfrancis Charleston, and Payton Brown. A chamber orchestra of 20+ musicians from the Space Coast Symphony and past guest artists will highlight Collins’ early compositions, along with works from the talented trio of students. Cornejo and Charleston are both Melbourne High School students, while Payton Brown is now a sophomore at the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York.

Treasure Coast Symphony Concert

April 23, 4 – 6pm, St. John of the Cross Catholic Church

7590 26th Street, Vero Beach

This event is free to the community; a free-will offering will be accepted to benefit the organization. This performance will include the premier of a flute solo written by Matthew Karram in memory of former flautist and guest conductor Joann Love Kinder, performed by her long-time friend and colleague Amy Clark with piano accompanist Ryan Kasten. St. John of the Cross cantor, Beth Shestak, will be featured singing Schubert’s Ave Maria. Beth has directed several area musicals including a recent production of Sister Act. The first half includes several classical favorites including Hungarian Dance No. 5 and the Overture to the Poet and Peasant. Beethoven’s first symphony will be the spotlight piece on the second half of the concert. Matthew Karram, the conductor, is a member of the St. John of the Cross choir, a lector, and the Associate Band Director at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.

American Trilogy with Dave DeLuca on April 25, 2pm

Join vocalist Dave DeLuca as he celebrates three men who lived the American Dream: rising from humble beginnings to become international musical superstars: Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra.

North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian

VBMA presents Cinema on Wheels – Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

April 27, 2pm. This is the true story of the First Lady of Drag Racing, Shirley Muldowney. In the 1950s, housewife Shirley convinces her mechanic husband to let her “drag race” his souped-up sports car. Realizing how much she enjoyed it and how good she was, there was no holding her back from her passion for racing cars. She was met with much-expected criticism and ridicule by the racing community, but soon proved her abilities alongside the best of the male competitors.

Sean Sexton Morning Pastorale
Sharon Sexton Orange Lake Study

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.

On view through April 30. Call 772-567-1233 to arrange your own personal tour.

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. 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! 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.

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

FINE PRINT: Rediscovering the Backus Portfolio on Paper and Canvas

A.E. Backus Print on paper

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. 

Aloe Plant

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

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.

ELC ~  2nd Annual Spring Fling Art Show

On view through May 31

Mags Hobbs Daphne

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 Hobb, Tana Brasie Nalley & Iris Peters

The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach

Hang in There by Judy Mercer

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

Gail Jaffe Window on the World

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

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit at The Indian River County Courthouse, Artworks by Tara Rovani: A Review.

On view April 19 through July 19, 2023

A Look Ahead:

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on  April 28 & 29, Headliner JAMES YON, this Florida native is one of America’s hottest up-and-coming comedians. James spends his time touring clubs and casinos all over the country from Orlando to Las Vegas bringing the funny.

Feature Act ABSAR SIDDIQUI brings his unique brand of observational humor, voice impersonations, and quick wit to the stage as he discusses marriage, his upbringing in a Pakistani household, and life as a “brown man” in Florida.

Riverside Theatre presents Live in the Loop

April 28, Take a trip through time together and visit the greatest hits of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Featured band is “American Bandstand with Johnny Nick.”

April 29, Stone Clones pour out classic Rolling Stones hits and create and engaging stage performance! Don’t miss the show!

“And All That Jazz!” a concert featuring the Treasure Coast Chorale, along with the Indian River County Charter High School Jazz Ensemble “The Wolves”!

May 7, 4pm, Doors Open 3pm First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Avenue in Vero Beach

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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