Hermitage Resumes Live Programming as Hurricane Recovery Efforts Continue – New Fall Programs Announced

The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, Florida) has announced that it will resume fall programming throughout the Gulf Coast region on October 28, with a full lineup of outdoor and indoor events through end of the year. Although the impacts of Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc on the Gulf-to-Bay campus, the organization worked quickly to restore buildings and grounds and just welcomed artists to its Manasota Key campus for the first time since the storm.

Recently announced November and December programs include partnerships with CreArte Latino, UnidosNow, New College of Florida, and the Johann Fust Library Foundation in Boca Grande. Featured artists and performers sharing their work include acclaimed concert pianist Conrad Tao, non-traditional opera and sound installation composer Yvette Janine Jackson, acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Raquel Acevedo Klein, playwright and screenwriter award-winning Guadalís Del Carmen, winner of the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Angélica Negrón, Nigerian-born fiction writer Chigozie Obiomaand the New York Times announced musician-songwriter Levy Lorenzo.

The aforementioned artists are joining the previously announced October and November Hermitage programs. This week’s program with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Hermitage Fellow Michael R. Jackson has been posted. “As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration” on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. ET, will also feature the soap opera icon Colleen Zenkknown for her role as Barbara Ryan on the long-running CBS series “As the World Turns.”

“Composition to Performance: Music Start to Finish” will mark the first live program at the Hermitage after the impact of the storm. Featuring composer Nkeiru Okoye and musician David ‘Doc’ Wallace, this event will be performed live at the Hermitage Beach on October 28th. On November 2, in partnership with the Ringling Museum of Art, the Hermitage presents an interdisciplinary artist and performer Richard Kennedyfollowed on November 4 by the return of the popular “Hermitage @ Booker” series, resuming with “Reggie Harris and the Power of Music”. [Full program details below]. November also marks the Hermitage Artful Lobster, the organization’s annual fall fundraiser presented on the grounds of the Hermitage. This year’s event, on Saturday, November 12, features performances by Harris and the award-winning theater composer and lyricist Adam Gwon.

“We have been working around the clock to bring the Hermitage campus back to life and back to business, and we have been truly overwhelmed by the generous support from our amazing artists, audiences, donors, partners and neighbors,” the director said. art of the Hermitage. and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We are incredibly proud of our mission and the work we do to serve artists and our community. After two decades of existence, thousands of Hermitage Champions have made it known that we are not going to let this storm beat down. the spirit of the Hermitage. It is in times like these that our community most needs to come together, and the arts are one of our most powerful healing tools.”

The newly announced programs for the Hermitage’s 20th anniversary season will resume on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. with acclaimed pianist and Hermitage Fellow Conrad Tao. Tao, who Sarasota Orchestra audiences may remember for his acclaimed performance in the 2021-2022 Masterworks Series, offers a preview of his latest work “Keyed In” and shares work-in-progress snippets. Seen on stage in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, Tao has been called a musician of “penetrating intelligence and open vision” by The New York Times, who also named him “one of five faces of classical music to watch” in the 2018-19 season; he is the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Fellowship and has been named a Gilmore Young Artist – an honor given every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation.

On Friday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m., The New College of Florida welcomes Hermitage Fellow and International Production Composer Yvette Janine Jackson for a “Radio Opera Workshop” in which Jackson will share selections from what The Guardian calls “immersive and non-immersive films.” visuals”. Inspired by historical events and cultural realities, Jackson’s work uses sound-created storytelling to transport listeners to other worlds. This gifted composer shares his insights into the nuances of creating soundscapes in addition to sharing and discussing his work with students and the public.

December’s programming kicks off on Hermitage Beach with an exciting program highlighting Hermitage’s commitment to interdisciplinary work spanning music, visual arts and theatre. “Multi-Bound Multimedia: Music, Visual Arts and Theatre” features two incredible Hermitage artists whose talents cannot be contained by any one medium, style or language. Raquel Acevedo Klein was named by The Washington Post as one of “2022’s Classical Composers and Performers to Watch,” and she’s also an extremely talented visual artist. Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Guadalís Del Carmen creates original work on stage, television and film that never shy away from multiple perspectives on contentious issues, giving her audience “no easy answers and no one to hate” while leaving “more than a little amused and much wiser” (ChicagoOnStage). Discover and listen to the original works of this incredible duo and immerse yourself in the unique and intersectional voices that drive their work on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. at sunset on Hermitage Beach.

On December 9, Angélica Negrón, acclaimed Puerto Rican composer and winner of the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize, presents a program showcasing the wide range of unconventional musical tools in her repertoire in addition to the conventional instruments found on orchestra stages. of the whole world. Inspired by nature and the music that surrounds her, Negrón’s extensive performance and compositional practice includes plants and found objects, often layering with voice and other electronic devices in playful and creative ways. Be among the first to hear a demonstration of this revolutionary artist and discover her creative process in “Angélica Negrón: playing a plant”, Friday, December 9 at 5 p.m. on the large lawn of the Hermitage. This program is presented in partnership with CreArte Latino, ensembleNewSRQ, UnidosNow and New Music New College. (Negrón’s Hermitage Greenfield Prize commission is set to culminate in the spring of 2024 in an outdoor string orchestral performance, to be presented in partnership with ensembleNewSRQ.)

The final scheduled program of 2022 – “Notes: On Writing and Music” – will take place on Thursday, December 15 on the Manasota Key waterfront at the Hermitage, presented in partnership with the Johann Fust Library Foundation. Featuring two artists who both bring an international perspective, the program spans literature and music. Born in Nigeria Chigozie Obioma, whose two novels The Fisherman and An Orchestra of Minorities were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize in Fiction, reads selections from his work and discusses his creative process. He is joined by Filipino-American musician, instrument designer and former member of the Hermitage Levy Lorenzo, whose original and innovative work has been described as “a powerful force on the side of exuberance, fun and fear of virtuosity” by the New York Times. Join these two incredible artists at sunset on the Hermitage beach, December 15 at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, November 12, the Hermitage hosts the annual Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration. Now in its 14th year, this flagship event raises valuable funds for the Hermitage. In the aftermath of the storm, proceeds from the 2022 Artful Lobster will go toward campus repairs, in addition to supporting the Hermitage’s internationally acclaimed artist residency initiative and free community programming. The Artful Lobster is the Hermitage’s only benefit to take place on the grounds of the historic Gulf Campus – outdoors from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. under a large tent – located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Michael’s On East offers a lobster feast, this year with performances by award-winning Hermitage Fellows Adam Gwon and Reggie Harris. Tickets for this fundraiser and sponsorship details are available at

“As we work towards the continued recovery of the Hermitage from the storm, we are more excited than ever for the dynamic range and scope of our fall program, which is a testament to the great diversity and creative talents of our brilliant Hermitage scholarship holders”, adds Andy Sandberg. “Each of these one-hour events will be a completely different experience in a variety of beautiful settings, giving our community a rare glimpse into the innovative work being done. We are grateful to our partners and collaborators across the region, who help us to expand the geographic reach and impact of our Hermitage programming.We look forward to bringing the work of these visionary artists to thousands of new and returning viewers this 20th anniversary season for these truly unique events.

Almost all Hermitage programs are free and open to the public (with a $5/person registration fee), offering Gulf Coast audiences a chance to engage and interact with some of the most great global talents. Due to capacity limitations and social distancing, registration is required at

The Hermitage welcomes artists to its Gulf Coast Manasota Key campus for multi-week residencies, where diverse artists from around the world and across multiple disciplines create and develop new works of theater, music, visual art, literature, etc As part of their residencies, Hermitage Fellows participate in free community programs, providing local audiences with a unique opportunity to engage with some of the world’s greatest artists and gain authentic insight into extraordinary projects and of artistic minds before their works disappear. in major galleries, concert halls, theaters and museums around the world. These free and innovative programs include performances, lectures, readings, interactive experiences, open studios, school programs, teacher workshops, and more, serving thousands of people in our regional community each year.

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