Matinee Performances Begin at the Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts

AVON PARK, Fla. – Jan. 4, 2024 – The Lampe and Kiefer Hearing Aid Center Tuesday Matinee Series kicks off on Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on the Highlands Campus of South Florida State College (SFSC). The Matinee Series includes a variety of 10 performances beginning with “Daybreak: The Music and Passion of Barry Manilow.” Featuring accomplished pianist Joe Hite, “Daybreak” brings to life timeless classics like “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Copacabana.”  

The Tuesday Matinee Series is sponsored by Heartland Endodontics and tickets are as low as $18. There is a $3 processing fee on each ticket. “We have very attractive group rates for all the matinee concerts,” said Cindy Garren, director of cultural programs. “Some shows offer a 50% discount for groups of 12, plus the group leader gets a free ticket.” 

Subscription packages are also available. “We have packages as low as $196 for all 10 shows,” said Garren. “That’s less than $20 a show for great entertainment.” 

Upcoming Tuesday Matinees include:

  • “Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles”

  • “Portrait of Aretha” with CeCe Teneal as Aretha Franklin

  • “Vivacity Radio Show”

  • “Always Olivia”

  • Super Duos

  • “An Afternoon in the Round” featuring popular country hits

  • Christian Comedian Tim Lovelace

  • “Ricky Nelson Remembered” starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson

  • The Bronx Wanderers

The Spiegel Chiropractic Syncopated Sundays Series is offered at 3 p.m. in the intimate 250-seat University Center. “Music lovers really enjoy these afternoon concerts,” said Garren. “The venue is cozy and informal, and the musicians play music from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s, and those great American songbook tunes.”   

 The Syncopated Sundays Series is sponsored by Sheri and Jeff Saunders, Alice Oldham, the Reverend Lynne Josselyn (in memoriam) and Larry Conrad, Dale and Pete Caldwell, and Elaine Becker and Bill Schroder. Tickets start at $20 plus a $3 processing fee. 

 The New Orleans Nighthawks, a hot swing and traditional jazz band, is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 14. Featuring John Skillman on clarinet, expect popular Dixieland standards and some obscure gems. Hot Club of SRQ brings their flamboyant style of flamenco, bossa nova, and gypsy jazz to music lovers on Feb. 18 and The Gyln Dryhurst Dixieland Band plays ragtime, blues, and improvisation on Feb. 25. 

 Pianist Lynne Arriale, who has appeared at music festivals around the world and on prestigious stages such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, will deliver a lovely program on March 24. Downbeat Magazine declared Arriale “a singular voice as a pianist and leader…a powerhouse. Haunting, gorgeous — she has a knack for finding a song’s heart.” Joining Arriale are bassist, Alon Near, and iconic drummer, Adam Nussbaum. 

More information about all upcoming performances can be viewed online at Tickets can be purchased online, at the SFSC Box Office, or by phone at 863-784-7177. The Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Highlands Campus of South Florida State College at 600 West College Drive in Avon Park, Fla.

The SFSC Performing Arts program is funded in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council of Arts and Culture; and the state of Florida. 

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