Shown below is a list of area entertainers who are members of the United Arts Council.
Vivian Aiello, violin and viola, is the contact for Seaside Strings, which provides solo, duo, trio and string quartet music. Her ensembles are available for weddings, parties and other events. These groups offer classical favorites as well as arrangements of popular music. Aiello also offers private lessons to children and adults.
Janina Birtolo: Theater performer, writer, actress, playwright, television and radio commentator – the word “versatile” hardly seems broad enough to cover all the roles Janina Birtolo plays in the local arts community.
ReCreation Tappers of Southwest Florida is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of adult recreational tap dancers. Its mission is to encourage appreciation for and participation in the American performing art of tap dance. Community and private performances are free, but donations help fund a Youth Tap Scholarship awarded annually to SW FL dance studios.
Ron Bowman wears many hats in Collier’s arts and cultural community. He is a pianist, baritone vocalist, professor of music, lecturer and performer. He serves as president of the Naples Opera Society.
Susanna Haslett teaches and organizes Irish dance events- Ceilis and Set Dancing. These dances have been danced at the crossroads and in the kitchens of Ireland for years, and are derived from the French Quadrilles and local country dances. Lessons take place at Veteran’s Community Park.
“The Florida Fiddler Show” A musical monologue of Florida History Heritage and Hope! A conversation between a little boy and his grandfather becomes an elegantly homespun story of pioneer spirit still alive today! Traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes are brought to life with original songs and stories presented by Florida native musician, J.Robert…from “Orange Blossom Special” “Florida Blues” and “Devil Went Down to Florida” to “Margaritaville!”
Inish is a band that performs mostly traditional Irish music made for dancing & listening. Members perform on concertina, fiddle, tin whistle and guitar. (239) 649-6325
Mary Anne Lochirco is a professional vocalist who has performed around the country and for cruise lines. She established her own production company, as well.
Dr. George Lowris specializes in cocktail/jazz solo piano for private functions. He is originally from the New York area where he played solo piano and as a side man and leader in dance bands. His main specialty is piano stylings of the “Great American Songbook.”
Ann Martindale & Richard Busch, with Richard on piano, sing jazz standards and classic American songs by such greats as Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, George Gershwin and others. Upbeat numbers, some romantic songs, smokier ballads and plenty of familiar tunes are perfect for a concert or for your special event.
(239)313-7017 or email@example.com
Russ Morrison – Bluegrass and acoustic music at its best. Local, regional, national and internationally known players in concert on the FL Fish hook Tour.
The Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus offers both chorus and quartets for conventions, public and private events. In February they also offer Singing Valentines.
Web site: www.naplesbarbershopchorus.org
Keith Raygor‘s performances have been called a triumph of vision and imagination! You’ll never forget the experience of this theatrical entertainer that is both captivating and compassionate. You’ll smile and laugh, and be taken to those moments when anything is possible. Keith’s sleight-of-hand artistry and his displays of thought-reading will make you a fan for life.
Web site: www.keiththemagician.com
Frank Smith is an accomplished acoustic and classical guitarist with a repertoire of original music. His style is full of energy and guaranteed to relax and resonate within the soul. He is available for private and public parties and events. He also has several CDs on the market.
Web site: www.justlovemusic.com
The Troubadours are the “Bach Ensemble with a twist” … of jazz, Broadway and show tunes, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Irving Berlin and the popular music you’ve always loved. The Troubadours are available to entertain at private, country club and holiday parties.
Web site: www.wendywillisflutist.com
Opportunities:Performers/Instructors Wanted: The United Arts Council is seeking artists interested in participating in after-school arts education programs. Currently, these programs serve hundreds of children at schools in economically-challenged areas of Collier County. Students receive academic tutoring, sports and recreational opportunities. Arts enrichment classes, music lessons and other special cultural programs are provided by the UAC. Artists in all disciplines, who are interested in working with children, primarily grades K-5, are needed. We are especially interested in projects that integrate creative activities with core curriculum–math, science, reading, social studies. Artists should be willing to travel to school sites during non-school hours, including schools in distant parts of the county, such as Immokalee. Teaching stipends and performance fees are available. Arts programs range from school residencies of varying lengths, to one-time classroom visits. Visiting performances and other special events can be scheduled as well. For more information, contact Janice Paine, program manager for arts in education, at 239-263-8242, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer your talent – heal and inspire: The Naples Community Hospital Arts in Healing program needs the talents of local artists to bring the uplifting qualities of the arts to patients, their family and friends, as well as staff through interactive art sessions during treatment and illness. Several United Arts Council members are involved – Vivian Aiello and Frank Smith provide music, while Beth Schroeder works with visual arts and coordinates the program, along with the pet therapy program. For more information, call 436-5200.
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