Shown below is a list of area entertainers who are members of the United Arts Council.
Gerald Augustin South West Florida native, started playing the saxophone at age 12 in middle school. Right from the beginning he felt drawn to everything music had to offer. Gerald quickly submerged himself into the history of jazz starting with the original innovator himself Louis Armstrong.
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.
The Brett Foreman Band isn’t only a band, but a close-knit family who understands the particulars and uniqueness of your big day and our distinct role to play in making that day the best day of your life.
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
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.
Keith Raygor’s earned reputation for his world-class close-up magic combines his wink of an eye, smiles and laughter with the imagination of the showgoers. But it’s his stage show “The Musical Mindreader” that’s had audiences astonished across the US and Europe. As you think of songs, Keith performs those songs, without you uttering a single lyric or note. Only Keith performs this extraordinary feat. It merges music, magic and mindreading with a wonderful finale you’ll never forget!
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.
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 email@example.com. 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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