Take a look at what’s coming ahead on our area’s 2006-2007 cultural calendar. Pick your favorites. Buy your ticket. You’ll be glad you did.
Appleton Museum of Art
4333 NE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
The Appleton Museum of Art is one of the south’s premier art repositories and education centers. Originally built to display and preserve the collection of Arthur Appleton, the museum has expanded to include traveling exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural events.
Rembrandt Prints from the Collection of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mariann McClary (Through Dec. 31, 2006)
The Appleton will join in the world’s celebration of Rembrandt’s 400th birthday by hosting a collection of prints from local collectors Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mariann McClary. A selection of works from this collection will present religious and secular subject matter as well as enlighten the viewer to the significant contributions Rembrandt made to the art form of printing.
Tapestries: Picasso, Calder, Matisse and other Great Twentieth Century Modernists (Oct. 28, 2006–Jan. 7, 2007)
This unusual exhibition brings together 20 grand tapestries from modern European and American collections. These major works of art offer a fresh perspective on 20th century modernism and its intriguing relationship to the time honored tradition of tapestries.
Connecting Threads: The Carter Collection of Pre-Columbian Peruvian Textiles (Oct. 28, 2006-Jan. 7, 2007)
The one hundred and forty seven textiles that are featured in this collection cover a vast array of time and cultures, some dating as early as 500 B.C.
In the Studio of Paris: William Bouguereau & His American Students (Feb. 10-May 27, 2007)
The exhibition was organized by The Philbrook Museum of Art and curated by James F. Peck, Ruth G. Hardman Curator of European and American Art. A fully illustrated color catalogue, including critical essays by Bouguereau expert and scholar Damien Bartoli; leading French academic art scholar Gerald Ackerman; and Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau specialist Charles Pearo, will accompany the exhibition.
Young in Art and The Sixth District: Congressional Art Show (Apr. 1-22, 2007)
Featured in the Museum’s educational wing, Young in Art is a juried selection of works representing Marion County elementary, middle, and high school student. The Sixth District: Congressional Art Show is a display of works of art by high school students in the Sixth Congressional District. The first place winning entry will be placed on display in the United States Capitol hallways for a year, along with the first place winners from Congressional Districts throughout the nation.
20 Years of Collecting at the Appleton Museum of Art (Summer 2007)
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida, Powell Hall
SW 34th Street & Hull Road, Gainesville
With more than 25 million specimens of amphibians, birds, butterflies, fish, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, recent and fossil plants, and associated databases and libraries, the Florida Museum is the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. The Florida Museum of Natural History, located at the University of Florida, is dedicated to understanding and preserving biological diversity and cultural heritage.
Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt (Through Jan. 7, 2007)
Touch authentic dinosaur bones, dig for dinosaur eggs, and experience hands-on exploration stations, including a reconstructed dinosaur nest that extends more than eight feet wide. Visitors also can see “Baby Louie,” the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo from a newly discovered species.
Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents (Jan.-May, 2007)
This exhibition showcases The Newark Museum’s renowned collection of great historical and archival treasures of Tibetan culture, considered the finest in the Western Hemisphere.
Sharks: Predators through Time (June-Sept., 2007)
The Florida Museum is developing a temporary exhibition entitled Sharks: Predators through Time that addresses the evolution, biology, misconceptions, and current conservation issues regarding these monsters of the deep.
Harn Museum of Art
SW 34th Street & Hull Road, Gainesville
With more than 6,000 original works of art in its permanent collection and an ambitious exhibition schedule, the Harn Museum has quickly become known as a leader in university art museums in the southeast.
Resonance and Inspiration: New Works by Magdalene Odundo (Through Dec. 31, 2006)
An exhibition of ceramics from one of the most highly regarded ceramic artists who is represented in major national and private collections worldwide. Magdalene Odundo has achieved international recognition for her beautifully restrained ceramic forms.
Contemporary Complexities: Photography Gifts from Martin Z. Margulies (Through Jan. 28, 2007)
Featuring Martin Z. Margulies’ recent gifts of 28 large scale photographs by 13 diverse contemporary artists including Olaf Breuning, Todd Hido, Paul McCarthy, Christopher Stewart, Massimo Vitali, Charlie White, and Catherine Wagner.
Spinach Green and Mutton-fat White: Chinese Jades of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) (Through Jan. 28, 2007)
This exhibition examines seven major categories of Qing-dynasty jades: functional bowls, decorative jades, archaistic jades, representational jades, symbolic jades, jade boulder, and Mughal-style jades.
Highlights from the Harn Museum African Art collection (Ongoing)
The exhibition will showcase the best of the Harn’s African collection, one of the largest African art collections in the southeast, emphasizing the historical and geographical diversity of the collection.
Highlights from the Harn Museum Asian Art Collection (Ongoing)
Featuring Chinese, Japanese, and Indian paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and other arts from the third millennium BCE to the present.
Highlights from the Harn Museum Modern Collection (Ongoing)
This exhibition presents highlights from the Museum’s holdings of modern American.
Marsden Hartley: American Modern (Oct. 3-Dec. 31, 2006)
This exhibit brings to Gainesville the single largest collection of Hartley’s work dating from 1908 through 1941. Hartley is one of the most famous early-American modernists.
Continuity and Change: Three Generations of Ethopian Artists (Jan. 23-May 6, 2007)
This exhibition tells the story of modern and contemporary art in Ethiopia from the 1940s to the present.
Webber Center, CFCC
3001 SW College Road, Ocala
The Exhibit Gallery was created to the specifications of the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit Standards so that it meets the criteria for showing national treasures and displays. Every exhibit is enhanced with local artifacts and the rich resources and talents of our community. All exhibits are free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged.
Caves: A Fragile Wilderness (Through Oct. 28, 2006)
This exhibition looks at the unique and mysterious environment of caves. It features 39 color photographs taken by members of the National Speleological Society who have explored caves from Alaska to Malaysia.
Best of the Season (Nov. 9-Dec. 9, 2006)
Members of the Brick City Artists Association showcase their newest works in this annual juried exhibit.
Trains at the Holidays (Dec. 17-31, 2006)
This annual exhibit has become a holiday tradition for all who love model railroads.
CFCC’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition (Jan. 17-Feb. 24, 2007)
Take a walk back in time and meet the eople and recall that events that shaped Central Florida Community College. Then, walk forward into the future.
Teacher and Student: Ralph de Burgos and Jean Svendsen (Mar. 8-31, 2007)
Local artist Jean Svendsen studied and painted with Ralph de Burgos during the 1960s. She has emassed a collection of his work which will be displayed during this exhibit.
2007 Student Art Showcase (Apr. 11-May 4, 2007)
A dazzling display of work in all media created by the talented students at CFCC’s Ocala and Citrus campuses.
Alive With Summer Spotlight XI (May 17-June 23, 2007)
Members of the Brick City Artists Association show their best work in this judged and juried show.
1325 NW 2nd Street, Gainesville
This professional ballet company is headquartered in nearby Gainesville. Each year, the performers wow the audience with their various holiday performances. Performances take place at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, unless otherwise noted.
Carmina Burana (Oct. 13-14, 2006)
On stage, the defrocked monks of Buren open the doors to the world – and take the audience along for a dynamic, breathtaking, and utterly moving journey. Dance Alive National Ballet joins the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Concert Choir, and the Gainesville Civic Chorus for this unique production.
Lady Bug: Action Hero (Oct. 15, 2006)
Once again, our favorite, Lady Bug: Action Hero, returns … this time to help celebrate the Butterfly Festival!
The Nutcracker (Dec. 16-17, 2006)
Swirling snowflakes, toy soldiers, the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, and Clara and her Nutcracker Prince make this one of the most memorable ballets of all time.
Ballet Gala (Feb. 24, 2007)
Presenting the talents of the extraordinary dancers of Dance Alive National Ballet in new and original creations by guest choreographer Rick Tjia of Cirque du Soleil.
Ballet Gala (Mar. 2-3, 2007)
This event will take place at Central Florida Community College.
Madame Butterfly (Mar. 30, 2007)
A riveting and timeless story about love between the beautiful Japanese girl Cho-Cho San, ‘Little Butterfly,’ and the dashing American Lieutenant Pinkerton.
Marion Performing Ballet
Jeanne Benson-Smith Dance Academy
1713 SW 17th Street, Ocala
Following its tradition of the past 26 years, the Marion Performing Ballet will yet again provide visions of beauty, grace, passion, romance, and drama for its patrons in the 2006-2007 season. Audiences can enjoy two enchanting ballets: The Nutcracker during the holidays and another in the spring. Evening performances are scheduled for 8pm at the Ocala Civic Theatre, with matinee shows at 2pm. To reserve tickets, please call the Ocala Civic Theatre at 236-2274.
Nutcracker (Dec. 8-17)
Spring Ballet (Apr. 13-15)
Central Florida Community College — Performing Arts
3001 SW College Road, Ocala
(352) 873-5800, ext. 1374
Presented by the CFCC Foundation, this long-running series strives to showcase some of the top musical entertainment of the last 50 years. Each season is a potpourri of styles, from big band and jazz to vocalists and instrumentalists. All Ocala shows are at 7:30pm in the CFCC Fine Arts Auditorium.
2006 Ocala Season:
Variations Show Choir “Get Out The Vote” (Nov. 17-19)
Patriot Singers & Concert Band (Dec. 2-3)
The Diamonds (Dec. 18)
Central Florida Symphony
416 SE Fort King Street, Ocala
The 60-member orchestra of area professional musicians has maintained a well-received season of traditional favorites, powerful classics, and lighthearted popular music. The CFS is affiliated with Central Florida Community College and performs its regular season at the CFCC Auditorium in Ocala and the Curtis Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto. Additional, special engagements take them to other venues in the area. Please call for specific show information.
The Symphony Goes… Jazz (Oct. 21-22)
Get in the ‘Swing’ of things with this eclectic program where Jazz and Classical traditions intermingle.
The Symphony Goes… Nuts for the Holidays (Dec. 16-17)
This delightful concert of music appropriate to the holidays is sure to set your spirits soaring.
The Symphony Goes… Romantic (Feb. 24-25)
Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and societal conflict is retold in the works of two great composers.
Gainesville Chamber Orchestra
Formed in 1983, this group of dedicated music lovers is in its 22nd season. The group is currently under the direction of Maestro Evans Haile. Locations vary, check the website for complete details.
2006-2007 “Masterworks” Schedule:
Leon Fleisher (Oct. 29, 2006)
Got Beethoven (Jan. 28, 2007)
Musical Menageries (Mar. 25, 2007)
Pops on the Plaza (Apr. 14, 2007)
Marion Civic Chorale
The Marion Civic Chorale is a 40- to 50-member community mixed chorus under the direction of Grat Rosazza that performs choral materials from Bach to Broadway, sacred to secular. Unless otherwise stated, shows take place at 3pm. Visit the website for upcoming show information.
Christmas Concerts 2006
Church on the Square, The Villages (Date, TBA)
Zion United Methodist Church, Ocala (Dec. 9, 2006)
St. George Anglican Church, Ocala (Dec. 10, 2006)
Episcopal Church of the Advent, Dunnellon (Dec. 17)
Spring Concerts TBA
Ocala Community Concerts
(352) 629-5940 or (352) 694-3179
Now in its 50th season, the Ocala Community Concert Association has brought some of the world’s most well-known and respected musicians to Marion County. Each performance begins at 7:30pm and is held at Center Point Community Church (the old Springs Theatre in Ocala,) unless otherwise noted
Svetlana Strezeva and Milana Bahl (Jan. 8)
Strezeva is a prominenet Russian born American soprano who has recorded with the Bolshoi Opera Orchestra, Moscow Pops Symphony, and the Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments. Bahl is a Moldovan-American Pianist who has been in several opera productions including Dicapo Opera, Sorg Opera and the American Opera Company.
St. Petersburg Classic Ballet (Jan. 29 at the MTI auditorium)
Formed in early 1996, the artists and staff are a cross-section of the best of the Russian tradition in Classical Ballet.
Capitol Quartet (Feb. 26)
This talented quartet has performed throughout the U.S. with celebrated symphonies including the Cincinnati Pops and the Rochester Philharmonic. They have also been featured artists at the prestigious Strathmore Hall Concert Series in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Journeys (Mar. 9)
The harp is often called “the instrument of angels,” and Bronn’s amazing versatility and skill on this instrument, along with Katherine’s radiant voice will transport you to another world! Bronn and Katherine are a spectacular duo that always incorporates the unexpected into their concerts.
University of Florida Performing Arts
The University Auditorium was completed in the mid-1920s and renovated and expanded as a bicentennial project in 1976. The Auditorium is one of several university buildings included in the National Register of Historic Places. The auditorium is also home to the Anderson Memorial Organ. Donated in 1925, the organ has since been expanded and improved with the installation of additional pipes and a manual console, making it one of the major instruments of its kind in the southeast.
Ahn Trio (Sept. 17)
L.A. Theatre Works — The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (Oct. 21)
Gainesville Chamber Orchestra — Pianistic Starfire (Oct. 29)
The English Concert with Andrew Manze (Nov. 12)
Anonymous 4 with Darol Anger and Scott Nygaard (Nov. 19)
Interpreti Veneziani (Jan. 14)
Turtle Island String Quartet and the Assad Brothers (Jan. 26)
Gainesville Chamber Orchestra — Got Beethoven (Jan. 28)
Hungarian Symphony Orchestra with Paavali Jumppanen (Feb. 2)
The Big Band Sound of World War II (Feb. 9)
Eroica Trio (Feb. 11)
Chu-Fang Huang (Feb. 25)
Cypress String Quartet (Mar. 11)
Midori (Mar. 18)
Gainesville Chamber Orchestra — Musical Menageries (Mar. 25)
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 South Marion Street, Gainesville
Since its inception in 1980, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre has provided Gainesville and Alachua County with a unique and innovative cultural experience. Plays run Thursday through Saturday with an 8pm curtain time. Visit acrosstown.org for the 2006-2007 season schedule.
Gainesville Community Playhouse
4013 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville
GCP is the oldest community theater in the State of Florida, having been in continuous production since 1927. Each year the GCP season consists of a variety of shows including dramas, musicals, and comedies.
Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Nov. 3-19 & Nov. 30-Dec. 17)
Based on the Academy Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes all of the wonderful songs from the film, plus new songs written just for the play.
Metamorphoses (Jan. 19-Feb. 4)
The stories of King Midas, Orpheus & Eurydice and others come alive in this modern adaptation of Ovid’s classic myths.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Mar.16-Apr. 7)
Millie is a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides.
The Crucible (May 11-27)
As a teenage seductress takes revenge on her lover and his wife by accusing them of witchcraft, a violent clash ensues between the worlds of intolerance and the power of truth and redemption.
The Hot Mikado (July 6-29)
East meets West head-on in this hilarious 1940s-style updating of the perennial Gilbert and Sullivan classic.
Hippodrome State Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville
A cornerstone of the artistic life of north Florida, the Hippodrome is a landmark of the downtown Gainesville landscape, occupying a beautifully restored historic building built in 1911. It presents several mainstage plays each season, comprising the best in contemporary theatre, and has played to over 1 million audience members.
Alice In Wonderland (Oct. 20-Nov. 12)
Join us this Halloween season for a Wonderland adventure that’s not the children’s story you remember! Fall with Alice down the rabbit hole into a wildly experimental feast for the senses.
A Tuna Christmas (Nov. 24-Dec. 22)
Those wacky characters from Tuna, Texas have once again entered the heated Yuletide lawn display contest. Socialite Vera Carp hopes to win another consecutive victory, but she faces stiff competition.
A Christmas Carol (Nov. 25-Dec. 22)
Join Scrooge, Marley, the Cratchits and a host of Christmas ghosts for this holiday favorite and a Hippodrome tradition.
The Smell of the Kill (Jan. 12-Feb. 4)
Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands, and chill. That’s the recipe of Michele Lowe’s tantalizing comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering.
The Chosen (Mar. 2-25)
This is the award-winning story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities set against the backdrop of WW II.
The Memory of Water (Apr. 20-May 13)
Three sisters — a neurotic maternal type, a paranoid doctor and a bratty youngest sibling — are reunited for their mother’s funeral — a reunion that is as funny and quarrelsome as it is touching.
TBA Musical or Shear Madness (June 8-Open Summer Run)
The summer offering will take you through a rip-roaring musical or the popular and uproarious comedy whodunit, where the audience gets to solve the crime.
Ocala Civic Theatre
In the Appleton Cultural Center
4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
Ocala Civic Theatre produces more than ten fully staged productions each season, in addition to hosting touring companies. This volunteer-based organization is one of the largest community theatres in the state and serves more than 50,000 Marion, Citrus, and Lake County residents each season.
The Battle of Shallowford (Nov. 2-26)
On a Sunday night in 1938, the residents of a small North Carolina town gather to gossip at the general store, turn on the radio, and hear Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of “War Of The Worlds”.
Seussical (Jan. 25-Feb. 18)
The classic tales of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters – including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all the Whos of Whoville -– unfold in this whimsical musical.
I Hate Hamlet (Mar. 15-Apr. 8)
When a young television actor, whose show has been cancelled, is hired to do Shakespeare in Central Park, he rents an apartment haunted by the ghost of John Barrymore, who has been sent from Heaven to teach him several lessons.
42nd Street (May 10-June 3)
The original Broadway story –- a little girl from the sticks is plucked from the chorus line to substitute for the ailing star, saves the show, becomes a star herself and in the end finds love.
2006-2007 Special Presentations:
The Drawer Boy (Oct. 5-Oct. 15)
Two aging bachelors’ lives are irrevocably altered when a young, aspiring actor and writer from the big city moves in to gather stories about rural life.
A Day In Hollywood, A Night On Broadway: A Silver Screen Musical Extravaganza (Dec. 28-Jan. 7)
An original musical revue featuring music from Broadway and Hollywood: “Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard Of Oz, “Sisters” from White Christmas, “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Annie Get Your Gun, the title song from Singin’ In The Rain, and many more.
The Foursome (Feb. 8-16)
Four old college chums meet on a golf course after a night of partying at their class reunion.
Fine Arts for Ocala
The Ocala Arts Festival, FAFO’s signature event, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29 at the McPherson Governmental Complex in Ocala. Two hundred artists and fine craftsmen from throughout the United States will sell their artwork and compete for cash prizes during the two-day festival which also includes live entertainment, food, and children’s activities and art workshops. Festival admission is free.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Each season, University of Florida Performing Arts presents the very best established and emerging national and international artists on the Phillips Center mainstage. For performance times, visit the performing arts website.
Mikel Rouse The End of Cinematics (Oct. 11)
Dance Alive: Carmina Burana (Oct. 11-13)
Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Dance Party (Oct. 14)
Ivo Pogorelich (Oct. 15)
Imani Winds Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot! (Oct. 18)
Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza (Oct. 20)
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra w/Poncho Sanchez (Oct. 22)
Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Celebration (Nov. 1)
Capitol Steps (Nov. 6)
Discover Theater! Disney’s Cinderella Kids & The Jungle Book Kids (Nov. 12)
Orquestra de Sao Paulo w/Antonio Meneses (Nov. 16)
Maria Schneider Orchestra (Nov. 17)
Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company (Nov. 21)
Jesus Christ Superstar (Nov. 24)
Hairspray (Dec. 5-6)
Boston Brass and the All-Stars Big Band: A Stan Kenton Christmas (Dec. 12)
Dance Alive: The Nutcracker (Dec. 16-17)
Aida (Jan. 5-6)
Bulgarian State Opera: The Marriage of Figaro (Jan. 11)
State Ballet Theatre of Russie: One Thousand and One Nights (Jan. 12)
The Aquila Theatre Company: Romeo and Juliet (Jan. 21)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales w/Joan Kwuon (Jan. 23)
Principals and Soloists of The Royal Ballet (Jan. 27)
I Can’t Stop Loving You (Jan. 28)
Dimpho Di Kopane The Mysteries (Feb. 1-3)
Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra (Feb. 6)
The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour (Feb. 8)
Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey (Feb. 10)
Gyuto Monks Tibetan Tantric Choir (Feb. 13)
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jonathan Biss (Feb. 14)
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Feb. 16)
The Peking Acrobats (Feb. 17)
Dance Alive: Ballet Gala (Feb. 24)
Moscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote (Mar. 2)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra w/Emanuel Ax (Mar. 3)
Chick Corea and Bela Fleck (Mar. 4)
Leahy (Mar. 16)
Mamma Mia! (Mar. 20-25)
Dance Alive: Madame Butterfly (Mar. 30)
AntiGravity (Mar. 31)
Les Folies Russes (Apr. 1)
National Philharmonic of Russia w/Olga Kern (Apr. 9)
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (Apr. 12)
Shen Wei Dance Arts (Apr. 14)
University of Florida Opera Theatre: La Traviata (Apr. 21)
Take a look at what’s coming ahead on our area’s 2006-2007 cultural calendar. Pick your favorites. Buy your ticket. You’ll be glad you did.