Cultural Quarterly
Summer 2008
Volume XXI, Number 3
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  Broward Artists Receive Cultural Consortium Fellowships
  Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts Open with a Flourish
  Bill Crawford’s ‘Intracoastal Waterway’
  Broward Theaters Capture Carbonell Honors
  Bonnet House Achieves AAM Prestigious Accreditation
  Nicole M. Greggs Receives 2008 Arts Teacher of the Year Award
  Knight Foundation Grant Competition
Promotes New Arts Ideas
  Cultural Foundation Announces
2008 Moretti Award Honorees
  Encore Awards Honor Cultural Contributions
  Seeking the Self – The Art of Jonathan Green
  Master Chorale Appoints New Artistic Director
  Funding Arts Broward Awards Record Grant Amount
  ‘Dr. Laz’ Receives National Honor
  Arts for the Future’ Program Awards
61 New Scholarships
  Symphony of the Americas Welcomes Czech Orchestra for 2008 Summerfest
  Gold Coast Jazz Society Awards $75,000 in Scholarships
  Short Takes
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South Florida Cultural Consortium Winners
2008 SFCC Winners
(From left : Lou Anne Colodny,
Janet Gold, and Harumi Abe.)

Broward Artists Receive Cultural Consortium Fellowships
The “class of 2008” for the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships for Visual and Media Artists includes four talented individuals from Broward County: 

  • Harumi Abe, painter, $7,500
  • Video artist Lou Anne Colodny, $15,000
  • Janet Gold, who works in paper, fabric and assemblage, $15,000
  • Robert Nathans, painter, $7,500

Gold and Nathans are second-time honorees.  Gold received the award previously in 1999, while Nathans first won the fellowship award in 1996.

The Broward County recipients were among 13 artists recognized by the Consortium, an alliance of the arts councils of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Martin counties.  Also receiving awards were Marie Mennes, $15,000; Jennifer Stark, $15,000; Ivan Toth Depena, $15,000; Michelle Weinberg, $15,000; and Wendy Wischer, $15,000, from Miami-Dade County; Dianne Arrieta, $7,500 and Carol Prusa, $7,500, from Palm Beach County; and Paul Aho, $7,500, and David Pollitt, $7,500, from Martin County.

The recipients were selected during a two-tier panel process which included the participation of regional and national arts experts. Selection by the regional panel was totally anonymous, based solely on the quality of the artists' work as evidenced by digital images, slides or video/films submitted. The regional panel included Ray Azcuy, 2007 fellowship recipient from Broward County; Yolanda Sanchez, director, fine arts and cultural affairs, Miami International Airport; Charles Stainback, photography curator, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Kitty Morgan, independent film maker and curator, Miami-Dade County; and Konstantia Kontaxis, motion pictures program, University of Miami.

The regional panel forwarded their recommendations to the national panel, which included Margarita Aguilar, Christie’s Latin American art specialist, New York City; Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Bo Smith, head of film/video and concerts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Robert Zakanitch, visual artist, Brooklyn, New York.

An exhibition featuring the works of the 13 recipients will be presented at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale from July 13 to October 6.

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Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts
A collage of images from the Artspace grand
opening depicts the excitement of
this momentous event.

Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts Open with a Flourish
The long-awaited grand opening of the Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts was attended by more than 200 people in April in the historic Sailboat Bend neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.  The excitement was palpable as the completion of this 10-years-in-the-making community project was feted.  Joining in the celebration of the first project of its kind in the state of Florida were representatives of the Broward County Cultural Division and Artspace Projects Inc., the project’s partners, along with government officials, cultural leaders and numerous individual artists. 

The breezy, bright and blue-skied evening was punctuated with New Orleans-style crawfish boil, a resident artists’ live band and many members of the Broward community, who were pleased to be a part of this commemorative event. Guests spent the post-presentation hours walking the galleries on each floor of the building and visiting the home/studios of the resident artists, while a Sun Trolley shuttled guests back and forth from downtown Fort Lauderdale. It was unquestionably a festive occasion!

The Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts house 37 units of affordable live/work studios for artists and their families.  Artspace is also restoring the adjacent historic West Side School as the new home of the Broward County Historical Commission.

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FLorida s Big Dig
The Atlantic Intracoastal
Waterway from Jacksonville to
Miami, 1881 to 1935

Bill Crawford’s ‘Intracoastal Waterway’ Book Draws Praise
Although he has written countless articles about Florida history, attorney and historian William G. Crawford Jr. hadn’t tackled an entire book – until now.  His inaugural volume, FLORIDA'S BIG DIG: The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville to Miami, 1881 to 1935, has attracted wide acclaim since its publication last November by the Florida Historical Society.  Most recently, it earned the Historical Society’s 2008 Rembert Patrick Award for the best Florida history book of the year.

The book offers the first comprehensive look at the construction of the Florida portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which stretches from Miami to Boston.  Crawford traces the roots of the waterway back to the Founding Fathers, through the history of the Canal Era and its difficult path in Congress and in Florida's young legislature as one of the early private-public partnerships, drawing upon early records and land deeds, and tracking the history of the men who made it a reality.  Entertaining as well as scholarly, the book “is a tale of an inland passage for seafarers and a yarn of the men and machines that would reshape nature for human uses,” the Historical Society notes.

A Fort Lauderdale attorney for more than 30 years, Bill Crawford is past chair and a longtime member of the Broward County Historical Commission, past president and a trustee of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, historian of the Lauderdale Yacht Club and Fort Lauderdale’s 2004 Citizen of the Year for his efforts in preserving the city’s history.  He has lived in Fort Lauderdale his entire life and, when not practicing law, is often found rowing his ultra-light one-man shell in and about the waterway.  His wife, Dr. Claire M. Crawford, is a longtime member of the Broward Cultural Council.

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Carbonell Award
Carbonell Award

Broward Theaters Capture Carbonell Honors
Theaters based in Broward County earned a total of 16 nominations - and took home four of the coveted statuettes - in the 32nd Annual Carbonell Awards competition for the best the South Florida professional theater community had to offer in the 2007 season.  Mosaic Theatre received 12 nominations, including five for Talk Radio, four for Glengarry Glen Ross, two for Guest Artist and one for Nine Parts of Desire.  Other nominees included Inside Out Theatre Company’s production of Faith Healer (two nominations), the Promethean Theatre’s Red Tide and Sister Cities, presented by the Women's Project (one nomination each).

In addition, Melt, which won the Carbonell for Best New Work, was written by Broward County playwright Michael McKeever for New Theatre in Coral Gables, while Carbonell Awards executive director and South Florida Sun-Sentinel theater critic Jack Zink became the first two-time honoree of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

Of the more than 100 shows that opened in 2007, 30 productions at 13 different companies were nominated for South Florida's "oldest and most prestigious arts honors, citing the best shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties."  The 2008 Broward County Carbonell Award nominees and winners are listed below:

  • Best New Work (Play or Musical) - Juan C. Sanchez, Red Tide, the Promethean Theatre
  • Best Ensemble Production (Play or Musical) - Glengarry Glen Ross, Mosaic Theatre (winner)
  • Best Production of a Play - Glengarry Glen Ross and Talk Radio, Mosaic Theatre
  • Best Director/Play - Richard Jay Simon, Glengarry Glen Ross and Talk Radio, Mosaic Theatre
  • Best Actor/Play - Stephen G. Anthony, Faith Healer, Inside Out Theatre Company; John Felix, Guest Artist, Mosaic Theatre; and Paul Tei, Talk Radio, Mosaic Theatre (winner)
  • Best Actress/Play - Pilar Uribe, Nine Parts of Desire, Mosaic Theatre
  • Best Supporting Actor/Play - Ken Clement, Faith Healer, Inside Out Theatre Company; and Paul Tei, Glengarry Glen Ross, Mosaic Theatre (winner)
  • Best Supporting Actress/Play - Linda Bernhard, Sister Cities, The Women's Project
  • Best Scenic Design - Sean McClelland, Guest Artist and Talk Radio, Mosaic Theatre
  • Best Sound Design - Matt Corey, Talk Radio, Mosaic Theatre (winner)

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Bonnet House
Bonnet House

Bonnet House Achieves AAM Prestigious Accreditation
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens has been awarded full accreditation status by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The designation recognizes its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. Accredited status from AAM is the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum.

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 29, as Bonnet House Museum and Gardens Appreciation Day in honor of its impressive achievement. 

Bonnet House is one of only three museums in Broward County to have earned this distinction, which requires undergoing a rigorous examination process, both internally and by its peers. The process includes a detailed site review by museum professionals.  “The accreditation process has been good for us, validating our successes and our ability to overcome challenges,” said Karen Beard, chief executive officer. “This is an important milestone for us as a cultural organization. By earning accreditation, we are demonstrating our focus on continuous improvement.”

Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums, 776 are currently accredited. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes as much as three years.

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2008 Art Teacher of the Year
Nichole Greggs, the 2008 Broward County
Arts Teacher of the Year, receives a congratulatory
bouquet from Julie Gittelman

Nicole M. Greggs Receives 2008 Arts Teacher of the Year Award
The Broward County Cultural Division announced that Nicole M. Greggs, early/middle childhood music teacher at Plantation Park Elementary School, is the recipient of the 23rd annual Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year award.  A recognition ceremony will take place on September 24 at 6 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

A National Board Certified Teacher, Greggs is a Coral Springs resident.  She holds a bachelor of music, magna cum laude, in music education from the University of Miami and a master of arts in teaching from Florida Atlantic University. She has also studied abroad in vocal performance and German studies at Salzburg College, Austria.  She is the founder, director and administrator of the innovative MusicMakers! Summer Camp for ages 6-14, for which she is also the curriculum and program designer and head instructor.

“I do what I do, because I care about students’ learning and I care about the future of our nation. Today’s students are tomorrow’s decision-makers,” says Greggs, who holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, the Florida Vocal Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

Greggs received the news about her award on April 18 while teaching a class at Plantation Park Elementary School, where she has taught for the last 17 years. Patricia Zeiler, the Broward County Cultural Division’s arts education specialist, and Principal Julie Gittelman surprised Greggs with the announcement.

The Arts Teacher of the Year Award was created by the Broward County Cultural Division in 1985 to annually recognize outstanding arts teachers in Broward County schools. In addition to the ceremony and reception at the Broward Center, the winner receives a cash stipend, a scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, a Tiffany crystal apple, an inscribed brick on Riverwalk and an assortment of gifts from cultural organizations and businesses.

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the Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation Grant Competition Promotes New Arts Ideas
Eight cultural organizations that either are based in or serve Broward County are among the finalists in an experimental arts contest that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation hopes will transform the South Florida community.  In total, 77 finalists in the Knight Arts Partnership contest emerged from a field of 1,643 contestants. Knight Foundation will announce the winners, who stand to receive a total of $4 million in matching arts grants, in the fall.

The Broward-based finalists (and their proposed projects) include:

  • ArtsUnited – Establish a gay and lesbian literary arts festival.
  • Broward County Film Society – Celebrate diverse cultures with Around the World in 80 Nights, a festival screening free films from 80 countries over 80 nights.
  • Classical South Florida/American Public Media – Build support for a nonprofit, all-classical public radio station.
  • Concert Association of Florida – Create a Miami Summer Pops series and create an affordable Young People's classical music concert series.
  • Gold Coast Jazz Society – Establish First Friday Jazz Jam, a monthly live performance where students play alongside professionals.
  • Miami City Ballet – Develop a three-year artistic collaboration between the ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra.
  • Young At Art Children’s Museum – Expand the art museum, which is uniquely aimed at children.

"Think of this contest as an experiment to connect with talent, create great art and, ultimately, transform our community," said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation. "A turnout of more than 1,600 applicants and the range of ideas represented among the 77 finalists make me optimistic that this new mechanism may actually work."

The Knight Arts Partnership contest offers the South Florida arts community $20 million in matching grant money over the next five years. There are only three rules: the ideas must be about art, the projects must take place in South Florida and the idea must find funding to match Knight's $20 million commitment.  For more information, visit   

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Margi Glavovic Nothard
Margi Glavovic Nothard

Cultural Foundation Announces 2008 Moretti Award Honorees
Architectural designer Margi Glavovic Nothard and the Florida Youth Orchestra were named as co-winners of the 2008 Moretti Award for Artistic Achievement by the Cultural Foundation of Broward County. They were honored during the 19th annual ArtServe Encore Award Luncheon in May.

A master’s graduate of Southern California Institute of Architecture, Nothard is the president, founding partner and design principal of Glavovic Studios in Fort Lauderdale. She was the recipient of the A1A State Award of Excellence in 2004 and 2006, and a Fort Lauderdale Community Appearance Award, for the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale Bridge-Stair in 2006.  She spent 16 years designing and teaching architecture and urban design in the United States, working in Frank Gehry’s office in Los Angeles. She also worked and taught in New York, and produced the book, Time Defines Place, The Thin Moments and Fat Moments, in Los Angeles.

Her most recent projects include Young At Art Children’s Museum and Reading Room, the architectural and site design for the ArtsPark at Young Circle, a $26-million cultural project for the City of Hollywood (for which she was specifically honored with this year’s Moretti award) and a historic restoration project and cultural skate plaza project for the City of Miami Beach.

Florida Youth Orchestra
Florida Youth Orchestra musicians

Executive Director Myra Weaver accepted the award on behalf of the Florida Youth Orchestra.  Since 1988, the orchestra has been providing high-quality classical music education for talented young musicians, ages 6-19. More than 300 members strong, the group is recognized as Florida’s premier youth orchestra. Under the direction and guidance of Music Director Thomas Sleeper, its orchestras and ensembles perform for thousands of concert-goers each year in addition to regular appearances on local and national television and radio broadcasts.

Countless alumni of the Florida Youth Orchestra have been accepted into the nation’s most prestigious colleges and conservatories, consistently receiving the most coveted awards, honors and scholarships. In addition to preparing many members for careers in music, an important goal of the Florida Youth Orchestra is to develop appreciative audiences for the future. 

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2008 Encore Award Winners
2008 Encore Award Winners with guest
host Jorge Estevez of CBS/My 33 and
award creator, George Gadson 

Encore Awards Honor Cultural Contributions
The 19th Annual ArtServe Encore Awards luncheon, sponsored by BankAtlantic, honored six individuals and organizations who contribute significantly to the shape and direction of South Florida's cultural community. The recipients included:

Individual Leadership - Linda Houston Jones, founder of Ashanti Cultural Arts
Business Leadership - The Atlantic Resort & Spa
Government Leadership - City of Tamarac
Arts Administrator - Pamella Dearden, executive director, Gold Coast Jazz Society
Arts Collaboration - ArtsUnited's ArtExplosion
Artist of the Year for Community Impact - Timothy Leistner

Each honoree received an original handmade award created by ArtServe member George Gadson.  The Encore award winners were selected by a panel of judges including Broward Cultural Council Chair Edith Gooden-Thompson, Lili Tzikas, Nadine Floyd, Stacy Ostrau and Ron Woolry.  The event also was highlighted by the presentation of the Moretti Award (see previous item) as well as the 2008 Star Awards, which recognize outstanding volunteers in the arts community, to John Brugos, Keith Clark, Vee Corallo, Maria Garcia, Tracy Lyons, Emily Rushin, Francisco Sheaut, Cristina Virsida and Roberta N. Young.

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Jonathan Green
aritist Jonathan Green

Seeking the Self – The Art of Jonathan Green
Noted art critics and reviewers consider Jonathan Green one of the most important painters of the southern experience. His work, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally and internationally, reflects an intrinsic sense of history and place. From October 17 to 21, Broward County will host an interdisciplinary arts festival featuring Jonathan Green (visual artist), Jubilee Dance Theatre, Kitty Oliver (author), Charles Allan Smith (film) and the musicians of the Symphony of the Americas.

Tickets may be purchased for individual events or for the full festival and are available through the Cultural Foundation of Broward. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call Patricia Zeiler at 954-357-7321 for additional information.

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Dr. Joshua Haberman
Dr. Joshua Habermann

Master Chorale Appoints New Artistic Director
The Master Chorale of South Florida named Dr. Joshua Habermann as its new artistic director. For the past 12 years, Habermann served as assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and director of choral activities at San Francisco State University. He was recently named director of choral studies at the University of Miami.

The search for a successor to Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe began shortly after Scheibe announced he would be leaving Florida at the end of the 2007-2008 school year to assume the position of chair of choral and sacred music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

Habermann was among 33 applicants from throughout the U.S.  Four candidates were selected as finalists and invited to audition by conducting rehearsals.  “Ultimately, all four finalists were rated highly by the chorus members, but Dr. Joshua Habermann was the clear choice, and he was eager to lead our group,” says Nancy Gates-Lee, who chaired the search committee.  His concert debut as artistic director will take place November 14-16, 2008, in performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

A professional tenor as well as conductor, Habermann performs regularly with the Oregon Bach Festival (Eugene) and Conspirare (Austin, Texas). He is fluent in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese, and is a seasoned coach of Latin, Russian and Finnish.  He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and obtained his graduate education in choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving an MM in 1995 and DMA in 1997.

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Funding Arts Broward Awards Record Grant Amount
Funding Arts Broward (FAB!), an all-volunteer group formed five years ago to provide private support for the arts, awarded a record $212,000 in grants to 19 music, dance, visual and performing arts groups that serve Broward County. Nearly 100 members and representatives from organizations receiving the grants attended the group’s annual meeting, which was sponsored by Nova Southeastern University at the Tower Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event was chaired by Melinda Lee of the BankAtlantic Foundation.

“It has been a tremendous year for FAB! as we celebrate our fifth anniversary of giving to the Broward County arts community. To see the growth – both in the amount of funding and the number of people and companies who have joined this cause – is inspiring and exhilarating all at once,” said founding chair Francie Bishop-Good.

Grant recipients include:

  • Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, $15,000
  • Ballet Gamonet Maximum Dance, $15,000
  • Florida Grand Opera, $15,000
  • Miami City Ballet, $15,000
  • Young At Art Children’s Museum, $15,000
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, $14,000
  • Symphony of the Americas, $13,000
  • Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, $12,000
  • City Theatre Summer Shorts Festival, $10,000
  • Coral Springs Museum of Art, $10,000
  • Fantasy Theatre Factory, $10,000
  • Florida Youth Orchestra, $10,000
  • Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, $10,000
  • Gold Coast Jazz Society, $10,000
  • Mosaic Theatre, $10,000
  • Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, $9,000
  • Inside Out Theatre Company, $8,000
  • The Women’s Theatre Project, $8,000
  • Association of Performing Arts of India, $3,000

The group elected four new board members to three-year terms:  Dr. Wendy Masi, Jessica Olefson, Jodi Peck and Sally Robbins. FAB! has 135 members who contribute a minimum of $1,000 per year to fund grants. Its corporate and foundation partners include NSU, Holland America Line, The Kresge Foundation, Florida Marlins Community Foundation, Levinson Jewelers, BankAtlantic Foundation, HI Foundation, Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler law firm and Theo Folz.  For more information on FAB membership and grants, go to, e-mail or call 954-713-0833.

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Dr. David Lazerson
Dr. David Lazerson

‘Dr. Laz’ Receives National Honor
Broward County’s 2007 Arts Teacher of the Year, Dr. David Lazerson, is among just five 2008 inductees into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  “Dr. Laz,” as he is popularly known, has been the Exceptional Student Education teacher and special needs music director for The Quest Center in Hollywood since 2002, providing hands-on music and other experiential therapeutic techniques for profoundly mentally handicapped, medically fragile and Trainable Mentally Handicapped students. He is also known for the development of a unique “sing and sign” music group and choir at the center, which serves more than 150 students.

Lazerson’s book, Sharing Turf, was used by Showtime as the basis of the screenplay for the movie Crown Heights, which featured Howie Mandel as Dr. Laz in the story about racial unrest in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1991.  His musical group, Dr. Laz & the CURE, plays throughout the world, bringing the important message of mutual respect, tolerance and peace. Visit for further information on his educational programs and studies, pictures and video clips of his diverse activities.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kan., is the only facility of its kind dedicated to recognizing career teachers, to preserving and promoting education, and to serving our country by inspiring others to enter the teaching profession.  The Hall of Fame is committed to drawing the public's attention to exceptional Pre K-12 teachers through a museum, teacher resource center and recognition program which honors five of the nation's most outstanding Pre K-12 educators each year.

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‘Arts for the Future’ Program Awards 61 New Scholarships
The Broward County Public School System’s “Arts for the Future” scholarship program recognized 61 new high school graduates for outstanding achievement in their arts disciplines and academic subjects during the annual “Stars on Parade” presentation in April at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Approximately $67,000 was awarded during the event, which featured performances by a number of students as well as a visual arts exhibit.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2008 Community Leadership Award for Excellence/Arts in Education to Edward Villella, founding artistic director and chief executive officer of Miami City Ballet.  Since its establishment eight years ago, the Arts for the Future program has awarded some $500,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students who plan to pursue careers in the arts.

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Symphony of the Americas Welcomes Czech Orchestra for 2008 Summerfest
Broward County’s Symphony of the Americas, under the artistic direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, will present a return engagement of the Czech Moravian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for Summerfest 2008.  Orchestral concerts feature the music of Bach, Corelli and Mozart as well as a commissioned work by the Mexican composer Eduardo Magallenes. 

The festival lasts from July 25 to September 1, with nearly 30 performances throughout Florida and continuing with 2008 cultural exchange performances in Central America including Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico.  Activities include performances, master classes and educational outreach, taking the masterful sounds of this great ensemble to audiences in corners of the world who have never before experienced the exhilaration of live performances of great composers.

Broward County performances include:

  • July 29, Susan B. Katz Theater, Pembroke Pines; 954-986-5027
  • Aug. 1, Broward Center for the Performing Arts; 954-462-0222
  • Aug. 2, Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center; 866-811-4111
  • Aug. 7, Temple Dor Dorin, Weston; 954-849-8374
  • Aug. 9, John Knox Village, Pompano Beach; 954-783-4039

The Symphony of the Americas is Broward County’s only professional orchestra.  Summerfest continues the tradition of annually hosting an acclaimed European string orchestra for a one-month cultural exchange residency throughout Florida with an extended tour to Central and South America, joined by selected members of the Symphony of the Americas, and funded in part by the State of Florida and the Broward Cultural Council.

With repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, the Czech Moravian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is renowned for its virtuosity and first-rate soloists. The orchestra appears regularly at the Music Festivals of Ceske Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice, as well as with the Austrian Mozart Academie, for which it often performs the favorite Mozart operas.  For further information, please contact the Symphony of the Americas at 954-545-0088 or visit

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IMAGE: Diaz&Chiverton1.jpg
CAPTION:  Gold Coast Jazz Society scholarship winners included bassist Dan Diaz (left) and drummer David Chiverton.

Gold Coast Jazz Society scholarship winners
included bassist Dan Diaz (left) and drummer
David Chiverton

Gold Coast Jazz Society Awards $75,000 in Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of “Lady Jazz” and the support of the Gold Coast Jazz Society, more than $75,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 44 aspiring jazz musicians.  The recipients qualified for recognition following the day-long Jeanette M. Russell Scholarship competition of live musical performances on April 12 at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.

Competitors were asked to choose from a list of jazz music to perform, ranging from ballads to the blues to jazz standards. A panel of judges composed of jazz musicians and music educators selected the finalists during the event, which helped to celebrate April’s Jazz Appreciation Month.  The program is funded by Gold Coast Jazz Society through an endowment created by Jeanette M. Russell, nicknamed “Lady Jazz” for her passion and support of jazz music.

The winners were announced on May 15 when the Gold Coast Jazz Society hosted the Jazz Stars of Tomorrow reception and program at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.  Broward County recipients included the following high school and college students:

Jazz Camp Scholarships

  • Patrick Bartley, Dillard High School, Saxophone
  • Anthony Burrell, Dillard High School, Tenor Sax
  • Justin Castillo, Everglades High School, Piano
  • Christopher Dorsey, Dillard High School, Trombone
  • Richemond Fabien, Everglades High School, Tenor Sax
  • Carey Frank, David Posnack Hebrew Day School, Piano
  • Stefan Klein, North Broward Preparatory, Drums
  • Andres Malagon, Dillard High School, Alto Sax
  • Tarre Stanley, Stranahan High School, Saxophone
  • James Suter, Dillard High School, Double Bass

College Scholarships (Graduating Seniors)

  • Timothy Blackmon, Dillard High School, Trumpet
  • Renee Douglas, Dillard High School, Trombone
  • Bob Eitienne, Northeast High School, Bass Guitar
  • Christopher Million, South Broward High School, Drums
  • Christopher Scoff, Dillard High School, Tenor Sax


College Scholarships (Current College Students)

  • Adam Cambria, Florida State University, Sax
  • Anthony Casamassima, University of Central Florida, Alto Sax
  • Daniel Diaz, Florida International University, Acoustic/Electric Bass
  • Allison Friendly, Tulane University, Mezzo Soprano
  • Angel Garcia, University of North Florida, Piano
  • Erik Lofgren, Miami-Dade-Wolfson, Piano
  • Matthew Porcelain, University of Miami, Alto Sax
  • Alex Schecter, Oberlin, Trumpet
  • DeMarcus Williams , Florida Memorial University, Voice Tenor
Puppet Master and friends
Japanese puppet master
Yoshio Hoshikawa and friends

Short Takes

  • Japanese puppet master Yoshio Hoshikawa, the director of NyuDouGuMo Puppet Theatre who has performed professionally in Japan for 50 years, taught at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s Spring Camp along with Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre.  Pictured (from left) are Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre Executive Director Jerry Bickel, Yoshio Hoshikawa, Masako Hoshikawa, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Executive Director Joy Satterlee, City of Hollywood Commissioner Patricia Asseff and ACCH Director of Education Susan Rakes. Commissioner Asseff presented Hoshikawa with an appreciation gift from the City of Hollywood before the camp’s participants presented the Japanese folktale, How to Dig a Turnip, at the culmination of the camp.
  • Bank of America check, ATM or credit card holders can visit the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale and the Museum of Discovery and Science for free on the first weekend of every month this year courtesy of the bank’s Museums on Us™ program.  Upcoming free dates include July 5-6, Aug. 2-3 and Sept. 6-7.  The two Fort Lauderdale institutions are among more than 70 participating museums nationwide.
  • Anthony Abbate, past chair of the Broward Cultural Council, will be a keynote speaker at “SubTropical Cities 2008,” a conference hosted by the Centre for Subtropical Design at the State Library of Queensland, Australia, in September.  Abbate is associate professor and director of the Broward Community Design Cooperative in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Broward County artist Beth Ravitz, director of the gallery at Broward Community College and Nova Southeastern University, was featured in an article about Florida artists in a recent edition of Air Currents, the flight magazine of Gulfstream International Airlines. 
  • The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Stranahan House, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum have launched a new collaborative marketing initiative called “Heritage Fort Lauderdale.”  The group has purchased shared ad space in Great Locations magazine and developed a brochure that encourages visitors at one of the locations to stop by the other museums and receive a $3 admission discount. 
The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society was featured in a recent documentary about South Florida produced by WLRN in Miami.  Docent Tim Myette gave a detailed interview about the Historical Society and the historical significance of its buildings for the project.

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