In February 2020, we had the opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between Tony Award winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens and Celine Rosenthal, Asolo Repertory's Associate Artistic Director.  Secrets for developing the lyrics and music for a brand-new musical, Knoxville, were shared.  Knoxville was to make its World Premiere in March, 2020 ...
Our Speaking of the Arts lecture series is Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota 2020 Editors' Pick for Best New Speaker Series. "We've heard fascinating insights from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop and lyricist Lynn Ahrens." Thank you, Sarasota Magazine! Read all the picks here: https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/eat-and-drin...
​When I began researching this month's past scholar, ceramicist Matt Kearney, I was pleasantly surprised to see recognition of our Fine Arts Society of Sarasota scholarship on the 'About Me' page of Matt's Upriver Ceramics website.And when Matt sent me a photo from our 2004 awards ceremony that still hangs on the wall of his Bonita Springs art stud...
​Past scholarship recipient Marcus Ratzenboeck is an accomplished and versatile musician with a successful career as a performing and recording artist.He has a recording studio, H&M Productions, and is currently in his 3rd season as concertmaster of The Venice Symphony. Marcus was first introduced to playing music as a 9-year-old attending elem...
Adelaide Boedecker made her professional debut as Barbarina in Sarasota Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro at the age of 17 while still a high school student at Pine View School for the Gifted. She was the first youth to ever be cast as a principal in the Sarasota Opera and became a two-time FASS scholar in 2008 and 2010. Adelaide is a sh...
KARISSA RATZENBOECK - Violinist with The Venice Symphony December 2018 This month I am delighted to profile Karissa Ratzenboeck, a two-time FASS Scholarship recipient. First in 2008 when she attended Pine View School and then again in 2009 as a student at Florida State University. Karissa earned a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from FSU's ...
 SHAINA HELM – FASS Scholarship recipient in 2011 Awarded Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Psychology, Florida State University - 2015 Awarded Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, University of South Florida - 2018 Like we hear so often from our Fine Arts Society Scholars, Shaina Helm's childhood was filled with access to exp...
This month's article features costume designer and artist Amanda Kai Newman, a multi-year FASS scholarship recipient having earned awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010.   Amanda attended Booker High School and was also an intern in the costume department at the Asolo Repertory Theater.  She then earned her BA degree in Art and Theater from ...
​MAX LANDO THEN: Fine Arts Scholar 2005 and 2006 majoring in Theatre Studies at the University of Central Florida MAX LANDO NOW: Institutional Giving Manager at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago Max Lando is a 2005 graduate of Booker High School and a two-time Fine Arts Scholar when he attended the University of Central Florida.  Our ...

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