Scene from Florida Treasures

Florida Treasures

SFSC Performing Arts together with the city of Avon Park and Sebring Radio Group will present four Kaleidoscope Series performances in the 250-seat SFSC University Center, Highlands Campus.

“What a wonderful opportunity for parents to bring their children to live, professional entertainment!” said Cindy Garren, director, Cultural Programs. “Plus a food truck will be onsite so you can grab dinner before the show.” Free arts workshops for young people will be conducted one hour prior to each performance.

Florida Treasures, an interactive show written and performed by state touring artists, A.C.T. for Youth, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. A.C.T. for Youth is a professional company based in Orlando. Families will laugh and learn about Ponce De Leon, the settlement of Pensacola (Florida’s “Almost Oldest” city), the founding of St. Augustine, and the “original” Pocahontas story. Following the performance, families can attend a Meet and Greet with the performers.  Free arts workshops will be conducted for children in the lobby before the show at 3 and 6 p.m.

La Orquesta Caribeño Tropicale performs the heritage rich sounds of the Caribbean and Latin America including Puerto Rico, Cuba, Republica Dominicana, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru on Saturday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.  Expect an evening of salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, bolero and danzon.   A free percussion workshop will be offered for children at 6 p.m. in the lobby.

Direct from India, Partha Bose, a widely acknowledged Sitar player and a much respected artist in the arena of contemporary Hindustani Classical Music, will perform Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.  Joined by Samir Chatterjee, one of India’s leading tabla players, both musicians are recognized as A-rated artists by All India Radio.  This virtuosic performance is sponsored by the India Fine Arts Series at SFSC established by the Sonni Foundation.

Nichole Henry

Nicole Henry

2013 Soul Train Award Winner for Best Jazz Performance, Nicole Henry performs on Saturday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists.  Henry possesses a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.  Her repertoire includes the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz titles, contemporary’ standards, blues, and originals; while her accompaniment ranges from a simple jazz trio to a full big band.

Nut n Fancy Food Truck will be onsite at all performances at 5 p.m. for dinners and snacks, and seating is available in the lobby. No tickets are required for the performances.  All seating is first come, first served.  For persons requiring special accommodations, contact the SFSC Box Office at 863-784-7178. More information and videos are posted online at www.sfscarts.org/kaleidoscope.

The SFSC Kaleidoscope Series is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

SFSC presents over 35 national and internationally touring artists at the 1460-seat Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts and the 250-seat SFSC University Center located on the Highlands Campus at 600 West College Drive in Avon Park. SFSC offers a Matinee Series for adults at leisure, Young People’s Theater Series for school performances, Jazz Series, Trending Now Series of contemporary, family shows, and the popular Artist Series. Group rates and subscriptions are available online and at the SFSC Box Office. Upcoming performances include: The Phantoms…Unmasked on Nov. 30, The Nutcracker on Dec. 5, and Grammy Award winner Petula Clark on Dec. 10.

SFSC Performing Arts Box Office is located at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at 600 West College Drive in Avon Park on the Highlands Campus.