Brian Gurl

Brian Gurl

Musical storyteller Brian Gurl returns to South Florida State College’s Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 24, 1:30 p.m., with his production “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a two-hour celebration of songs of inspiration and hope.

Featuring Marilyn Freemom and The Band with Good Spirit, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” will feature a range of inspirational songs from “Amazing Grace” to “The Impossible Dream,” to “You Raise Me Up.”

“Gurl is a terrific theatrical entertainer,” said Cindy Garren, director of Cultural Programs at SFSC. “Our patrons always enjoy his upbeat musical performances, and I’m sure this new production will lift spirits up”

Tickets are $16, $18, and $22. Groups of 12 or more receive a 50 percent discount with the group leader receiving one free ticket.

Gurl grew up along the Connecticut River in western New Hampshire. He began studying classical piano when he was six. His gift of perfect pitch was discovered by his father when Gurl asked, “Why is the lawn mower running in the key of G?” By the time he was 8 years old, he delighted his classmates and friends, playing by ear many popular melodies he had heard on radio. Much to the chagrin of his piano teacher, Gurl started sneaking in rhythmic and melodic embellishments to his renditions of Chopin and Beethoven.

By his late teens, Gurl was making his full-time living as a pianist and expanded his artistic horizons to include ragtime, jazz, blues, pop, and Broadway tunes.

Gurl is “a combination of Liberace, Vladimir Horowitz, and Roger Williams,” said the Asheville (NC) Citizen Times in a review of his work.

Tickets are available online at www.sfscarts.org or by phone at 863-784-7178. Tickets are also available at the Wildstein Center Box Office located on the SFSC Highlands Campus, 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   

The SFSC Goodtime Tuesdays Matinee Series is sponsored by Agero, The Palms of Sebring, Lampe & Kiefer Hearing Aid Center, Highlands Regional Medical Center, Dr. Donald, Ruth and Kimberly Geldart, and the Highlands News Sun.

SFSC presents more than 30 national and internationally touring artists at its 1,460-seat Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at SFSC and the 250-seat SFSC University Center Auditorium located on the Highlands Campus. SFSC Cultural Programs receive funding from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs and sixty performance sponsors.

Upcoming performances at SFSC include: Murder on the Nile on Jan. 31; Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Tribute Show, Feb. 7; and Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan in “The Grits and Glamour Tour,” Feb. 8.