Announcing Timucua’s 2022-2023 Season!

Orlando’s one-of-a-Kind Performance Space to Feature International Guitar Festival,  Latinx Arts, Native American Heritage Arts, Spiritual Arts, Theater, and More 

In our 2022-2023 season, Timucua will heighten the variety, diversity, and accessibility of this singular performing arts venue and educational nonprofit in Orlando. The upcoming season, which runs from August to June, will include an International Guitar Festival, celebrations of Latinx and Native American arts, chamber music — featuring internationally-performing Ulysses String Quartet — and theater, adding to our longstanding offerings in contemporary classical, jazz, folk, experimental, and world music that have defined our unique programming for two decades.

“When we first opened the doors to our house for live music, more than 21 years ago, our purpose was to share with the community our love of music. Art and music belong to everyone,” said Timucua Artistic Director Benoit Glazer. More than 1,000 performances have delighted audiences and caught the attention of the city’s chief arts supporters and patrons, as well as local and national media. In 2018, the New York Times featured Timucua as a 36-hour tour stop in Orlando not to be missed. The current, state-of-the art, yet intimate living room concert hall at 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., near downtown Orlando, opened in 2007. 

“Every year we strive to be a community partner that reflects our best human qualities and the rich cultural exchange that makes our region thrive,” added Glazer. “That’s what the new season seeks to capture, while also introducing artists from other parts of the world to Orlando. It can only come to life with your participation and support.” 

The 2022-2023 season kicks off in August with an International Guitar Festival highlighting local artists and guitarists from abroad. Born and raised in Orlando, jazz guitarist James Zito is a member of the Artist Diploma Program at the Juilliard School and plays with the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra. Guitar player Don Soledad and pianist John Olearchick’s brand of nuevo flamenco will take Timucua guests on a tour from the Southern region of Spain to the New World, performing arrangements of classics and original compositions of flamenco and jazz. 

Australian fingerstyle singer-songwriter Daniel Champagne — a one-man show — projects the stage presence of a full band with a dynamite live show. Also from Australia, country star Catherine Britt is a five-time Golden Guitar Awards winner and a five-time Album of the Year nominee at the Country Music Awards of Australia. Rounding out the International Guitar Festival, Japanese fingerstyle artist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto brings an eclectic and immersive mix of earthy and organic soundscapes that impart peace and tranquility. 

Another season highlight is Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts with Orlando’s homegrown Alterity Chamber Orchestra, guest conducted by Mexican-American composer and conductor Juan Trigos and featuring University of Central Florida guitarist Eladio Scharrón and flutist Carrie Wiesinger. The performance features the world premiere of the Double Concerto for Guitar, Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Puerto Rican composer Alberto Rodríguez Ortiz. The Latinx series also includes Hispanic poetry, two plays, an opera, and jazz. 

A new component of Timucua’s programming will be a celebration of Native American arts during Native American Heritage Month, in November. Established in 2017 to explore music by living composers, Fernwood String Quartet is highlighting contributions to the string quartet genre from Native American and Indigenous composers. Fernwood and Timucua consider this a humble step toward increasing representation for Native American and Indigenous artists.

Finally, Timucua celebrates the holiday season in a welcoming spirit with a special Kwanzaa concert by Kevin Harris, whose February 2022 show for Black History Month was sold out. It will be Timucua’s first Kwanzaa-themed concert. Regardless of religious or political beliefs, Timucua strongly believes that the arts belong to everyone. 

Timucua Arts Foundation’s 2022-2023 season highlights: 

August/September: International Guitar Festival

8/20: Daniel Champagne, fingerstyle singer-songwriter (Australia) 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM 

8/26: Don Soledad and John Olearchick, nuevo flamenco 
$10-$20 suggested donation • 7:30PM 

8/27: James Zito, jazz guitar 
$10-$20 suggested donation • 7:30PM 

9/2: Catherine Britt, country (Australia) 
$10-$20 suggested donation • 7:30PM 

9/3: Hiroya Tsukamoto, fingerstyle (Japan) 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM 

September 15 – October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month 

9/17: Alterity Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Juan Trigos, featuring Eladio Scharrón and Carrie Wiesinger, with world premiere of Double Concerto for Guitar, Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Alberto Rodríguez Ortiz. 
$35 suggested donation • 7:30PM 
 
10/1: Chanel No. 5, opera — Award winning composer Nathan Felix presents a new 75-minute opera in 5 acts about the life and lovers of fashion designer Coco Chanel.  
Tickets: $35 • 7PM 

10/7: Martin Bejerano Trio, Latin Jazz piano trio led by University of Miami jazz piano professor 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM 

November: Native American Heritage Month 

11/12: Fernwood String Quartet: Music by indigenous composers 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM 

December: Spiritual Arts  

12/17: Zoe-Elizabeth McCray presents Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti 
$10-$20 suggested donation • 7:30PM 

12/27: Kevin Harris Kwanzaa concert 
$10-$20 suggested donation • 7:30PM 

January: Chamber Music Festival 

1/13/23: Ulysses String Quartet. Internationally performing string quartet makes their Timucua debut. 
Tickets: $35 • 7PM 

1/28/23: Dieter Hennings and Paul Vaillancourt (guitar and percussion duo). Works by Mexican composers Juan Trigos and Ricardo Zohn with Latin American classics from Antonio Lauro and Alirio Díaz. 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM 

March: Theater/Wordplay Festival 

3/8/23: Keri Lee Pierson, I Am Woman, featuring solo voice compositions by Cathy Berberian, Meredith Monk, Susan Botti, Kamala Sankaram, and Pamela Z. 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM 

3/10-11/23: Opera with Sasha Vargas, Mozart and Salieri 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM 
 
5/12/23: Maharajah Flamenco Trio 
Tickets: $25 • 7:30PM

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To see the full schedule, get your tickets, or become a member of Timucua, please visit timucua.com.  

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Have you heard? We have the most technologically advanced sound system in the state, and it’s a pleasure to hear. 

Audiences and artists alike will benefit from the major investment in Timucua’s acoustic quality by Dutch firm Acoustic Control Systems, which in 2021 installed a system that allows the acoustic environment of the room to be customized for each performance. An array of dozens of audiophile speakers and microphones controlled by a powerful computer can replicate the sound of any room, allowing Timucua to sound as large as a cathedral or as small as a black box theatre — depending on what best suits each performance. 

“Thousands of pieces of music have had their world premiere here,” says Artistic Director Benoit Glazer. “The new acoustic control system makes Timucua an even more ideal place to premiere and record new music. It’s all part of our drive to innovate based on the needs of our audience and our artists.”

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About Timucua Arts Foundation 

A pillar of Orlando’s cultural community, Timucua Arts Foundation presents diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-charge musical performances, welcoming all audiences on a weekly basis since 2000. Most of these unique events take place at the celebrated “Timucua,” an intimate and acoustically refined music venue and recording studio located minutes away from downtown Orlando. 

Called Orlando’s “Best Saving Grace,” and ranked number 3 on the list of “100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die” by the Orlando Weekly, Timucua presents musicians from around the world from the fields of classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond. Timucua also collaborates with select local organizations and festivals that foster and promote art music, including Accidental Music Festival, Civic Minded Five, and the Central Florida Composers Forum. 

In October 2016, Timucua launched its first education initiative, Works With Sounds, to teach music composition to people of all ages and skill levels. Offered at Orlando Public Library’s Melrose Center, the weekly program combines music-making with computer science. Students create multimedia works, using coding skills to sculpt audio and visuals. 

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Timucua Arts Foundation’s mission is to inspire you through engaging experiences of the arts.