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.

Just Announced: The David Sánchez Group!

Saturday, August 7th 2021
Performances: 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Tickets: $40 General admission, (members save 50%)

The David Sánchez Group
Featuring: 
Kenny Banks Jr. – piano & keys
Lil John Roberts – drums
Ricky Rodriguez – bass  


GRAMMY® award-winner David Sánchez is recognized around the world as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. His mastery of the instrument is undeniable and his sound unmistakable.

In a review, world-renown jazz writer and critic Howard Reich saluted the bandleader saying, “Sánchez’s prowess on saxophone is matched by the intellectual depth of his concept and compositions”. Reich has also noted “Technically, tonally and creatively, he seems to have it all”. Recordings such as “The Departure” (1994), “Sketches of Dreams” (1995), “Obsesión” (1998) and “Cultural Survival” (2008) showed Sánchez merging jazz syntax with the musical dialects of his native Puerto Rico and other Caribbean and Latin American sources.

The influences of Afro-Puerto Rican music can be clearly heard on his Grammy Award nominated recording “Carib” (2019). It presents original compositions inspired by traditional rhythms and melodies of Puerto Rico and Haiti. “Puerto Rican saxophonist long has stood at the forefront of digging deeply into Afro-Caribbean musical roots. “Carib” probes Puerto Rican and Haitians influences with extraordinary insight, Sánchez’s singularly plush tone on tenor intertwined with many rhythmic strands”, Chicago Tribune. The album was also nominated for the Latin Grammy award and the NAACP award.”




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This email made my day (my week and month, too).

Hello friends,

I received a really lovely email this morning that I had to share.

“Hope you and your family are all healthy and well during this challenging time. Not sure if you remember me, but I emailed you about a year ago about connecting with one of my daughter’s violin teachers, Rolando Freitag for the Suzuki strings camp that was supposed to be held this summer. Unfortunately, as you know, it was cancelled. My daughter decided to work on the Four Seasons, and just published her first youtube video last night.

Timucua inspired me over 15 years ago, and now my 9 year old has been able to create a video and hopefully future videos that will inspire others. Thanks for your great work!”
-JH

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Here’s some inspiration for you from this very talented 9 year old and breathtaking NASA footage.

All the best,

Chris Belt
Executive Director, Timucua Arts Foundation

Addressing COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hello folks,

At Timucua, our mission is to inspire you through engaging experiences of the arts. That includes making you feel welcome and safe. To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are making a few changes. 

  • Until further notice, we ask that guests no longer bring food to share at our events. Instead of bringing food, consider bringing a bottle of wine or a box of tissues to share. So, finger foods – out. Eating at fantastic neighborhood restaurants like Hungry Pants and The Delaney – in. 
  • We ask that you do not shake hands at Timucua events. Instead (as Benoit and I are both huge Star Trek nerds), offer the Vulcan salute. Also acceptable:  pantomiming that you are stuck in a box. And if you sneeze, use a tissue. Then wash your hands.

    Instead of shaking hands, do this.

    Don’t do this.
  • If you or someone you know is sick, self-quarantined, or just laying low to stay on the safe-side, watch our upcoming concerts live on YouTube! The video and sound quality are both high definition, and technically you don’t need to wear pants.

Our staff and volunteers will all be washing their hands regularly, and we have extra stock of hand sanitizer, tissues, paper towels, and soap. We will follow CDC guidelines and update our policies as necessary. 

With your support, we’ll keep the music going.

All the best,

Christopher Belt
Executive Director, Timucua Arts Foundation

Timucua Presents: Spring Jazz

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Timucua Announces Series of Ticketed Jazz Concerts through May

The ticketed concerts will take the organization to a new level of excellence in its jazz offerings, complementing its pay-what-you-can admission format for most of its Sunday evening events. 

The series kicks off on March 12 with Jon Roniger and the Good for Nothin’ Band, a five-piece New Orleans-style jazz, blues, and funk group, and runs until May 29, with the appearance of guitarist Don Soledad, whose soulful flamenco sound combines Latin jazz and hint of bossa nova. Following Roniger, Timucua welcomes pianist, genre-bending composer and educator Dave Meder, who is becoming one of the most prominent artists of his generation.

The world-class performances will include renowned artists from as far afield as Sweden and Germany, encompassing a diversity of stiles. Offering accessible admission fees, jazz enthusiasts from around Central Florida and beyond are encouraged to attend. In addition, students, veterans, and active military personnel save 50 percent on all ticketed events.

“Dave Meder is a new voice among the best in the world of jazz,” says Benoit Glazer, Timucua’s artistic director. “He masters the piano to the point that labels are inadequate,” he says. “A true virtuoso, he rarely flashes technical brilliance; rather, he plays with music as a child plays with a new toy.” Meder’s latest release for piano trio, Passage, explores progressive ideas in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, which earned him an ASCAP Foundation 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. Established in 2002, the accolade encourages young gifted jazz composers aged 30 or below.

All About Jazz has praised Meder for “inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll—in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum.” Constantly fresh and always surprising, the 29-year-old pianist has already found a uniquely versatile artistic voice, evident in Passage. “You will love Dave,” comments Glazer. “The loving playfulness behind every note he plays is captivating.”

Following Meder, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque make their second appearance at Timucua on March 20, after a spectacular debut in 2018. Bunnett, a five-time Juno Award winner and three-time Grammy Award nominee, has turned her bands and recordings into showcases of the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S., and Cuba. The internationally acclaimed Canadian instrumentalist is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry, while displaying her versatility as a saxophone player and pianist. “She’s at ease in the world of free jazz, cool, straight-ahead jazz, and folk-infused improvisational journeys,” says Glazer. “Her love of Cuban music and her desire to support and lift up other women musicians propels this project to the world stage.”

Bunnett’s exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music; her ability to embrace the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. Her latest project is Maqueque, which she is bringing to Timucua, is an all-female band of young Cuban artists who blend folkloric grooves and jazz. Bunnett has also received the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, the Premier’s Award for Excellence. 

“The mix between Jane and the band elevates both parts to a new level of fusion that satisfies the soul and restores the mind,” says Glazer. “Just ask anyone who saw them at Timucua the last time they were in Orlando!” 

The full line-up for March, April, and June is:

    • March 12: Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band—New Orleans Style
    • March 14: Dave Meder Trio
    • March 20: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
    • March 25: Per Danielsson—Tenor Sax Legacy Project
    • March 29: Ella & The Bossa Beat
    • April 13: Victor Prieto
    • April 23: Ulysses Owens Quintet
    • May 6: Peter Brötzman—FULL BLAST [Brötzmann-Pliakas-Wertmueller]

 

  • May 29: Don Soledad

 

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American Sign Language Interpreters for Vocal Concerts

Jazz Vocalist Kristina Koller.

Timucua Arts Foundation is proud to announce a new series of vocal music performances interpreted in American Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing. The series features two concerts by contemporary Jazz vocalists, one classical voice recital, and a performance by the Helena collective, a contemporary vocal ensemble. The series is made possible in part by an Accessibility grant from United Arts of Central Florida.

“This won’t be the first time that a performance has been ASL interpreted at Timucua, but it is the first time we have looked ahead tried to build a series for the deaf and hard of hearing,” says Timucua Executive Director Chris Belt. “I’m excited to open our doors to a new audience, and to add depth to the experience for everyone.”

The series kicks off on March 15th with progressive Jazz vocalist Kristina Koller, who is no stranger to working with ASL interpreters. “This is amazing,” says Koller. “A fan of mine from Arizona made a music video and put sign language to my original song ‘Hold On.’” 

Each concert will be preceded by a 6:30PM social event where deaf and hard of hearing audience members can socialize, tour the venue, and view the current visual art exhibition. Admission to all events is free, with donations encouraged. Guests are also encouraged to bring food and wine to share.

Sunday, March 15th
Performer: Kristina Koller
Visual artist: Jason Hunt
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, April 19th
Performer: Virginia Schenck
Visual Artist: Charles Everett
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, August 2nd
Performer: Zoe McCrae
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, August 30th
Performer: The Helena Collective
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show