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

To download high-resolution images of Timucua and featured artists, please click here

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.

Resident Artist November 2021

Visual artist Jason Hunt returns to Timucua for November 2021!

Jason Hunt creates artwork with a graphite pencil. He has also worked with both oil and acrylic paint for over 20 years. “The simplicity of a pencil helps me to capture and express life’s wide range of complex emotions. A simple pencil can explore endless shades of gray found between black and white. Most truth lies in the gray where we experience bits of pleasure & traces of pain,” Hunt says about his art. 

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Slide through this gallery of Hunt’s work.

Hunt continues saying, “In my drawings I strive to show how as humans, we are more alike than different. My goal is to portray life’s personal, quiet, and universal moments in time. In fact, the title of my collection is ‘Moments in Time’.” 

You can learn more about Jason Hunt on his website.
http://jasonhuntdrawings.com 

Live Art

Timucua hosts a 4-week residency program for visual artists. We invite painters, sculptors, and other visual artists to showcase their work in the concert hall. Artists also work on stage alongside musicians.

Resident Artist October 2021

Robb Johnson is a self-taught artist. He began watercolor painting during a difficult time period. His son experienced a difficult birth which included losing a twin brother. Johnson learned how to channel his pain through art. Since then, both Johnson’s son and art have grown phenomenally. 

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Learn more about Robb by visiting his Facebook and Instagram page. 

ArtofRobb@gmail.com

IG: @ArtofRobb
FB: TheArtofRobb

Musique en Plein Air

Thank you everyone who attended the Musique en Plein Air event last night. Thank you to our musicians and poets for sharing your art with Central Florida. If you’d like to become a part of Timucua’s collaborative art scene then subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to keep up with current events.

Last night, the Will Patrick Trio played a phenomenal set at Central Park, Winter Park. Several amazing poets performed between songs. Thank you Leonoris Libre, Aaron Moore Ellis and Erika Maya for sharing your voices. Timucua presents events every month from Jazz to Classical Chamber music and Spanish Theatre. Check out our schedule to learn more. 

Each year Timucua takes new chances on events like Musique en Plein Air. Whether you’re a visitor or a Central Florida resident, our mission is to inspire you with engaging experiences of the arts. We were excited to see several familiar faces at the event last night. Artists, musicians, interns, volunteers, board members, and more all showed up to support the event. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon at our venue in South Downtown.

Check out our blog regularly to keep up with current events.

Resident Artist August 2021

Jaime Margary

Jaime Margary creates acrylic paintings, sculptures, pen illustrations, murals, film and animation. His work has been featured in Adult Swim, The Guardian, The Orlando Museum of Art, and Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando. He is currently working on a film project. Find out more about Jaime on his website. 

Click here to visit Jaime Margary’s website.

Click here to visit Jaime Margary’s Instagram page. 

Live Art

Timucua hosts a 4-week residency program for visual artists. We invite painters, sculptors, and other visual artists to showcase their work in the concert hall. Artists also work on stage alongside musicians.

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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.”




Learn how to Volunteer at Timucua Arts Foundation!


Want to attend your next Timucua show for free? Sign up to volunteer at one of our world-class performances! This is your chance to help us Bring Art to Life. CLICK HERE TO START VOLUNTEERING.

Volunteers inspire a sort of magic found only at Timucua. Their passion to create a unique experience for guests is awesome. From bartending to greeting people at the door, our volunteers help to make you feel right at home.

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Our mission is to inspire you through engaging experiences of the arts, including our volunteer opportunities. Fill out the form by clicking the link below. See you soon!


CLICK HERE TO START VOLUNTEERING

Resident Artist – June

About Everett Spruill:

An American painter, photographer and print-maker, Everett Spruill is an innovator. Born in 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama. Everett Spruill attended Berea College, where he majored in Business. It was during this time that he painted loose, gestural water color of landscapes and portraits in the tradition of the French Impressionists, but did not seriously entertain the idea of a career in the arts.

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Inspired by the great Romare Bearden, Spruill’s “Old School Jazz and Blues” series of paintings and collages of recycled and re-purposed materials focus on Jazz as a central theme. Spruill constantly challenges himself to source new materials and expand his resources.

His first radical shift came in 1999, with the “Tribal Rhythms Series” in which he employs interlocking geometric shapes combined with graffiti techniques. It was around this time as well that he created his first abstract prints in screen printing, linoleum cuts and offset lithography. During the following decade, Spruill introduced texture into his art, which he came to call “nuvo-stained glass” painting for its transparent qualities. From the mid-1990’s to 2010, Spruill created a large body of work that responded in a general way to the childlike simplicity of creating art. During this time, the increasingly abstract collages of Spruill’s paintings gave way to a multitude of materials from electronic components, textiles, recycled wall paper and decorative architectural elements. To create these works, the artist used appropriated materials and digital technologies.


In 2017, Spruill began making wire sculptures for public spaces and developing architectural projects. Still residing in Orlando, Florida with his many accolades, Everett Spruill prints and paintings are most famous for his work in the areas of collage and cubist abstraction.

VISIT EVERETT SPRUILL’S WEBSITE

Follow Everett on Instagram: @everettsart

Live Art

Timucua hosts a 4-week residency program for visual artists. We invite painters, sculptors, and other visual artists to showcase their work in the concert hall. Artists also work on stage alongside musicians.

Education – Piano Scholarship Fundraiser


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Elaine Corriveau is an exceptional music teacher with over thirty-five years of experience. She is also the co-founder of the Timucua, a music venue located in the SoDo (South of downtown) district of Orlando, Florida. Her passion for music gives children and lifelong learners the opportunity to nurture their creative talents in the same space where world-class musicians perform. Her goal this year is to raise $6000 to help fund a scholarship for young musicians. The award helps families afford the benefits that Ms. Corriveau offers students. Every student is given the opportunity to perform in quarterly recitals on the same grand piano played by Timucua’s award-winning list of pianists. Students also receive a recorded copy of their recital. Donate now to help young musicians Bring Art to Life.