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Music in Paradise
December 2013
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The Classic Sounds of Christmas
Christmas Chamber Music
Champagne Gala at the Curry-Freeman Mansion
Wrap yourself in the classical sounds of Christmas in one of Key West’s most elegant settings, the Grand Salon of the historic Freeman-Curry Mansion, 724 Eaton Street. Hosts Shirley Freeman and Harvey Server have graciously opened their home this coming Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm for an evening with the premier chamber ensemble of Key West. The all-star cast of Music in Paradise for this evening features Linda Sparks, Music Director, oboe, English horn and piano; James Carter, Tenor and French horn; Gayla Morgan, Soprano and violin, Michael Kilgore, Bass Baritone and piano, Barbara Staffen, Mezzo Soprano and Mark Simcox, cello. Dr. Shirley Freeman will make a special guest appearance with the ensemble.
Each artist will be featured in his or her most beloved Christmas arrangement. Additionally, there are traditional settings of classic Christmas compositions as well as original arrangements by Sparks, Morgan and Carter.
The champagne gala and concert benefits the Music in Paradise season and its annual awards concert for outstanding young artists in the Keys.
Ticktets are available by reservation only. Call 305-517-6851 to add your name to the reservation list or e-mail
This evening is generously underwritten by Everett Watkins, Agent, Preferred Properties Key West.

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Music in Paradise

Music in Paradise 2011-2012 Performance Season

All Concerts scheduled at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 800 Center St, Key West, FL, except as noted

An Evening With Gershwin: An Affair to Remember Friday, Aug. 5, 8 pm

Swing band style at its finest with everyone's instrumental and vocal favorites

We'll Be Forever Loving You – Gayla Morgan and Linda Sparks: AIDS Help Benefit Concert Friday, Sept. 23, 8 pm

Classical Romance (Violin and Piano) with guest appearance by Music in Paradise Awards Winner Natalie Herndon

Atlanta's St Paul Touring Choir, Trey Clegg, Director Friday, Oct. 21, 8 pm

Dynamic and energy-driven, this tour de force ensemble performs in concert on Friday night, at the

Goombay Street Festival on Saturday afternoon, and St Peter's 10 am service on Sunday

Emily Lowe Conducts the Brahm's Requiem Sunday, Nov. 13, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

The Music in Paradise Orchestra assists Emily Lowe 's Community Choir with the Brahm's masterpiece

Chestnuts for the Season – Key West Christmas Jazz Friday, Dec. 16, 8 pm

Key West's finest jazz musicians embrace the season

The Civil War in Key West: a Musical Reenactment - Friday, Feb. 10, 8 pm

The 47th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band, Dr. Michael O'Connor, Manager

Historical comments accompany the concert with Dr. Michael O'Connor's esteemed musicians performing on

period instruments in St Peter's church on Friday, followed by the reenactment at Ft. Zachary Taylor on Saturday

Symphonic Virtuosos – Maestro Richard Prior Conducts Friday, Mar. 9, 8 pm

Select orchestral and chamber works, including among others, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto performed by Dominic Giardino, 2011 Music in Paradise Awards Winner, and the celebrated Magic Flute “Queen of the Night” aria by Kim Gordon. English-born Emory Symphony Orchestra Director and Pulitzer- nominated composer, Richard Prior conducts the MiP Chamber Orchestra.

Handel's Messiah: The Easter Section Maundy Thursday, Apr. 5, 8 pm

Key West's talented choral and instrumental musicians share the despair and ecstasy of the final

movements of Handel's oratorio for Holy Week.

The 2012 Music in Paradise Awards and Concert Friday, May 11, 8 pm

The 2nd Annual Awards and Concert recognizes Key West's most talented young performers, nominated by their teachers, selected by committee and presented in concert to receive well- deserved community and professional acclaim and awards.

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  • Music in Paradise
  • Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
  • 800 Center Street
  • Key West, FL 33040
  • 305 394 5360

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