Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 9th May 2015

Meet The Board – Debbi Benedict

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Debbi Benedict joined the Hermitage Board in 2010 and will become President on July 1. She has been active in Hermitage events, both as an audience member and as chairperson running the show. You might also know Debbi from the scores of events she attends each year as the social columnist for Scene Magazine and for her popular blog The Civilized Life in Sarasota. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 9th May 2015

Music at Sunset with ETHEL

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Magic happens when we combine the world’s best artists with our beautiful seaside landscape. More than 400 people showed up with picnics and beach chairs for the most popular “Artists on the Beach” event the Hermitage has ever produced. They came to hear contemporary classical string quartet ETHEL. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 23rd March 2015

March Development News

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The Board of Trustees would like to thank and recognize Ina Schnell for sponsoring the Hermitage residency of the contemporary string quartet ETHEL! Acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant,”(The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Magazine), ETHEL performs adventurous music by celebrated contemporary composers and its 2014-15 season celebrates the diversity of regional American music. Founded in 1998 and based in New York City, ETHEL is comprised of Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Corin Lee (violin), and Dorothy Lawson (cello). Their website is www.ethelcentral.org. – check it out! READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 23rd March 2015

Who’s Been in Residence?

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Who would have guessed that February and March would be such popular months to visit the Hermitage? Composer Kamala Sankaram, holder of a Chari Isaacs Residency, returned and with the slightest prompting, sung an aria after dinner at the Hermitage, for her residency sponsor. Composer Anna Clyne returned. Not only is she the Chicago Symphony resident composer, but she holds the Charles and Charlotte Perret Residency. She got to know the Perrets over dinner at the Hermitage and showed them “The Violin,” a piece she wrote and turned into a video. READ MORE

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 23rd March 2015

No Proscenium: An “Artist on the Beach” Event

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In theaters a proscenium separates audience from performer. In galleries artists are absent. The ticket price economic divide can be a cruel barrier. At Hermitage beach events there is no proscenium, no ticket and no barrier. The artists openly engage you straight on. READ MORE

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